Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Year 6

Miss C Honore
Class Teacher
Mrs M Byrne
Class Teacher
Mrs E Chang Wai-Ling
Teaching Assistant

Being in Year 6 at Holy Cross is a truly memorable time for the children.

This is a key moment in their lives; they will develop more independence, a huge amount of resilience and, most importantly, they will become very aware of who they are as both learners and young adults.

Our Year 6 children are considered to be the role models of our School and have the responsibility of showing their young peers what to do through our buddy system with Reception class. Throughout the year, three head boys and three head girls, one of each for every term, are elected by the members of staff to also represent our school in the best way possible.

During the year, our children in Year 6 will be challenged in class and we will have high expectations for all the children to achieve their very best, in their work and also for their future. We want our children to work hard and to be confident enough to make mistakes and learn from them. During the year there is plenty of fun through our trips, activities and our creative curriculum!

Of course, a big part of our summer term in Year 6 is preparing for the move to secondary school – a huge milestone in the lives of our children. This may involve going to their new schools or having a visit from some of their new teachers, which will hopefully help with any concerns or questions they may have.

Children will take part in an end of year production, celebrations of their successes and a very special Mass as they complete their years at Holy Cross School.

Year 6 children always have lots of fun in their last year with us and we always remind them that they will always be part of our Holy Cross family!

Year 6 Curriculum Overview
Spring Term 2022

Curriculum Intent

Holy Cross Catholic Primary School is a unique and special place where our faith is at the heart of all we do. Our children     learn to live the Gospel values of love, forgiveness and peace.  Within our federation of Aspire London we use the National Curriculum and believe that our children deserve for it to be tailored to their needs.  With this in mind we have prioritised the things we want our children to enjoy, experience and remember during their time with us. 

Our curriculum at Aspire London has a set of ‘drivers’ developed from the deep knowledge of the pupils and their families within our School community.

The drivers which shape our curriculum ensure we give our pupils aspirational opportunities throughout their primary school years.  We provide our children with the wealth of knowledge required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community and wider world.  The breadth of our curriculum encourages pupils to be ambitious, develop an inquiring mind and a life-long love of learning.

Curriculum Drivers

Significant People:
Aspire London will:

Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world and people, past and present, who shape itProvide identifiable role models to raise ambition and aspiration
Community:
Aspire London will:

Immerse the children in the historically rich and diverse nature of LondonGive pupils an understanding of the positive impact of migration and a cultural appreciation of our community
Equality & Justice:
Aspire London will:

Empower pupils to be advocates who address issues of prejudice and discriminationEnsure pupils value fairness and resolve differences through positive discussion
Environmental Responsibility:
Aspire London will:

Educate children of the need to protect God’s planet from environmental damageCreate eco- friendly citizens who are aware of the impact of their individual actions and those of the wider world.  

Spring Term 2022

English
Tales of the Caribbean’ will be our focus text, developing scanning and close reading skills. We will consider and evaluate different viewpoints building on the contributions of others.  When writing our own traditional tales, we will identify the audience and purpose for writing selecting the appropriate form whilst considering the voice within the traditional tales.  ‘Floodland’, will be explored in identifying how language, structure and presentation all contribute to meaning for the reader. We will participate in discussions and presentations about climate change and select appropriate grammar and vocabulary with an understanding on how these choices can change and enhance meaning in our writing.

Maths
Children will identify common factors, multiples and prime numbers and will be able to give value to each digit in a number with 3 decimal places. We will begin to solve ration and proportion problems. There will be recognition that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa.  We will recognise angles and where they meet at a point and find missing angles and use line graphs to solve problems.

RE
Children will learn about the and reflect on the story of the Passover, they will begin to understand the Penitential Rite and the Liturgy of the Word in Mass.  We will consider why Jesus washed the disciple’s feet and reflect on the meaning of this on us, exploring how different situations are conducive to reflection and contemplation of prayer.

Science
We will classify living things into categories based on similarities and differences, we will report and present findings giving oral presentations and written explanations.  Children will then look at how living things have changed over time and that fossils provide us with information about living things that inhabited the world before us and how animals and plants adapt to their environment.

History/Geography
Through a study of North America, children will be able to identify key physical and human features.  They will gain an understanding of how natural resources are distributed.  They will also study different cultural backgrounds, traditions and languages used in North America and how certain periods in history affect how society’s develop.

Computing
We will identify the purposes of writing a blog and its key features.  Through accessing 2Code, 2Connect and 2Create they will plan and design a story adventure.  There will be an understating of the difference between LAN and WAN when using the internet.

PE
Gymnastics: Demonstrate precise and controlled placement of body parts in actions, shapes and balances, individually and in group formations
Dance: perform and apply a variety of skills and techniques confidently and with precision.

Art
Through a study of photographs and artwork, children will make informed choices on techniques and materials to create a large landscape piece of the Grand Canyon.

DT
The children will research fairground rides around the country and how they move. They will use their knowledge of existing products to design, make and evaluate their own fairground ride model with moving parts.

Music
We will learn about Native American music and how it was used by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.  There will be performance of Simple Gifts and an analysis of Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

PSHE/RSE
Children will work on communicating their feelings and appropriate responses to each other.  To listen to others and interact cooperatively.  We will discuss the importance of not keeping any secrets that make them feel afraid or uncomfortable.

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