Welcome to Year 6!
We are aspiring to be amazing in absolutely everything that we do. We are a very creative cohort and enjoy to write at any given opportunity; we particularly enjoy trying new genres of writing and are really looking forward to our texts for this half term: Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and The Walter Tull Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan. In English, we will be looking at creating our own poetry, narrative and non-fiction inspired by these texts. The children will experiment with different creative writing techniques and choosing which, they believe, creates the greatest hook to inspire their audience to read on. Additionally, we will embed SPaG sessions throughout lessons.
Throughout the school year, we will constantly be aiming to improve our reading fluency, speed and comprehension. This will come with plenty of practise. The children in Year 6 have a real passion for reading – it is vital that we feed this passion to provide them with the best possible opportunities in their educational journey. Reading a range of genres, at least four times per week at home will undoubtedly help the children with their reading skills.
In Maths, we are going to be pushing ourselves hard in order to secure our understanding of place value: reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers; rounding numbers; solving a range of problems and securing our use of the four written operations for +, -, x and ÷ In addition to this, we will be delving deeper into the world of fractions and mastering adding, subtracting and multiplying them. We will transfer our ever growing knowledge of fractions to working with decimal numbers and percentages and solving problems involving these.
In History, our topic this half term is War and Conflict. This links well with our text, ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo, and we will be looking at ways in which to embed our writing skills as well as focusing on our history skills. We will start by looking at who was involved in both World Wars, and why they began. Over the course of the half term, we will look at what life was like in the trenches, evacuation and propaganda. We will also have a historical focus on the Battle of the Somme. Later in the half term, we will compare this to modern warfare and look at how war and conflict affects people today.
During Science sessions, we will learn about electricity. We will associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit. The children will 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. They will also revisit the use of symbols when representing a circuit diagram and will embark on further opportunities to work scientifically and collaboratively, carrying out some fascinating experiments. Design Technology will link to our work in Science around circuits and electrical components.
This term, Year 6 will also take part in Bible Explorers where children will learn about the Old and New Testament with Reverend Reynolds. Our PSCHE will not only be covered within our History topic, but also during Anti Bullying Week in the week beginning 13th November. During this week we will think back to our text from last half term; Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and look at ways in which the main character was affected by peoples’ behaviour towards him.
Our PE sessions will continue to take place on a Monday and a Thursday afternoon. Our indoor session will be based on Sports Hall Athletics, and our outdoor session on Football. The weather will be much colder this half term, but we will still be going outside for PE, so please ensure children have suitable clothing.
The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 14th May 2018.
The 2018 SATs schedule is as follows:
Monday 14th May 2018
Tuesday 15th May 2018
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions
English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling
Wednesday 16th May 2018
Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning
Thursday 17th May 2018
Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning
There is now a new style reading comprehension paper, 3 maths papers & a spelling, punctuation and grammar test. Writing is assessed by on-going teacher assessment. Revision & study books will be available in the spring term. Children are no longer awarded levels at the end of Y6 - instead children will receive a ‘scaled score’ where 100 is the ‘National Standard’.
Keep your eyes peeled on our class Twitter pages for pictures and updates on how the children are getting on in class!
ANY QUESTIONS? Please feel free to ask if you have any questions through the year. We are available after school or phone the school office and we will return your call. You can also use your child’s diary to send a message.
Thank you for your continued support,
Miss Boyd, Mrs Morris, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Thompson.
A school of Opportunity: Inspire, Believe, Achieve!