I hope that you have all enjoyed a lovely summer holiday.  I am looking forward to an enjoyable and productive term with your children. Below is an overview of learning and development. Please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have any further questions.

I would like to welcome Mrs Lloyd to the class team. Mrs Lloyd will be teaching my class on Wednesday and Thursday each week so that I am able to carry out my leadership responsibilities. This involves me working across the school, in all classes (including my own).  

Mathematics

There will be a strong focus on number and place value in term 1 in order to build competency. Planning will take a mastery approach to teaching and learning so that children are given the opportunity to build, then apply skills in contexts of varying degrees of challenge. The children will have the opportunity to use concrete objects, manipulatives and pictorial representations to help them understand what they are doing and to support them as they reason and solve problems.

Here is an overview of learning outcomes for the term. 

• Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit.

• Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.

• Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero.

• Solve addition and subtraction multi step problems

• Multiply multi-digit number up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number using a formal written method

• Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit whole numbers using the formal written method

• Round decimals with three places to the nearest whole number or one or two decimal places.

• Identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places

• multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to three decimal places.

• Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.

• Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above

Daily warm-up sessions will focus this term on counting in forwards and backwards in steps of 1, 10, 100, 1000, 25 from any positive or negative number or decimal, as well as revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12.

English

We will begin with a focus on poetry with imagery. Children will explore poems through guided discussion in order to deepen their understanding and explain the meaning of new vocabulary, referring to the text to justify their ideas with evidence. They will discuss and evaluate how poets use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader. Initial writing outcomes for this genre will be scaffolded; the children will write in sections following teacher modelling and shared writing to complete an extended piece. The children will then apply their skills to write independently. Editing, improving and re-drafting written work will form an essential part of the writing process and can be used as concrete evidence of progress and attainment. As part of the English Curriculum there is 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. As with Maths, planning will take a mastery approach to teaching and learning so that children are given the opportunity to build, then apply skills in contexts of varying degrees of challenge.  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 are asking you to work in partnership with us, encouraging and helping your children to learn and understand a variety of vocabulary. A dictionary at home is the perfect tool to help the children. 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

Our science topic this term is ‘Evolution’. Children will learn how living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. They will learn that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents, and to identify how animals are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution. Children will use secondary sources, the internet and artefacts to develop their knowledge of fossils. They will create their own model of a fossil to support their understanding. The development of scientific skills will involve raising questions, observing and making connections with everyday life through creating a family tree,

Theme

Our theme this term is Wales. Children in Le ski de Descente (Year 6) will develop their understanding of human and physical features of this region, with a specific focus on Snowdonia. For example, they will study the mountain range and find out what it is like to live in Snowdonia. Artefacts and other secondary sources, such as photographs and maps will support this learning. Children will use maps and digital mapping to engage in a variety of activities that will enable them to build their skills in using symbols, keys and grid references, and in developing locational knowledge of countries, the position and significance of the equator, cities, towns, rivers and mountains. Cross-curricular opportunities will enable children to apply maths skills such as calculating and measuring distances using a scale, using six-figure grid references, constructing bar charts and calculating the mean average within the context of temperature and rainfall. Opportunities to develop techniques in art will also form part of this topic.

Physical Education

PE will take place each week on Wednesday. The focus of term one is Netball. As I am sure you are aware, it is really important that PE kits are in school for that day each week and are clearly labelled. We are also going to challenge ourselves to undertake the ‘Golden Mile’ which entails running 60 metres every day. Although this sounds daunting the children love it, working in pairs and challenging themselves to better their score (laps) each time. The children will therefore need trainers in their lockers every day. Long hair must be tied back and all earrings removed for safety during PE sessions.  Thank you!

RE

This term we will be looking at Judaism. It is important that children gain an understanding of a variety of religions that they may encounter in their lives. We will be looking at the beliefs and practices that underpin Judaism.

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 for a class discussion on Monday. The end of year statutory tests places a significant emphasis on children’s ability to spell, not only the National Curriculum statutory word list for their year group, but also the word lists from previous year groups. 

Maths and English Homework will be set and given to children on Monday, to be returned by Friday. The content will enable children to practise what they have learnt in class.   Reading Fluency in reading, coupled with developing comprehension, plays a vital 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.  Children should be reading four at least fifteen minutes five, out of seven nights of the week. If your child is reading independently (perhaps in their bedroom), please encourage him/her to clarify unfamiliar word-meanings with you or with a dictionary. Also, it is very important that the children understand what they are reading as this feeds into their ability to engage in comprehension tasks in class. Of course, this all leads to their final statutory end of Key Stage assessments.

Friday An additional piece of homework will be set each Friday, to be completed by Monday. These tasks may involve some preparation for future learning and could be linked to any of the subject areas.

Many thanks for your continued support.

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