Welcome to Year Six
What will be happening this term?
English – writing and speaking
During this term, we will continue exploring the wonderful text 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. This exciting tale tells the story of Stanley Yelnats IV and his time at Camp Green Lake - not a place you would ever wish to visit! So far, we have written setting descriptions, flashbacks and letters and will soon become reporters, investigating the suspicious events at camp. Following this, we will be writing our own narratives using the fast-paced trilogy of 'Journey', 'Quest' and 'Return' by Aaron Becker. As always, we will aim to produce neatly presented final drafts, which have been carefully edited to check spelling and punctuation and improve our vocabulary choices. 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: 'The Last Chance Hotel'. So far, this year, we have loved hearing ‘The Light Jar’ by Lisa Thompson and have just recently completed the amazing 'Wonder' by RJ Palacio (where we watched the film to compare). Each Tuesday, we love our visits from Miss Carter and look forward to the next instalment of ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll (who we have also spoken to on Twitter!!)
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.
Having covered so much already this year, we still have lots to do in Year 6! During the last couple of weeks of Spring Term, we started to understand the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages and have been solving problems with confidence. We then began to explore ratio and proportion and algebra, and next we will be revising our geometry knowledge and practising our reasoning skills across a variety of topics. Each week, we practise our calculation strategies and are becoming arithmetic masters! Throughout the half-term, regular rehearsal of the multiplication tables will continue to 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) from all the multiplication tables (1-12).
We loved learning about WWII during Autumn and the first part of the Spring Term, but now we have started our next geography based topic - Why is it so cool in Canada? This will explore North America (focusing on Canada) and the Rocky Mountains, before looking at other famous mountain ranges, climate, the dangers of the mountains and how we can help conserve precious places on Earth -lots to look forward to learning.
Science lessons will focus on our new topic of 'Evolution and Inheritance', where we will be finding out lots about our year's chosen scientist - Charles Darwin.
Computing lessons will explore using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, recognising acceptable and unacceptable behaviours and how we can keep ourselves secure online. Within art lessons we will continue to discover some of the most influential artists in history and study their work.
Spanish (with Senora Sherratt) and P.E (Coach Nick) 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.
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 30th April 2019 (4-5) (TBC) at Salford Sports Village.
Tuesday 18th June - Forensic Science Day - real-life detectives will be visiting Year Six to teach them about the law, personal liberty, fingerprinting, DNA and much more...including solving 'a real murder' in the classroom! Letters about donations for this day were sent home on 25th March and again on 18th April. Many thanks for your anticipated support with the cost of the day.
Congratulations to our new Head Girl, Hephzibah, and our new Head Boy, Finley. We know that, with the help of the fantastic prefects we have at Wharton, you will both do a wonderful job this half-term.
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).
End of Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests (SATs)
Monday 13th May - Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Tests (45 mins + spellings)
Tuesday 14th May - Reading (1 hour)
Wednesday 15th May - Mathematics 1 (30 mins) and Mathematics 2 (40 mins)
Thursday 16th May - Mathematics 2 (40 mins)
There will be a Year Six breakfast club each morning of this week. Letters will be sent out about this.