welcome to year 6

Welcome to Year 6! Here we are at the beginning of your child’s last year at Solent – a year that is particularly important. This term will include lots of interesting learning which we hope will be challenging for the children.

We will continue to structure the majority of our learning around our LEARNING UNITS. Some subjects will still be taught discreetly where they do not easily unite into the overall theme.

Our main Learning Unit theme for this term will be ’MAYAN MYSTERIES’ – encompassing Historical enquiry, Maths and Art. Very late in the term, we will begin the unit of ‘PUTTING ON THE BLITZ’ – incorporating History, Art, Music and DT. Both units will create links to cross curricular English.

Maths HOME LEARNING will be set on a Tuesday and handed in on a Friday. English HOME LEARNING will be set every Friday and handed in on the following Wednesday. Differentiated spelling lists will be given out every Monday and tested every Friday. We will provide reminders to enable the children to organise themselves, in order that work is given in on time. We hope that we can continue to rely on your support, so that together we can help your child reach his/her full potential.

In MATHS, the children will be separated into four classes, with the fourth class teaching being provided by Mrs Young.

Children are grouped depending on the level of support and challenge required. The planning will be guided by the Primary Curriculum. The children will be expected to know their tables and the corresponding division facts. Your help with this task is invaluable.

ENGLISH lessons will be organised into four classes in the same way as the Maths classes. During the term we will be studying different types of texts, but we are beginning the term with a study of descriptive writing using a video as a stimulus. Other learning over the term will focus on recounts (linked to Little Canada) publishing techniques, Fiction and Non-fiction linked to the Mayans and anti-bullying week. Our Author study will be of the book ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio.

The children will be encouraged to read as widely as possible and will be expected to complete their Reading Bingo card in each half term. This involves your child in reading at least five books over a half term. It will encourage your child to read and improve their fluency if someone could hear them read at home. Thank you for supporting this. Your child will be bringing home a Reading Record in which you may write a comment on his/her reading. We hope that this will enable you to offer help and guidance with your child’s reading.

SCIENCE lessons and practical activities and experiments will cover the topic of ‘Electricity’.

We will be juggling two very different historical eras during our Autumn term, beginning with the mysterious Mayan Civilisation. We will learn about their culture, daily life, religion and legacy.

Towards the end of the term, we shall begin our main focussed topic for the year about children’s lives during the Second World War. This is always a very popular topic, and may begin with a visitor performance in order to ‘hook’ the children in. We will be organising a visit to enhance this topic later in the year. More details will follow.

In ART, we will research Mayan masks and design and create our own. D.T will involve researching and creating slippers through a ‘Fashion on the Ration’ campaign, in the style of make do and mend. Please hang onto any suitable old clothes that could be used to create up-cycled slippers.

 We will introduce COMPUTING in year 6 by starting with E-Safety. Later lessons will be closely linked to our History units and will involve researching and presenting information.

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 would ask that pupils have a plain white t-shirt, black or blue shorts and trainers (not converse or plimsolls for outdoor games) to change into. 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 tag rugby and football, whilst GYMNASTICS will focus on shape and balance. DANCE will be an introduction to street dance.

Our MUSIC focus will be to use choral and instrumental activities to support the learning about our relevant topics.

This term in FRENCH we will be guided by the Tout-le-Monde programme of study. This term the theme is ‘Transport and Countries’.

In the first half term the R.E. learning will be based round the theme of ‘Creation/Stewardship’.

Later in the term we will link to the theme of advent by looking at the different ‘Birth narratives’ found in the Bible.

If your child is taking part in the residential visit to LITTLE CANADA, all information regarding ferry departures, kit list, addresses and emergency contact information has now been given out. If you feel you have missed out on any of this information, please contact the school office or look on the school website.

We look forward to seeing you at our PARENTS’ EVENINGS on Monday 16th October and Wednesday 18th October. This will be an opportunity to discuss this initial ‘settling in’ period with your child’s class teacher.

 Reminder: Cycles in school

If you and your child cycle to school and you wish to leave your child’s bike at school please inform the office. All children cycling to school must be accompanied by an adult and must wear a helmet. They must also have passed the Bikeability scheme. Please note that we do not have provision for scooters to park at school.

If you wish your child to have a MOBILE PHONE at school, please complete a mobile phone permission form from the office. These will then be stored in class during school hours.

We are sure that we shall have a happy and successful year; please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have via the office email. office@solent-jun.portsmouth.sch.uk

The Year 6 teachers

H. Pye   S.Smith  D.Langmore   K. Young


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