Dear Parents/ Carers,
Thank you all for your efforts over this final term. We are very much looking forward to making the most of your children’s remaining time at Belleville and making it as memorable as it can be. Further details about end of term celebrations will follow later in the term.
This letter is to provide a few highlights over the coming half term.
Children will start the term with a narrative unit. First, children will study the classic narrative poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes before retelling the story in prose with a focus on creating atmosphere. Following this, children will use a short animated film, The Lucky Dip, as a stimulus for further narrative writing, experimenting with structure and viewpoint. The year will finish with children looking at Shaun Tan’s wordless masterpiece The Arrival, offering children the opportunity to build on their knowledge of migration gained from this year’s history and geography units. Children will produce letters, journal entries and a further narrative whilst reflecting on the refugee experience.
Having now completed the mathematics curriculum, we will consolidate areas that will be beneficial and, where appropriate, provide opportunities for children to attain mastery in certain topics. This will include revisiting formal methods of calculations, fractions, percentages, geometry and problem solving.
Science – Biodiversity and Me
Continuing with this project, we will encourage children to make a personal difference. This unit will last all term and will bring many threads of the curriculum together, as well as offering many opportunities for collaboration and action.
Geography – Investigating World Trade
Children will first understand how trade between nations consists of importing and exporting, as well as the difference between raw materials and manufactured products. We will then explore how companies are becoming more sustainable, as well as how the children’s personal choices can have an impact. Finally, we will discuss the concept of fair trade and the need for a system to support fairness in the supply chain
PSHCE and RSE
You will have already received a letter on the content of our RSE teaching in Summer 2. We will also be supporting children for their new start at secondary school. This will include preparing for change, use of body language, friendships and organisational skills.
Using Shaun Tan’s The Arrival as source material, children will experiment with Ken Burns effects to bring the story to life.
We are pleased to inform you that year 6 will be continuing to participate in two projects this this half term. One project is a drumming project in which children will learn about complex rhythms and will work together as an ensemble to learn a performance piece. This will contain call and response rhythms, simple and complex rhythms, rhythm rounds and switch rhythms. The second project will be a GarageBand project (live loops), which involves composing, using sample music and composing their own samples to use. The children will then edit the music using a range of studio techniques. Classes at Webb’s Road did drumming in Summer 1 and so will be composing on GarageBand this half term. 6G completed their GarageBand compositions in Summer 1 and will now start drumming.
Children will look at the work of Grayson Perry with a focus on identity. They will create geometric wave bowls using imagery reflecting their personalities.
In Summer 2, children will learn about France, where given cities are located and tourist attractions. Parents will learn about French-speaking countries. In grammar, children will revise present, future and past tenses.
Next half term, we will focus on net games, including tennis, badminton and volleyball (including the Paralympic version of the sport). We will be building upon fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and coordination, applying these in a broad range of collaborative and modified competitive games.
Children will have an opportunity to complete both their P.E. lessons outdoors. This will encourage them to be more active and develop their fitness levels.
English (spag.com - fortnightly) and maths (mathletics.com - weekly) homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday.
Children will also continue to be given a list of spellings in their Reading Records. They should practise spelling these words at home, using a range of strategies (as shown in the Reading Records). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class in the following week.
In the Reading Record, the children should continue to record and complete their reading homework as well as using it to record their independent reading both at home and at school (in the Wider Reading section). We will note your child’s reading targets for that half term in the record and comment on their reading and comprehension skills every two weeks. We recommend that all children spend at least 30 minutes each day reading independently at home to improve fluency, vocabulary and confidence.
Children will need to bring their Reading Record to school with them every day. Please sign the record each week, as this is an essential form of parent/teacher communication to show that your child has practised their spellings and that you have seen their reading homework.
Mobile Phones and Smart Watches
Some children are given mobile phones to let their parents know they have arrived/left school when they go home alone. All phones should be switched off when they come onto site and given to their teacher at the start of the day.
We strongly recommend that your child have a simple, cheap phone for this as expensive smartphones can unfortunately make them a target for street robberies.
Children should not be bringing smart watches to school for any reason and will be asked to hand these in if they do bring them.
Healthy Eating at Playtime
Children can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich (no crisps, biscuits, sweets, yogurts, cakes etc. please) – teachers will monitor these snacks to make sure they are suitable. There should be no foods containing nuts brought into school.
All children need to bring a small, labelled bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day and take it home each night to be washed. They can re-fill this bottle from the water stations in school during the day.
Communication between Home and School
In Year 6, many children already come to school by themselves and this increases over the year as they start to get ready for travelling to secondary school. If you would like your child to walk home alone, please give written permission to your child’s class teacher. At the end of the school day, whether they are collected or going home alone, your child must always say goodbye to their teacher before leaving the school premises.
It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please ensure that any home and mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and current.
We will work in close partnership with families to ensure your child’s time at school is successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher on the playground or through the office and we will be glad to discuss any queries with you.
Year 6 Team
Mollie Armes (6A)
Daniel Griffin (6G)
Noemi Suarez (6S)
Adam Wood (6W)
Year 6 Singing project songs
Have a look at this website to rehearse the songs we are learning for the singing projects in year 6