Welcome back after the Easter break. We hope you are all well and have had a restful break with your children. The Year 6 team wish everyone Ramadan Mubarak. Before we know it, we will have Eid-ul-Fitr to look forward to this half term. We will also be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and preparing for SATs beginning on Monday 9th May.
We will continue to remind children about our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. We will use our reward system 'Brookhouse Monster's University' to recognise good behaviour and attitudes. If your child is in the winning University team, they will be given a reward at the end of the term. PSHE will also play a key role, this will take place through class and assembly sessions. The topic for the Summer Term is called Keeping Safe.
Homework is handed out twice a week, by your child's booster teacher (Reading Tuesday/Mathematics Thursday). Please ensure that your child completes their homework, as it is vital practise for the child in preparation for SATs. Class homework is also handed out weekly, but due to the priority of Booster Homework it is celebrated in class, but completion is voluntary. The Summer 1 Term topic is called 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside'.
We will begin by studying the class novel 'Holes' by Louis Sachar, which links to our study of shorts stories with flashbacks, leading to using our developing Oracy skills to build upon ideas and opinions when forming discussions and debates. Continually, we will be focusing on the skills needed to invent our own piece of writing and look at writing cross-curricular through other subject areas. Whole class reading will continue to take place every day, through which we encourage children to focus on new vocabulary and comprehension of the text.
To further support your child's skills in Reading Comprehension, the school has purchased a three year subscription with an online reading resource called Reading Plus, which improves pupil's reading age but it does rely on the children using this resource on a regular basis. So please make sure they are using it at home. Additionally, in order to prepare your child for SATs, please support your children in their reading of school books, at home for ten minutes every day. We will continue to encourage children to improve their Oracy skills through participating in the project Voice 21.
Our Math's lessons will focus on consolidating previously taught learning, probing through use of real-life situations and use of previous SAT questions, in order to prepare children for the upcoming SAT tests. Children will apply their knowledge to reasoning and problem solving - QUACKING! (Please ask your children what this means). There will also be opportunity for online learning via Purple Mash. Please encourage your child to practice their timetables at home. In order to aid them with this, your child can use the online program 'Times Table Rockstars'
This half term we will be learning all about Electricity (Physics). We will associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit. Children will compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches. Children will use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.
In Year 6 P.E will take place every Tuesday so please make sure your children come to school in their full P.E kit - Yellow P.E shirt with the school's logo, black joggers or shorts or leggings. In our P.E lessons we will focus on invasion games, therefore we will be outside whenever the weather allows.
In our History topic the children will learn about significant UK events since 1066 - the end of the Viking age. The children will use sources as a basis for historical enquiry and identify where periods fit into a chronological framework.
In our Geography topic the children will learn to name and locate countries and cities of the United Kingdom. Children will describe and understand key aspects of: - Physical geography including: climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, biomes, climate zones and vegetation belts. Before studying the human geography of an area, including: types of settlement and land use; economic activity; population and tourism.
In our art topic we will focus on the skills of drawing and painting, before developing those skills into pieces of work, either collage / batik / felt making
This is an extremely important term for Year 6 as we prepare the children for taking the End of Key Stage 2 national tests (SATS) in May 2022, as well as preparing them for the next step step in education - moving to Secondary School. Therefore we do encourage all children to attend school all the time.
We will try to inform you of any special events in the calendar nearer to the time.
Any queries feel free to talk to us in the morning or at the end of the day or arrange an appointment through the school office.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Year 6 Team:
Mr G Owen (Year 6 Teacher and Senior Leader)
Mrs S Momoniat (SSA)