I hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas – Happy New Year to you all. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the Year 6 team for all of the Christmas cards and gifts that we received.
I think the children are well-rested and ready to hit the ground running this term, they are focused, motivated and keen to secure areas that they are struggling with. It’s exactly the attitude that we need to see at this point in the year (in Y6). This term, we are moving onto our new class text (that everyone is excited about): Holes. We will be using this text to not only develop our reading comprehension skills (in particular, inference and answers that require an in depth answer), but we will also use it to inspire our writing. In addition to this, I would like to thank you for your continued support with reading at home. Lots of the children met their individual word count target (that we set to encourage participation in reading) last half term and I am hoping this will continue this half term. We will try to gather a number of writing pieces, over a range of genres, to support the grade that your child is aiming to achieve.
In Maths, we are moving onto decimals and percentages imminently, and then we will progress further through the strands (with measure been next on the list). We will continue to test arithmetic skills regularly so please encourage your child to review them at home as well as what we do in the classroom. Along with arithmetic, it makes every aspect of maths so much easier if your child is fully secure with their times tables and even better if their pace is good too. Every child has a Times Table Rock Star login, and this can be accessed at home to support with this concept.
We are going to be covering a number of standalone skills in Geography this half term with a focus on History for the second half. Our topic in History will be The British Empire.
In PE, we are moving indoors for our Gymnastics and Dance units. Therefore your child can wear the appropriate PE kit for these sports (shorts or sports leggings / tracksuit bottoms is they prefer, with their PE top). However if your child is attending an afterschool sports clubs, which requires the outdoor area, please send them with warm clothing (tracksuit bottoms/sweatshirts/hats and gloves if appropriate).
As always, if you need to contact me for any reason, you can catch me at the end of the school day, via email or via the office for a phone call. As well as this, if you would like any extra resources / work to help boost with specific areas, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Christmas DT Projects - Light up canvases
A fantastic assembly, followed by a brilliant open morning!
Shang Dynasty - Lanterns
Coffee Morning - thank you to all of those who baked and came to support the event!
First writing assessment - Voices in the Park (Anthony Browne). We thoroughly enjoyed looking at the deeper meaning behind the pictures.
Welcome to Year 6! I hope that you have all had a lovely summer and are ready to start the new school year. Kensuke's Kingdom is our first class book; we will use this text to not only develop our comprehension skills in reading, but it will also influence our writing. As well as this, we will link our writing to our history topic (The Shang Dynasty) and the first topic that we will cover in Science (Electricity). In numeracy, a number of mathematical strands will be covered this term, these include: place value, the four operations and fractions.
Physical Education will take place on Monday and Wednesday. In addition to this, Stafford College young leaders are continuing to work with us this year; they will be delivering a short skills lesson on a Friday morning. The first session will be on Friday, 21st September 2018. Please send your child with an indoor and outdoor kit this term as it is beginning to get cold (PE t-shirt, shorts/sports leggings/tracksuit bottoms and a jumper/hoody). As you are aware, the children will have access to the Year 5 and 6 changing rooms this year. I know you have been told this time and time again, but just as a reminder, please ensure that all clothing is labelled.
- Thursday - Reading
During the first week of term, the children completed a star reading quiz to determine the level of the reading books that is suitable for their ability. Please encourage them to read regularly, as it not only supports their fluency skills, but it also improves their comprehension skills as well.
- Friday - Spellings
The children will do a spelling test on a Friday, and then the new spellings for the week will be introduced.
In addition to the weekly homework, the children will also receive homework in other subjects. This will be a short task that will be over a couple of nights or in the next day to benefit the following lesson.
If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate in contacting me on firstname.lastname@example.org or at the end of the school day.