Welcome to Year 6!
We hope that everyone has enjoyed their Easter break and are well-rested, ready for the busy but exciting term ahead! All Year 6 pupils have worked so hard this year and we know that they will be entering the new term ready to continue developing their knowledge and understanding as well as reigniting their enthusiasm and love for learning.
In year 6 this term, we will be learning about William Shakepeare, studying one of his most famous playscripts, A Midsummer Night's Dream. We have been fortunate enough to secure a date for the formidable 'Young Shakespeare Company' to come and work with the children, providing an exciting day of activities, performances and workshops.
Following on from this, children will be writing their own playscripts in literacy and will be given the opportunity to recreate their playscript in the form of an IT animation. Children will be spending time designing and creating the set and will be holding their own cinema screening of their finished animations to children from other year groups.
In maths, children will be learning how to identify, sort, measure and calculate angles as well as revising subject areas covered this year in preparation for SATs. Children will also be studying adaption and evolution, light, and electricity in science, as well as partaking in a variety of engaging STEM challenges. Keep checking the website for photo updates throughout the term!
As well as all the exciting learning in the classroom, all pupils will be starting swimming again this term. Swimming lessons will take place in addition to each class' timetabled P.E. lesson. Osprey class will be swimming on a Monday afternoon and doing P.E. on a Friday afternoon, and Peregrine class will be swimming on a Friday afternoon and doing P.E. on a Monday afternoon.
Can we please ask you to make sure that your child comes into school with the correct attire for each of their sports lessons.
For their swimming lessons, children will need a swimsuit/trunks, a swimming hat, a towel, (goggles are optional).
For their P.E. lessons, children will need a white P.E. t-shirt, black, grey or navy P.E. shorts or jogging bottoms, and appropriate footwear (trainers or plimsolls).
We have been working really hard to ensure that all children wear the appropriate clothing for their P.E. lessons and appreciate your support in making sure that your child is provided with the correct kit. We also feel that this is good practise for them in the lead up to attending secondary school in September.
Important dates and information:
* Wednesday 18th April 2018: The Young Shakespeare Company Workshop (please make sure that all payments have been made to the school office by this date).
* Monday 14th-Thursday 17th May 2018: Year 6 SATs week.
Children receive homework on a weekly basis (SPAG on a Monday, reading and maths on a Wednesday). They have the week to complete the homework and are expected to bring it in, completed, the following Monday/Wednesday. Alongside this, all pupils in year 6 should be using their revision guides regularly to revise all areas in maths, SPAG and reading, in the lead up to SATs. Not only is this good practise for secondary school but it will also ensure that all children are keeping on top of their learning at home which should in turn enhance their confidence, subject knowledge and understanding when it comes to answering questions in their upcoming SATs papers.
We thank you for your continued support in helping your child to reach their full potential.
This term we will be learning about rainforests for our topic. In Spring 1 our focus is on 'Natural Disasters within the Amazon Rainforest, while in Spring 2 our focus is 'From Cacao to Chocolate'.
This learning will culminate in an exhibition of our learning at the end of the term, including our art work and DT puppets.
The children will start their topic by researching a secret rainforest and creating information texts based on it. During the topic, the children will also learn about dangers and threats to the rainforest, including animals and plants within the rainforest. They will perform their own musical compositions to represent the rainforest.
In Literacy, the children will be reading 'The Jaguar Trials' by Ruth Eastham. They will use this book to infer about the main characters, as well as writing their own 'Trial'.
In Maths, the children will be learning about percentages and how to solve problems with these. They will also learn about ratio, algebra and statistics. We will also spend time revising key concepts such as place value and the four operations.
Important Days of the Week
This term, we have outdoor P.E. on a Monday (Osprey) or Tuesday (Peregrine) as well as indoor P.E. on a Friday (both classes).
Revision guides have been handed out and will be collected periodically throughout the term. Children should be consolidating their learning in lessons (which the teachers will guide them to) as well as continuing to revise other areas - remember to speak to us if there is something you are not sure about and need extra help with!
Thursday 25th January - Parent Learning Day
SATs revision booster groups have already started - thank you and well done to those children who continue to attend.