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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6! Spring Term 2020

The focus in English this half term will be FICTION writing. The children will be reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo and we will be producing some amazing pieces of writing linked to the story. As well as this, Year 6 will be doing many exciting Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation activities each lesson, embedding their new skills in their writing.

 

In Maths, the pupils will be learning a range of arithmetic skills, using both mental and written methods. They will progress to applying these skills in a multi-step word problems. All children should be fluent with their multiplication and related division facts.

 

Classification and Living Things will be the focus of this term's science. The children will learning about the different ways in which living things on our planet are grouped and why this has been done. As well as this, they will carrying out their own research on an animal of their choice in order to demonstrate their understanding of the importance of classifying animals.

 

This term, the children will be learning about Volcanoes and Earthquakes in Geography. Throughout the topic, the children will be developing their knowledge of plate tectonics, as well as learning about natural disasters that have occurred around the world. They will be carrying out map work to show their understanding of the locations of the world’s major earthquakes and volcanoes, as well as the affect these natural disasters have on humans.

Look out for exciting upcoming events and trips...Details of these will all follow soon.

 

PE:

Year 6 are expected to bring their PE kit to school every Monday. PE days will be Wednesdays and Fridays. Our focus this term will be dance and games. Full indoor and outdoor kit will be needed throughout the spring term.

 

Homework:

READING: It is essential that children read for at least 10 minutes every evening. Reading significantly improves writing skills and helps to build language skills and vocabulary acquisition. Reading may take the form of reading to an adult; reading independently or listening to adults read. This should be recording in the children's reading record.

ENGLISH: English homework may take various forms including written tasks, reading tasks and grammar activities. These should be completed in homework books unless specified. This homework should take 30-40 minutes to complete.

SPELLINGS: Spelling is crucial in writing and we have high expectations that children can spell most everyday words correctly. Spelling can be challenging and we teach children a range of strategies to help them spell. Children can use these strategies to learn their spellings and record them in their 'Spelling Journal'. Spellings MUST be learnt each week and children will be tested on their spellings on a weekly basis. Children should practise their spellings for 10 minutes every day.

MATHS: Maths homework will be set online using 'MyMaths' or ‘Mathletics’ and children should log-in each week to complete the homework that has been set. This homework should take 30-40 minutes to complete. We recommend that children also make use of Times Tables Rockstars, which everyone has an individual log-in for, in order to improve speed and accuracy with their times tables.

 

Behaviour:

We have incredibly high expectations of the level of behaviour displayed by the pupils in Year 6, as they act as the role models for the rest of the school. The children in Year 6 have signed an in-class Roles and Responsibilities Contract and are working hard to model perfect behaviour. We need your support in ensuring that they understand that their behaviour needs to be exemplary in order for them to participate fully in all of the planned activities.

 

Outdoor Learning:

As a school, we value and actively promote the benefits of learning outside the classroom and we see the outside as an extension to the classroom. In Year 6, we will be spending lots of time outside; exploring and investigating and making memorable experiences that are real and exciting. So that we can venture outside whenever we like, we recommend that children have a pair of wellies or an old, spare pair of trainers in school at all times.

 

Attendance and Punctuality:

Full attendance is crucial for children as they embark on a rapid paced journey through Year 6. We also want to win the trophy at the end of this term so keep trying your hardest to be at school and on time! A day missed in Year 6 is a loss of a whole day worth of learning. So please ensure that if your child can come to school, they do.

 

 Medicines and Inhalers:

If your child uses an asthma pump, please bring a spare inhaler to be kept in school and complete the Healthcare Plan and Request to Administer Medicines Form on our website.

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