Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 2 Term 2019
Welcome back after half term break - we 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 Tuesday, led by BRFC, the unit this term is Cricket - 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: Britten's Got Talent!
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.
Through our Whole Class Reading approach we finish reading Carrie's War by Nina Bawden, before beginning our study of Holes by Louis Sachar. We will continue to place a 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 begin by practising, before refining our multiplication and division written calculation strategies. 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 Light. We will consider how light travels, what it consists of and how an image travels to our eye. 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 Britten's Got Talent, the children will continue to become more familiar with the world's countries. We will use maps to locate key cities and locations of key natural geographical significance, for example, the Amazon. Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, etc.
In music we will listen carefully to select pieces of music, identifying the tempo, pitch and tone, recreating using instruments of our own. We will also enhance the pupils knowledge of British classical composers, including Benjamin Britten.
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.
On Wednesday 11th December, at 9am, Year 6 will be demonstrating all their learning in music this term through a clarinet and flute musical recital. All parents are invited to observe and enjoy the performance, which the whole school will also be watching, I hope to see you there.
The following week, on Wednesday 18th December we will be performing this years Christmas production, entitled Children of the World. We have have started the tricky, due to the wealth of talent in Year 6, audition process for choosing main parts, therefore work has started behind the scenes and I look forward to seeing you there.
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.