Year 6

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Welcome to Year 6.  I hope you all enjoyed the Summer break and are ready to begin your child’s final year at Monkfrith School.  It is going to be exciting and challenging as we have so much to do.

This first term is about settling back into school routines and it is important that children are in school on time and ready for the day ahead.  As the eldest in the school, it is the responsibility of Year 6 to set a good example to the younger children regarding behaviour and attitude and I am confident this year’s class will live up to expectations.

Before you scroll down to the curriculum for the term, I would like to ask if it is possible for you to buy a box of tissues on your next shopping trip; the children do get the sniffles as Autumn progresses and at least one box of tissues from each child (per term) usually sees us through. Thank you in advance for your support.

Moving on, here is what we have in store for this term:

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home
English We will do most of our writing through our topics, Hola! Mexico  and then Frozen Kingdom.

During the  term, the children will  write letters, diary entries, biographies, reviews  and instructions.

Talk about our topic.  Any additional research will make them better writers!

Reading for at least 30 minutes each day makes a huge difference!

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meaning.

Phonics/Spelling There will also be daily Spelling or Grammar lessons to develop       technical skills that they can apply    to their writing. Talk about any new, interesting or difficult vocabulary that they meet.  Do they need to use a dictionary to gain a better understanding?

Practice the words from the Year 3&4 list to increase accuracy and fluency in spelling.

Spellings for this term will be sent home, but are also available –Autumn Term spellings.

Make sure that anything they write at home is in joined up handwriting (except for capitals), the spelling is correct and sentences make sense.   Practise makes permanent.

Creative Curriculum In this term:

Autumn 1: our topic is called Hola! Mexico.  The children will discover  the geography, history and colourful culture of this amazing country.

We will examine Mexican traditions such as ‘Dia de los Muertos’ and discover how the Ancient Maya Civilisation dominated the country for hundreds of years. In addition, we will try a modern take on an ancient recipe to make the ‘Food of the Gods’.

Autumn 2: our topic will be Frozen Kingdom where we explore the differences and similarities of the polar regions, take a journey with Captain Scott and walk in the steps of Darwin as we uncover the mysteries of animal adaptation and evolution in the cruelest of landscapes.

Although the children will be given a knowledge sheet about some aspects of each topic, please encourage your child to do additional research.  Asking questions and talking about the topics will help your child to improve their knowledge and contribute more in class.
Maths We will start by focusing on place value, then move on to carrying out calculations with all four operations before turning our focus to fractions by the end of term.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays we will focus on Geometry – starting with shape.

This term please continue to focus on times tables. 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:

0.7 x 8 = 5.6

0.8 x 7 = 5.6

5.6 ÷ 8 = 0.7

5.6 ÷ 7 = 0.8

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The children can use  www.mymaths.co.uk to practise something we have learnt or test themselves to make sure they that they can remember.

RE Not taught formally this term.
PE Taught by specialist teachers throughout the year,  following the National Curriculum. PE kit MUST be in school at all times and CLEARLY LABELLED with your child’s name.  Please make sure long hair is 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 who are well enough to be in school will be expected to participate in the activities.
Music Taught by specialist teachers throughout the year, following the National Curriculum. Encourage your children to listen to a wide range of different music styles.
Spanish Taught by specialist teachers throughout the year, following the National Curriculum. Ask your child what their learning has been. Can they recite the days of the week and months of the year?  Are their counting skills up to scratch?  Can they encourage you to hold a simple conversation about how you are?

Boxes of tissues are 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.

Home Learning

This will be set on a Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday.  It will consist of spellings to practice, maths and grammar as well as something related to our topic.

Encourage your child to look at the local paper or even invest in First News – a newspaper specifically for children.  Discuss articles with them, taking time to look at the organisation of both the paper itself and the individual articles.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to write a note or make an appointment via the office to see me.

I’m looking forward to a busy but rewarding first term and would like to thank you in advance for your support.

Mrs Leighton-Ditchburn