Welcome back everyone to a hopefully warmer term.
The children have returned to school with an excellent attitude to their learning and have already successfully tackled some quite difficult concepts.
We are really encouraging the children to learn new vocabulary this term which will help them with their Reading test in May, so any opportunity to read a book or the newspaper will improve their understanding of more complicated words. In class each day we are using a dictionary to play ‘Lucky dip’ choosing words at random and learning their definitions. The children are really enjoying the power of new vocabulary so please encourage your child to be a vocabulary detective. Homework will continue to be given out on a Monday and Fridays this will take the form of revision for both Maths and English thinking once again about the SATs tests which will take place in May. Please encourage your child to complete this revision and give in their books by Friday. They will also have their red folders with spellings to be learnt and a topic related activity or a short piece of writing. This revision homework is vitally important this term as we ‘gallop’ towards the May SATS.
We will continue to enjoy studying a variety of texts this term. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the very emotive story ‘Parvana’s Journey’ which has produced some fantastic writing from the children. We will be reading Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ in preparation for our end of year performance and hopefully this play will inspire the children to produce more superb writing. Of course the children will continue to practise and improve their writing skills which will include more advanced punctuation for effect, powerful vocabulary and detailed noun phrases which is essential for them to reach their full potential in writing. Correct spelling is very important so please encourage your child to practise their words each week.
Thank you for helping your children learn their times tables over the Easter holiday. It has certainly boosted their confidence and means they are able to tackle SATs problems a lot quicker. With only a few weeks to go before the SATs it is really important that our Year Six pupils keep practising all their skills. This term we will be covering scale drawing, algebra and probability.
We will be investigating the human circulatory system, recognising the impact of diet, exercise and describing the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals which include humans. We have already explored the function of the heart so do ask your children to explain what happens to our deoxygenated blood. Fun was had in the classroom as the children worked in teams to make their own pumping heart mechanism using a simple jam jar and straws.
This term we will be exploring Sikhism, looking at artefacts, special ceremonies and stories that underpin this religion. It is so important that our children understand the diverse religions of our world.
We have high expectations of the children in class and they always rise to these expectations and now they have set their own targets they are heading for another successful term of learning. HOW CAN YOU HELP! We are always grateful to you for working in partnership with us with reading and homework and if you have any queries or worries please don’t hesitate to ask. Please remind your child to bring in their homework and spelling folders.