Welcome to the Year 6 Class Page!
English - The new term will begin with the beautifully illustrated, wordless book, 'Castles' by Colin Thompson. These stunning pictures will provide the stimulus for our first week of writing. From then, our English work will link with our study of The Americas, where we will be reading extracts from 'The Explorer' by K. Rundell, mapping both North and South America and learning how to survive in the Amazon! Each piece of work will focus on building writing stamina, exploring vocabulary and creating varied sentences for different audiences and purposes.
Reading - Every day in school is a reading day. The children will be reading independently, within whole-class guided sessions, during Reciprocal Reading topic lessons and join in as we read our new class text: 'The Day I Was Erased' by the wonderful Lisa Thompson.
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. Ask Mr. Greaves if you're not sure what your child should be reading next. Remember, comprehension and an appreciation of what you have read is of equal importance to speed and fluency so we have attached some suggested questions to discuss with your child. Just because they can read alone, doesn’t always mean they should.
It is so important that each and every child has an enjoyment of reading. There is a book for everyone! Both Mr Greaves and Mr Lowe know that all of Year Six will be super readers by July.
Maths - Throughout the Autumn Term, we will be reviewing our understanding of number and place value, practising calculation strategies and developing our knowledge of Prime Numbers and factors. Securing our precision of long multiplication and long division will be a priority, so keep learning the multiplication tables as this will be hugely beneficial.
Science - During the first half term, our focus will be on the circulatory system (our heart, lungs and blood vessels) before we move on to discover facts about the skeleton, keeping ourselves healthy and what affects our fitness. Lots to investigate!
History - We will begin our first history topic of the year (World War II) in the second half of the term.
Geography - A study of The Americas will begin with finding out important facts about the two continents, including land use and natural and man-made features. We will study biomes, climate and population, as well as look at the different animals that live there and how they adapt. Specific studies of the USA and a chosen South American country will conclude this topic.
Computing - Online safety will be the main focus of the first half term, before we begin looking at different levels of coding.
P.E (with Coach Nick) is 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. Have a pair of track pants and something warmer available as we will be outside as often as possible.
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! Weekly spellings will be provided and Purple Mash will host extra weekly activities which will be marked and discussed online with the children. 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.
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 their teacher 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 arrange a phone appointment via the school office. We are available from 8:15 every day and after school each night (apart from Wednesdays).
We very much look forward to working with you and your children this year!
Mr. Greaves, Mr Lowe and the Year 6 Team