Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter Spring 1 Term 2020
Welcome back after the Christmas holidays - we all hope you all had an enjoyable time with your families and feel well rested. We will continue to remind children about our school values of: Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. Also, we will use our awards system, Brookhouse Monster's University, to reward dojo points - if your child's team wins they will be rewarded with a party at the of term.
Your child's homework grid will be sent home at the start of term, glued into their homework book. Please encourage your child to complete the reading, spelling, times tables and topic homework. Spellings will be handed out every Friday, with homework handed in every Wednesday. P.E. will take place on a Wednesday, led by BRFC, the unit this term is Netball - so please make sure that your child has a full Brookhouse P.E. kit in school on that day and that earring have been removed.
Our Year 6 staff team includes:
Mr G Owen - Class teacher
Mrs S Sharif - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Momoniat - Teaching Assistant
Our topic this term is: Heroes and Villains
Based upon the Talk for writing strategy: Imitate, Innovate and Invent we will be reading and writing biographies, alongside studying the skills of an accomplished author.
We will begin our study of Holes by Louis Sachar, focusing on continuing to place a great priority on a language rich curriculum, therefore children need to be encouraged to understand and apply new vocabulary. For that reason please encourage your child to read every day at home, focusing on the vocabulary they don't understand. They will be provided with a weekly spelling list to learn, as well as a bank of Year 6 words which can be located in their homework books.
This term we will focus on the breadth of Mathematics, learning about angles, algebra, perimeter, area, volume and ratio. This will include applying these skills in real life situations and in order to solve increasingly complex Mathematical problems. In order to successfully complete these challenges times tables and mental mathematical strategies will remain an essential part of our learning - a key focus.
Our Science topic this half term is Animals / Health - exercise and the circulatory system. We will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system and describe the functions of each. We will recognise and discuss the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle choices on the way bodies funtion. We will investigate and describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.
We will also undertake a scientific investigation developing our skills as scientists. Understanding and using scientific vocabulary will play an important part in our Science lessons. Children will be encouraged to first learn and then apply the facts in their Knowledge Organisers during lessons.
Through our topic of Heroes and Villains, the children will research, evaluate and prepare food products. We will carefully consider, linked to our Science topic, preparing food for different audiences, considering where and how ingredients are grown and processed
Children will be invited to talk about what positively and negatively influences their lives, focusing on learning the skills needed to make informed choices - unpicking the concept of a 'balanced lifestyle'. We will also be learning to recognise how images in the media and online do not always reflect reality and can negatively affect how people feel about themselves.
Your child will have received in the first week of term an invitation to at least one after school SAT booster session run by staff from our school. It is essential that you encourage your child to attend all the booster sessions.
If you have concerns, there are opportunities for informal chats at the start and end of the day. Alternatively, you can arrange to meet us for a more formal meeting through making contact with the office.