Year 6 Newsletter Term 5 & 6 2019
Welcome back! I hope you all had an excellent Easter break; are fully refreshed and ready to embrace our very busy Summer Term. Our topic for this term is ‘Raiders and Traders’. 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 Close Encounters.
English - Prior to the SATs the children will have GPS revision sessions on a daily basis. The Yr5/6 statutory spelling lists will be our main focus; this list has at least one word based around a spelling rule, please encourage your child to identify other words that follow the same rule and help them to include those verbally into a sentence.
We will continue to produce extended pieces of writing frequently running up to SATs and will partake in several writing projects following SATs week too. This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to demonstrate the progress made throughout the year and used for the moderation process that will help determine which writing level your child has attained.
Maths - In the lead up to SATs we will be focusing on revising all aspects of the KS2 curriculum on a daily basis. Arithmetic equates to one third of the final available marks and is the area of the SATs paper where the children can gain the most marks. We will also be engaging in a range of reasoning and problem solving activities and investigations to embed Maths learning. This is where the children have a chance to apply their mathematics knowledge in context and equates to two thirds of the Maths assessment.
INTERVENTION – all Yr6 pupils are in one or more intervention session. Mrs Christy will continue to have groups for the first 40 minutes in the morning as well as other groups throughout the afternoons. Can I thank you all for ensuring pupils have arrived in school for 8.40am as this has enabled them to access the Maths of the Day revision tasks during Registration. Which, in turn, has ensured they have been fully prepared to commence Mrs Christy’s intervention group promptly at 8.50am. May I urge you to continue encouraging them to do this during the Summer Term as it really is helping them a great deal. In addition, Mrs Brown will continue to facilitate some Booster sessions in Maths, Reading Comprehension and Writing this term. Rest assured, whoever is working with your child, will continue to provide a learning environment where they can be suitably encouraged and challenged. All is asked of your child, is that they continue to attend the groups with a positive attitude and then apply what they have learnt into all other curriculum areas - with this combination, success is in their grasp!!
Science – 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?
RE – Words of Wisdom will be continued from last term and then we will focus on Religions Within Our Community. For this unit we will be looking at the diverse range of religions that we have in our local community and how they work together.
French - continues on Friday afternoons with Madame Kernick.
Music – continues on Friday afternoons with Mrs Regan.
PSHE – Our main focus this term will be on relationships and changes with the focus on getting ready for moving on to secondary school. Year 6 will also focus on P4C (Philosophy for Children) and as part of our learning we will engage the children in short philosophy style discussions based on topical/topical issues. This will encourage their deeper thinking and debating skills and hopefully help them to gain the confidence to vocalise their opinion and shown how to accept that other viewpoints may differ from their own.
MINDFULNESS – We will continue to explore 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 which will be beneficial during their KS2 assessments.
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. Within this term there shall be a focus on athletics in preparation for the Welland Valley Sports Event and our school Sports Day, as well as dance where we will be preparing for June Rose Day. PE will usually be on Mondays but it is helpful to have PE kits in school at all times, as we may need to change PE slots at short notice.
HOMEWORK - Homework will continue to be in the SAT Buster booklets; be given out on Thursdays and returned on Tuesdays. Please encourage your children to aim for high levels of presentation - only black biro or pencil to be used. Note: All questions must be attempted however, if help from an adult is required, could you please note this by adding your signature at the side of the relevant question.
As part of your child’s homework, they should be reading for at least ten minutes every day and recording this in their reading record. Please ensure they do this and encourage them to read any other books, magazines or comics they enjoy too.
WEB BASED HOMEWORK - As well as the general homework, we continue to pay a subscription, for every Year 6 pupil, to have full access to the SUMDOG website; it is proving to motivate the children to work on maths, reading, writing and spelling. SUMDOG personalises the questions for each child and tracks their progress through the school curriculum. I also entered the class into the County and National Sumdog Competitions and so far we have achieved 1st place for the County Competition, so fingers crossed for the National one in May!!
RESIDENTIAL – the Year 6 residential is booked for 24th June to 28th June 2019. If you require any further information in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the office.
On behalf of all the Year 6 team, can I thank you for your continued support in helping us prepare your child for their transition from primary to secondary school.
Year 6 Teacher