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 – World War I. 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 World War I. We will be learning about the causes of the war and its impact on Britain and the local area. In the second half term we will be learning about the geography of the United Kingdom. We will learn the counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), land use and patterns: and develop our understanding of how some aspects of these have changed over time.
Languages: Mrs Broadbent 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 and developing our coding skills. Next half term we will be developing our understanding of algorithms for searching, sorting and math.
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 breads and 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 Football and Tag Rugby followed by Dodgeball and Gymnastics. Children will need to come to school in full PE kits on Wednesdays and Fridays this half term and Mondays and Wednesdays next half term. Track suits may be preferred later in the term as the weather begins to get colder.
P.S.H.E.E: We start with the unit on Families and Friendships covering subjects such as attraction to others; romantic relationships; civil partnership and marriage. Then we move on to the unit Safe Relationships covering: recognising and managing pressure; consent in different situations. We will also be doing Play Leader training and the beginning of the Autumn term and 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.
Music : We will listen and appraise music from different times and cultures and compose short pieces. On alternate Thursdays the children will have Wider Opportunity music lessons learning about brass instruments.
Ms Crosby 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 in their Learning Log by the following Thursday. Spellings will be posted on Teams every Friday and tested the following 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 2021.
Events for your Diary
Tuesday 21st September – Meet the Teacher evening on Teams. Details to follow
Wednesday22nd September Girls’ football at JFAN .
September 25th – MacMillan coffee morning
Wednesday 6th October Football tournament Boys am/ Girls pm
18th-21st October Bikeability- more information to follow.
Wednesday 20th October Cross Country at JFAN
October 23rd – INSET day
1st -5th November Friendship Week
Wednesday 17th November Dodgeball at JFAN
If you do have any questions or concerns, please do come a speak to me or phone the office to arrange an appointment.