Laurel - Year 6
Teacher - Mrs Lane
Supported by Mrs Clark.
Welcome to Year 6
We hope you have had a lovely holiday and are now ready for another busy term!
Our topic for the Spring term is An Eye on London.
We will start the new year by completing our reading and discussions of The Giant's Necklace by the fantastic Michael Morpurgo, before analysing, practising and writing reports and diary entries based on events in the book. These writing outcomes will also provide the focus for consolidating our understanding of key grammar terms as well as an opportunity to learn new ones.
Next we will link to our theme with the novel The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. This fantastic book tells the story of Ted and his sister Kat as they travel around London, trying to solve the disappearance of their cousin Salim, from a pod on the iconic London Eye.As well as just being a brilliant read this book allows us to explore the places, people and atmosphere of the capital.
Viper skills (vocabulary,inference,prediction,explanation and retrieval) will be taught explicitly in daily English lessons, discrete whole class guided sessions and during Theme/ Science time. It is really important in Year 6 that the children read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction to develop and extend their vocabulary range and writing skills.
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- all of these lists can be found in the planners. New rules will also be explicitly taught and the children encouraged to become more independent spellers and editors of their own work.
First to fractions. We have already tackled adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions so our first focus will be how to divide these numbers by a whole number. Subsequently we will solve fraction problems using all four operations. We will use the order of operations and bar models to support our understanding followed by consolidating how to calculate fractions of amounts. Next we look at plotting coordinates in all four quadrants, as well as learning how to reflect and translate shapes. As with all our maths learning this will be combined with daily reasoning questions about shapes based on their properties. Finally this term we look at decimals- their relationship to fractions and how to multiply and divide.
Year 6 will continue to have weekly mental maths sessions to continue to develop our fluency and accuracy.Our key instant recall fact for this term is knowing all prime numbers up to 100 and factor pairs.
Our theme will be An Eye on London. We will follow two lines of enquiry - one for each
half term :
What's so important about modern London ?
What was it like living in London in the past ?
Year 6 will be exploring Light this first half term. We will explore the way light behaves including light sources, reflections and shadows. We will work scientifically by: deciding where to place rear-view mirrors on cars;designing and making a periscope and using the idea that light appears to travel in straight lines to explain how it works. The children will investigate the relationship between
light sources, objects and shadows by using shadow puppets. We will also look at a range of phenomena including rainbows,colours on soap bubbles, objects looking bent in water and investigate coloured filters.
P.E for Year 6 is Monday afternoon and where possible this term will take place outside,as the focus is games.This year all children in school will be provided with a brand new PE kit. This will be kept in school and washed regularly by the class teacher.This means all children will have a kit in school every session and will be able to take part in every PE lesson. We just ask that you provide your child with a pair of pumps or trainers and something to wear outside whilst the weather is colder.
Homework for this term will be from the booklets your child brought home before the Christmas holidays. We always encourage the children to bring any questions or tricky concepts to us during the week so homework can be marked together on a Wednesday.
In addition 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. Times Table Rock Stars has proved very popular in school and is also something the children can access at home. A further recent addition to home learning is Education City which has a wide range of resources to support all areas of the curriculum. Your child's log in will be in their planner.
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,leave a message with the school office or see us at the end of the day.
The Year 6 team.