Welcome to Year 6

The Year 6 Team would like to give everyone a warm welcome back after the holidays and wish everyone a Happy New Year! We are really excited about our learning at the start of this important year and would like to give you a snapshot of the learning this half term in the curriculum information below!

Note: Please see the links in the sidebar for important Y6 SATs information for May 2020.

EVOLUTION

This Half Term, Class 6 are exploring the topic of the ‘Evolution’ and will be basing their enquiry work (Art, Science, History) around this subject. Through this topic, children will learn that living things have changed over time. They will learn to recognise that living things produce offspring, and that normally these offspring are not identical to their parents. They will see how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways – and that adaptation may lead to evolution. We will also complete in-depth studies of specific animals and learn about theorists such as Charles Darwin.

ENGLISH

This term, as will be studying the classic poem “The Lady of Shalott.” Originally published in 1832, Tennyson’s romantic narrative is one of the best-known and most beloved poems in the English language. To support your child please encouraged them to do some independent reading/research around the legend of King Arthur as this knowledge would be beneficial when creating their own settings and characters in this fictional world. In addition to this we will also be writing non-fiction texts linking our independent writing with our knowledge of Evolution and researching and presenting evolution of different species by writing our own information texts.

MATHS

This term the maths curriculum will be revisiting and building on children’s knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages and their relationship to one another. We will be also be covering measurements (including conversion of metric units) and solving problems through reasoning. In addition to this will be introducing children to the concepts of ratio, proportion and algebra. We encourage children to continue to hone their timetables knowledge using Times Table Rockstars as much as possible because a secure knowledge of these facts assists across the Year 6 maths curriculum.

Your child has a login to access their account at this website https://ttrockstars.com/ (there is also an app available for apple and android devices).

Reminders

  • PE

PE will take place every Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that children have their PE kits in school on all days as PE sessions may take place during none scheduled days. PE kits consist of black shorts, a white top (no logo please), suitable trainers or pumps and all jewelry must be removed. As we are now in the middle of winter please ensure your child also brings a plain fleece, sweatshirt or hooded top when we are outside.

  • Homework

Year 6 children will be given a piece of Maths and English homework every Friday. The expectation is these tasks will be completed over the weekend and returned to school by Wednesday morning. In addition, Year 6 Spellings will be sent home each Friday and a test will be carried out the following week. Maths homework will be directly linked to the work covered that week so the children should be familiar with the area of maths.

  • Reading

I would also like to take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of children reading for at least 20 minutes every day. Reading is vital for your child’s success and it helps enormously in their writing.

  • Home/School Contact

In order for us to monitor and inform you on reading, homework tasks and school events, each child has been issued with a personal planner. It is an easy and effective way for us to communicate. Please sign the Home/School agreement. Please check your child’s planner on a daily basis. Children must look after their planners because if they lose/damage them, a new one will be issued at a cost of £3.

If you have any further questions or worries, please do not hesitate to Mr Edwards. You can catch me at the end of the day, as I dismiss your child, if you would like to have a word face to face.

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