The teaching of Year 6 will be shared between Mr Allen, Mr Trayling and Mrs Parietti. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are any concerns about your child. This term our PE sessions will be on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon. However, the children need their kit in school every day in case of unexpected activities being scheduled at the last minute.
In English, we will also be continuing our SATs revision in preparation for the tests in May and then moving on to the study of information texts, persuasive texts, newspaper reports and a novel study around the theme of the Aztecs. English homework will be given on Thursday to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday. This will usually consist of a written activity, grammar task or a reading comprehension. Spelling will be given on a Wednesday to be tested the following Wednesday. It is vitally important that the children learn their weekly spellings and complete all homework tasks set.
Big Writing – the whole school writing programme - which was introduced a number of years ago - has been very successful and all classes will continue to participate in these lessons every Friday. The children work on basic skills for the first part of the session followed by the extended writing session in the final part of the lesson. The talk homework, which the children will bring home on Mondays, will be crucial to the success of the Friday session, as this dialogue between parent and child will help to prepare them for whatever topic is presented in these sessions. We look forward to continued parental support with this programme and thank all those of you who have consistently discussed topics with children. It is certainly evident that parental input has benefitted the childrens’ writing progress greatly.
Although the children are in the Upper Juniors, it is vitally important for them to continue to read daily at home. Discussing the content of the books is very important and taking a short time (5 – 10 minutes) 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 to further improve their skills. All children will have a reading record book and we would ask that you monitor this record. 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 continue to review all four operations as well as working on shape, space, measures and decimals. Throughout the term, there will be regular arithmetic tests to assessment progress, identify areas for support and prepare children to formal assessments. Therefore, children need to rehearse times tables and mental maths technique daily. Maths homework will be sent out every Wednesday to be returned the following Monday. It will be either paper or computer based.
We will be studying The Aztecs in our Combined Studies (history, geography, art, DT, ICT and music) unit during this term. The attached overview together with the class timetable will give more detail regarding what we will be learning.
For Roald Dahl Day, Year 2 LP and Year 6 NA teamed up to produce a large piece of art ( 2m x 1m) to capture the story of The Fantastic Mr Fox and the animal's habitats, which Year 2 have been studying in science. Using acrylic on canvas, the children worked with their partners to build up layers of paint, combined with other textured materials to create a visually stunning piece of art.