Mr Flaherty - Year 6 teacher
Firstly, I'd like to congratulate all of Year 6 for their hard work over the last few weeks. They have done themselves proud and have shown great dedication and progress in their learning. The Summer Term ahead is a busy one, with various transition days, Cheshire Primary College as well as our end of year performance. Further information about these events will be sent to you through the term, but as always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
This term we will focusing on comparing South America with the North West of England. In this geography unit, the children will be learning about the geographical difference and similarities between the two areas: with a particular focus on population, culture and flora and fauna in each location. To help us focus our inquiry, we will be completing case studies on individual South American countries such as Brazil and Peru. We will also be making links to our Science learning, with a focus on the Galapagos Islands and Charles Darwin's famous journey there.
This term, we will be studying a variety of different texts. We will be writing persuasive leaflets based on protecting the Amazon Rainforest and reversing the negative effects of climate change and man made pollution, as well as further developing our narrative and poetry writing. Much of our writing will centre around Darwin's journey around the world and we will be covering his journey, background and theory of evolution in great detail.
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. They must read a minimum of 5 times to be entered into the draw. You've got to be in it to win it!
The children can take the accelerated reader quizzes throughout the week, so please remind your child 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 erm these will include:
solve problems involving the relative sizes of 2 quantities where missing values can be found by using integer multiplication and division facts
solve problems involving the calculation of percentages [for example, of measures and such as 15% of 360] and the use of percentages for comparison
solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found
solve problems involving unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples
Our topic for this half term term is Evolution and Inheritance In this topic the children will:
• recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
• recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
• identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
PE will be taking place on Thursday (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 is sent home every Friday. 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.