Miss Davenport - Year 6 teacher
We hope you have all enjoyed the two week break over the Easter holidays and feel refreshed and ready for the summer term.
Year 6 have come back to school this week with a 'Millfields mindset' and they seem ready to take on the challenges of their final term at Millfields.
For this half term we will focusing our learning around the continent of South America. Our geography, history, DT, art and most of our English work will be based on this theme. During this topic, we will be looking at the countries and cities of South America, the physical and human features of the continent as well as comparing a region of South America with Nantwich and the North West of England in particular the Lake District. I have attached a topic web with some of the learning that will be happening in class as part of this topic.
For the first few weeks of the half term our writing will be based on Neil Gaiman's version of Hansel and Gretel. Children will immerse themselves in the well-known traditional tale before recounting their own version with their own twist. As part of this writing topic we will be focusing on some essential writing skills including: using capital leters accurately, using commas accurately, including dialogue correctly to move the story on, recapping word classes and ensuring tense is consistent throughout the piece of writing. In addition to this, we will be using ambitious and appropriate vocabulary to create imagery in our writing.
Later on in the term we will create a persausive travel brochure based on a South American destination; write a biography on a famous scientist which will be linked to our science topic of evolution and write a set of instructions on how to care for an animal which we will create.
Please read with your child at least 3 times per week and sign their diaries to reflect this.
I check diaries every Friday so please make sure children bring these in. Children are provided with one raffle ticket for reading three times and two if they read more than this and will be entered into our weekly draw.
They can take the accelerated reader quizzes on Wednesday and Friday.
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. Obviously, the more they read, the more beneficial it will be for both their reading and writing skills so please let me know if you need any support with home reading.
We will continue to read Darwin's Dragons as our class read each day.
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 mulitplication 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.
- Dividing the power of 10 from 1 hundredth to 10 million into 2, 4, 5 and 10 equal parts and read scales in relation to this
- Securing more fluency in times tables facts including related division facts. Each week we will focus on a specific times tables and look at the multiplication and realted divsion facts as well as using these facts to help us with realted number families e.g. 2 x 2 helps us to calculate 2 x 20 and 2 x 200 as well as 2 x 0.2 and 2 x 0.02.
Our topic for this term is evolution. Through class discussions and investigations children will be given the opportunity to:
- 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 Wednesday afternoons with me (cricket) and Thursday mornings with Premier Sports. 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.
I will provide a list of spellings which they will need to learn for the half term, I will then test the children on 10 of these each Friday.
Please find attached to this page Mr Parish's letter about the waterpark and a powerpoint with details regarding this.
At the moment, we ask that children only bring their book bag, packed lunch and a water bottle to school.
If you need to ask me any other questions, please email me or contact the office to book an appointment.