Laurel - Year 6
Teacher - Mrs Lane
Supported by Mrs Cooper.
Welcome to Year 6
We hope you have had a brilliant summer and are ready to work hard !
We start the year reading a selection of the dragonology books - our main fiction text has been written by the Victorian dragonologist Ernest Drake and takes us into the ancient world of these rare creatures - their habitats, temperaments and life cycles. We will develop our own dragons and write reports, letters and explanation texts to introduce them to the scientific world. To support our writing we will focus on developing cohesion within sentences and across paragraphs, learn how and when to use trickier punctuation and further extend our word choices.
Spellings will 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.
Place value in numbers up to 10,000,000 will be our initial focus, alongside rounding and the use of negative numbers in context. We will then consolidate the formal written methods for the four number operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Our skills focus for the year will be to improve and develop our problem solving and reasoning abilities.
This term we will venture into the rain forests of the world ! Our aim is to
learn what they are, where they are and who and what inhabits them. This
will provide us with a wide range of different writing opportunities as well as
map work, graphs, research and art work.
Our focus is living things and in particular how plants, animals and micro-
organisms can be subdivided using classification systems and keys, as
pioneered by scientists such as Carl Linnaeus.
During this term homework will be project based, allowing the children to
produce and research independently. Details will be sent home once we have
settled in to the routines of Year 6. Planners 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 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.
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.