I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely extended half-term. The class impressed me with their learning in Term One so hopefully this will continue for the rest of year. Below is a brief overview of our learning for Term 2. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me.

Mathematics

Having concluded our learning regarding Place Value and the 4 Operations (+, -, x and divide), children will spend much of the term learning about fractions. This unit will begin by simplifying fractions before pupils order, compare, add, subtract and multiply fractions and whole numbers. Children will then multiply fractions by fractions, divide fractions by integers, calculate fractions of an amount and find the whole based on the value of a known fraction. Finally, we will focus upon Geometry; we will practice plotting coordinates in the first quadrant and then all four quadrants before practicing translating and reflecting shapes.

As will be the case throughout the year, children will choose whether to answer A, B or C level questions (according to their confidence) before completing challenge questions focusing on their reasoning and problem-solving skills. Pupils will also have the chance to further develop and consolidate their problem-solving skills in dedicated problem-solving lessons, which will occur throughout the year.

Year 6 will also be starting our QuickMaths programme. This will involve all pupils consolidating and further developing the mathematical skills we have developed this year. This will take place 3-4 times a week in the afternoons for 15 minutes per session. Topics for Term One include reviewing and improving our test technique and practicing skills linked to place value, negative numbers, rounding and formal addition and subtraction.

English

All of Class Six produced some impressive pieces of writing last term, demonstrating a good start towards mastery of Year Six level writing. In writing we will begin the term by writing some empathetic diary entries based around our class novel Skellig by David Almond. Pupils will spend time hotseating and developing the character of Michael, focusing upon his thoughts, feelings and emotions. After having the chance to edit and publish this writing, we will write Biographies of Charles Darwin. This will allow pupils to make cross-curricular links with our Science topic of Evolution and Inheritance. For our third piece of extended writing we will return to Skellig for inspiration. During our reading pupils have shown a real interest and passion for a particular theme: the debate over whether pupils should be educated in school or at home. Therefore, children will write balanced arguments about this topic. Finally, children will write playscripts which are again linked to Skelllig. We will be reading Skellig through our Guided Reading sessions. These sessions take place for half an hour per day and allow pupils to develop their own reading, their answering of comprehension questions, their reading fluency and their active reading. Children will explore all the genres they write in through discussion and story-telling in order to deepen their understanding of structure and new vocabulary. We become expert writers in each genre, by spending time focusing on the specific aspects of a genre, before writing, editing, improving and re-drafting our written work and publishing it. There will be a huge emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar. This is very important as these skills feed into the children’s reading and particularly their writing. The spelling of every word they use is vital as the children’s writing is heavily judged on their ability to spell the words they use correctly. With this in mind we continue to ask you to work in partnership with us, encouraging and helping your children to learn and understand a variety of vocabulary. They will have daily ‘SPAG’ sessions (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and some of their homework will be linked to various aspects of this area of the English Curriculum.

Science

In Science our topic is “Evolution and Inheritance”. This will involve pupils learning about inheritance, how living things produce offspring of the same kind but how offspring vary, the key ideas of Darwin’s theory of evolution, identifying how animals are adapted to their environment and studying fossils. Our study of fossils will involve discussing the two ways fossils are formed, analysing what fossils tell us about the past and sketching a range of different fossils. Pupils will also have a chance to practice specific scientific skills, through carrying out a range of experiments, such as recording measurements systematically, communicating data in a bar chart, making observations based upon their results, classifying various objects, offering simple explanations for their results and planning an experiment to answer a question.

Theme

Our Theme for the Term is “Prehistoric Britain”. This unit covers three distinct periods of history: The Stone Age, The Iron Age and The Bronze Age. Therefore, pupils will initially spend time studying these three periods- this will involve placing events in chronological order on a timeline and sequence and summarising key events from the periods. Pupils will have the chance to compare housing from these historic periods as well as use a range of artefacts and sources to learn about the past. Pupils will also use our new computers to produce PowerPoint Presentations about an area of this topic they find particularly interesting and will present these to the class. Furthermore, children will analyse a range of evidence and write a balanced argument about whether they would like to live in Prehistoric Britain and or contemporary Britain. Finally, pupils will have the chance to produce art in the style of Prehistoric cave art.

Physical Education

PE will take place each week on Wednesday. The focus for Term 1 is ‘Movement, Gymnastics and Balance’. As I am sure you are aware, it is really important that PE kits (appropriate for weather conditions) are in school for that day each week and are clearly labelled. Long hair must be tied back and all earrings removed for safety during PE sessions.  Although this unit of PE will predominantly take place inside, Mr Richards and I would like to continue to complete our warm-up outside so it would be great if pupils have appropriate footwear in school on the relevant day. Thank you!

RE

This term we will be studying Christianity. Children will spend time focusing upon the bible, learning why the bible is important to Christians, how the Bible is used by Christians and comparing the difference between the Old and New Testament. Pupils will also spend time learning about the significance of the Christingle, as being in Year 6 pupils will be responsible for making the Christingles for the rest of the school as well as having a leading role in the Key Stage Two Nativity.

French

In French this term we will focus upon developing spoken and written French. We will learn about items in our classroom and different locations around a town centre.  

Computing

This term we will focus upon spreadsheets. We will be discussing the uses of spreadsheets and why they are useful. Pupils will work with Microsoft Excel to store, retrieve and present information as well as completing calculations using a range of formulae. 

Homework

Spellings

Every Monday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning.  These will, for the most part, consist of the National Curriculum list of words which are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell.  On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them and bring them back on Monday.

Maths and English

Homework will be set and given to children on Friday, to be returned by the following Monday. The content will enable children to practise and consolidate what they have learnt in class.   Reading Reading plays a crucial role in your child’s learning. In class we have daily guided sessions of reading and actively seek out opportunities to read across the curriculum, but it is essential that children are able to practise this skill at home. Reading can include a range of text-types and media; not just the school reading book that comes home each day.  Many thanks for your support, Mr Spurgeon