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Class Teacher

Mr Frelich

Year 6 Teacher

My name is Mr Frelich. I’m 36 years old from Whitby in North Yorkshire. I joined St. Albans CofE Primary in September 2014. I am currently the KS2 Leader and I am in charge of Literacy in KS2 as well as Computing. I am in House Carmel, who pride themselves on bravery, honesty and boldness.

I also run the school garden. We have three new plots where we grow potatoes. We also have raised beds where we grow onions, raspberries and gooseberries. We have a herb garden where we grow: green and purple sage, chives, thyme and we also have a bay tree. Three years ago, we planted two pear trees and two apple trees.

I love stories, whether they are told through films, books, comic or video games.

My favourite books, or book series are:

  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

My 5 Favourite films are:

  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Dark Knight
  • Battle Royale
  • Return of the King
  • 12 Angry Men

My 5 Favourite video games are:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Super Mario World
  • Half-Life
  • Red Dead Redemption

My 5 favourite comic books / graphic novels are:

  • Batman: Year One
  • Preacher
  • The Dark Knight Returns
  • The Gigantic Beard that was Evil
  • Scott Pilgrim

My 5 favourite T.V. Shows are:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Spaced
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • The Wire
  • Doctor Who

My biggest passion that encompasses all of these is Star Wars. Growing up in the 80s I had lots of the toys and in my 20s I started collection Star Wars Memorabilia. I have an entire room at my house dedicated to my Star Wars collection. I love the films, video games, novels, t.v. shows and comic books. I am very excited by the buyout from Disney and love the direction the Star Wars Universe is going.

I love walking with my wife and my dog, Harry. I also have a small group of walking friends and we get out at every opportunity. My favourite place to walk is either Sherwood Forest or Mam Tor. I have climbed both Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike and am hoping to conquer Snowden in the near future.

Year 6 Curriculum Details

Autumn Term: World War II

During this term, we will be visiting Crucial Crew as well as Whitby. In preparation for Whitby we will learn about Captain James Cook and the famous Coast Guard: Henry Freeman.

For this topic we will be looking at a significant turning point in British history (The Battle of Britain). We shall also be studying maps and atlases at the countries involved on all sides. We shall me making propaganda leaflets and writing about what life was like during World War II.

In literacy we will be reading ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian.

In maths our main focus will be on four operations. The pupils will be taught to:

(Calculation)

  • Multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication.
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long division, and interpret remainders as whole number remainders or fractions.
  • identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers
  • solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.

(Fractions)

  • use common factors to simplify fractions; use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination
  • compare and order fractions, including fractions >1
  • add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions
  • multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in its simplest form [for example, 
  • divide proper fractions by whole numbers [for example, 
  • multiply one-digit numbers with up to 2 decimal places by whole numbers
  • recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts

 

In science we will be learning about Circuits and the Light Spectrum. Pupils will be taught to:

  • Recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
  • Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
  • Explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
  • Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.
  • associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit
  • Compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches
  • Use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

 

Spring Term: Chronicles of Narnia

In literacy we will be reading ‘The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis.

In maths we will be shift our focus to other areas of maths. The children will be taught to:

(Ratio)

  • solve problems involving the relative sizes of 2 quantities where missing values can be found by using integer multiplication and division facts
  • solve problems involving the calculation of percentages [for example, of measures and such as 15% of 360] and the use of percentages for comparison
  • solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found

(Algebra)

  • use simple formulae
  • generate and describe linear number sequences
  • express missing number problems algebraically

(Measurement)

  • use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation to up to 3 decimal places
  • recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes
  • calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles
  • calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units, including cubic centimetres (cm³) and cubic metres (m³), and extending to other units [for example, mm³ and km³]

(Geometry)

  • draw 2-D shapes using given dimensions and angles
  • recognise, describe and build simple 3-D shapes, including making nets
  • compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals, and regular polygons
  • illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference and know that the diameter is twice the radius
  • recognise angles where they meet at a point, are on a straight line, or are vertically opposite, and find missing angles

(Statistics)

  • interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems
  • calculate and interpret the mean as an average

In science we will be learning about living things, their habitats and their life cycles. Pupils will be taught to:

  • Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
  • Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
  • Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms, plants and animals
  • Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.

Summer Term: Japan

In literacy we will be reading ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo.

In maths we will be revising for our SATs and covering everything from this year and previous years.

In science we will be learning about our bodies. Pupils will be taught to:

  • Identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
  • Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function

Describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

Important Year 6 Documents

Year 6 Calculations Policy

Year 6 Calculations

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Our Year 6 Gallery Items - You can see all our pictures in the Gallery section of the site.

Y6 Crucial Crew

24/09/2015