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Year 6


Summer 2:

Welcome to the last term in Violet Class! Thank you for supporting your children throughout Year 6 and their time at our school.  I am looking forward to a fun-filled, action-packed final term together.

We have lots of special days coming up including: High school transition days, bikeability, London, Leavers’ play, party and assembly. Learning continues this term with Maths, English, Geography, Science, Religion, Music, Drama and Puberty.

We will continue to have Maths and English lessons every day with a focus on preparing children for a smooth transition to the Secondary school curriculum. In Maths we will investigate numbers and look at topics in readiness for high school such as algebra and isometric shapes. English will focus on writing where we will use our knowledge of plastic to cover a range of text types including short stories and persuasion texts. We will also cover our world religion topic—Hinduism.

We will be learning about London this term – a History and Geography based topic. We will find out about famous places, locate them on maps and write about them. Using OS maps, we will learn how to use 6 figure grid references and scale. In Science we will build on prior learning about electricity and ensure we can make a variety of complex circuits.

 

Please continue to encourage your child to read every day and record this in their journal. Children will be earning points towards a reading challenge over the term. They can earn points for every book they read and extra points for additional tasks. Creative homework has been given to the children and is due in for Monday 16th July.

Summer 1:

Welcome to Summer Term! Violet Class are working hard preparing for their SATs which they well sit later this term. Key Stage 2 SATS will take place in the week beginning Monday 14th May and breakfast will be provided in school for all year 6 children during SATs week. The timetable 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)

Whilst there will be sessions of revision this term, we will continue to deliver exciting topic and PE across the afternoons. Miss Frankland is embarking on a whole class music project; I am teaching Science (Animal and Plant Classification) and Geography (London); Mrs Noakes is teaching Art; and we have an external Cricket Coach joining us on Wednesday afternoons.

In Science we will learn about how to classify plants and animals and explore ways to sort the animals we find in our wildlife area. We will finish our topic at the end of term with a trip to Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve in Silverdale on Wednesday 23rd May.

In Geography we will use maps to compare the human and physical features of Lancaster and London. We will begin to find out about London and what we might visit when we go there in July.

Our Maths and English work for the first 5 weeks focuses on SATS skills and revision for reading comprehension, grammar, spellings, arithmetic and problem solving. Homework will be coming home regularly to consolidate learning done in class and spellings will be sent home this term too .

Writing will continue every day alongside our reading, grammar and maths revision sessions. In writing we are going to be looking at detective stories. We will share high-quality detective stories together before building up character profiles and creating our own plots. We will keep working towards showing the wide range of features needed to be a Year 6 standard writer.

Spring 2:

Welcome back to the Spring term!

Homework is set on Fridays and expected in by the following Wednesday. Much of the homework this term links to problem solving and comprehension skills which the children are engaging well with. Please encourage your child to read regularly at home too. Spelling lists (weekly up to SATs) will go home on Wednesday to be learnt for the following week.

Creative homework this term is to be an artist! Have fun painting, drawing, modelling, making – anything goes! Having fun whilst working is essential.

Miss Frankland is moving on to teach about the Normans and teaching some Music too. Mrs Clarke is finishing off teaching about light before moving on to the topic of Forgiveness. Mrs Noakes will continue to teach Art where she will focus on the Bayeux Tapestry.

Our class book is still Viking Boy by Tony Bradman. In lessons we are learning about news reports, writing in the passive voice and how to use our writing checklists effectively to produce Year 6 standard writing consistently. We will move on to work on writing flashbacks in stories and diaries.

In Maths this term we are focusing on multi-step problems – different ways of approaching them and ensuring we always show our workings. We will continue to practise our arithmetic skills too.

Spring 1:

Happy new year to all children, parents and carers in Violet class!

