“Without a curriculum, a building full of teachers, leaders and pupils is not a school. Without receiving knowledge, pupils have learned nothing and no progress has been made.”
Amanda Spielman HMCI Ofsted
At St. Joseph’s and especially within Year 6, we strive to provide a rich and balanced curriculum to ensure that every child achieves their potential and makes progress. We set very high standards and expect the very best from every child, regardless of their ability or background. The strength of our curriculum provision is evident in our termly curriculum letters as well as the quality of learning produced.
We can define our learning to show the various skills: these can be seen displayed throughout the school. Next time you visit school, look out for the skills we have applied within our learning.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
Please see some of the great literacy work the Year 6 children have been creating:
Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners. Children delight in using mathematics to solve a problem, especially when it leads them to an unexpected discovery or new connections. As their confidence grows, they look for patterns, use logical reasoning, suggest solutions and try out different approaches to problems. Mathematics offers children a powerful way of communicating. They learn to explore and explain their ideas using symbols, diagrams and spoken and written language. They start to discover how mathematics has developed over time and contributes to our economy, society and culture. Studying mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.
Purpose of Study, Mathematics National Curriculum, 2014
Our aim in year 6 is to ensure that our children are confident mathematicians who are able to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills to all areas of the primary curriculum and to real life contexts. Maths is delivered through an exciting and engaging curriculum. The children are taught number work, calculation, shape, space and measures and statistics. Through a range of problem solving activities, children are given the opportunity to explain the methods that they use and verbalise their reasoning. Children regularly practise core number facts and calculation skills in lessons and at home. Children, parents and teachers have a shared responsibility to ensure that all pupils leave school being more able and more confident in Maths.
Curriculum Enrichment Week – our ‘Wow’ Week
During ‘Wow’ Week the children attempted to set their own class record: who could hop on one foot for the longest? They collected together the times and drew graphs/pie charts to show their results. Charlie hopped the longest with a time of 4 minutes, 29 seconds. Please see a selection of their work below:
Superhero Maths during our Curriculum Week
In early March we were provided with a challenge during a curriculum enrichment week. Throughout the week each class based their learning around the theme of superheroes and we carried out some maths based on hiring a superhero(es) to pay off the Joker’s ransom. The Year 6 children enjoyed their superhero maths!
In this unit, the children began with revision of simple circuits which was followed by lots of hands on experience with symbols, diagrams & incomplete circuits. They investigated the effect of the length or thickness of wire in a circuit, compared series & parallel circuits, and then faced some Circuit Challenges! Please take a look at some of the Year 6 work below:
In this unit, the children first identified sources of light and revised facts that light travels in straight lines and opaque objects form shadows. They learnt that in order to see, light needs to enter the eye. They investigated light reflection and refraction and made a colour wheel to demonstrate that white light is made of many colours. Please take a look at some of our Year 6 work below:
Nobody knows where they came from, but about 2,400 years ago, a new tribe of people appeared in Central America. They settled in the rainforests of the Yucatan Peninsula. They were called the Maya Indians. They were very clever people. They set about making cities in the rainforest. They did not use metal tools. They used stone tools, wood tools, and tools made from shells. They were skilled builders. They built palaces, temples, pyramids, walls, homes. They built hundreds of beautiful cities.
The cities were connected with well built roads that ran through the rainforests and jungles on the Yucatan Peninsula. Every city had a ball court, at last one and usually more than one temple, and a central plaza. Each city was a centre of learning and religion. Each city had its own ruling family. The Maya city-states never unified. Like the ancient Greek city-states, the Maya cities often went to war with each other. Some historians believe they were almost always at war with someone.
By 900 CE, the Maya cities were mostly deserted. Some people remained, and their descendants still live in Central America today. But without enough people to take care of them, the great Maya cities fell into ruin. That’s why the Maya are called “the mysterious Maya” – nobody knows where they came from, and nobody knows what happened to them. It is a history mystery.
In the ancient Maya cities discovered, many thousands of hieroglyphics have been found. But not all of the around 800 different symbols that make up the Maya glyph system are understood today.
Year 6 enjoyed learning about the Maya and designed their own Kukulcan Pyramid which formed part of the ruins at Chichen Itza, a Maya city. They also researched Maya Gods, Maya warriors, The Maya Creation story and looked at the Maya writing and number system.
We hope you enjoy looking at the work they have produced on The Ancient Maya.