Monday 6th September 2021
Dear Parents and Children,
I hope that you have had an enjoyable holiday and are now refreshed and ready to start a new term at school in Year 6. We are looking forward to starting our new topics and hope that you are as excited as we are about our new learning. Mrs Wood will be teaching on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Mrs Oborne will be teaching on Thursday afternoons and Fridays. Our class TAs are Mrs Lynch (Mon, Tues and Wed) and Mrs Quinlan (Thurs and Fri)
This term our topic is The Ancient Greeks . We will be learning about who the Ancient Greeks were and where they came from, how they lived, what the Ancient Greeks believed and Ancient Greek Mythology. We will also find out about Athens and Sparta.
Our writing this term will be inspired by the book ‘Varmints' by Helen Ward. We will be writing setting descriptions, letters, newspaper reports, stories and explanation texts based on ideas from the book. We will also be writing our own autobiographies.
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 Mondays and a record kept of how many adult signatures there are to show that they have read at home. Certificates of achievement for all children will be handed out at the end of the term and 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.
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.
Spellings will be set on Google Classroom. If your child is unable to access Google Classroom, please let us know so that we can provide them with a paper copy.
In class we will be following the White Rose Hub scheme for mathematics. The White Rose Hub scheme can be found at https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/primary-resources/primary-sols/
All pupils 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. 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.
Children in year 6 will be offered the opportunity to take part in the Primary Maths Challenge in November. Certificates will be awarded to children who attain the Bronze, Silver or Gold level of achievement.
Our topic this term is Earth and Space. We will learn about the planets, night and day and the movement of the moon.
In our music lessons we will be composing our own songs about how we can make a difference to the the world that we live in.
Art and DT
In art and DT we will be looking at bird boxes and creating our own pieces of product design. We will also produce artwork related to our Ancient Greece topic.
This term, our class PE lessons will be on Wednesday with 'Up and Under' and Friday with Mrs Oborne. Please remember to send your child to school in their PE kit on these days. The children will be learning how to play basketball with 'Up and Under' and will be doing 'Real PE' with Mrs Oborne.
In RE, we will be learning about Mission and Vocation, The Year of St.Joseph, October - The Month of Mary and Creation.
Home learning will continue to be set on Google classroom each week. Children will be given assignments in maths, spellings and reading comprehension with additional enrichment activities. Home learning will be set on Fridays on Google classroom and should be handed in the following Thursday on Google Classroom. If your child is unable to access Google Classroom, please let us know so that we can provide them with a paper copy.
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 taken home regularly and washed.
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...
Reading record checked for signatures
Wear PE kit
Home Learning handed in
New spellings given out
New Home Learning given out
Wear PE kit
Take water bottle home to be washed
We look forward to working with you and your child this year. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school office to arrange to speak with Mrs Wood or Mrs Oborne.
Mrs Wood and Mrs Oborne