Welcome to Year Six
What's happening during this half-term?
English – writing and speaking
During this half term, we have, so far, been using a text which is being used throughout school - 'Inside the Villains' by C. Perrin. This wonderful book includes information and facts about three very well-known fairytale villains. Writing has focused on creating atmosphere within character and setting descriptions and using dialogue to advance the action within a short story. Following this, we will continue with our WWII topic, using 'Rose Blanche' and 'The Arrival' to create emotive pieces of work. As always, we hope to produce neatly presented final drafts, which have carefully edited spelling and punctuation. For a complete list of writing targets, please see the attached form.
English – reading
Every day in school is a reading day. The children will be reading independently, within whole-class guided sessions, during Reciprocal Reading lessons and join in as I read our current class text. We have started the year by reading ‘The Light Jar’ by Lisa Thompson, which we will use during writing sessions later on in the year, before beginning the amazing ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll.
Please encourage your child to read as often as possible outside of school. If you need any recommendations, please ask. Lovereading4kids.co.uk is a wonderful website for recommendations but we have a vast selection in school. Remember, comprehension and an appreciation of what you have read is of equal importance to speed and fluency so I have attached some suggested questions to discuss with your child.
It is so important that each and every child has an enjoyment of reading. There is a book for everyone! I know that all of Year Six will be super readers by July. The children need to bring their books into school each day and their reading record needs to be signed each week by an adult. Children are reading each day in school throughout a variety of lessons and contexts (even if their record has not been signed daily!)
As children become more confident readers, they are encouraged to take part in our Year Six challenge - 66 Books to Read in Year 6. How many can we read before July? If you would like a list of these suggested texts, please ask.
www.booksfortopics.com is a great website for recommendations (for all Year groups and topics)
www.grammar-monster.com is fantastic for all of your grammar queries! Also, BBC Bitesize has many interactive ideas to review key concepts.
Autumn 1 focused our learning on number and calculation so that we can now, more confidently, use these skills within context. This will continue during daily '5 a day' practice and arithmetic consolidation. During lessons, we will begin work on geometry (2D and 3D), measuring angles and fractions. Throughout the half-term, regular rehearsal of the multiplication tables will take place, so please keep supporting your child with this. They should aim to recall a fact (X and ÷) within 3 seconds (out of order).
Our topic for Autumn will be World War II. The children will study the effects of this conflict on our local area, the people in charge at the time and what life was like before and after the war. We will explore the terrible events of the Blitz attacks, using this as stimulus for art work and use drama to think about what it felt like when you heard our country was at war. This will include a whole day’s visit from Balestra Education, who will, in role, show us what life was like, creating a fun, engaging and very informative day for the children. This will, hopefully, take place on Monday 3rd December. A huge 'thank you' to all of those parents who have kindly contributed to this day - it is hugely appreciated, as without your support, we cannot provide these special learning opportunities.
Science lesson will look at our bodies, examining the organs within us, specifically the heart and lungs, before moving the focus to keeping healthy and seeing the adverse effects of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. This will link with our PSHE studies of keeping safe.
Spanish (with Senora Sherratt) and P.E (EdStart coaches) are every Wednesday so don't forget to bring the correct kit, ready for this day. This is a white T-Shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps. It would be ideal if this kit was clearly labelled and kept securely in a labelled P.E. bag, so that any misplaced items can be returned quickly. Also, during Autumn Term, Year Six spend Friday afternoons with the Skill Force team and have regular ‘Kids Fitness’ sessions with Mr. Holmes on Tuesdays so will need their kits for these day.
Reading will be the children's main activity that is expected outside of the classroom. If the right book is found, this should not seem like hard work! Spellings will be provided each Thursday for a test the following Thursday. As topics in Maths, grammar or science have been taught, revision of these will be sent weekly. Of course, any additional research or work is richly encouraged and will only benefit your child's progress throughout the year. Suggestions are attached, but really, any rehearsal of skills outside of school is beneficial: times tables games/apps, grammar monster, research about our topics/science.
• The next football match (for the Wharton team) - Tuesday 27th (4-5) at Salford Sports Village. Training sessions will take place each Monday (with the exception of Friday 23rd November replacing that week's session)
Friday 30th Nov / 7th Dec - Indoor Climbing Trip - consent forms were sent out on Wednesday 14th. 15 children will go on 30th and 15 will go on 7th. The cost of the trip is £10. If you would like your child to go, please return this by Friday 30th November. Many thanks.
Monday 3rd December - WWII Whole Class Workshops
Your child should have brought home their part to learn for this year's Christmas production. Your help with costumes is always very much appreciated.
Please remember that if your child brings their mobile phone to school, they must not use it on the playground while waiting to line up and it should be handed to me as soon as they enter school. School will not be liable for loss of personal items. Thank you.
If you have any questions or queries, please come and see me. I am available from 8:30 every day and after school each night (apart from Wednesdays).
I look forward to working with you and your children this year,