Welcome to Year 6!
Welcome back to a new school year!
Our main topic in Year 6 this half term is 'Climb Every Mountain'. We started to think about our topic on the transition day in July when the children worked in small groups to complete a STEM investigation to build the highest mountain using just art straws and 30cm of tape. They loved this opportunity to work as a team and thrived from the challenge set.
We are all very excited about the upcoming residential to Brecon Beacons which takes place week commencing Monday 24th September. This is an incredible opportunity for the children to develop their independence as well as develop new skills. The children will take part in three main activities: caving, canoeing and a mountain walk. Staying in the Brecon Beacon mountain range, the children will also develop their knowledge of mountains through first hand experience. Children will use their computing skills when they return to school, to create PowerPoint presentations about their residential which we will share with parents at our Early Bird Breakfast on Thursday 11th October.
During Literacy this term, we will be reading 'Wolf Brother' by Michelle Paver.
The children will identify language used in this book, infer about the characters and use it for inspiration for their own adventure stories based in the mountains. Alongside this book, we will look at 'Way of the Wolf', which is from the Bear Grylls series, so children can identify similarities and differences between the texts.
In Maths this term, we will be ensuring children are confident using all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) as well as selecting and applying appropriate strategies.
This includes using our new activity 'Times Table Rock Stars' to ensure we can quickly recall all of our times tables!
Later in the term we will be learning about how we can manipulate and use fractions.
In Art, children will focus on using water colours to create pictures of the Blue Mountains using different tones and tints. They will also complete digital art work based on different landscapes linking to our topic.
As well as all the exciting learning in the classroom, all pupils will continue swimming whilst the weather is still fine. 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 Tuesday or Friday afternoon, and Peregrine class will be swimming on a Friday afternoon and doing P.E. on a Tuesday 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 will be working really hard to ensure that all children wear the appropriate clothing for their P.E. lessons and would appreciate your support in making sure that your child is provided with the correct kit.
Children will be receiving homework weekly. This will be set on a Thursday and will need to be returned on a Tuesday. The homework will help the children consolidate what they have been learning in class and will consist of reading, spellings and maths.
* Wednesday 12th September - information evening regarding Brecon Beacons
* Week commencing Monday 24th September - Residential to Brecon Beacons
* Thursday 11th October - Early Bird Breakfast
* Week commencing Monday 15th October - Year 6 bike training
* Monday 5th November - trip to Tower of London for 'Crime and Punishment' topic
* Monday 10th December - Grandparent's afternoon