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 topic this term will be ‘World War II’. Below is a little bit about the things that we are going to learn.
In English, we will be studying authors such as Michael Morpurgo and writing explanation texts. We will then move on to playscripts and persuasive writing before the Christmas break. We will also be doing lots of topic based writing, including recipe writing, diaries, letters and interviews.
In addition, we will be focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
In Maths, we will revise place value and rounding as well as written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will practise using these methods to solve written problems. In topic lessons, we will construct timelines using our understanding of chronology. We will also look at rationing and money during World War II. Finally, we will be applying our understanding of the four operations in order to solve real life problems.
We will continue to have weekly times tables tests in class.
In Science, first we will learn about light and how we see things. We will then move on to study electricity and circuits. In topic, we will learn about light and dark by investigating the best materials to use in a blackout.
World War II
Our new topic is ‘World War II’. In history lessons, we will discover how the war started and construct a timeline of key events. We will learn about British leaders, Chamberlin and Churchill, the Battle of Britain and the Normandy Landings. We will also learn about life on the home front including rationing and what it was like to be an evacuee. We will study wartime objects and documents, including ration books and propaganda posters. Finally, we will learn about VE Day and life after the war. In geography lessons, we will use maps to locate the countries involved in World War II. Finally, we will consider how the war changed Europe. In art, we will create our own propaganda posters. In music and PE, we will learn about wartime songs and dances. In design and technology lessons, we will design and make bomb shelters and gas mask boxes. In textiles, we will lean about the wartime motto ‘make do and mend’ by up-cycling old items including bags and clothes.
Homework in Year 6 is set on a Thursday and returned on a Monday. Homework will be linked to the work that we are covering in class and will help you to prepare for your SATs as well as the transition to Secondary School. 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!
Year 6 will have PE on a Friday. We will be visiting the Forest Gymnastics Centre for six weeks, starting on Thursday, 6th September. PE kits should be brought to school on a Monday and remain here until Friday each week.
To support your learning at home, you will be able to find lots of English and Maths activities on Education City. Follow this link to find out how to access Education City on your iPad:
You can find your child's targets for this term in their Homework books.
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AUTUMN TERM DIARY DATES
Tuesday, 4th September 2018: First day of Autumn Term
Thursday, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th September and Thursday, 4th, 11th October 2018: Gymnastics
Our class rep will remind you of useful information and events such as Class Assemblies, trips and Parents’ Evenings, if you provide them with your email address.
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!