welcome to year 6

YEAR 6 Spring Term 2017

Happy New Year to you all! Here we are at the beginning of the Spring Term – one that is particularly important. We have a lot of interesting activities arranged for this term, but there is also a lot of hard work to do as we approach the SATs tests in May. We hope that we can continue to rely on your support, so that together we can help your child reach their full potential.
Our second MOCK SATs week is scheduled Tuesday 24th January – Friday 27th January. Please ensure, as far as possible, that your child is in school this week as these assessments will inform our teaching and intervention for the rest of the term.
We will continue to structure the majority of our learning around our LEARNING UNITS. Some subjects will still be taught discretely where they do not easily unite with the overall theme.
Maths HOME LEARNING will continue to be set on a Tuesday and handed in on a Friday.

English HOME LEARNING will be set every Friday and handed in on a Wednesday. At times, the children may be provided with online homework, either through the My Maths or Sumdog websites.
In MATHS, this term’s teaching will focus on revision areas and gap-busting techniques running alongside the Primary Framework for Maths.
During ENGLISH lessons we will complete our unit writing in the style of Anne Frank as well as exploring her biography. We will end our World War 2 topic by writing descriptively about life during the war. After half term, we will then be revising the many different types of texts including argument, as well as completing survival guides and narrative stories linked to our new ‘Nature’s fury’ learning unit.
The children will have new Reading Bingo cards in each of the half terms to complete as well as their Reading Record book. Please continue to support your child with their reading for meaning by signing their reading records regularly.
SCIENCE lessons will cover the topic of ‘Electricity’.
In the second half of the term, our learning unit will shift focus to GEOGRAPHY. We will be exploring natural phenomena through our new LEARNING UNIT ‘Nature’s Fury’. We will be looking into volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, their causes and consequences.
In ART, the children will continue to build on their sketching and painting skills, culminating in the creation of soft sculpture volcano art work.
COMPUTING will focus on multimedia presentations, investigating the differences between Prezi and PowerPoint. The children will have opportunities to create their own presentations in both formats and evaluate theirs and their peers.
P.E. (games, gymnastics and dance) will take place twice a week. It is essential that your child has the appropriate clothing for each lesson. We shall continue to go outside for games unless the weather is too bad, so your child will require suitable outdoor clothing when the weather becomes colder. The GAMES learning will involve hockey and ultimate frisbee, whilst GYMNASTICS/FITNESS will focus on sitting-down volleyball and gymnastics incorporating the wall bars.
PSHE learning will centre on the introduction of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was set up as a result of World War 2.
This term in FRENCH we will continue to be guided by the Tout-le-Monde programme of study.
In the first half term, the R.E. learning will be based round the theme of ‘The Qur’an’. Later in the term we will link to the theme of Easter.
We look forward to seeing you at our PARENTS’ EVENING later this half term (Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th February) where we will be discussing your child’s progress and the targets they have been set. A letter with further information will be sent out shortly, which includes how to book slots.
In the meantime, if you need to contact any of the team, the email address below is the best way to contact us quickly.

The Year 6 teachers
H. Pye,  S. Smith,   L.Hunter,   K. Young

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