Class 6 Newsletter – Autumn Term 2020
Welcome to Year 6. I hope you all had a very enjoyable summer and are looking forward to the busy term ahead. Below is a brief outline of what we will be covering between now and Christmas.
English: We will be studying fiction genres with a focus on significant authors and historical stories as well as extended narrative and persuasive writing linked to our History topic – Ancient Greece. Non- fiction work will include recounts, instruction and explanation writing and performance poetry.
Spelling, grammar, punctuation, handwriting, guided reading, vocabulary expansion and improving self- editing skills are ongoing.
Maths: improving mental calculations, place value up to three decimal places and 7 digit numbers, patterns and sequences, handling data and interpreting information, contextual problem solving, securing number facts, relationships and calculations, efficient written methods for calculation, algebra, fractions, decimals and percentages.
Science: Evolution and Inheritance – Recognise that living things have changes over time, that fossils provide information from millions of years ago, explore factors associated with inheritance and identify how plants and animals adapt to their environment.
All Living Things – Describe how living things are classified and give reasons for specific characteristics
Topic (History/Geography): Our first topic is Ancient Greece. We will be learning about how they lived, their society and the legacy they have left. In the second half term we will be learning about Modern Greece.
Languages: Mrs Lipscomb will be teaching French. Topics will be En Ville and Les Saisons. We will be building on our previous learning, broadening our vocabulary, exploring patterns, structures and sounds and developing greater confidence to speak, read and write French with increasing fluency within a range of contexts.
Computing: We will focus on internet safety this term and will be developing skills in programming.
Art and DT: In Art we will learn about great artists focusing on the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. In DT we will be making different soups this half term and next half term we will be improving our sewing skills.
RE: We will be studying Old Testament writings and interpretations, Ruth and Shavuot, David and Goliath and King David.
P.E: We will be starting with tag rugby and football followed by fitness and hockey. Children will need to come to school in full PE kits on Mondays and Thursdays. Track suits may be preferred later in the term as the weather begins to get colder.
P.S.H.E.E: We will be starting off with Mindfulness and Well Being. We will also be doing Play Leader training, though the role of the play leaders may be a bit different from previous years for this term at least. Once the new Reception children have settled into school, the children will be taking over as buddies. This has become a very special link between the oldest and youngest children over the last few years at Clavering and though it may be slightly different from previous years the Year 6 children are very keen take on this role.
Music : We will listen and appraise music from different times and cultures and compose short pieces.
Mrs Lipscomb will be teaching the class on a Thursdays when I am out of class in my deputy head teacher role.
Homework: The children will be set Maths and English or Topic homework each week which should be completed on Teams by the following Thursday. Spellings will be given to learn on a weekly basis every Friday. Every child has a reading journal where they should be recording their responses to the book, they have read both at home and at school and aiming to complete the Reading Challenge. Please do discuss their book and reading choices with your child and continue to listen to them reading aloud when possible; this enables them to read at a pace to allow spellings and grammatical structures to be absorbed more readily. Additional homework may be set on occasions to support specific areas of learning as required.
Children are actively encouraged to bring in water and a snack for break time each day. It is often a long time between breakfast and lunch and a snack is important to keep us all going. We ask that these are healthy, in line with our Healthy Schools ethos (fruit or vegetables in their natural forms).
You will shortly receive details regarding secondary school applications for 2021 and the process for applying for a secondary school place, the statutory cut off day for which is October 31st 2020.
Events for your Diary
September TTBC – Meet the Teacher evening on Teams. Details to follow.
TTBC – Class Walk
September 25th – MacMillan coffee morning
October 23rd – INSET day
If you do have any questions or concerns please do email me or phone the office and I will return your call.