Year 6 2018 - 2019

Miss Davenport

Year 6 teacher

Dear Parent/Carers,

Welcome back to a new term.  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.  A big thank you for all the lovely cards and presents we received for Christmas; they are very much appreciated. I am excited to have all the children back for a busy but exciting term.  The children have already made a really positive start to their learning and we hope this will continue.This letter provides some information about the curriculum areas being studied this term.

In English, our topic work on WW2 will provide inspiration for our writing.  We have started to read the book, ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpugo to look at the experiences of evacuees during the war.  The children will use the text to refine their writing skills, develop their sentence structure and use a range of punctuation. Later in the term, the children will have the opportunity to develop their non-fiction writing through a diary entry, a newspaper report and a letter, all of which will be linked to our cross curricular topic work. I am sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the texts I have chosen for this term, and I look forward to reading their finished pieces.

In Mathematics, during the first half term, children will be looking at decimals, percentages and measure.  Following this, in the second half term we will look at geometry, ratio and algebra.  Children will be practising for their arithmetic tests regularly so that they are confident with strategies they have previously been taught.  On top of this, children will be looking at a variety of problem solving questions to test their knowledge of various mathematical topics.  It would be really helpful if children could practise times tables at home daily as this would be extremely beneficial for children across a range of mathematical subjects. An exciting way for children to practise could be using their Education City account.

In Science this term, the children will be learning about Animals, including humans.  This will include looking at the circulatory system, digestive system, healthy lifestyles and the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body.  We will investigate the effect of exercise on heart rate to test our scientific enquiry skills.

Our cross curricular study is a history topic entitled ‘I’m an evacuee-get me out of here!’ During the topic, the children will use artefacts and other historical sources to investigate the past.  We will be looking at why the war started and how this affected people living in Britain during the war.  As part of this topic we

will be visiting the Stockport Air Raid Shelters to find out more about this time (letter to follow with further details).

PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday and Friday, and during the first half term these sessions will focus on personal fitness and invasive games. Full PE kits are needed for PE, including outdoor PE kit (please see the school newsletter for details).

Home learning tasks will be set on Friday and returned to school on Tuesday. Maths and English homework will be sent home on alternate weeks. Most homework is linked to the previous week’s classwork and the children should be able to complete it with a level of independence. The tasks will be explained thoroughly, but if there are problems the children can come and see me during a lunchtime.

Spellings, which are the keywords set out in the National Curriculum, will also be sent home half termly and tested every Friday (as done during the autumn term). It would be greatly appreciated if you could build in some spelling practice as part of your child’s homework routine; I have given a list of activities to children with some ideas to do this.

As reading is central to the children’s learning, it is important that they read regularly at home.  I would like the children to read at least three times a week at home with a parent/ guardian. Their reading diaries need to be dated and signed and any comments about their reading would be appreciated. Some children may be asked to read daily at home in order for them to make accelerated progress.

At the end of the school day, please collect your child from the playground. If your child is being collected by someone other than yourself, or if you wish your child to walk home alone, please could you let myself or the office know.

Thank you for your support and co-operation.  If you have any concerns or queries, please come and see me after school, or contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

Kind regards,

Miss R Davenport


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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750