Autumn 2


Dear Parents /Carers,
We hope you had a lovely half term break. We are very much looking forward to this half term and all the wonderful learning the Year 6 children have ahead. This letter outlines the topics that Year 6 will learn about this half term.
Next half-term, we will be studying a remarkable text to Year 6 children which was introduced to our curriculum last year: The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge. This novel, which is hard to summarise without giving away its many surprises, was received incredibly well by Year 6 children last year. Children will crack codes, write narratives and write a letter to their younger self. Later in the term, children will have the opportunity to consider local history, addressing the question of what a newspaper report of the Balham bombing might have looked like had full details of it not been withheld by the press.
The children will continue to develop their ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, as well as simplify and compare fractions. We will then look at how to convert fractions into decimals, and how to multiply these together.
Science – How does the Circulatory System work?
Children will use investigations and observations to look at the functions of the heart, blood and lungs. This includes the dissection of an animal’s heart and the creation of a model of the components of blood using sweets. We will also be looking at the effects of exercise, food and drugs (stimulants, hallucinogens, analgesics and depressants) on the body.
History – How did World War 2 change Britain?
Children will continue this unit from autumn 1. We will be looking at the effect the Blitz had on daily lives, including blackouts, air raids and propaganda. We will then look more in detail about the range of experiences evacuees had, exploring first-hand accounts linked to changes in the war. We are also looking forward to 1940s day on Friday 3rd December, when children will experience what it was like during the war and will enjoy activities, lessons, songs and games from the 1940s.
PSHCE – Understanding our Feelings
Children will continue to learn to reflect and develop their understanding of their own emotions, as well as improving their accuracy in the language they use.
Computing – Understanding Networks
Children will explore where web pages live and how they get to our connected devices. They will then explore the role of internet search spiders and how web searches work. Children will then see that the web is not linear, and will create a non-linear information page with hyperlinks using the app Book Creator on the iPads.
Year 6 will be learning new songs ready for our end-of-term performance. The songs will be non-religious and will develop children's singing and performance skills.

Year 6 will be making a mixed-media artwork exploring value inspired by the Shelter drawings by the artist and sculptor Henry Moore. They will use photography and experiment with materials to create a unique figurative drawing.
Children should come to school in their PE kit and do not need to bring their normal uniform to change back into. Please do make sure that they have warm enough clothes for the whole day e.g. jogging bottoms if they wear shorts for PE.
Indoor PE lessons
Children will be taught dance by our specialist teacher Lisa Ogunyemi. The children will learn the basic and intermediate Jive steps to compose solo, group and class dances that they are able to share and comment on. This will be linked to their History topic.
Outdoor PE lessons
Outdoor games will initially focus on outdoor and adventurous activities, with an emphasis on team building, problem solving, communication and decision making through a variety of tasks working independently, with partners and groups.

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Children will learn how to say what they would like to do at the weekend with their friends. In addition, they will learn how to invite friends to do some fun weekend activities and practice a selection of responses. Finally, they will learn to name foods associated with midnight feasts.
English ( - fortnightly) and maths ( - 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 has 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.
Yours faithfully,
Mollie Armes (6A)
Daniel Griffin (6G)
Noemi Suarez (6S)
Adam Wood (6W)

Download the Year 6 PSCHE letter