Miss Davenport - Year 6 teacher
I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing Easter holiday. It feels very strange that we are not all together in school for the start of this term, but I know that you have all been working very hard at home. I have loved hearing about how your children are getting on whether that's going for some lovely walks, baking delicious cakes or helping you with chores at home.
A big thank you must go to you, the parents, who have been doing a fantastic job of supporting your child's learning at home. Please get in touch if you need any support with this, I am here to help.
On the home learning page, you will find information to support with home learning. Each week, I will post different activities for children to complete. Some of the activities will be on Seesaw which is an online platform and I will be able to provide feedback once actvities are complete. There are also lots of links to websites on the home learning page.
I will be setting different writing tasks on Seesaw. The main focus for writing is for children to be secure with their accuracy in writing. Some aspects I would like them to show in their writing include:
- Writing effectively for their audience and purpose, selecting language that is appropriate for this e.g. In a diary use first person, in instructions use imperative verbs,etc. To do this I will be setting up different writing tasks for a range of purposes.
- In narratives, descrive settings, characters and atmosphere
- Intergrate dialohue in narratives to convey character and advance action
- Use a range of devices to build cohesion e.g. conjunctions, adverbials of time, pronouns and synonyms
- Use a range of sentence types e.g. compund, complex.
- Use verb tenses consistently and accuractely throughout their writing
- Use a range of punctuation accurately (commas, inverted commas, question marks, exclamation marks, brackets, full stops). They may also want to start to use colons, semi-colons, hyphens and dashes.
- Spell accurately
I will send a link each week which will focus on a spelling rule using the website spelling frame. This will be on the weekly choice board on the home learning page.
Please continue to read with your child at least 3 times per week. They can still take the accelerated reader quizzes (the link to this is on the home learning page). Obviously, the more you can read with them the more beneficial it will be for both their reading and writing skills. Year 6 teachers are also reading a class book, Holes, on the youtube channel for your children to enjoy.
The home learning for Maths is using the white rose home learning lessons, they will start looking at ratio and proportion before moving onto angles and problem solving. They provide a video to watch before the children complete the activities. The activities can be submitted to me on seesaw.
I have also been in contact with the local high schools to see what they would like the children to be really secure with before starting high school in September. Therefore I will be setting actvities which review some of the learning we have done this year, but hopefully they will prepare the children for high school maths. These topics include:
- Times tables
- Division – bus stop method
- Fluent with number bonds e.g. to 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000
- Decimals – understanding of place value and addition and subtraction
- Ratio and proportion – nice link to home cooking at the moment e.g. scaling recipes
- Metric units and conversions – including understanding of how heavy a g/kg is and how far a m/km is
- Negative numbers
- Coordinates (in all four quadrants)
- Understanding the difference between what perimeter and area are and knowing key area formulaes
- Types of number – prime numbers, square numbers, square roots, cube numbers
Our new topic in Science is Light. These are the objectives we will be looking at:
- to recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
- to use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
- to explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
- to use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them
In our new history topic, we will look at our local history. Nantwich has an incredible and rich history for us to find out about. We will look at how Nantwich and Beeston castle were an important part of the English civil war. We will find out how this is still remembered today in the Battle of Nantwich reenactment which takes place in our town annually.
Linking with our history topic we will look at how Nantwich has changed geographically be looking at old and modern maps. We will look at using OS map symbols and creating our own maps. We will also have a go at doing some local fieldwork.
As we are appreicating our local area this term, our artwork will be based on this as well. We will be creating artwork which appreciates the beauty of things we have close to us.
Our DT project is to design an electrical game, which we can hopefully create when we return to school. We will research electrical games, design our own game, before creating it later on.
I will be setting you music tasks based on creating your own song about plastic pollution.
For history, geography, art, DT and music I will post weekly activities on seesaw for you to complete.
It is really important to keep active at the moment. There are some links to different websites which provide exercise routines and classes on the home learning page.
Madame Potts has provided some home learning websites for French, these are also on the home learning page.
To prepare your child for high school, I will also set some activities which link to do this.
Please get in touch if you need any support with this using my email address. I will also be calling you once a fortnight to have a quick catch up about how you are all getting on.
Hopefully we will see each other soon.