Miss Davenport - Year 6 teacher
Welcome to year 6!
It has been lovely to see all the children this week, their attitude to learning and all the changes in school has been fantastic. They are acting like true role models to the rest of the school. It has been lovely to hear about what they have been upto since we last saw them and how enthusiastic they are about being back in school, although I am sure the hoodies may have helped with that!
We have decided as a school to use a themed approach to learning which we will use to base our teaching of English, History, geography, Art and DT. I have asked the children to think of topics they would like to look at and the first one they have chosen is British Wildlife. I will continue to work with the class to choose their next theme as we will change this every 3 weeks or so. As part of the theme we will look at associated texts, so for this topic we will be using the book, 'The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse' and 'War Horse'. I have attached a topic web with some ideas that the children and myself have had to explore this topic. The children have lots of ideas for this theme for us to get started with and it has been great to hear how enthusiastic and passionate they are about looking after their local wildlife.
We have given the children a book to take home this week. Please 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. We have given the children a challenge of '20 books to read in 2020/21' to try and encourage the children to read a range of books at home, we have said we will give out some team points to motivate them with this.
We will be using the White Rose Maths scheme for our maths this year. This term we will look at place value, this will look at numbers utpto 10 million, comparing and ordering numbers, rounding numbers and negative numbers. We will then look at the four operations and fractions later on in the term. Please can you support your child and ask them to focus on their times tables at home using Times Tables Rockstars as this will be really beneficial to them when looking at long multiplication, division and fractions later on.
Our topic for this term is classfication. Through class discussions and investigations children will be given the opportunity to:
- describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
- give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics
This will be incorporated into our British Wildlife theme as well.
PE will be taking place on Monday with North West coaches and Wednesday with myself. Please can children wear their PE kits to school on these days.
For homework, we would like children to read 3 times a week, go on Times Tables Rockstars 10 times a week and practise their spellings for the weekly quiz on Friday.
At the moment, we ask that children only bring their book bag, packed lunch and a water bottle to school. Lots of the children have said they have things they would like to show me which are associated with our topic, so if you could email these to me I would really love to see what they have been talking about. If you need to ask me any other questions, please email me or contact the office to book an appointment.
I am really looking forward to getting to know the children this term and I think already they are going to be a great year 6.