Year 6 Newsletter
Term 3 & 4 2019
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and feel ready to embrace the New Year. Mrs Christy and I are looking forward to teaching you this term, and know that with your positive attitudes you will all continue to make good progress.
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 is titled ‘Close Encounters’. As this is a vast topic, I intend for the children to come up with suggestions they would like to research further – in a similar format to last term’s topic on America.
ENGLISH – We will continue to use Talk 4 Writing methods to enhance our writing skills. Narrative poetry and the work of Shakespeare are just a couple of areas we will be exploring. On 13th February, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to go and see the performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Corby Cube followed by an hour’s workshop. This will be a fantastic opportunity for all pupils and will help advance their own writing skills too. Throughout the term, the children will also have a chance to complete some extended writing in a variety of other genres, with their English lesson as well as through other subjects.
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 either via the Times Tables Rock Stars website or verbally.
INTERVENTION – These intervention sessions will continue this term. All Year 6 children will have the opportunity to work in small groups with Mrs Christy and Mrs Brown throughout the week.
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 too. With this combination; success is in their grasp!!
COMPUTING - Throughout this term the children will have the opportunity to use their computer skills for research and recording a data survey. Each session, they will also have the opportunity to access Sumdog and Times Tables Rock Stars.
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?
MUSIC - Your child shall continue to work with Mrs Regan
RE – Sikhism and Words of Wisdom – We will continue comparing Christianity with Sikhism and make links with other religions too. We will be having our Sikhism Day on 23rd January 2019 and ask that the children come to school dressed in saris or turbans. Please do not feel you need to go buying costumes, we will discuss in class how to use scarves, sarongs and sheets to make the outfit. Within the Words of Wisdom 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 and fitness session from Go Noodle. PE will be on Monday and Thursday 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.
WEB BASED HOMEWORK - As well as the general homework, we have paid a subscription for every Year 6 pupil, to have full access to the Sumdog website; it is designed to motivate children to work on maths, reading and writing. After the diagnostic assessment, as children play, they answer questions. Sumdog, personalises the questions for each child, and tracks their progress through the school curriculum. Please encourage your child to access this as often as possible – it will help their progress a great deal but they will learn in a fun way. This website is suitable on all devices such as IPad.
END OF YEAR RESIDENTIAL - Our class residential is planned for 24th June to 28th June 2019 and may we remind families that the full payment is required by 1st April 2019. 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.
Thank you for your continued support. I am always available at the beginning and end of the day, should you feel you have anything to discuss.
Year 6 Teacher