Dear parents, carers and children,
Welcome back to Year 6!
It has been a joy to have all the children back in class since Monday 8th March: school really wasn’t the same without them. All the adults working in Year 6 have been incredibly impressed with their positive attitude and readiness to learn.
General information - We operate an open classroom policy and welcome the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress. Unfortunately, due to the current situation, parents will not be allowed on the school site so please arrange an appointment if you would like to come in.
Reading books – Children must ensure that they have their AR reading book at school every day. They are welcome to choose an additional book from the library or the bookshelves in the classroom. Reading is a vital skill for learning and we are determined to ensure that our Year 6 children move on to secondary school as proficient and enthusiastic readers. They are not too old to be read to – this can often encourage more reluctant readers to enjoy books.
Homework challenges – This term, we will be setting homework each Friday on Seesaw and would like this to be completed and posted on the following Thursday. If this is something you can’t access, let your child’s teacher know. Please support your child with their homework. They are also encouraged to read at home for at least 20 minutes every day. Speedy recall of times table facts remains vital so it is important that they engage with Times Tables Rockstars at home.
P.E is a regular part of our curriculum. Therefore, please ensure your child has a suitable kit in school. Our timetabled P.E is on Monday and Wednesday, however this sometimes has to change due to weather conditions so it is helpful if they can have kit in school at all times.
Maths: This term we will be revising efficient calculation methods of all four operations and applying our skills when calculating perimeter, area and volume. We will also review the conversion of units of measure including length, mass and capacity.
English: During this term we will be studying a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to develop our reading comprehension skills. We will be using Michael Morpurgo’s book “Where My Wellies Take Me” to develop the children’s writing skills, practising techniques which will help them to engage their readers. There will also be regular spelling and handwriting practice.
Science: This half term our unit of work is ‘Animals including Humans’ within which the children will plan and carry out an investigation into the impact of exercise on our bodies, recording their results using graphs. We will also carry out research into other aspects of keeping healthy, including diet and drugs.
Computing: For the remaining few weeks of this term, we will begin our learning on the computing tools and techniques used by online journalists, specifically travel writers. This will include the use of online map tools and the manipulation of photos and text.
Geography: This term we are starting an exciting unit focused on understanding the threats to our planet and what we can do to protect it. We will learn about climate change, pollution and deforestation and develop practical ideas of local action to prevent some of the problems we face.
RE: This term we will explore the Easter story and what this means to Christians.
PSHCE: This half term, we will be starting our new PSHE scheme called Jigsaw. We will be thinking about the children’s dreams and goals and setting our expectations as learners.
Art: The children will be learning to paint landscapes inspired by the artist David Hockney.
PE: This half term, the children will be developing their skills in body control and balance and creating their own dance, linked to our learning in music.
Music: The children will be developing a range of musical skills, including appraising and composing, based on a piece of music called ‘Plastic’ which is linked to our learning about the threat of plastic pollution to our environment.
French: This half term, we will be reviewing our previous learning and learning about holidays and countries around the world.
Please can your child bring a coat every day, as we go outside whenever possible.
We hope you have found this letter useful. Please do not hesitate to come and see us on the school gate if you have any queries.
Mrs Gautier, Mr Rogers and Mr Medd (Class teachers)
Mrs Mitchelmore, Mrs Woodland, Mrs Horne (Teaching and Learning Support assistants)
Welcome to Year 6
This year, Mrs Gautier and Mr Rogers will be at the helm, supported by lots of fantastic adults to help our children be the best that they can be and ready to move on to the next stage of their learning journey at secondary school. Mrs Lowcock, Mrs Blake and Mrs Park are all teaching in Year 6 and our super team of teaching assistants - Mrs Woodland, Mrs Mitchelmore and Mrs Horne - will be providing extra support wherever and whenever it is needed.