Welcome to Year Six
What will be happening this term?
English – writing and speaking
During this term, we have continued 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, letters and have become reporters, investigating the suspicious events at camp. Following this, we will be writing our own narratives using the beautiful 'Bug In A Vacuum' and then begin Pixar's 'Up!', where we will be creating many different pieces of work. 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 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 so far this term we have been 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 earlier in the year, but now we have started our newest geography based topic - Why is it so cool in Canada? This explores 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. Then we will begin our 'Light' topic, while also exploring a few STEM projects with Mrs Thornton.
Computing lessons will explore using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, recognising acceptable and unacceptable behaviours and how we can keep ourselves secure online, while reviewing some of our coding skills. 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.
Please have P.E. kits on Tuesdays and Fridays for extra fitness sessions and Skill Force.
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! 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.
KS2 Sports Day - Monday 17th June (am) - provisionally - subject to the weather!
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.
Wednesday 19th June - Whole school photograph day!
Wednesday 17th July - Leavers' Assembly, lunch and party!
We have chosen our final Head Boy and Head Girl of the year. Well done to Miller and Darcy, who I am sure, alongside our wonderful prefects, will do a fantastic job!
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).