Year 6 - Falcons
It has been an excellent start to the year and in Year 6 we are all very excited for what the year holds. It has been lovely to see the mature approach the children have taken to their Year 6 role and they have shown great enthusiasm for all the new opportunities.
We are writing to share with you some activities your children will be tackling during the year.
Autumn term – Titanic/Book focus
In the first half of the Autumn term there will be a history focus linking to Victorian Britain and turning points in British history, such as the sinking of the Titanic. Within in this period of time we will be studying the art of William Morris.
In the second half of the Autumn term each class will choose a book as a foundation for new learning. In this half term the learning will be more child led.
Our science topics for this term are light and electricity.
Spring term – Wonders of the World/ Heroes, Villains and Rogues
During the first half of the Spring term there will be a geography focus where the children will investigate both human and physical geography.
In the second half of the Spring term our topic Heroes, Villains and Rogues will enable the children to practice spoken language through debate, allow them to explore British values in greater depth and learn about historical figures.
Our science topics for this term are Living things and Evolution.
Summer term – Let’s make great art/ Production theme
During the first half of the Summer term there will be a focus on art and design where the children develop their creative skills.
Tests will be administered in
- English Reading
- English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
The information from those tests will be recorded in the end of year report alongside our Teacher Assessment levels which are made during normal classwork throughout Year 6. Teacher Assessments give the full picture of your child’s abilities, whist the results shows a single snapshot in time.
Booster groups for selected children will be running after the October half term. These will take place after school and are designed to help children gain confidence whilst receiving extra support. In the second half of the Summer term the main focus is the Year 6 production, which links to all areas of the curriculum. The extended visit to Tollesbury will take place on the week commencing 11th June 2018. Further details will be provided at a later date.
In addition to the learning that takes place in school, children will be asked to complete homework. The purpose of the homework is to consolidate and practice the learning that the children have done at school and prepare the children for the transfer to secondary school. Therefore, the children are asked to complete their homework independently (although they may benefit from some encouragement). If your child is struggling to complete their homework independently, it is important that it is brought back to school as soon as possible so that we can give the support that is needed.
The children will be given a minimum of two pieces of homework each week (one Maths and one English). There will be extra homework given at different times in the week to help prepare for secondary school. The Learning logs will have more of a research and creative focus in order to encourage the love of learning.
In addition to the English and Mathematics homework, children will be expected to practice their spellings for five minutes each evening. The spellings will be a combination of words from the curriculum word lists and spelling rules the children have learnt. The children will also be expected to learn their times tables through the use of TTRockstars and they will be tested every day.
The children are also asked to read at least six evenings a week and this should be recorded in their Primary Planner. The children are allowed to choose a book from school or home. Children will be strongly encouraged to finish each book they are reading before starting a new one.
If the children have failed to complete school work to an acceptable standard during the given time in school it will be expected to be completed in their own time. This could be break and lunchtimes or as additional homework.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Owen Wright and Yasmin Hector