Welcome to Year 6!
Welcome back Year 6! I hope that you had a wonderful Easter break and that you are all looking forward to an exciting final term at Walford!
Below is a little bit about the things that we are going to learn.
In English, this term, we will explore a range of quality texts - both fiction and non-fiction. We will use the Write Stuff approaches developed by Jane Considine to improve our writing.
First, we will explore the novel 'Hansel and Gretal', by Neil Gaiman where we will further refine our understanding and writing of narrative. We will then use the novel ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ as inspiration for our own letter writing.
After half term, we will study the Disney film 'Paperman' and Michael Morpurgo's 'Kensuke's Kingdom' to inspire our narrative writing.
We will also be focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Our English Targets for the term will be:
- I can continue to distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused.
- I can describe settings, characters and atmosphere, integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action in my narrative pieces.
- I can use a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
- I can use passive verbs to affect the presentation of information in a sentence.
- I can use modal verbs or adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility.
- I can use relative clauses with an implied or omitted relative pronoun.
- I can use hyphens to avoid ambiguity.
- I can use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis.
- I can use semi-colons, colons and dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses.
In Maths, we will be focusing on understanding percentages, finding equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages and calculating percentages of amounts, including missing numbers.
We will also explore algebra, ratio, statistics and properties of shape.
Our Maths Targets for the term will be:
- I can solve problems involving the relative sizes of two quantities where missing values can be found by using integer multiplication and division facts.
- I can solve problems involving the calculation of percentages and use percentages for comparison.
- I can solve problems involving unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples.
- I can use simple formulae.
- I can generate and describe linear number sequences.
- I can express missing number problems algebraically.
- I can find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns.
- I can enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables.
In Science, we will build on our knowledge of simple circuits and electricity, before exploring the Linnean Classification system.
The Ancient Maya
This term, we will continue to study the Ancient Maya and place them on a timeline in relation to other periods we have studied. We will explore how and why the Maya were considered an advanced society in relation to that period in Europe. We will learn about logograms and hieroglyphs, maths and the calendar system, their cities and architecture, whilst considering their impact on the wider world.
World War Two
We will also study an aspect of British History which extends beyond 1066. We will learn about World War Two and explain why it was an important time in British History, We will place the events of World War Two in a chronological framework and explain key events using a range of sources.
Human and Physical Geography
In Geography, we will explore the main human and physical differences between developed and developing countries. We will give detailed descriptions of the physical and human features of places around the world.
Geographical Skills and Fieldwork
We will use Google Earth to locate countries and places of interest and to follow journeys of rivers and other physical features. We will use maps, aerial photographs, plans and web resources to describe a locality. We will also learn to recognise and use ordnance survey map symbols.
There will be plenty of opportunities for sport during the week. We will also enjoy a weekly PE session with Mr Rogers from Worcester Warriors. Year 6 will have P.E on Thursday and we ask that children wear their P.E kit to school for the day (white P.E t-shirt, black or navy shorts / jogging bottoms, trainers and their school jumper). PE will be outside where possible, so please wear warm clothes.
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. As of January, homework will also be set on a Monday and should be returned on a Thursday. Homework will be linked to the work that we are covering in class and will help you to prepare you for your SATs as well as the transition to High School.
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.
Monday, 25th April 2022: Back to school
Monday, 9th May - Thursday 12th May 2022: SATs Week
Wednesday, 18th May - Friday 20th May 2022: Year 5/6 London Residential
Monday, 30th May – Friday, 3rd June 2022: Half Term
Monday, 6th June 2022: Back to school
Thursday, 21st July 2022: Last day 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.
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!