Year 6

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I hope you all enjoyed the Spring Break and are ready for the Summer Term.

We have much to do in a very short time this term, including:  SATs, our trip to the Isle of Wight, Sports Day, Allianz Park Athletics Competition, Spelling Bee, the school production, the final assembly and netball match as well as the Year 6 Disco.  It’s going to be an emotional roller-coaster, especially as this is the last term for Year 6 before they move on to their Secondary schools.

However, the learning doesn’t stop just because SATs are over, we will continue with all subjects during other events and rehearsals for the production.  Children will be expected to complete homework and continue reading at home, throughout the term.

Here is what we have in store for this term:

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home
English Over the term, most of our writing will be completed through our topics ‘Blood Heart’ and ‘Gallery Rebels.’

The children will have opportunities to use their scientific knowledge and vocabulary to write information texts and create leaflets about the heart and circulatory system, report the results of experiments and write ‘heart-stopping’ stories.

They will write a diary about their experience of our school journey and read extracts to Year 5.

In researching famous artists, the children will choose an artist they admire and create a short book of his/her life, using pictures and biographical notes.

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.

Your child should be reading every day for a minimum of 30 minutes – confident readers make better writers!  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?

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.

Creative Curriculum In this term, the children will research

The heart and circulatory systems of the body.  We will begin with the heart – its importance, structure and how it works. They will be able to watch the dissection a real heart, in class.

The children will then explore how the Ancient Greeks thought blood was made and transported around the body, and who finally discovered the circulation of blood as we know it today.

They will have the opportunity to devise and complete their own experiment for the heart, and write up the results using charts and scientific vocabulary.

During the second half of term, the children will turn their attention to art.  Researching different genre, format, design and styles of art through history.

They will have the opportunity to use different styles of painting techniques (including shade and tone) to create their own piece of art.

In addition, the children will use various mediums to create 3D sculptures.

Maths The children will be revising all areas of maths learnt over the year and using this in written and practical problem solving.

They will continue to have arithmetic tests throughout the term to maintain recall and accuracy in preparation for next year.

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 to make sure they that they can remember.

RE The focus for this term is Tolerance Talk about the things we are learning.

By being respectful about all religions when discussion around religion occurs.  This may be through reading/watching the news or programmes.

If you share a religion in your home make your child aware of any particularly important/significant places.

If you would like to come in and share your knowledge it would much appreciated J  Children learn best from those in a place of personal knowledge.

PE Dance (Thursday) 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.  Earring 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.

KS2 – Spanish/Music The children will receive a 6-week block of music each half term.

Your child will continue to broaden their Spanish experience weekly.

Encourage your children to listen to a wide range of different music styles.

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 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.

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 during the drop in time.  This is still Wednesday between 3:40 and 4:10.

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

Mrs Leighton-Ditchburn