Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 1 Term 2019
Welcome back after the summer holidays - 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 Thursday, led by BRFC, the unit this term is Athletics - 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: Survival!
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 will be reading Carrie's War by Nina Bawden. 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 reinforcing our understanding of place value, before progressing onto practising, refining both mental and written calculation strategies. Each week we will focus on a different method of calculation, starting with addition, leading to work on subtraction, multiplication and division. Times tables and mental mathematical strategies will remain an essential part of our learning - a key focus.
Our Science topic this half term is Evolution and Inheritance. We will consider how animals have evolved over time and how adaptation may lead to evolution. 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 survival, linked to our scientific study concerning evolution and inheritance, the children will 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.
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 Tuesday 24th September at 2:15 pm, we have organised a joint 'Meet your teacher' opportunity, alongside a briefing over the upcoming Robinwood excursion. This will be a fantastic opportunity for you to ask any questions and I'm looking forward to meeting you all.
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.