Welcome to Year 6!
Welcome back Year 6! I hope that you had a great Christmas break and that you are looking forward to a very busy term! Our topic this term will be ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. Below is a little bit about the things that we are going to learn.
In English, we will be studying stories with historical settings and formal/impersonal writing before half term. After half term, we will study poetry and argument texts. We will also be doing lots of topic based writing, including diaries, information, explanation and instructional texts. We will also be focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
In Maths, we will be applying our knowledge of factors and multiples as we move onto fractions, looking at equivalence and the four operations. We will then study position and direction before moving onto decimals, percentages and algebra. In History lessons, we will construct timelines using our understanding of chronology. We will also have weekly times tables tests in class.
In Science, we will learn about evolution and inheritance and how living organisms can be classified according to common characteristics. As part of our History work, we will study the tool technology of the Maya and their use of the incredibly hard minerals jadeite and obsidian.
Our History topic this term is ‘The Maya’. We will discover where and when the Maya built their magnificent civilisations. We will investigate how they lived, their culture and their legacy. We will research the farming methods of the Maya and even make our own traditional Maya hot chocolate! In Art and DT, we will explore logograms and hieroglyphs and discover the Copan Stairway. We will also discover the fascinating maths and calendar systems of the Maya. Finally, we will learn about the legends of the Maya, their creation story and lots more!
Our Geography topic this term is ‘Climate Zones and Biomes’. In Geography lessons, we will create a Biome in a Bag and a DIY ‘Eden Project’ with its own min-guide or poster, based on our research using maps, globes, atlases, digital mapping and websites. We will learn about the key aspects of climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.
Year 6 will have Yoga on a Wednesday and PE on a Friday. PE kits should be brought to school on a Monday and remain here until Friday each week.
As of January, homework will now be set on a Monday and returned on a Thursday. On a Thursday, you will receive your next piece of homework and this should be 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. 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!
Talk Homework will help you to prepare for your Big Write each week. 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.
To support your learning at home, you will be able to find lots of Literacy and Numeracy 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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SPRING TERM DIARY DATES
Tuesday, 7th January 2020: First day of term
Friday, 10th January 2020: SATs Meeting at 3:30pm
Monday, 13th January 2020: Year 6 Executive Breakfast Club Begins at 7:45am
Tuesday, 11th February 2020: Safer Internet Day
Thursday, 13th February 2020: KS2 Disco 6:15pm – 7:30pm
Friday, 14th February 2020: Class 5 & 6 Assembly at 2:15pm
Monday, 17th – Friday, 21st February 2020: Half Term
Monday, 2nd – Friday 6th March 2020: Parents’ Evenings
Thursday, 5th March 2020: World Book Day
Friday, 13th March 2020: Sport Relief (Wear What You Want)
Thursday, 2nd April 2020: KS2 Oscars at 5:30pm
Friday, 3rd April 2020: Last day of Spring Term
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!