Class Teacher: Mrs Barley
PPA Cover: Mrs Jones
Class Support: Mrs Jackson and Mrs Trenfield
Welcome back to a new school year!
I hope you've had a fabulous summer and are now ready to rise to the challenges of year 6.
This term our theme will be 'Britain at Play'. We will be planning and carrying out real life surveys to find the answers to key questions. We'll locate places of leisure and recreation using a map of the locality and look at how sport forms an important part in British modern day society. In computing we'll focus on how to keep ourselves safe when using technology as a hobby or pastime.
We will commence our English work around the book, 'Flotsam' by David Wiesner. Our skills focus will be around identifying, selecting and justifying effective vocabulary through a range of genres of writing including persuasive, letters and description.
In Maths, we will be looking firstly at place value up to tens of millions before moving on to the four operations and fractions later on in the term. All lessons have a practical/pictorial element before moving on to the abstract. Children have opportunities to rehearse a skill before they progress to applying it in problem solving and reasoning challenges. Being able to explain their thoughts and understanding is vital and we always say, 'The answer is only the beginning!'
In science this term we will be investigating light. We will be at how light travels, how shadows are formed and how they behave, as well as taking a closer look at the eye and how we see. After half term we will move onto extending our knowledge of electricity and electrical circuits which will involve a lot of fun investigative work.
Spellings - I will be sending home lists of all of the spellings that your child should already know (year 3 &4) and also the year 5 & 6 spellings that they need to know by the end of the year. They will be tested on these during the first few weeks back to identify gaps and where to direct my teaching. Please support your child with these as much as you can. It WILL make a difference.
Beat The Clock - We will continue with our times table challenges regularly. It is essential that your child has a quick recall of their tables and related division facts as nearly all maths is linked back to the knowledge of these.
Just a reminder to ensure your child STILL reads at least three times a week! If they are highly competent, they don't need to read to you each time, but must discuss what they are reading to ensure understanding. Please encourage them to read a range of books, not just the 'easy' ones, so that they become more familiar with a range of text types. We have expanded our home reading range to include a lot more variety, so there will be something for everyone.
Homework will be set each week on a Wednesday/Thursday and needs to be returned into school the following Monday.
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