Year 6. 2018 - 2019
Welcome to Year 6 Spring Term
Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 6. We have a busy time ahead with lots of opportunities to shine! Our learning theme this term is "What's it like in South America?" and whilst a school visit to Brazil wasn't quite possible, we will be learning about the geographical, historical, political and economic variations in this beautiful and diverse continent through a range of other activities.
I look forward to continue working with all of our parents and wider families to help our children achieve their very best in all they do.
In RE we are learning about The Mass, exploring the concepts of Jesus as the 'Bread of Life' and the mystery and beauty of the gift of the Mass. We look forward to visiting our local church, St Mary of the Angels and during Lent experiencing the gift of forgiveness through the sacrament of reconciliation.
Any experiences, contacts or artefacts that you may be willing to share that are linked to our learning about South America will be very welcome in school during the coming term. We have planned to explore some of the world famous landmarks, experience the music of Samba, taste some traditional dishes and research some of the amazing animals found in this stunning continent.
In English, we will be looking at a range of texts including the beautiful Oscar Wilde story "The Selfish Giant". We will also be using visual texts to stimulate our writing including animation films such as "The Piano" and the music video "Titanium". We are having a focus on spelling and handwriting in Year 6 and the children are currently revisiting their personalised spellings lists; these will continue to be on-going and provide a bespoke spelling focus for every child.
Our Maths learning continues this term with a focus on shape, specifically features of 2d and 3d shapes, co-ordinates and shape movement, angles and circles. Our focus will again be Teaching for Mastery, using the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to learning to secure fluency and reasoning skills. Out daily arithmetic lessons will continue to maintain those basic skills to secure learning across all areas of maths.
Revision and SATS
As you will be aware, Year 6 children across the country will be completing the Statutory Assessments (SATS) in May and during this term we will make use of opportunities to help the children prepare for these tests with regular, short, revision classes and practice papers. Please be assured that whilst we will ensure that every child is fully prepared for the tests, our commitment to maintaining a broad and balanced curriculum for everyone is resolute.
At home there are many different ways in which you can support your child with their learning this year. Each week, the homework books will have details of reinforcement activities that can be completed in the CGP revision books. There are also the Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars apps that the children are warmly invited to use as regularly as possible. Year 6 children will also be bringing home details of their personalised spelling lists that will need to be practised using the different spelling strategies that we teach in school.
It has been lovely to meet so many you during our Parent Evening appointments in October and on the playground each day, please remember that you are welcome to chat to me on the playground after school, or to make an appointment. I am here to help and I look forward to continuing to work alongside you this year.
Alternatively if you have any specific knowledge or skills or even just time and would like to offer help with any areas of our learning, you are very welcome to make arrangements to come and help us in school.
Thank you for your support
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