Welcome back everyone to, at last, the warmer summer term. The children have returned to school with a lovely more mature attitude to their learning and have already completed a week of research about ‘Our Queen’ and written some good Non-chronological reports.
We are continuing to encourage the children to learn new vocabulary this term which will help prepare them for an even more challenging reading curriculum in Secondary school, so please give your child any opportunity to read a book or the newspaper at home which will improve their understanding of more complicated words and concepts. 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 Friday taking different forms each week. We will be asking the children to research for small project work based on what we are learning in class. Short S.P.A.G activities and stories will also be part of the homework format.
We will be continuing with Macbeth this term working towards the end of term production. Casting will take place over the next week. Everyone will have a speaking part and, of course, we will not be forcing anyone to take on more than they want to cope with. We will also be looking at Poetry and writing our own different styles. Short stories with significant atmospheric language and punctuation for effect will also be on the agenda as we want the children to be able to continue to up level these skills ensuring that they are ‘Secondary ready’.
Maths gets very exciting this term as we tackle algebra and geometry (using a compass to you and me). Much of this work used to be taught in Key Stage Three and has now been brought into the Year Six curriculum. Our Design Technology is being linked to Maths and the Olympic Games. The children are being asked to design and make a moving bridge for the Olympic Park for the 2020 games in Tokyo. For this they will need to use their measuring and mathematical scale drawing skills. They will also be using budgeting to ‘pay’ for their resources and bonuses and fines will be issued to make it a real-life experience.
We will be investigating the topic of Light and Shadows which is a great topic now we have some sun. The children will be exploring how shadows shorten and lengthen at different times of the day, making sun dials and shadow puppets amongst other things. Through our Geography topic of the local area we will also be investigating the diversity of habitats and plants.
This term we will continue exploring Sikhism through stories that underpin this religion. Followed by Christian Values.
This term we will be looking at Monet and comparing his Work with other impressionists. The children will have the opportunity to create their own paintings in the style of Monet.
We will be visiting the local Museum, taking a good look at the Bronze Age Boat then hiking up to the Castle as estate agents to investigate this great building as a potential ’Home under the Hammer’. As well as looking at our local area, the children will be learning in greater depth about the continents, oceans, countries and capital cities of the world. We will also be looking at longitude and latitude and how this was used to navigate.
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 on Thursday. As this is the last term at Aycliffe for the Year Six children we are encouraging them to become more independent with their sports and swimming kits, in preparation for Year Seven at their new schools. As you can appreciate there may be a need to bring home sweaty T shirts more frequently for a quick wash, rather than them being left in lockers for weeks on end. The beautiful weather that we are enjoying is always a reminder of how quickly the children are growing up. (PE on Wednesdays and Swimming on Thursdays).