Welcome to Year 6
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement (January 4th 2021) that all schools will be closed except for critical worker’s children and vulnerable children, we have prepared remote learning for your child to complete. The Government has established the expectation that schools set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, and as a minimum 3 hours per day on average. This work has been planned to be well-sequenced to build knowledge and skills and, if completed to the same standard as in school, we estimate should be completed in this time frame.
If you have questions, we encourage parents to communicate with teaching staff using the year group email: email@example.com. However, as we will be teaching in the classroom, we ask that any questions are emailed during the hours of 10am – 12 (noon).
Welcome to the Year 6 Class Page
Year 6 is taught by Mrs Armstrong, Miss Sumner and Mrs Greggan. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are any concerns about your child. PE will be taught on Tuesdays. We ask that the children come into school in their P.E kit on Tuesday and they will not need their school clothes on this day.
Please arrive promptly at 8:40am. It is expected that the children will enter school independently via the rear entrance. There is no need for the children to arrive earlier than 8:30am at school as they will not be supervised until they enter the school building.
This term, we will be reading 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins. We will be investigating the theme of dystopia and will also be exploring the characters and the setting. We will also be writing newspaper reports based on events from 'The Hunger Games'.
Although the children are in the Upper Juniors, it is vitally important for them to continue to read every day at home (ideally 15 minutes or more). The children need to be building up their stamina in preparation for the SATs as they do require a large quantity of reading to be completed in a short space of time. Discussing the content of the books is very important and taking a short time to talk about their books will help in many ways to improve comprehension and enjoyment of the texts. They will take part in weekly guided reading sessions in school but your child should still be reading at home.
Your child should be reading their colour banded book at least 3 times per week at home and recording the dates they have read. Children who are free readers must also be reading at least 3 times per week at home and are welcome to borrow books from the classroom but these must be returned as soon as they are finished. Please could you ensure an adult signs the reading record every time your child has read at home. If your child is not bringing home a book each night, please remind them that this forms part of their homework commitment and let us know so that we can address the problem as soon as possible.
In Maths, we will begin by looking at place value, moving onto the four operations and then fractions. Mental Maths and times tables need to be rehearsed at home daily and there will be regular mental maths or arithmetic tests to determine progress. Maths homework will be sent out every Monday to be returned the following Monday. It will be either paper or computer based on mymaths.co.uk (Login details will be sent out to each child).
During our Combined Studies sessions (History, Geography, Art, DT, ICT and Music) this term, we will be focusing on North America. We will be exploring the human and physical geography of the continent and also learning more about the biomes of North America. We will consider population density and land use and how this has changed over time. We will also learn about the history of the people of the continent.
We will continue to send out information via teachers to parents in text or email form. We will no longer be using the Year 6 email address so if there is an urgent matter, it is best if you make an appointment to speak to us via the school office. Furthermore, we need to keep face to face conversations after school to a minimum so please speak to the office if you would like to arrange a phone call with your child’s teacher. Please also check the website to see examples of children’s work or photos of activities.
We look forward to a great term.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are any problems or queries about any aspect of your child’s school experience.
Mrs Armstrong, Miss Sumner and Mrs Greggan
A fantastic, fun-filled, busy day for Group 1 at Ufton Court today. Activities included archery, building fires to heat hot water for hot chocolate and shelter building. The children worked very hard on their resilience, team work and responsibility today!
Black History Month
Year 6 have been very busy learning about some important black people from history. In English, the children researched the life of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British Army, and wrote their own biography about him. In science, we have been learning about Garret Morgan, known for inventing several things such as an improved sewing machine and traffic signal and a respiratory device that would later provide the blueprint for WWI gas masks. They have produced some lovely pieces of work based on these influential figures.
Combining our topics of light in Science and World War 1 in English and Combined Studies, we have been making our own periscopes which reflect the light allowing us to see above at a different height.