Welcome to Term 2.  Below is an outline of what Class 6 will be covering over the next few weeks.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Maths

The children will have many opportunities to use their times tables’ skills this term.  We will be covering multiplying both whole numbers and decimals by 10 and 100 in our mental maths, together with many other strategies.  Our written maths will include fractions, decimals (to two decimal places e.g.4.98) together with subtraction and division of up to four digit numbers.  Our measure work will include time (12 hr and 24 hr clock), weights and length and their conversion from grams to kilograms etc.  Shape work will cover the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes, including using protractors accurately to measure angles.

English

The children will be studying a range of texts this term, including biographies and autobiographies.  Roald Dahl’s and Michael Morpurgo’s lives and achievements will form the centre of this focus.  It would be really helpful if you would take the time to discuss your child’s family tree with them, and share anecdotes and stories about what family members such as grandparents did when they were younger.  This will be followed by writing recounts and our non-fiction work will be based upon instructions and explanations. 

S.P.A.G. lessons will continue to study spelling patterns, punctuation including the use of hyphens and points of grammar, especially the use of correct tenses and complex sentences in the children’s writing.

Science

We will be studying a very exciting topic this term – Electricity!  The children will be designing moving scarecrows, using electronic components such as bulbs, buzzers and motors as part of a group pitch to ‘Dragon’s Den’.  Please can the children collect and bring to school packaging that would normally be recycled to build the scarecrows.  This could include items such as cereal packets, yogurt pots, egg boxes and kitchen towel rolls (please do not send in toilet rolls middles).

Theme

Our theme topic for this term covers the Romans in Britain.  This will include studying life and settlements in Britain before the Romans arrived, their invasion followed by Boudicca’s Revolt and the legacy they left behind.  The children will have opportunities to use laptops and mini iPads to carry out their research in school, but I would also encourage them to carry out independent research at home through visits to the library, using the internet, or visits to local Roman sites in Dover such as The Painted Roman House or the Roman Lighthouse (Pharos) at Dover Castle.  Any discoveries made could be presented as a poster, a piece of writing or used to create a PowerPoint presentation at our Homework Club.

Physical Education

PE will take place each week on MONDAY.  Can you please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school, which includes a warm top and jogging bottoms, where possible?  Our main sport this term is Tag Rugby and it is important that all children are able to participate in outdoor sports while the weather is still reasonably good and dry.  Swimming has now finished for the year.

RE

This term we will be covering Christianity and in particular the Bible and its importance to Christians.  We will be looking at the difference between the Old and New Testaments and our work will form part of our lead up to Christmas and the school Nativity.

Homework

Every Monday, the children will be given a list of spellings (usually ten, though this may vary if there are lots of exceptions to the rule), which they will practise daily.  The words will be made up of recommended Year 6 spellings and revision of difficult words learnt in previous year groups.  On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them and a class test will take place on Monday. Homework on Monday – Thursday will be made up of English and Maths, together with research topics for our Theme, famous people and Science.

Homework Club is available every day from 8.30 am in the classroom.  This provides children with an extra opportunity to access the internet for research or a chance to complete any unfinished tasks.

The children in Class 6 are being encouraged to take responsibility for their reading book and record and these should be brought home each night for a reading session of 20-30 minutes.  It is still very important for the children to be listened to each day, though as their skills and comprehension develop, this joint activity may take only 10 minutes with 20 minutes of independent reading.  It is also very useful to take the time to discuss a book with your child e.g. what did they like about the book; what was the best/worst part; what did they think about the characters; could they invent an alternative ending?

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