This term is very important for year 6 and our SATs preparation. Children will be taking part in booster classes this term. An experienced teacher, Mrs Manklow, is working with us for three afternoons a week helping children achieve their very best in reading, writing and maths. Booster groups – which link to the curriculum and age expectations for Year 6 – are also being run by Mr MacKinnon, Mrs Noakes and myself. Please help your child to have an energy filled breakfast and get to school on time throughout this busy term.

Miss Frankland is teaching us all about the Vikings this term. We are learning about the life of a Viking, raiding and settling in England, weaponry and battle techniques. Mrs Noakes is helping us to draw, design and create dragon heads in art. We will be taking part in an exciting hands on weapon workshop later this term as learning through handling artefacts is a powerful way of understanding what historic times were really like.

In English we are reading Viking Boy by Tony Bradman. We will use the rich descriptive passages from the book to create our own chapter about Gunnar and his quest to avenge his father. Book week begins on the 29th January—don’t forget the Book Fair will be here!

Science is Light and Shadow. We will find out how we see objects, how mirrors work and solve puzzles to see objects which are behind us or around a corner. We will look at how light behaves through a series of hands on experiments.

PE has moved to Wednesdays and Fridays. Children need a t-shirt, shorts and pumps/trainers in school all term. We are continuing to run a mile as often as possible too and many of our children have already run more than the equivalent of a marathon!

Autumn 2:

Welcome to Christmas term! We start the term with nearly half the class performing at the Grand Theatre as part of the Shakespeare School Festival which leads excellently into our new topic, Heroes and Villains.

In English we will spend the beginning of term looking at Shakespeare’s Macbeth before moving on to write an informative persuasion text about Health 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. Mrs Noakes will be teaching Design Technology, looking at biscuits and their packaging. We will design and make our biscuits towards the end of term.

Religion will focus on why Christians celebrate Christmas and link with our English work on Charles Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. PE this term will be Hockey (Tuesday) and Gymnastics (Thursday). Please note we do not have spare PE kits in school, your child must have their own kit in school to take part.

Violet class are looking at staying safe online and cyber bullying this term. As part of this work we will have a visit from a local Magistrate who will tell us about laws and how our lives can be affected if we break them.

Well done everyone for reading regularly at home and getting your homework handed in on time. It was fabulous to see so many of you taking part in our Creative Homework challenges last term—keep up the great work! Children are expected to read at least four times a week and record this in their journals. Maths and/or Grammar is set on Fridays and expected in by the following Wednesday. Homework should be completed neatly in blue/black ink or pencil and be your child’s best work. Thank you for supporting your child with their homework.

Autumn 1:

Welcome to Year 6! We are so excited to work with the new Violet Class and have lots of fun activities planned for our first half term. The Year 6 team consists of Claire Clarke, Maria Noakes and Paul Shipton. Mrs Noakes will teach the class when I am out of class.

In Year 6 you need a book bag or rucksack in school every day with your reading book and homework diary. If you wish to bring a pencil case you may do however we will provide you with all the stationery you will need for lessons.

In Year 6 we expect children to read at home at least 4 times a week and record this in their homework diaries. Maths and Grammar homework will be set on Fridays to hand in by the following Wednesday. Creative homework is given out at the beginning of each term and each child should try to produce at least one piece of work. Please support your child to remember to complete their homework tasks on time.

Our topic links to English, Science, Geography and Art this term. We begin by finding out about early man and their survival. This links to learning about the evolution of species and inheritance of characteristics. We will look at how animals and plants are adapted to survive in their habitats. We will create animal camouflage art and learn about stone age drawings. We will discover the continents, oceans and temperature zones by looking at how man has moved around the globe in the past. We will use IT to show this term’s learning through multimedia presentations. Furthermore, on Thursday 21st September, Year 6 will take part in a hands on Stone Age Day run by WoodMatters.

‘Wolf Brother’ by Michelle Paver is our class text and we will be writing about the main characters, Torak and Renn, for the beginning of term. We will move on to learning about balanced arguments through the animated film, The Croods.