Dear Parents/ Carers,
Thank you all for your efforts over this term; this letter provides details of what your children can expect over the coming half term.
Children will start the term by recapping comprehension questions and how to answer them with precision; they will do this in parallel to finishing reading Holes by Louis Sachar. After SATs, children will respond to that novel by writing a speech arguing for the closure of Camp Green Lake. Following this, children will use the lives of a number of inspirational figures such as Greta Thunberg, Wangari Maathai and Marcus Rashford to stimulate biography writing.
We will start the term recapping and reviewing learning so that children are able to start the year 6 units securely. We will then move on to position and movement, carefully drawing polygons and describing reflections and movements. Following this, children will read and create pie charts and line graphs, interpreting their meaning and finding averages.
Science – Biodiversity and Me
Using a great film as a launch (David Attenborough’s A Life on Our Planet), we will encourage children to make a personal difference. This unit will last all term and will bring a lot of threads of the curriculum together, as well as offering lots of opportunities for collaboration and action.
Geography – Earthquakes, Mountains and Volcanoes
Children will first explore the links between the edges of continents and what this might show us about how the Earth looked in the past. Using this starting point, pupils will find out about the inside of the Earth and how this affects the world we now live in.
RE - Journey of Life
Children will reflect on key events within their past, present and future lives. They will then learn about how different religions recognise and celebrate these different points, including through ceremony.
PSHCE – A Changing Me in a Changing World
Children will be starting the unit 'A Changing Me in a Changing World' which includes discussing social issues, what is being done about them and how to help.
In computing, children will be using the coding progam Kodu to control a character and create a game.
We are pleased to inform you that year 6 will be participating in two projects for each half term this summer. One project is a drumming project where 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 various studio techniques.
Classes at Webb’s Road will do drumming first, and 6G will start with GarageBand. In Summer 2, classes will switch projects.
Year 6 will be looking at Cubism, comparing the still life work of Pablo Picasso, George Braques and Paul Cezanne. They will make a series of mono prints which they will then use to experiment with materials to create different effects. Finally, the children will create a 3D observation of a still life using inks.
During games lessons, the children will practice fundamental movement skills for athletics, building upon the skills of agility, balance and coordination. This includes running, jumping and throwing disciplines, in preparation for their sports day events.
Children will learn how to say a selection of job titles and workplaces, stating what they would like to do when they are older.
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