Welcome to Year 6!
Welcome back Year 6! I hope that you had a great summer break and that you are looking forward to a very busy year! Our first topic this year will be ‘Earth Matters’. Below is a little bit about the things that we are going to learn.
In English, we will be studying authors and writing explanation texts before half term. After half term, we will study stories with historical settings and formal/impersonal texts. We will also be doing lots of topic based writing, including news reports and David Attenborough style commentaries!
We will also be focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
In Maths, we will be revising place value as well as written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will practise using these methods to solve written problems. We will also have weekly times tables tests in class.
In Science, we will learn about Light and Seeing. We will consider how shadows are formed, and distinguish between natural and artificial light sources. We will discover how the eyes work and why we need light to see things. Using mirrors, we will explore how light can be reflected and can change direction. We will investigate which surfaces reflect light, and which absorb it.
Our first topic this term is ‘Earth Matters. We will find out all about the Earth’s extremes, from tropical storms to erupting volcanoes, to tsunamis. We will also explore how these extremes affect people, communities and landscapes. In art, we will create impressions of landscapes and recreate Margaret Godfrey’s volcanic layered artwork. We will design river, valley and volcano models in Design and Technology lessons. We will make DIY seismographs and have fun making earthquake-proof structures with jelly, marshmallows and straws! Get ready to look at the world in which we live in a new light!
Year 6 will have PE on a Friday. We will be visiting the Forest Gymnastics Centre for four weeks, starting Thursday, 7th September. PE kits should be brought to school on a Monday and remain here until Friday each week.
Homework is set on a Thursday and should be returned every Monday. Homework will be linked to the work that we are covering in class. Remember that you can always upload your homework to Showbie. Your blue Homework Diaries should be in school every day. Please continue to read daily at home and record this in your blue dairy for extra Dojos! After Christmas, homework will also be set on a Monday and returned on a Thursday.
5th September: First day of Autumn Term
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th September: Year 6 Gymnastics
23rd – 27th October: HALF TERM
The Class Rep for the 2017/18 academic year will be confirmed in the first PTFA meeting of the year.
Please let Mrs Nicholls or the school office know if you are not receiving updates and would like them. The Class Rep will remind you of useful information and events such as Class assemblies, trips and parents’ evenings etc. if you provide them with your email address.
To support your learning at home, you will be able to find lots of English and Maths activities on Education City. You can find your child's targets for this term in their Homework books. You should also encourage your child to explore www.bbc.co.uk/ks2bitesize.
My door is always open and I am happy to chat with parents about our topics and any work that we are covering in class. Please don’t hesitate to come and find me if you wish to discuss anything!