Welcome back after the half term break. We hope you are all well and have had a restful break with your children.
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 PSHE topic for autumn 2 is called 'Healthier Lifestyles'. The overall autumn 2 term topic is called 'Brittens Got Talent'.
We will be covering the genre poetry: songs and lyrics unit this half term as well as writing a cross curricular non-chronological report, through science. We will do this through the use of the ‘Talk for Writing’ strategy of imitate, innovate and invent. As well as this, we will be focusing on the skills needed to invent our own piece of writing and look at writing through other subject areas. Whole class reading will continue to take place every day, through which we encourage children to focus on new vocabulary in the text and the comprehension of the text.
To further support your child's skills in reading comprehension, the school has purchased a 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. 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.
We will be covering the the topics; fractions, decimals and measurements. The children will also look to improve their arithmetic skills linked to the topics they have already learnt in autumn 1. This will all be taught through using concrete, pictorial and abstract mathematic models in every lesson, where appropriate.
This half term we will be covering physics: light. Through this topic they will learn how to: recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines, use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye and explain that we see things because light travels from the light sources to our eyes or from the light sources to objects and then to our eyes. They will also use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them. Please encourage your child to learn their knowledge organiser as we try to review prior learning every week.
Art and Design
Pupils will be produce a piece of artwork which depicts mood and emotion in response to music. They are going to use the artist Kadinsky as inspiration. By the end of the unit they will have learnt : key facts about Wassily Kandinsky – who he was, where he lived, which pieces of art he was famous for and that he had synaesthesia as a minimum requirement, be able to relate mark making to sounds, and articulate why they have responded in the way they have. They will create different marks/art in relation to different pieces/styles of music, explaining and evaluating their work and use a range of media including a range of pencils, charcoal and chalk, biros and felt pens, paints, pastels and oil pastels to add layers to a piece of art, building up the layers as the music builds. Finally, they will evaluate their own work.
Through their autumn 2 topic pupils will learning all about Advent and what it means to Christians. They will learn about the main themes of Advent and the Advent Wreath. There are some significant people that are associated with Advent for Christians, such as: Mary, John the Baptist, The Church and The Prophets. By the end of the unit they should be able to talk about how Christians prepare for Christmas.
In Year 6, P.E will take place every Thursday 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, shorts or leggings, trainers and their school green sweatshirt. In their P.E, pupils are very fortunate as they will be taking part in cricket, sessions which will be delivered by a cricket coach.
This term pupils will continue to play their instruments; flutes and clarinets. Their music teacher Emily will continue to develop their skills and they should be ready for performance in December which we will inform you about nearer the time. As well as learning how to play their instruments we will also cover our music topic called 'Happy'. Through this topic we will be listening to a range of music, singing and composing some of our own.
In our computing this half term pupils will learn about computer science: coding. They will learn how to design a playable game with a timer and a score. They will plan and use selection and variables and learn how the launch command works. They will use functions and find out why they are useful. They will find out how functions are created and what they are called. They will use flowcharts to create and debug their code and create a simulation of a room in which devices can be controlled. Finally, they will use 2Code to make a text-adventure game.
Our history topic is called 'World War' which we will learn about over the autumn term. Pupils will be increasing their knowledge and understanding of local, national and international history by gaining historical perspective, placing their growing knowledge into different contexts between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history. They will describe the nature and extent of diversity, change and continuity and suggest relationship between the causes of both world wars. Through this topic we will visit the memorial in Corporation Park, remembering all those who lost their lives during the World Wars.
It is an extremely important year for your children, so we would ask for your support in encouraging them to attend every day where possible and that they are punctual in the mornings - lined up on the bottom yard at 8:30 am.
There will be an opportunity for you to meet me on the 8th of November during the autumn term parents evening.
There will also be a Christmas Production alongside a music performance which you will be notified about nearer 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 continued support, it is much appreciated.
Mrs S Hussain (Year 6 Teacher and Upper School Leader)
Mrs F Patel (HLTA)
Mrs S Momoniat (TA)
Mrs R Esmail (SSA)