Welcome back to all the children in Swan Class and thank you all for making me feel so welcome in my first couple of weeks at Long Itchington. I hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday. We have a very busy and exciting year ahead so I thought it would be useful to give you some information in addition to our Topic Web.
We are going to start our term by studying a picture book called “The Arrival” by Shaun Tan. It is a beautifully illustrated book and incredibly thought-provoking so it lends itself well to writing descriptive passages and to thinking about characters’ feelings.
In our work on grammar, we will revise different word classes, going into each in more depth than in earlier year groups. The children will also be practising writing complex sentences and adding interest to their work by starting sentences in different ways. Spelling lessons in Year 6 allow the children to consolidate the spelling patterns they have already learnt and to deepen their understanding of spelling rules.
We start off the term by looking at place value in larger numbers, including those with decimal places. This leads into our work on formal calculation methods when the children will be expected to estimate sensible answers and use strategies to check that their answers are correct.
To build up accuracy and speed, the children need to be able to recall addition and subtraction facts quickly and develop an instant recall of all their times tables. Times tables need to be practised in order, out of order and with corresponding division facts. As an example, when learning the 7 times table, children should be able to chant the table in order and answer questions such as “What is 8 x 7? 3 x 7? How many7s in 42?” It is absolutely critical under the new national curriculum that children are fluent with basic number skills so please encourage your child to practise daily; there are links to useful websites on our class page. The children will be taking part in a Times table challenge every week.
Our topic for the first half term is ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ and we will be learning about The Five Kingdoms. We will be learning about how different animals have adapted to their habitats and learning their life cycles.
Our theme is “Journeys” through which we will explore why pilgrimage is important to people of different faiths and what people do during a pilgrimage.
Design and Technology and Art
We hope to link our Design and Design and Technology work with our topic ‘Earth Matters’ this term. In Art we will study different artists from around the world and create our own interpretations.
Please remind your child that they need their (named) P.E. kits in school all week. They have cross country on Tuesday, games with Onside Coaching on Thursday and dance or gymnastics on Wednesday. After cross country, they need to make sure they have clean P.E. shoes for Wednesdays and Thursdays so that they do not bring mud into the hall!
Year 6 is a time for the children to start preparing for secondary school and so they are likely to have more home learning than they have been used to! All Home Learning should be brought in on a Friday morning. If a child forgets their work more than once, without a note from home, they are expected to miss a playtime but, of course, if they are struggling with any aspect, they can always ask for help. However, this should be done at the start of the week rather than the day work is due in, please.
Home Learning includes the following aspects:
1. Topic- based home learning. Children will have a selection of activities to choose from as in previous year groups.
2. Maths – a series of maths questions which will usually relate to the work we are doing in maths lessons that week.
3. Spelling. In addition to their Read Write Inc. log books, the children will be tested on their knowledge of the year 5 & 6 common exception words throughout the week. They have been given these spellings to take home so please do encourage them to practice.
4. Grammar. Children will sometimes bring home an activity to consolidate their learning.
5. Children should be reading every day. Please encourage them to read a wide range of authors and to discuss their reading with you.
Mrs Amphlett and Onside Coaching will take the class on Thursday afternoons, with Mrs Richards teaching Maths and grammar with Mrs Owen on Friday mornings.
Please take a look at our class page for links to useful websites and, if you’re looking for inspiration for reading books for your child, don’t forget to login to the Lovereading4schools website where you’ll find some recommended texts: http://www.lovereading4schools.co.uk/viewschool/7550/favourite
Finally, if you have any concerns do let me know. You can make an appointment to see me via the school office.
With best wishes for an exciting and successful Year 6!
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