Laurel - Year 6
Teacher - Mrs Lane
Supported by Mrs Cooper, Miss Rusch, Mrs Stevens, Mrs Gentleman and Miss Hutton.
Welcome to Year 6
We will start the new term by finishing the book The Giant's Necklace by
Michael Morpurgo. This is the story of a young girl called Cherry who spends
her holiday determined to finish a necklace of shells- where this leads her is
both emotive and beautifully written. We will be using this book to support
our writing of both newspaper reports and diary entries, as well as helping
us to continue to develop and consolidate our sentence and grammar skills.
We will then turn our attention to the brilliant London Eye Mystery by English
author Siobhan Dowd. First published in 2007, it tells the story of how Ted,
a boy with Asperger syndrome, and his sister Kat, solve the mystery of how
their cousin, Salim, seemingly vanishes from inside a sealed capsule on the
London Eye. This book will help develop our VIPER reading skills, character
writing and lead to further writing opportunities such as letters, persuasive
texts and a short story.
Spellings will continue to be tested every two weeks and it is the children's responsibility to enter these into their planners and be ready for any class tests. We will start by re-visiting the key year 3/4 spelling lists before moving on to year 5/6 words- all of these lists can be found in your children's planners. New rules will also be explicitly taught and the children encouraged to become more independent spellers and editors of their own work.
Fractions is the focus for the beginning of the spring term. We will be
learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions as well as use
the rules of BIDMAS to solve reasoning problems and word stories. This will
run alongside work on reading and plotting coordinates in the four quadrants
and shape investigations.
We will then look at the relationships between decimals, fractions and
percentages as well as ratio and measures.
An extra lesson this term will be pure arithmetic with weekly tests allowing
the children to practise and consolidate these skills.
Each term we will work on a specific year group key recall fact. For the
spring term we need to know prime numbers up to 100 and be able to identify
factors of common numbers.
Our topic for the Spring term is London. We begin by looking at the
geography and landmarks of the modern capital city we know today, before
moving back in time to study the impact of both the Great Plague and World
War 2 on this city. We will consider the impact these events had on the
people, culture and physical geography of London.
We start the Spring term with an Electricity unit.We will construct simple
series circuits, to help the children to answer questions about what happens
when they try different components, for example, switches, bulbs, buzzers
and motors. They will learn how to represent a simple circuit in a diagram
using recognised symbols.
We will look at the human body and in particular the circulatory
system, identifying and naming the main parts of the human circulatory
system, and describing the functions of the heart, blood vessels and
blood.The children will recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and
lifestyle on the way their bodies function and describe the ways in which
nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.
Year 6 will continue to enjoy their Junior Jam sessions. Work will be carried
out to ensure the children use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.
During this term homework will continue to be set from the books the children
brought home before the Christmas holidays.This will run Wednesday to
Wednesday, with class time where children can mark their work and ask any
questions which arise. I will try ( where possible ) to link the homework to
what we are studying in class that week. Any problems and the children know
they can ask any member of the Year 6 team for help or reassurance.
Planners also contain the key arithmetic aspects children can work on to
improve maths fluency, as well as spelling lists. All the children now have a
log in for Spelling Shed, which they can work on at home.
We would encourage the children to develop and widen their reading
choices, both fiction and non-fiction. The following web-sites support any
reading the children carry out in school and during guided sessions.
Reading Cloud - https://www.readingcloud.net/
P.E for Year 6 is Monday afternoon and where possible this term will take place outside,as the focus is games. It is really important the children have both indoor and outdoor kit ( see planner ) to allow them to take a full and active part in this important lesson. It is also preparing them for the transition to secondary school where more than one kit will be required !
If you do have any questions or concerns about how your child is progressing at school please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can place a message in your child's planner or send a message to the school office. Please ensure planners are signed over the weekend, ready for Monday morning.
Thank you for your continued support.