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Year 6

Miss Davenport  - Year 6 teacher

 

Dear parents,

 

 We hope you have all enjoyed the half term break  and feel refreshed and ready for the rest of the summer term.

 

Theme work

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.

English

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.

Reading

  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 Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. 

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.

Maths

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.
 

Science

 Our topic for this half term term is electricity.  Through class discussions and investigations children will be given the opportunity to:

  •    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 Wednesday afternoons with me (athletics).  Please can children wear their PE kits to school onWednesdays.

 

Forest Schools

Year 6 will be taking part in Forest schools on Tuesday mornings.

This really is an exciting opportunity as it offers the children the chance to learn outdoors, in our very own wooded area, with our Forest Schools expert, Mr Hadfield. The hands-on learning experience allows the children to develop resilience, confidence and their self-esteem as well as provide them with opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves.

 

In order to take part the children will need to wear suitable clothing, especially as the sessions will take place outdoors in the vast majority of weathers. The children will need:

 

Waterproof coat, preferably with a hood
long sleeved top
Long Trousers
Wellies/old shoes
Hat/cap/gloves
 

When choosing coats, clothing and accessories for your child to wear, please note that the children may get dirty or wet during the sessions. Please note that on these dates the children can come into school dressed in their forest schools clothes. 

 

 

Homework

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.

Waterpark

 

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.

 

Miss Davenport