This term our topic is:
Have We Always Looked Like This?
Welcome to Year 6
Mrs Bamford will be teaching every Monday, and Mrs Bland teaches Tuesday - Friday.
During this science topic we will be finding out about evolution and inheritance. Our weekly focus questions are:
What do we mean by evolution and inheritance?
Who was Charles Darwin and why is he still a controversial figure?
Could we possibly have evolved from apes, monkeys or other primates?
Why do you not usually look exactly like your mum or dad?
Can you find out how animals who: live in the cold; around the equator; under the ground: and, in trees: are specifically adapted to live and survive there?
Reflection: Carry out individual research about the way humans have adapted over years that requires you to start with a range of questions.
Our class story is Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. Our writing themes this term will be setting and character descriptions, monologue, dual narrative and dialogue.
In Maths we will complete the Year 6 units of algebra, shape and space, before moving onto the Year 7 transition units.
In ICT we will explore stop motion animation using the ipads.
In Spanish we will be learning the names for different pets and describing flags.
In PSHE we will complete the DART life skills programme and take part in an RSE worskshop.
In Music, we will be working on songs and accompaniment for our Leavers assembly.
In DT, we will be making moving vehicles.
In RE, we will find out about the Kindertransport during World War 2.
PE will continue to be taught by Next Level Sports on Thursdays.
Key dates for this term:
16th June - Selston transition evening
7-9th July - Heanor Gate transition
7th July - Hall Park transition
12-13th July - Selston transition
20th-22nd July - Residential to Walesby
26th July - Leavers' assembly
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.
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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