Welcome to Year 6
Homework: Homework is set on a Friday and needs to be completed and returned to school the following Wednesday
PE: PE is on a Monday (for 6SK) and Wednesday (for 6NP) so please remember to send your children in with their PE Kits
Teachers: Mr Prendergast (TLR), Mr Khan (AHT) & Mrs Smith
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Kazmi, Mrs Dust & Mrs Cassin
In Year 6, we are beautiful, but unique and together we are a masterpiece!
What can you do to improve your learning at home?
Encourage your child to write:
- Suggest your child is responsible for the weekly shopping list, equipment list for weekends away and holidays, task lists for the week
- Encourage your child to write to others - emails, letters, texts, postcards. It will help if some of what your child writes about is for others
- Short stories or a journal – on paper or on a computer – can help them to write about their experiences and their own feelings about things that have happened at school, in their family, in the world, at sports events and on TV
- Make an argument in writing for a special request – trip, event, present etc
- Draw up written contracts for agreed jobs; eg Every day I will…(make my bed, do one lot of dishes, and when I complete the contract I can choose…).
Here's a tip - keep writing fun and use any excuse you can think of to encourage your child to write about anything, anytime. Reading good quality books will also help to improve your vocabulary and imagination. Finally, practise spellings.
Make reading fun
- Have discussions together about books – read the books your child is reading
- Encourage Internet research about topics of interest – notice what they are keen on
- Make your home a reader-friendly home with plenty of books, magazines, newspapers that everyone can read – look for books and magazines at fairs and second-hand shops. Ask your family or whānau if they have any they no longer want
- Share what you think and how you feel about the characters, the story or the opinions in magazines and newspapers you are reading. It is important that your child sees you as a reader and you talk about what you are reading.
Here's a tip - encourage your child to read every day. Make reading fun and praise your child’s efforts, all the time.
- Reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do, no matter how old they are. You can use your first language
- When you are reading to your child, you can talk about words or ideas in the text that your child might not have come across before
- Children are often interested in new words and what they mean – encourage them to look them up in a dictionary or ask family/whānau about the meaning and origin.
Here's a tip - keep the magic of listening to a good story alive by reading either made up, retold or read-aloud stories to your child – with lots of excitement through the use of your voice!
- count forwards and backwards (starting with numbers like these fractions: ¼ , ½ , ¾ , 1, 1¼ , 1½ then back again)
- talk about large numbers in your environment e.g., computer game scores, distances
- talk about the phases of the moon and link these to the best times for fishing/planting
- talk about the patterns in the night sky – summer and winter. What changes and why?
- talk about graphs and tables that are in your local newspapers.
Here's a tip - being positive about maths is really important for your child’s learning – even if you didn’t enjoy it or do well at it yourself at school.
Humanities: Any extra research of interesting facts will make sure that you make excellent progress in Humanities.
Music: When listening to music on the radio, in the car or at home think about what instruments are being used
What will we be learning about in this half term?
English: This half term, we will be reading the story of Romeo and Juliet. We will be exploring the themes around this story and consider how the language used fits with the time period. Hopefully, we will complete two pieces of writing, using this text as a stimulus: a diary in the role of Juliet and a newspaper article.
Reading: to retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction, exploring the meaning of words in context, drawing inferences and justifying inferences with evidence, predict what might happen from details stated and implied, summarise the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph.
Maths: This half term, we will be covering the following topics: Algebra, area of triangles and parallelograms, properties of circles, mean averages and measurement, problem solving, including time. We will also be revising all arithmetic strategies taught so far this year.
Science: Topic: Changing Circuits
In this unit, the children will working scientifically to investigate how to alter the brightness of bulbs and the volume of a buzzer by changing the circuit in different ways. They will apply their knowledge by solving problems.
Humanities: This half term, the Learning Challenge Curriculum challenge question is 'Why is London such a cool place to live?' Our learning will be preparing us for our trip to London, which we are really looking forward to!
Music: Fresh Prince of Bel Air Musical appreciation
Computing: to use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs (Scratch).
Art/DT: challenges linked to the Learning Challenge Curriculum
RE: This half term, the children will be been thinking about Christianity as part of their RE topic, and wondering: 'Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on the Earth?'
PE: This half term, the children will be learning key skills and tactics by taking part in striking and fielding games.
What exciting things have we been up to?
Visit to the Jorvik Centre in York
SEN Sports Event
NSPCC - Speak out. Stay safe