Welcome to Year 6!
As you are aware, the government has asked parents and carers to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked school to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. The government’s guidance states, ‘We encourage parents to consider the spirit of the lockdown when making their decision … and Key Worker parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.”
As a result, Walford Nursery & Primary School remains open for all those children who have had their attendance confirmed by Ms George.
The times of the school day have changed to 8.30am – 3.00pm.
All children must use the double gates on to the playground to be dropped off and picked up each day.
For those children attending school, Breakfast Club (7.45am – 8.30am) and After School Activity Club (3.00pm – 5.30pm) are still available but you must book at least 24 hours in advance.
For those children at home, there is a comprehensive Remote Learning plan in place.
We will continue to utilise Showbie to share work and provide feedback. Alongside this, there will be daily live lessons on Zoom and we will deliver the Year 6 curriculum.
Mrs Morgan will send an email each evening with a detailed plan for the day ahead, including timings for live lessons and all activities on offer.
The Government has stated that children in KS2 should be provided with at least 4 hours remote education each day, including live lessons, recorded lessons and time to complete tasks. The timetable below ensures that Walford have met this expectation, however, we are more than aware of the demands of remote learning at home so please continue to do as much or as little as you wish – there is no pressure to complete everything! We would, however, really appreciate all children joining the live lessons where possible, as this provides the daily teaching and the opportunity for the children to stay connected as a class.
The timetable for Remote Learning in Class 6 looks like this (but can change if appropriate):
9.00am - 10.15am: Lesson 1: Zoom
Morning Brainteasers – a bit of fun!
Time to complete independent activities
10.30am - 10.40am: Independent Reading
10.45am - 11.45am: Lesson 2: Zoom
Live Zoom Lesson
Time to complete independent activities
11.50am - 12.10pm: PE / Physical Activity
1.00pm - 1.10pm: Times Table Rock Stars
1.15pm - 2.30pm: Lesson 3: Zoom
Time to complete independent activities
Our topic this term will be the Mayan Civilisation. Below is a little bit of information about the things that we are going to learn.
In English this term, we have a lot of exciting texts to explore- both fiction and non-fiction! Our first narrative unit, will be based on the story of Hansel and Gretel, as told by Neil Gaiman. We will then develop our understanding of the features of non-fiction journals before writing our own, with the inspiration of the Mars Transmission. After half term, we will then be exploring a novel- The Graveyard Book- where we will refine our understanding and writing of narrative. Then, we will further develop our writing techniques with the inspiration of the Disney film- Paperman.
We will also be focusing on reading comprehension through our ‘Book Talk’ sessions, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Our English Targets for the term will be:
- I can write with joined, legible handwriting
- I can vary the types of sentences within a piece across simple, compound and complex constructions.
- I can use adverbs and adverbial phrases to qualify, intensify or emphasise e.g. ‘…an exceptional result’ or ‘The cat was so incredibly charming’.
- I can use personification to give human attributes to inanimate objects/things.
- I can use varied and precise vocabulary to create particular effects.
- I can use semi-colons, colons, and dashes to mark the boundary between independent clauses e.g. It’s snowing; I am delighted.
In Maths, we will be revising and learning about common factors, common multiples and prime, square and cube numbers. After this we will learn about the order of operations. We will practise using these methods to solve written problems when developing our reasoning skills. Then, we will move on to explore fractions. We will learn about equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, converting between mixed and improper fractions, comparing and ordering, then the four operations with relation to fractions.
Our Maths Targets for the term will be:
- I can identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
- I can compare, order and understand fractions and apply fractions to the four operations.
- I can use my knowledge of order of operations to carry out calculations involving all four operations.
- I can add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions.
- I can multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answers in its simplest form.
- I can divide proper fractions by whole numbers.
In Science, we will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance. We will learn to recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. We will explore the fact that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. Finally, we will identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution. Throughout our time in Science this term, we will talk about what happens and make predictions using scientific vocabulary and developing our understanding. We will work scientifically and explore evolution and inheritance through scientific enquiry and investigations.
This term, we will study the Mayans. While learning all about the different aspects of the Mayan civilisation and their period of history; we will explore the contributions that the Mayans gave to the world, and know their impact upon society and the world as an early civilisation.
In Art, we will be developing our skills based upon Mayan artwork with weaving and sculptures. We will look at the different techniques used historically when doing so and experiment to find the most effective way to achieve the desired look in a modern style.
In DT, we will be designing, creating and evaluating Mayan clothing and jewellery in textiles.
We will also be trying our hand at some food technology using traditional Mayan ingredients that could be used to make cuisine in the style of the Mayans.
In Geography, our topic is ‘Deserts'. We will locate and name desert regions around the world using an atlas. We will use maps, aerial photos, plans and web resources such as Google Earth to describe what a locality might be like. Using maps and atlases, we will also learn to identify and name the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn as well as the Arctic and Antarctic circles. After half term, we will then learn about time zones.
There will be plenty of opportunities for sport during the week, so PE kits should be brought to school on our designated PE day.
Showbie is a program which allows children to upload, save and share their work in class and at home whilst also receiving interactive feedback from their teacher. Everyone will be given a Showbie username and password and it is available on iPads, tablets and computers. We will be using this regularly within lessons and for homework each week.
Showbie has proven to be a valuable communication tool during the enforced school closure in order for children, parents/carers and teachers to keep in touch. The Showbie App includes a range of features which have been utilised by all:
- Messaging communication
- Sharing / Uploading work
- Instant feedback
- Voice Notes
- Video Uploads
- Class Discussions (Key Stage 2)
From September, Walford will continue to use Showbie as a clear channel of communication between home and school.
I will continue to set and mark homework via the Showbie App on a weekly basis. Extra (optional) learning activities will be provided where appropriate in order to consolidate learning in school. Showbie will be used as the new home-school link for reading. Every child will have a reading folder in their assignments where all reading and comments can be recorded on a nightly basis.
There will also be a general communication folder where any important messages can be shared with class teachers. Class teachers will endeavour to respond to these messages as soon as possible. It is important to remember that children will also be able to see this, so anything of a sensitive nature should be dealt with via telephone or email.
As a result of these changes, your child will no longer bring home a Home-School Diary (KS2).
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 homework will be set and uploaded to Showbie. Paper copies can be provided if required.
Showbie will be used for you to record any learning that you complete at home, including:
- times table practise
- spelling practise
- Education City
- Times Tables Rock Stars
As you move through KS2, you should be encouraged to become more and more independent at recording the work completed on Showbie each evening. I will check Showbie every day to see what you have been doing.
Talk Homework will help you to prepare for your Big Write each week. This can be found on Showbie too. Please spend 5-10 minutes chatting with a family member at home in order to feel more confident about your written task the following day.
Tuesday, 5th January - Return to School
Tuesday, 9th February - Safer Internet Day
Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February - Half term
Wednesday 31st March - End of Term
To support your learning at home, you will be able to find lots of
English and Maths activities on Education City.
You should also encourage your child to explore www.bbc.co.uk/ks2bitesize.
For photographs of class and school activities, please see below or click on ‘CHILDREN’ and then ‘GALLERY’ or 'WALFORD TV'. Also, remember to keep checking Twitter: @WalfordSchool for regular updates too.
All letters and class reminders will be sent via emails. Please ensure that the school office have your preferred email address. Let us know if you think you are not receiving any updates so we can resolve this!
My door is always open and I am happy to chat with parents/carers 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!