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Year 6


Autumn 2:

We hope that you had a great half term and we welcome the children back for 8 weeks of fun and learning.

 As part of our theme this half term we have lots of fun activities planned.  Our topic links to English, Science and Design Technology.  In English we will be reading ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’ as a class novel after our visit from Joseph Delaney. In Science we will be considering how healthy we are and how we look after our bodies. Themes covered in detail will be exercise, healthy eating and the use of drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. The children will also learn in detail about the function of the heart and how blood travels around our bodies.

In Design Technology lessons the children will learn how to prepare healthy foods safely and hygienically, weighing and measuring ingredients for a particular purpose. They will design and make their own healthy foods, evaluating finished products and making improvements. It would be helpful to the progress of the class if you could discuss the following words with your child at home and see if they can tell you what they mean and perhaps have a go at spelling them!

‘Circulation’   ‘ Arteries’   ‘Veins’  ‘Vessels’  ‘Nutrients’   ‘Vitamins’   ‘Minerals’   ‘Respire’  ‘Excrete’  ‘Proteins’    ‘Carbohydrates’  ‘Hygienic’   ‘Recipe’   ‘Ingredients’ 

Please encourage your child to have a look at the creative homework ideas that are given and choose one that they would like to complete.  We look forward to sharing what the children produce in a whole school assembly!

It is also important that you encourage your child to read daily and tell them to record what they have read in their diaries.  Our reward this half term for ‘Tarquin’s Treat’ is ‘Cinema Club’.  Please ask your child for more details!  This year the children will be given two pieces of homework on a Thursday.  The homework will be either Maths or one piece which is Grammar, Punctuation or Spelling related.  Please could your child return their homework by Tuesday of the following week. Your child should also be using Times Table Rock Stars online, regularly to improve their speed of multiplication knowledge.

The children will have their PE lessons on a Tuesday and Wednesday.  Kit will therefore need to be in school on these days or your child will not be able to take part.

Autumn 1:

Welcome to Violet Class! It’s great to see all the children back after the summer break and to see that they are ready for a new school year at Willow Lane. The Year 6 team consists pf Mrs Powell, Mrs Arputharaj and Mr Noblet. We will also have Mrs Massara working with us on Fridays developing our understanding of Mandarin even further.

As part of our Survival topic theme, we have many exciting activities planned. Our topic links to English, Science, Geography and Art. WE will be looking at countries, continents and biomes around the world and locating them using maps, globes and atlases. This will help us to think about the different environments and how these animals are adapted to survive in them. We will also be using iPads to research these environments in more detail and also think about human features of them, such as tourism. In English, we will be reading the book and watching the film of ‘The Croods’ in order to help us write discussion texts about whether or not they should leave their cave. Linking with this, we will also be having a ‘Surviving the Stone Age’ workshop outside in the wildlife area and a visit to Beacon Fell which you should have received a letter about. In addition, we will be creating art inspired by camouflage.

Within this topic, the children will be introduced to and using subject specific vocabulary. We would be extremely grateful if you could discuss the following words with your child at home and see if they can tell you what they mean and if they can have a go at spelling them.

Adaptation   Evolution   Survival   Biomes   Inherited   Predator   Mutation   Species   Trait   Variation   Consumer   Offspring