Laurel - Year 6
Teacher - Mrs Lane
Supported by Mrs Cooper
Welcome to Year 6
Welcome back to an important and exciting term for Year 6. Test week commences on May the 14th and we are extremely proud of how hard Year 6 have been working. On Thursday 24th of May we will be travelling to London for a whistle stop tour of the capital- a brilliant day from past experience (hopefully not quite as hot as last year !)
This term will also see the children start the transition process for secondary school with visits from new teachers, a full transition day and lessons preparing them for this important move.
We will continue our focus on The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. This book is ideal for comprehension practice leading up to the reading SAT, as well as providing a variety of writing opportunities from descriptions to reports to character analysis. We will also be reading extracts from StormBreaker by Anthony Horowitz this term. This book is also set in the capital and we will be using it as a stimulus from which to write explanation, persuasion and descriptive texts, as the focus moves to our writing following test week. Narrative writing will develop from the lovely short film The LightHouse, which you can preview on the Literacy Shed website.
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 and any new spelling rules.
Initially this term we will complete work on area, perimeter and volume before
moving on to recap algebra and ratio. Following test week the emphasis will be
on preparing the children for the Key Stage 3 curriculum looking at
geometry, problem solving, statistics and group investigations.
Our Topic for the first half of this term will continue to be London. We will look at the geography and key landmarks of the modern city before going back in time to investigate London during the plague and the impact of World War 2 on the people and landscape of our capital. The final term will see work based around the Shakespeare play The Tempest.
Our first topic is Evolution and Inheritance. The children will look at how living things have changed over time and the importance of fossils in providing us with key information. They will also extend previous work on adaptation, understanding how it may lead to evolution. Finally they will work to identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the
functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.An important aspect of this unit is to recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.
Our topic this term is networks- showing how computer networks connect people allowing them to share information and resources. We will look at how internet search engines work and create web pages. Work will be carried out to ensure the children use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.
During this term homework will continue to be from the SAT text books the
children have already been given. This work is marked in class on Wednesdays
and the next set given out, so it is important the children bring the books
into school on this day. I have made it clear to the children they can ask for
any help throughout the week before the work is due in. Planners also contain
the key arithmetic aspects children can work on to improve maths fluency, as
well as spelling lists.
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 athletics. 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.
If you do have any questions or concerns about how your child is progressing within the class; 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.
Maths booster sessions (after school on a Tuesday and
Thursday from 3.30 to 4.15) will continue up to test week- May 14th.
Thank you for your continued support.