Dear parents and children,
I hope that you have all had a restful and enjoyable Christmas holiday and are ready to start back to a new term at school.
In English this term, we will be using the Oak Academy lessons and focusing our writing on Sherlock Holmes. It's an exciting unit which also studies what it would have been like to live in Victorian London. In maths, we will continue to follow the White Rose Hub scheme of work which starts off with two weeks looking at decimals. After that we will be learning about percentages, algebra and measures.
Don't forget that each week you can view our English and Maths lessons on our class page in the 'English and Maths' section. This week's learning is already there for you to look at. We will be starting our learning on WEDNESDAY
In science we will be learning about materials and their properties, we will be learning about rivers in geography and our art unit is about famous fashions.
I look forward to seeing you all soon.
A huge thank you for the very generous gift that Year 6 gave to me for Christmas. It was a lovely surprise and I look forward to choosing something special with the gift voucher. I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to working with you all again in 2021.
Year 6 reading book recommendations
Please look at the following website for recommendations on year 6 reading books...
Dear Parents and Children,
I hope that you have had an enjoyable half term holiday and are now refreshed and ready to start a new term at school. I am looking forward to starting our new topics and hope that you are as excited as I am about our new learning.
This term our topic is Vikings. We will be learning about who the Vikings were and where they came from, how Vikings lived, what the Vikings believed and Viking warriors. We will also find out about Anglo Saxon kings and make links with our local history.
Our writing this term will be inspired by the book ‘The Viewer’ by Shaun Tan. We will be writing setting descriptions, letters, newspaper reports, stories and explanation texts based on ideas from the book. We will also make cross curricular links to our Science and History topics through studying the book.
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. 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.
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!
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 related to light. We will explore how light travels in straight lines and investigate shadows and their shapes. We will also develop our understanding of how we see things as well as learn more about reflection and refraction.
The children in year 6 have now been given login letters for an online music resource called Charanga. On the website they will find some brilliant resources including tutorials for learning how to play the recorder, guitar or keyboard at home, so if your child has a recorder hidden in the back of a cupboard – here is a great opportunity to learn and play some wonderful tunes! This term, the children will be learning about Jazz in their music lessons. Each week they will find our Jazz lesson by logging in to their Charanga account.
In art we will be studying famous designers in history and creating our own pieces of product design. We will also produce artwork related to our Viking topic.
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 taken home regularly and washed.
Our class PE lessons will be on Monday and Friday with Mrs Wood. Please remember to send your child to school in their PE kit on these days. In PE this term we will be learning how to perform street dance, improving our ball skills and playing non-contact games. We will also participate in the Wiltshire Virtual School Games 2020/21! There will be a series of individual challenges for the children to try with an emphasis on participation and achieving your personal best. We will also continue with our Mile a Day challenge come rain or shine!
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...
Wear PE kit
Home Learning folder handed in
New spellings given out
New Home Learning given out
Wear PE kit
Reading record checked for signatures
Take 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 contact the school office to arrange a chat with me on the phone.