Welcome back to all the children in Swan Class, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday. We have a busy and challenging term ahead so I thought it would be useful to give you some more information.
Our main topic is a study of North America. This involves learning about the human and physical geography of the country, including weather, settlements and landmarks.
We are going to start our term by studying a book called “Wonderstruck” by Brian Selznick. It is a beautiful book- half told in pictures, half in writing- and it is incredibly exciting. Across the term we will be writing diary entries, newspaper reports, flashbacks along with re visiting some of our previous non-fiction writing.
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 using the inverse operation. A focus of this term will also be to build up the children’s reasoning skills. For example, can they interpret a word problem and apply the correct method to solve it?
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 ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. We will be learning about the history of humanity and how we have evolved over time. We will also discover how different animals and plants have adapted to their environments, through a study of the work of Charles Darwin.
Our themed question this term is “Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?” We will mainly be comparing Christianity and Islam although not exclusively. The children are encouraged to share their views and think deeply about the themed question.
Design and Technology and Art
We will link our Design and Design and Technology work with our topic ‘North America’ this term. In Art we will study different artists from the area 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 Monday morning. If a child forgets their work, 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 in the week rather than the day work is due in, please. Home Learning includes the following aspects:
Topic- based home learning. Children will have a selection of activities to choose from as in previous years.
Maths – a series of maths questions which will usually relate to the work we are doing in maths lessons that week.
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 practise.
Grammar. Children will sometimes bring home an activity to consolidate their learning.
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:
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 term!
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