Welcome to Year 6!
Welcome back, Class 6!
I hope you have had a wonderful Easter break and that you are ready for the exciting, busy Summer term that we have to look forward to in Class 6. Below is a little bit of information about all the fantastic things we will be learning throughout the Summer Term.
Please download and view the topic web at the bottom of the page for more information.
In English this term, we have a lot of exciting texts to explore- both fiction and non-fiction! Using Goldilocks as inspiration, we will first be recapping the features of non-fiction texts, before writing a newspaper report. We will then be exploring a novel- Kensuke's Kingdom- where we will refine our understanding and writing of narrative. Then, we will further develop our writing techniques with the inspiration of the novel 'A Monster Calls'.
Throughout the term, we will continue our weekly 'Big-Write' to refine and practise all of the different skills we have learnt in an independent, varied manner. 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 speedily with joined, legible handwriting
- I can use passive voice to affect the presentation of information in a sentence.
- 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 semi-colons, colons, and dashes to mark the boundary between independent clauses e.g. It’s snowing; I am delighted.
- I can use the subjunctive form of the verb to emphasise formality, urgency or importance e.g. The teacher insists that her pupils be on time.
In Maths, we will first revise and learn about equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions and multiplying and dividing two fractions. After this, we will recap our place value knowledge and learn about decimals and percentages in relation to fractions. Once we have explored this, we will begin to focus on algebraic expressions and forming and solving both one and two-step equations.
Our Maths Targets for the term will be:
- I can multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answers in its simplest form.
- I can divide proper fractions by whole numbers.
- I can recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages.
- I can solve problems involving the calculation of percentages and the use of percentage comparisons.
- I can express missing number problems algebraically.
- I can find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns.
In Science, we will continue our topic, 'Living things and their Habitats' with a focus upon classification. We will learn to describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro- organisms, plants and animals. We will also give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics. After this, we will start our new topic, 'Electricity'. We will learn to associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit; compare and give reasons for variations in how components function and use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram. 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 our topics through scientific enquiry and investigations.
World War 2
This term, we will study a period of history beyond 1066. While learning about this we will explore the history of this era, significant figures and events during the time period. We will also compare the way of life faced during this time, to the present day and learn using a variety of historical sources.
In Art, we will be developing our drawing and sketching skills with the inspiration of Henry Moore. We will experiment using different media including charcoal. We will also focus and base our learning around the values-based question: 'How can I use shading effectively to draw portraits of evacuee children?'
In DT, we will be designing, creating and evaluating Electrical Circuit Games.
In Geography, our topic is ‘Human Geography of the UK'. While continuing to develop our map knowledge, we will explore and learn about the human and physical characteristics of the United Kingdom, along with some other countries. We will use maps, aerial photos, plans and web resources such as Google Earth to describe what a locality might be like and to explore the human features of the area we study. We will also learn about trade settlement, and how trading operates around the United Kingdom with the rest of the World.
There will be plenty of opportunities for sport during the week, so PE kits should be worn to school on our specified 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, 20th April - Return to School for Summer Term
Monday 31st May - Friday, 4th June - Half Term
Tuesday, 20th July - End of Summer 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!