This term our topic is:
How Can We Find Out If Spiders And Flies Are Related?
Welcome to Year 6
Mrs Bamford will be teaching every Monday, and Mrs Bland teaches Tuesday - Friday.
Maths: We will be continuing our work on fractions, before moving on to study geometry and decimals.
English: Our Focus book this half term is ‘The Spider and The Fly,' which is a wonderfully illustrated book, based on the classic poem by Mary Howitt. The outcomes in English will be a newspaper report and a narrative.
Science: Our main unit is science-based this term and the weeks will be organised as follows:
How can we classify different animals, plants and micro-organisms?
How can we classify spiders and flies?
What do we know about and how can we classify vertebrate animals?
What do we know about and how can we classify invertebrate animals?
What can you find out about the special attributes that some animals and plants have to help them survive?
Who lives in a house like this?
Art: We will be studying the work of the artist Mark Hearld, who creates tapestries and collages inspired by the animal world.
ICT: We will be using The Oak Academy in order to learn about spreadsheets.
RE: Mrs Bamford will be teaching this term’s unit.
MUSIC: Mrs Bamford will be teaching the Music Express unit 'Growth.'
PSHE: During the Spring Term, we will be following the DAaRT life skills programme (formally known as DARE).
Spanish: We will be learning Spanish colours.
Should you wish to access any further resources in addition to those provided by school, here is a list of recommended sites.
White Rose Home Leaning: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/
Times Tables Rock Stars: https://ttrockstars.com/
Maths is Fun: https://www.mathsisfun.com/
BBC Home Learning: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/year-6-and-p7-english-lessons/1
Bug Club: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0 (your child will have been given an access code)
In KS2, children will be asked to complete the following pieces of homework on a weekly basis:
In addition to the above, you may be asked to complete topic-based homework such as a piece of art or conduct some research at home. When this happens, your class teacher will post instructions via the class Dojo page.
Every child in Years 2-6 have their own Times Tables Rock Stars log in which can be accessed via: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth. It is recommended that they take a little and often approach, aiming for 3-4 minutes, 5 times a week. The children will be rewarded with certificates- if they earn them- every Thursday. In order to move up to a new Rock Status, they need to play on ‘Studio’. After every 10 games, a new average score will be calculated which may lead to a change in their status.
Your child will bring home a book banded book in addition to a library book. The book banded book gives you an indication as to where your child is in terms of age related. By the end of Year 6, ideally your child will be on ‘Red’ book band. The children do not need to wait to be told to change their books, they may do so when they see fit.
In Year 6, we operate a reward system for the number of times they have read at home. For each read signed by a parent, they will receive a raffle ticket. The more tickets they earn the greater the chance of winning. You can see further details of our system on our Class Dojo page.
Please encourage your child to read for 10 minutes a night. In Year 6 it is absolutely acceptable that they will read to themselves.
Your child will receive up to 10 spellings each week. In KS2 we follow ‘No Nonsense Spelling’. In addition to practising their spellings at school, please encourage them to do so at home. Again, little and often is a good rule of thumb to follow.
PE for this term will take place on Thursdays. Thursday's session will be guided by coaches from Next Level Sport. We ask that children come dressed in PE kits on these days.
PE kits consist of:
Plain white top
Black shorts or joggers (no leggings)
Each child should bring their own water bottle. It should be taken home each day to be washed so they can bring it to school the following day.
Year 6 children are required to equip themselves with a pencil case with essential items. Please refer to the welcome letter from July 2021.
Children will need their reading and spelling log books in school on a daily basis.
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