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Year 6


Summer 1:

Welcome to Summer Term! Violet Class are working hard preparing for their SATs which they well sit later this half term. Key Stage 2 SATS will take place in the week beginning Monday 13th May and breakfast will be provided in school for all year 6 children during SATs week at 8.15am. The timetable for the week is as follows:

Monday—Grammar and Spelling

Tuesday—Reading Comprehension

Wednesday—Maths Arithmetic (Paper 1) and Maths Reasoning (Paper 2)

Thursday—Maths Reasoning (Paper 3)

Although we will be preparing for our SATS this half term we will also be carrying out lots of exciting tasks and activities relating to our topic of ‘London’. This will include: learning about ‘The War of the Roses’ (which links to our city of Lancaster, as well as an exciting adventure planned for our London trip); practising our map skills and learning about the Counties and Cities of the United Kingdom. We will also be finding out about electricity and constructing complex circuits in our Science lessons and developing our athletics skills – including throwing – during PE lessons on the field.

Please encourage your child to have a look at the ideas for Creative Homework that are given and choose one that they would like to complete. We look forward to sharing with the rest of the school what the children produce! I would also appreciate it if you could encourage your child to read daily and record what they have read in their diaries. This year the children will be given two pieces of homework on a Friday. The homework will consist of one piece of Maths and one piece which is Grammar, Punctuation or Spelling related. Please could your child return their homework by Wednesday of the following week.

Spring 2:

Welcome back!  We hope that you all had an enjoyable half term.  It’s great to see all of Violet Class back in school and we look forward to the half term ahead.

On the newsletter is the children’s creative homework sheet.  Please encourage your child to have a look at the ideas that are given and choose one that they would like to complete.  We look forward to sharing with the rest of the school what the children produce!  I would also appreciate it if you could encourage your child to read daily and record what they have read in their diaries.   The children will be given two pieces of homework at the end of the week.  The homework will consist of one piece of Maths and one piece which is Grammar, Punctuation or Spelling related.  Please could your child return their homework by Wednesday of the following week.

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.  Hopefully we will continue to have some nicer weather and therefore most PE lessons will take place outside.  Please provide your child with appropriate footwear for this.

In our English lessons this half term we will be writing short stories with flashbacks, based on the book ‘Tuesday’ by David Wiesner.  We will be writing debates relating to the use of animals in the entertainment industry as well as reading classical poetry.  We will additionally be working on our spelling, punctuation and grammar knowledge in preparation for our SATs tests which will be taking place in May.

In Maths we will continue to work using ‘Maths No Problem’ and our topics will include: Ratio, Algebra, Area and Perimeter and Volume.  We will also be working on our arithmetic, reasoning and problem solving skills. Our topic work this half term will include Science, looking at the classification of different plants and animals in the environment as well as light and sound.  The children will also be creating art work based upon the effect of light and shadow.

Spring 1:

As always in Year Six we have a busy half term ahead and are excited for this half term’s topic of ‘Super Sleuth! As part of our ‘Super Sleuth’ topic we have lots of fun activities planned.  In English we will be writing our own mystery / detective stories before moving on to writing explanation texts about the Vikings.  In our History lessons we will be time detectives, finding out as much as we can about the Vikings.  In Science our topic is ‘The Environment’ and we will be classifying living things, including: micro-organisms, plants and animals.

To support your child with their topic learning, please help them to become familiar with and learn to spell the following words for our topic. Encouraging children to use these in a spoken or written sentence, will help them demonstrate that they fully understand what the words mean.

‘Detective’   ‘Mystery’   ‘Viking’  ‘Conquer’  ‘Monastery ’  ‘Vertebrate’   ‘Invertebrate’  ‘Environment’   ‘Classify’  ‘Micro-organism’   ‘Characteristics’      

On the other side of this letter is the children’s creative homework sheet.  Please encourage your child to have a look at the ideas that are given and choose one that they would like to complete.  We look forward to sharing with the rest of the school what the children produce!  I would also appreciate it if you could encourage your child to read daily and record what they have read in their diaries.  Our reward this half term is ‘Tarquin’s Mystery Treat’.  Please ask your child for more details!  This year the children will be given two pieces of homework at the end of the week.  The homework will consist of one piece of Maths and one piece which is Grammar, Punctuation or Spelling related.  Please could your child return their homework by Wednesday of the following week.

Autumn 2:

Welcome to Christmas Term in Violet Class!  We have a busy half term ahead and are excited for this half term’s topic of ‘Heroes and Villains’!

As part of our Heroes and Villains topic, we have lots of fun activities planned.  In English we will spend the beginning of term looking at Shakespeare before moving on to write an informative persuasion text about Healthy Heroes. This links to our science work on the circulatory system, body heroes and villains and the effects of exercise on our bodies. In art we are learning about pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and using his work to inspire hero and villain portraits. In Design and Technology we will be designing and making Christmas biscuits in order to be money heroes and raise funds for our London trip!  In RE we will focus on why Christians celebrate Christmas and will have a lesson taught to us by a visitor in school.

‘Circulatory System’   ‘Oxygen’   ‘Deoxygenated Blood’  ‘Heartbeat’  ‘Oxygenated Blood ’  ‘Nutrients’   ‘Substances’   ‘Carbon Dioxide’   ‘Harmful’  ‘Healthy’      ‘Exercise’

On the other side of this letter is the children’s creative homework sheet.  Please encourage your child to have a look at the ideas that are given and choose one that they would like to complete.  We look forward to sharing with the rest of the school what the children produce!  I would also appreciate it if you could encourage your child to read daily and record what they have read in their diaries.  Our reward this half term is ‘Tarquin’s Christmas Treat’.  Please ask your child for more details!  This year the children will be given two pieces of homework on a Friday.  The homework will consist of one piece of Maths and one piece which is Grammar, Punctuation or Spelling related.  Please could your child return their homework by Wednesday of the following week.

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.  Wednesday’s PE will be cricket taught outside by a cricket coach.  Children are therefore encouraged to bring warm sports clothes for the colder weather.

Autumn 1:

Welcome to Violet Class! It’s great to see all of the children back after the summer break and good to see that Violet Class is ready for a new school year at Willow Lane. The Year 6 team this year consists of Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Powell and we will also have Mrs. Benefer working with us at different points throughout the year. Everyone is settling in well and we are excited for this half term’s topic of ‘Survival’!

Survival! As part of our survival topic we have lots of fun 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 animals are adapted to survive in them. We will also be using I pads to research these environments in more detail and also think about the 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 to write discussion texts about whether ‘The Croods’ should leave their cave. Linking with this we will also be having a ‘Surviving the Stone Age’ workshop outside in the wildlife area. (More details to follow.) Finally we will be creating art inspired by camouflage. Within this topic the children will be introduced to and using subject specific vocabulary. I 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’

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 with the rest of the school what the children produce! I would also appreciate it if you could encourage your child to read daily and record what they have read in their diaries. Our reward this half term is ‘Tarquin’s Treat’. Please ask your child for more details! This year the children will be given two pieces of homework on a Friday. The homework will consist of one piece of Maths and one piece which is Grammar, Punctuation or Spelling related. Please could your child return their homework by Wednesday of the following week.

PE 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.