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Year 6

Mr Flaherty  - Year 6 teacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy New Year! I hope you and your families all had a good Christmas. I'm looking forward to welcoming the children back into school, we have lots of exciting trips and experiences this term! I have provided an overview of the term below.

Theme work

For this term we will focusing our learning around The English Civil War, with a particular focus on the Battle of Nantwich. 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 role of Nantwich in the English Civil War and the events which led to the infamous Battle of Nantwich: a turning point in the Civil War. This focus on our local area will really bring History to life for the children and we have visits planned from the Sealed Knot and Nantwich museum to help us learn more about this period of history.

English

This term, we will be studying a variety of different texts. We will begin our learning with The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, one of my personal favourites, and  then move onto studying texts linked to our history unit with the view to producing information reports and formal letters. We will continue to focus on developing the children's use of punctuation and vocabulary, as well as consolidating their grasp of a range of different sentence types. In the second half of the term, we will be preparing the children for their SATS tests and be focusing on grammar to further develop their writing styles.

Reading

  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..

Maths

We will focusing on some key areas in mathematics over the next half term these will include:

  • Recognise when fractions can be simplified, and use common factors to simplify fractions.
  • Express fractions in a common denomination and use this to compare fractions that are similar in value.
  • Compare fractions with different denominators, including fractions greater than 1, using reasoning, and
    choose between reasoning and common denomination as a comparison strategy.
  • use simple formulae
  • generate and describe linear number sequences
  • express missing number problems algebraically
  •  find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns
  • Finding percentages of given numbers
  • Adding and subtracting decimals
  • Problem solving involving all four operations in real world contexts.

Science

 Our topic for this half term term is Light and Electricity. In these topics the children will:

  • Recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines.
  • 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
  • Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the object that cast them.
  • Associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit.
  • Compare and give reasons for variations in how components function including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches.
  • Use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

PE 

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

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.

Kind Regards,

Mr Flaherty