Mr Flaherty - Year 6 teacher
I hope you all had an enjoyable Summer and would like to welcome you and your children to Year 6! We have an exciting year ahead and I have really enjoyed getting to know the children this week.
For this term we will focusing our learning around World War Two. Our geography, history, DT, art and most of our English work will be based on this theme. During this topic, we will be studying the impact of World War Two on children and civilians in the UK as well as learning about key battles and events from throughout the war. If you have any family history, stories or items you are happy to send into school, we would welcome the opportunity to make links with the local history and community in Nantwich to really bring this topic to life for the children.
This term, we will be studying texts linked to our World War Two topic. We will begin our learning with Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll and move onto Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian as well as other texts to support our cross curricular learning. We will be focusing on developing the children's use of punctuation and vocabulary as well as consolidating their grasp of a range of different sentence types. The children will be writing letters, diary entries and narratives this half term and I look forward to supporting them with this in the coming weeks.
Later on in the term we will study texts such as Anne Frank's Diary and Rose Blanche, and use these texts as a springboard into our writing: with a focus on creating newspaper reports, non-chronological reports and poetry.
Please read with your child at least 3 times per week and sign their diaries to reflect this.
I check diaries every Monday and Friday, so please make sure children bring their diaries in on these days. The children are provided with one raffle ticket for each time they read and these will be entered into our weekly prize draw. You've got to be in it to win it!
They can take the accelerated reader quizzes throughout the week, so please remind your children to let a member of the Y6 team know and we will arrange a time to do this with them.
It is really important that the children are enjoying the book they are reading, so please get in touch with me if you feel that your child needs to change their book and I will help them to choose a new one. The benefits of regular reading are huge and developing this positive habit will support your child in their writing as well as develop their critical thinking and understanding..
We will focusing on some key areas in mathematics over the next half term these will include:
- Recapping the four operations (mental and written strategies). It is really important for your child to be fluent in adding and subtracting, as well as using long multiplication and long division ; therefore we will be doing daily arithmetic practise of these key skills.
- Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, and 1000 by using a place value grid. We will also use this skill to help us when looking at measurement conversions.
- Securing more fluency in times tables facts including related division facts.
- Application of number knowledge to a range of real world problem solving
Our topic for this half term term is Animals Including Humans. Through class discussions and investigations children will be given the opportunity to:
- identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
- recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
- describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans
PE will be taking place on Monday (with North West Coaches) and Wednesday (with me) so children will be able to come into school in their PE kit on these days.
Homework will commence in the coming weeks and will be set weekly. This will consist of Times Tables Rockstar practice 5 times per week (for a minimum of ten minutes), Spellings, linked to the National Curriculum spelling lists for Y5 and 6, which I will test every Friday and reading a minimum of 3 times per week. Regular practice of these key skills will be fundamental in supporting your children as they prepare for the next stage in their education.
If you would like to get in touch with me, or have any questions, please contact the office and I will be happy to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet with you.