Welcome to Oak Class (Year 6)
Oak Class Newsletter
Term 3 & Term 4
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and feel ready to embrace the New Year. I am looking forward to teaching you this term, and know that with your positive attitudes you will all continue to make good progress – just as you did last term.
We are very fortunate to have Mrs Christy as our full time Teaching Assistant as well as Mrs Sambridge and Mrs Kirby working in Oak Class throughout the week too. With such provision and the continued support from your grown-ups, I am in no doubt that combined with your effort and positive attitude to learning, you will all progress well and have a successful time in Year 6. Below is an outline of what your child will be learning in Terms 3 & 4 and any other information that will help you support your child.
Our topic for this term asks “What can we learn from the Ancient Greeks?” Although primarily a History topic, the nature of the question allows us to link our learning into all curriculum areas.
ENGLISH – As our topic focus is on Ancient Greece, we will be linking this within English by looking at a variety of Greek Myths and Legends. The children will have an opportunity to complete some extended writing in a variety of genres.
MATHS - We are continuing to become masters of the curriculum this term beginning with looking at fractions, decimals and percentages. This will involve looking at performing calculations with fractions and decimals; finding equivalents between fractions and then between fractions, decimals and percentages; and finally finding fractions and percentages of amounts. Following this we shall begin to look at statistics and algebra before finally looking at shape and geometry after half term. During this time, the children will be encouraged to use maths equipment, draw pictures and use abstract approaches to help them solve maths challenges and demonstrate their understanding in greater depth.
If you wish to support your child with their maths learning at home, frequent revision of place value and the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). It goes without saying that ALL pupils should be fluent in their times tables up to 12 x 12 in random order and I ask that you encourage them to continue to practise them every night.
COMPUTING - Throughout this term the children shall be using programming software to complete a simulation of different functions of the human body before then completing and recording the data for a survey.
SCIENCE – This term we will be looking at Animals, including humans and asking ourselves - What makes up the human circulatory system? What are the functions of the heart? How does diet, exercise, drugs effect how our body functions? The second topic will be Electricity, which will focus on exploring how the number/voltage cells effect the brightness of a bulb/volume of a buzzer. It is hoped that the trip to Nissan will certainly have helped embed their knowledge of electrical circuits and enable them to realise why they need to learn about this topic.
MUSIC - Your child shall continue to work with Mrs Gray in developing ensemble skills and rhythm. They will further their knowledge of rhythm, staff and tablature (tab) notation, by performing either as a class or a small group. They will continue to learn to play the Ukulele, and will begin to play simple melodies as well as develop on chord and strum patterns they have already begun to play.
RE – Words of Wisdom Within this unit we shall be looking at different quotes, religious verses and passages and inspirational speeches that can guide and inspire us. We shall also be exploring the benefits of relaxation and stilling for our benefit.
PSHE/MINDFULNESS – We will be following the Jigsaw PSHE programme. We will also be exploring how mindfulness can help us relax and focus on the ‘here and now’. We will learn some breathing strategies to help us unwind when we may be feeling anxious or overwhelmed and it is hoped that these lessons will become part of your child’s every day coping mechanism.
FRENCH - Your child shall continue to work with Madame Kernick on a Friday afternoon.
P.E. – We shall be continuing to follow the Real PE scheme of work as well as a new and exciting unit we have in school. Our first term shall focus on gymnastics skills and our second shall investigate football through dance. NB: PE will be on Tuesday and Wednesday each week, but it is helpful to have PE kits in school at all times. Please remember to take your child’s earrings out on PE days if they are unable to remove their own earrings otherwise they will be excluded from PE for health and safety reasons. Any long hair/long fringes should be tied up with hair bands. Remember to include a pair of socks if your child wears tights. PE kits will be sent home every few weeks for washing.
Please ensure all clothing such as sweatshirts, cardigans, PE kits and footwear is clearly labelled.
Each week the children are given Spelling and Time Tables tests. Spellings are in a folder and will be given out every Thursday. The children are asked to learn the words and focus on any spelling rules that may help them. This term, they have also been asked to choose five words and include them in some sentences (on the back of their spelling sheet) to show they understand what the words mean. Each week, your child will write their spelling scores on the top of their sheet in order for you to see how well they have done. We ask that you place your signature next to the score to indicate that you have seen them. Please encourage your child to regularly practise these as it is a vital life-long skill.
TRIP TO NISSAN - We are really excited about our trip on Wednesday 21st February 2018. This is an interactive workshop called ‘Monozukuri Caravan’ at Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield. We will be exploring the exciting world of Design and Engineering through the use of an Electric Car. The tasks will require the children to use their creativity and work as a team. In addition to this, we will also be showing children the importance of seatbelts and car safety in the crash test activity.
END OF YEAR RESIDENTIAL - Our class residential is planned for 25th June to 29th June 2018 and may we remind families that the full payment is required by 1st April 2017. A parent’s meeting later in the year regarding kit lists and details of the visit. If you require any further information in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me.
INTERVENTION – These intervention sessions will continue this term. All Year 6 children will have the opportunity to work in small groups with either myself, Mrs Christy, Mrs Parsons. In addition, we are fortunate to have Mrs Brown joining us for Booster sessions in Maths, Reading and Writing which will begin week commencing 8th January.
All staff working with your child, will continue to provide a learning environment where they can be suitably encouraged and challenged in order for them to give their best at all times. All we ask, is that they put in 100% effort each and every day. With this combination; success is in their grasp!!
Thank you for your continued support. I am always available at the end of the day should you feel you have anything to discuss.
Year 6 Teacher