Spring Term 3 - Newsletter
Welcome back to school. I hope that you had an enjoyable Christmas holiday.
There are some exciting events happening this term which I am very much looking forward to.
Our topic this term is 'The Vikings'. We will be finding out about where the Vikings came from, how the Vikings lived and what their Gods and beliefs were. In art and DT we will explore Viking art and make our own Viking shields. In English we will be studying the book 'The Viewer' by Shaun Tan. This book will inspire our creative writing, newspaper reports and letter writing. In maths we will be learning about algebra and measures and revisiting work on fractions, decimals and percentages. For more details on the work that we will cover this term, please look at the Spring term overview on the curriculum and planning page.
I look forward to seeing you all at the PGL meeting.
Autumn Term 2 - Newsletter
Welcome back to school after the half term break. I hope that you had an enjoyable holiday and are ready for the exciting learning and activities leading up to Christmas.
This term our topic is Geography based. We will be learning about maps, atlases and planning journeys. In English we will be studying the authors Phillip Pulman and Patrick Ness and using their books to inspire our writing. In Maths we will be learning about fractions, percentages, position and direction and problem solving. We will also be learning about electricity in Science and spreadsheets in Computing. In the lead up to Christmas we will be learning Christmas songs and taking part in fun sewing and cooking activities.
Please remember to sign your child's reading record each day that they read at home. We will continue to count parent's signatures every Friday so that the children can move up the class reading ladder. Well done to the children who are moving up the ladder. There will be a small prize for the first child to achieve 100 reads and additional certificates/rewards to be earned!
This term ukulele lessons will be replaced by singing in preparation for the Christmas performance.
This term the children will continue to have PE on Wednesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays we will have football lessons on the field so please make sure that the children have warm PE clothing on this day.
Spellings will now be tested on Fridays instead of Thursdays.
We are very excited about the school's new running challenge, to run a mile a day at least three times a week. We did our first run today and managed to do between 3 and 7 laps of the circuit in the alloted 10 minutes, (4 laps is approximately 1 mile). The children will be running in their school uniform but can change into trainers, so please make sure that your child has suitable running shoes in school. I have also joined in the running challenge and am hoping to shed a few pounds before Christmas!
We have one swimming lesson on 10th December this term and three swimming lessons after Christmas.
On Friday 9th November, in commemoration of Remembrance day, year 6 have been invited to a special performance of "Meet Tommy Atkins" at the Pound Arts Centre. The performance will start at 2:00pm and last for an hour. If there are any parents who would be able to attend and walk with us, please could you let me know ASAP.
Primary Maths Challenge
Next week, year 6 are invited to take part in the Primary Maths Challenge.
The Primary Mathematics Challenge is a fun and exciting mathematical Challenge aimed at pupils in year 6 in the UK. Answering PMC questions does not depend on mathematical knowledge alone, but on the ability to think things through, be logical and find ways to solve problems. After the November results are collected, the highest scoring pupils are invited to take part in the Bonus Round. Whereas the November Challenge is an in-school Challenge, the Bonus Round sees pupils competing on a worldwide level.
The children will be attempting some of the questions from past papers this week so that they will have experience of the types of questions.
I look forward to meeting with parents next week at parents evening. If you have any queries before then, please do not hesitate to see me at the end of the school day.
Welcome to Year 6!
I hope that you have had an enjoyable summer holiday and are now refreshed and ready to start a new term at school. I am looking forward to getting to know you all better and hope that you are as excited as I am about the work that is planned for this year!
This term our topic is WWII. We will be studying the start of the war, The Home Front, the Battle of Britain, Churchill and key moments of the war and finally the end of the war. If there are any grandparents or relatives who have memories or artefacts to share with the children, please let me know.
Your child will continue to bring home a reading book every day to share with you. ’Free Reading’ books may be chosen from the class library or from home. Please encourage your child to choose books that are a little challenging for them to read. Comics and easy books are also great to read as they can improve comprehension skills and give ideas for story writing, but they will not stretch their vocabulary and reading ability. Please encourage your child to read with expression, and to express opinions about the characters in the story, the plot, and what might happen next. Reading books and reading record should be brought to school each day.
In year 6, the children will be challenged to move up the class reading ladder. Reading records will be collected in on Fridays and a record kept of how many adult signatures there are to show that they have read at home. A small prize will be awarded to the first child to reach 100 reads. There can only be one signature per day, although your child may read more times than this! Weekends and school holiday reads will also count towards their total.
The children in year 6 will continue to have ukulele tuition with Mrs Oborne on Wednesdays.
A list of spellings for each week will be given out after an initial spelling assessment has been undertaken. Your child will be tested in class on Thursday with the words listed and new spellings will be given out on Friday. We encourage children to learn spellings using the Look, Cover, Write, Check method, following the sequence:
LOOK at the word
COVER the word
WRITE the word
CHECK their spelling against the word.
Children will also be given fun strategies in class to help them to learn their spellings both in school and at home. In the case of spelling lists being lost, spare copies will be kept in the classroom – so no excuses!
This year the children in year 6 will be given login details for an online maths system called Professor Assessor. Numeracy homework assignments will be given for the children to complete on computers/tablets at home -(more details will be given on the homework letter). Each child will get an assignment unique to them, to practise skills that have been taught in the numeracy lessons. In addition, the children will be able to use the ‘Times Tables Fun’ system on their Professor Assessor login.
Pupils will also be able to login to Mathletics at home to practise their maths skills.
Home learning folders will be handed out at the beginning of term, detailing activities to be completed and days to be handed in. Home learning folders should be handed in on Thursdays and new home learning will be given on
Please ensure your child brings a named bottle to school every day, filled with water. The children are allowed to fill their water bottles up during the day if they run out. Please ensure water bottles are also taken home regularly and washed.
Please ensure your entire child's uniform and PE kit is named, one school sweatshirt looks very like another!
Our class PE lessons will be on Wednesday with Mrs Oborne and Friday with a sports provider. I would advise children to bring their PE kits to school on Monday and keep them in all week.
Timetable of things to remember!
Please help your child to take responsibility themselves for the things that they need to remember. Perhaps your child could cut out the timetable and place it somewhere at home or in their school bag to remind them each day.
I need to remember...
Bring in PE kit
Home Learning folder handed in
New spellings given out
New Home Learning given out
Reading record checked for signatures
Take PE kit and water bottle home to be washed
I look forward to working with you and your child this year. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to see me at the end of the school day.