Staff in Our Class:
Our Class Governor:
How can you support at home?
This website has both worksheets and games which children can assess to support all the different maths skills. The website is broken down into sections as taught in school
Spellings - handed out on a Tuesday to be tested following Tuesday.
Times tables – to play on TT Rockstars at least once per week.
Tuesdays and Fridays
Panthers Class Page
Our Class Animal:
Each class, has been given a different animal ( from a dragonfly all the way to a panther) to represent their class. You're probably wondering why? As a school, we wanted to be able to identify each class by a different animal, increasing in size through the different year groups.
Did you know?
Panthers are a large member of the Big Cat family, they are not native to one continent, just like some of our class members.
Our class panther will be named in September by means of a democratic vote.
Do you know anymore facts about panthers? Maybe you could write them down and give them to your class teacher?
All About Me:
I have lived in Castleford all my life – I went to Airedale Junior School and Airedale High School. I really enjoy teaching in my local community. I am into my fifth year teaching at SHMPS. I started working in year 5 before moving into year 6. This year is currently my fourth year teaching year 6; my second as Upper Key Stage 2 leader and second year as Assistant Headteacher. I cannot wait to get started working with the 2017-2018 Panthers.
In my spare time, I play football for a local team and love watching all sports – especially Leeds United and the mighty Castleford Tigers. 2017 league leaders winners – Grand Final here we come?
I am very much looking forward to welcoming the children back from the Christmas break and looking forward to continue our journey through year six. We will start to complete more SATs practice this term.
After the success of our first ‘World Cup of Books’ and the fantastic read of ‘Room 13’, we decided to complete a second this term. The fantastic ‘Cogheart’ was chosen and I cannot wait to get stuck into it.
Our homework consists of:
Weekly spellings, where we will have differentiated spellings depending on personal targets. Our spellings are stuck in spelling books and are listed on the school’s website to practise.
At least once per week, we expect Panthers to read to an adult at home – this could be your book from school or books you have at home. We do advise that you read books that are age appropriate and challenging. Books such as "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" are enjoyable but don’t offer sufficient challenge for year 6. Stuck for a book to read? Check out the books to read before you leave on the year 6 display located outside our classroom!
At least once per week, we expect Panthers to practise on TT Rockstars. Time is pencilled in the computing suite should you be unable to access this at home.
Struggling to complete any homework? A member of year 6 staff will always be available any dinner time to give you any support you require.
Spring 2018 Term Events:
Our school Spelling Bee begins the first week back!
Our English focus for the autumn term will be linked to our topic of World War 2. We will look at fiction and non-fiction writing genres in relation to this topic. Our class reader will be ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ which is a story of a child from London who is evacuated and sent to live in the countryside. Most of our reading lessons will be based on this book and children will explore the themes and the characters' feelings and motives throughout the book.
In Maths we will work on building skills of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Children are encouraged to use reasoning vocabulary to explain their methods of working out especially in cases where they may have not achieved the correct answer. We will covers topics of place value, fractions and formal methods of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.
Curriculum Newsletter: Coming soon
Spring 2018 Term Educational Visits:
To enrich our topic of coal mining, we will be visiting the National Coal Mining Museum.
The National Coal Mining Museum for England aims to keep coal mining alive by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage, creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
We will get kitted out with a hard hat and lamp, and then step into the cage to descend 140m underground to discover the harsh realities of coal mining through the centuries.
To be updated
Our Topic in year six for the first term is entitled ‘What’s That Black Stuff’. It forms a study on our local history with an in depth look at coal mining in Castleford and its surrounding area.
Coal mining has played a massive role in the development of Castleford. Some say it was coal mining that gave our town its soul! Deep mining as we know it commenced, in Castleford, in 1868, and although all the local mines have now closed, mining still has a great influence on our fantastic town.
During this study, we will look at the geographical locations of the local mines; look at the physical characteristics of the land and compare it to other areas in the UK and the world. We will look at the history of mining including children working in the mines during the Victorian era. From a scientific point of view, we will study how coal was formed millions of years ago. In art we will study work by Henry Moore and our resident artist – Miss Shaw.
My challenge to you is to aim to score a time of under 1 second per answer on TT Rockstars. Get practising!
How is Progress Measured in Year Six?
Across school we use a consistent approach to assessment, using a range of methods. During lessons teachers will use AFL (Assessment for learning) strategies to assess the children's knowledge and understanding. This will then allow the teacher to judge where the class and each child's next step will be. Throughout the school year, we carry out assessment weeks where children complete a Maths, Science and SPaG assessment, followed by a piece of assessed writing. The teacher will then assess the children taking into account the assessment papers and what the child is like in class. During Year 6 the children sit the statutory assessment, these being the SATs exams.
National Curriculum Objectives:
What do the children in our class have to say?