Year 6 2016 - 2017

Miss Worrall

Yea 6 class teacher

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back to a new exciting year.  Obviously this is a momentous year for your children and although we are going to be working very hard all year we are going to be doing some very enjoyable things as well. 

English:  We will be starting with ‘Boy: Tales of Childhood’ by Road Dahl.  We’ll look at the features of autobiographical writing and then have a go at producing some autobiographical text.  The book ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson will be the text for our remaining English work this term.  It is a beautiful book and I’m sure that we will generate some lovely writing by using it.  We will look at a range of genres starting with first person writing, descriptive narrative writing and report writing. Each week we will complete a range of reading, grammar and punctuation activities as well as writing composition tasks.  

Spellings:  Spellings will be spent home each week.  These will be from the list of 100 words for year 5 and 6 children from the National Curriculum.  These will be tested throughout the year.  I have attached the word list from the National Curriculum.  We will be learning spelling rules as part of our class activities this year. 

Reading:  Please read with your child at least 3 times per week and sign and date their diary.  Some children will be asked to read daily with an adult at home to help them to make accelerated progress. 

Obviously, the more you can read with them the more beneficial it will be for both their reading and writing skills.  Staff will be checking reading diaries throughout the week.  If children are not reading at home with an adult they will be join a reading club at dinner time. 

Maths:  We will begin our maths work by focusing on number and calculations.  It is essential that all children can use formal written methods for the four operations and so we will be spending some time working on these initially.  This term we will also concentrate on fractions and decimals including comparing fractions, finding equivalent fractions, carrying out addition, subtraction and multiplication of fractions

Science:  Our science work this term will link in with our topic work by focusing on how and why we classify living organisms, how they are adapted to their environments and how living things have changed over time including looking at how fossils help us to understand this.  Most of our practical work will be based around making and recording observations and using these to help to answer questions.

Topic:  The topic title this term is ‘Charles Darwin’s Amazing World’.  We are going to be learning about not only the life of this amazing man and his inspiration voyage on HMS Beagle, but how his scientific work changed the world.  We will be learning in particular about the geography of South America including human and physical geography.  We’ll also practise our sketching techniques to produce beautiful drawings similar to those Darwin produced during his expedition.  The early to mid 19th century is a fascinating time and so we will be able to investigate what it was like to live in Britain at this time.  Using modern technology that no doubt Darwin would have delighted in, we will produce a database of animals from around the world, living and extinct. 

PE:  We are very lucky this year to have our PE session delivered by specialists from Premier Sports and our own Mr Quinn.  Our PE lessons will be on Wednesday and Friday.  However, it is important for children to have their PE kit in school all week as it may be necessary to change our PE day at short notice or have the opportunity to take part in extra sports sessions.  Please make sure that children have suitable outdoor kits with them as we will be doing PE lessons outside.

French:  French lessons for Key Stage 2 will be continuing with Madam Potts this year.  Our lesson will be on Wednesday afternoon. 

Homework:  Homework will be sent out on Fridays.  Maths homework should be returned the following Tuesday whilst topic homework should be returned on the second Tuesday after being sent home.  There will be a new writing homework challenge this year, details of this will be sent out by Mr Whelan.  Please encourage your child to present their homework to a high standard and use a date and title just like at school.  If homework is not completed by the handing in date then children will attend a homework club on Wednesday lunchtime.

So that your child can have a drink throughout the day, please ensure that they have a water bottle with them.  We cannot provide cups during the day.  In addition, please make sure that your child has suitable outdoor clothing each day.  We will be going outside for playtimes and during lessons even if it is raining so please ensure children have a coat with them. 

Details of the important year 6 events like SATs and our residential will be sent out at the relevant times.  Should you have any queries in the meantime however, please feel free to contact me. 

Kind regards

Miss Jane Worrall

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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750





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