Year 6

 

Welcome to Year 6 with Ms Davies and Mrs Ditchburn

Firstly, we would like to thank all the parents and children of Year 6 for your generous gifts, they are much appreciated. We hope you have had a joyful holiday and wish you all a very Happy New Year.

We have another busy term ahead with some exciting activities, including a heart dissection and a special visitor. 

Let’s see what is coming up this term.

Subject AreaLearningHow you can help at home
English
Most of the writing this term will be linked to this term’s topics and class readers – Skellig by David Almond and Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

They will
– use figurative language to
describe settings and
characters
– create tension and suspense
in narratives using  selective
vocabulary, taking
inspiration from short
animations
– write reports about the
human heart and
blood circulation
– construct campaign letters
and speeches to persuade 
– discuss the effects of war
through essay writing

Your child should be reading every day for a minimum of 30 mins.  Encourage your child to get cosy and comfortable when reading.  Do you set a good example? Could you set aside 30 mins of family reading time where the house is nice and quiet?  Read the books they are reading so you can engage in exciting dialogue, discussing character, setting and storyline as well as making predictions and inferring why certain events may occur or why characters behave in the recorded manner.  How does the author take you on this exciting journey?
Talk about any new, interesting or difficult vocabulary that they meet.  Do they need to use a dictionary to gain a better understanding?
Phonics/SpellingGrammar will be taught to develop technical skills that they can apply to their writing.Encourage your child to use a dictionary to support their vocabulary, when completing their homework.
Creative Curriculum
































Blood Heart
This topic looks at the heart, circulatory systems and the impact of lifestyle on general health.

Science – The importance of the heart, its structure and function. Heart dissection. The impact of nutrition and exercise on the human heart, and general health and well-being.
History – Discoveries that have influenced modern medicine. 
Design & Technology – Designing a nutritious breakfast  for different people.
Computing – networks, including the internet.
Art & Design – Knowledge of primary and secondary colours. Create art using watercolour techniques. 

Britain at War
This topic looks at both World Wars in the last century.

History – Cause and effect of warring nations.  Timeline of events leading to war and aftermath. Life on the home front.
Geography – Location of countries (both Allies and Axis) on a World map.  The physical and human changes endured through warfare. 
Science – Light Theory – identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.
Design & Technology – Make Do and Mend
Art & Design – Concepts of abstraction and distortion. Musically-inspired, abstract painting.
Encourage your child to read more widely to gain more information about the topics.  Ask questions; as they research in school and at home, they often find fun and fascinating facts. 

Use the library – they have a wide selection of non-fiction reference books and children will learn how to use the resources available to them for free. They also have a great selection of fiction books too.



Maths

Number




Measurement



Fractions recap Decimals Percentages
Algebra, Ratio and Proportion


Converting Units
Perimeter, Area, Volume
The children will need to know their times tables inside out and back to front.  For example:
7 x 8 = 56
8 x 7 =56
56 /8 = 7
56 /7 = 8
and then the related facts:
0.7 x 8 = 5.6
0.8 x 7 = 5.6
5.6 /8 = 0.7
5.6 /7 = 0.8
Make sure your child has regular access to Times Tables Rockstars – they really enjoy battling with their friends (and teachers) and it is an excellent way to improve their recall of all tables.
http://tablestest.com

We may use  www.mymaths.co.uk to set homework sometimes, however the children can use it anytime to practise something we have learnt or test to make sure they that they can remember.
PSHERisks and effects of legal drugs common to everyday life (e.g. cigarettes, e-cigarettes/vaping, alcohol and medicines) and their impact on health. First AidEncourage your child to discuss their feelings.
REThe focus for this term is New Beginnings  
By being respectful of all faiths and allowing children to ask questions about the subjects studied.
PEAll for Sport (Tuesday)PE kit MUST be in school at all times and CLEARLY LABELLED with your child’s name.  Long hair must be tied back for all sport activities.  Earrings will be required to be removed during physical exercise – if ears are newly pierced then they must be taped for safety reasons.Children well enough to be in school will be expected to participate in the activities.
Music

Spanish
The children will receive music lessons with a specialist teacher.
Your child will continue their Spanish lessons, weekly.
Encourage your children to listen to a wide range of different music styles.Ask your child about their learning.  

Boxes of tissues would be greatly appreciated!  We would also benefit from used newspapers, as we use these frequently during art lessons.

Reading

Your child will be taught reading and how to comprehend complex texts as part of whole class reading sessions.  In addition to this, they are expected to read a book of their choice during the course of a half term which they should have in school every day. The local library has some great books if your child is an avid reader.

We are looking forward to another term and would like to thank you in advance for your continuing support.

Ms Davies and Mrs Ditchburn