Welcome to the Year 6 Class Page!

SUMMER TERM - WHAT'S PLANNED FOR THE NEXT HALF-TERM?

English - To begin our new term, we will continue with the classic, 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. Using this great text as stimulus, we will be writing flashbacks, letters, news reports, explanatory texts and incorporating meaningful dialogue into our pieces. Our focus will be creating cohesive pieces of writing, carefully selecting vocabulary to enhance the action, and aiming to entertain! Within all pieces of writing, grammar, vocabulary and spelling underpin our aims, but we want the children to enjoy crafting and creating interesting and memorable pieces. 

Reading - Every day in school is a reading day. Guided reading sessions will begin by using extracts from several classic children texts, before exploring informative and persuasive non-fiction texts and thought-provoking poetry. The children will be reading independently, within whole-class guided sessions, during Reciprocal Reading topic lessons and join in as we finish our class texts. 

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 end of the academic year, we will be exploring some revision and problem-solving challenges. Remember to keep learning the multiplication tables off by heart (and their linked division facts) as this will help in every area of the curriculum. 

Science- The focus for the coming half-term will be continuing our topic - Evolution and Inheritance - where we will be finding out lots about how humans and animals have evolved and adapted throughout history according to scientists. This will be followed by exploring which traits we inherit from our parents and ancestors. 

History - Our first history topic of the year, which we have now concluded, was World War II, and our next one will begin in Summer Term 2 - the Ancient Maya. 

Geography - We will continue our latest geography unit - Mountains. This will include using digital maps, aerial photos, atlases and studying compass points and positional language.During the topic, we will look at climate and tourism linked to mountains and discover the dangers as well as who was brave enough to conquer the tallest peak on Earth first. 

Computing - Year 6 will use our Purple Mash programme to continue spreadsheets, before learning about blogging. 

Art - We will continue to look at sketching techniques and famous artists within this area of art, before moving onto using watercolours to create landscape scenes. Our theme for this half-term will be 'great artists', as we look to develop our media techniques. 

D&T - Our next D&T unit will begin in Summer 2 - designing and making felt phone cases - a sewing adventure!

Music - You've Got a Friend - singing, rhythm and pitch. 

R.E/Jigsaw (RSHE) - Is anything really eternal? / A Changing Me

P.E. This 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 just in case we venture outside.

  • Self-defence technique sessions - weekly from Monday 10th June
  • Swimming (for some) - weekly from Monday 10th June 
  • BMX sessions at Peel Park Pump Track - weekly from Tuesday 11th June
  • Salford School High School Transition Days - Thursday 27th & Friday 28th June 
  • Leavers' assembly - Monday 22nd July 
  • 'Nerf Xperience' Trip - Tuesday 23rd July
  • Leavers' Party - Tuesday 23rd July (after-school)
  • Finish for summer break - Wednesday 24th July 

Homework
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 may 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).

Thank you so much for your support,


Mr. Greaves, Mr Lowe and the Year 6 Team