Welcome to Year 6W!
What a wonderful start to year 6 we have had! I am so impressed with Class 6W’s enthusiasm to learn. They have shown consistent determination, interest and they have welcomed the challenges that they have been faced with at the beginning of year 6. I am so excited to get stuck into our work this year but for the time being, the following is what we have been learning and what we shall continue to build upon for the rest of this term:
We have started Autumn 1 with some descriptive writing, with a particular focus on creating mood. The children were given the option of which forest setting to write about and they had to decide whether their setting was either pleasant or sinister. With this in mind, their challenge has to been to use the correct vocabulary (words and phrases) to match that mood whilst referring to their senses and organising their writing correctly. We will share some of the children's final pieces once they are complete - watch this space!
Next, the children are going to have a go at learning, reciting and writing their own poetry. Again, this requires the children to think very carefully about their use of language to create an accurate image for the reader. They will be sharing their poetry work during a celebration assembly in Autumn 1 - letters and details to follow.
Our book talk book is I, Coriander by Sally Gardner. Coriander tells the story of her childhood in 17th Century London and of her discovery that she has inherited magical powers from her mother...and that's all that will be revealed for now!
To kick start the Autumn term, year 6 are going to be getting to grips with time, initially consolidating their understanding of telling the time. Then, these skills were utilised to solve time problems. - both real life worded problems and time table problems. It is important that the children continue to practise telling the time, interchangeably between analogue and digital clocks, 12 and 24 hours, in everyday, real life contexts. Please continually question your child about the time on a daily basis in order to embed these learnt skills.
Next, the children are going to be learning about negative numbers - using them in context and calculating intervals across 0. This will then lend itself well to geometry, in particular describing positions on the full coordinate grid. The children are then going to be applying these skills during our residential to Conwy, where they will have the opportunity to map read and use grid references.
The children are going to be building upon their place value and number skills consistently throughout the year. Practising the following skills regularly during our maths lessons will help to secure the children’s mathematical understanding:
Times tables up to 12 x 12;
Counting forwards and backwards in positive/negative numbers as well as decimal numbers from any given starting point;
Formal written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division;
Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions;
Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000;
Applying all of the above to explain, reason and problem solve.
Where possible, please encourage your children to practise these skills daily at home too. It is extremely important that your child knows their timetables up to 12x12 and can recall them all within three seconds.
During the Autumn term, the children are going to be focusing on learning about living things and their habitats. Pupils will be taught to:
The children will be given the opportunity to apply their learning from the classroom during our residential to Conwy, where they will study different animal habitats and plant species on the beach.
Year 6 have started learning about the Viking raids and invasions in their history lessons. They initially came up with a range of questions which they would like to answer in order to extend their knowledge of this time period. Some of the questions included:
Each child then selected one of these questions and carried out their own related research. Whilst note making, the children used a range of sources in order to understand how our knowledge of the past in constructed, whilst considering which information is reliable and accurate.
Initially, year 6 have extended their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the UK and Europe as well as locating countries worldwide. They have also identified human and physical characteristics and key topographical features including: hills, mountains, coasts and rivers.
Next, the children will go on to study, describe and understand the key aspects oh physical and human geography. Whilst on our residential, they will be able to apply these learnt skills in the field.
As the children are now in year 6, they are allowed to come to school on a Friday in their PE kits, consisting of black shorts (they may wear tracksuit bottoms to come to school in), a white t-shirt and pumps or trainers. They will be working with our sports coach during the Autumn term to improve their games skills. These skills will be tailored to meet the on going competition calendar. Your child may therefore be asked to represent the school in various competitions throughout the year, both within and after school time.
This will be taught by Mrs O'Hagan and Miss Delaney on a Friday afternoon. The children will select, learn and practise playing instruments to a song of their choice!
What can you do to help your child in Year 6?
It is important that in year 6, we support and encourage your child to allow them to fulfill their potential. It is also paramount to prepare and develop them so that they are ready for their move to high school. To ease this transition, your child will move between the two year 6 classes for the teaching of various different aspects of the curriculum and they will be taught by different adults including Miss Watson, Mr Stenton, Mrs Abbott, Mrs O’Hagan and Miss Downie, so that their learning is tailored to their ability.