Welcome to Year Six
Spring Term is here...
What will be happening this half-term?
English – writing and speaking
During the second half of the Spring Term, we will be exploring the fantastic adventure of Stanley Yelnats IV and his family in the text 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. This wonderful book captures the life of several inmates at Camp Green Lake - a correctional facility for boys who have made bad choices. Yet, all is not what it seems! Writing will focus on creating atmosphere within character and setting descriptions and using dialogue to advance the action within a short story. We will also write letters, learning how to adapt our style to our intended audience, and create non-fiction texts about the desert and its creatures. Following this, we will be using the beautiful wordless trilogy of 'Journey', 'Quest' and 'Return' by Aaron Becker to create original short stories. 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. Last term, we loved reading ‘The Light Jar’ by Lisa Thompson, which we will use during writing sessions later on in the year, and are now starting the amazing ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll (with Miss Carter, each Tuesday) and 'Wonder' by RJ Palacio.
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.
Daily '5 a day' practice and arithmetic consolidation will continue. We are all now calculation superstars! During lessons, we will work on geometry (2D and 3D), statistics, algebra and the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentage. 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).
For the first half of Spring Term we continued our history topic about World War II. The children studied 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 have explored the terrible events of the Blitz attacks, using this as stimulus for art work and used drama to think about what it felt like when you heard our country was at war. This included a whole day’s visit from Balestra Education, who, in role, showed us what life was like, creating a fun, engaging and very informative day for the children. In Spring 2, we will begin our next geography based topic - Why is it so cool in Canada? This will explore North America and its physical features, as well as looking at mountain ranges around the world. We will study the dangers of the high peaks and research significant mountaineers, as well as considering the environmental impacts of tourists on the these great wonders of the world.
Canada has been our chosen country during 'Wharton's Trip Around the World' during the last week of this half term, so feel free to keep finding out some fascinating facts!
Science lessons will continue to focus on our topic of 'Electricity'. We will look at how electricity reaches our homes and school, which scientists were instrumental in creating the sources of light we use today and how circuits work. On March 14th we will welcome a visitor in school for a whole day of exploring this topic practically. Letters with information about this day have been sent out. We have asked for a contribution of £3, which can be paid on Parent Pay.
Computing lessons will focus on 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 19th March 2019 (4-5) at Salford Sports Village. Training sessions will take place each Monday after school (3-4) throughout Spring Term.
Thank you to those parents who attended our 'Maths Workshop' - I hope you could see how hard your children are working and how much progress they are making.
Thank you to Katie and Jack - this half term's Head Girl and Head Boy! They have done a fantastic job and have even hosted several Good News Assembly! We are so proud of them and all of our wonderful prefects and now look forward to seeing who will be chosen next.
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 during 2019,
END OF KEY STAGE TWO SATs:
Monday 13th May - Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Tuesday 14th May - Reading
Wednesday 15th May - Maths - Papers 1 and 2
Thursday 16th May - Maths - Paper 3