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Welcome to Year 6!

 

 

Welcome back, Year 6! I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful Summer holiday and are ready to dive into a year of learning, fun and new experiences. Our topic this term will be the Vikings. Below is a little bit of information about the things that we are going to learn.

 

New Routines

Please read the Year 6 Move Up Booklet (attached at the bottom of this page) to familiarise yourself with new routines and procedures. 

 

As a result of current guidelines regarding the Corona Virus pandemic, parents and carers must utilise the revised school procedures for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up for Year 6.  School staff will assist you by meeting and greeting the children from the family car, outside the main school building.  We politely ask that you are prompt and make every effort to avoid being late.  Please be assured that your child(ren) will be safely guided to the Year 6 classroom.  

 

If your child(ren) are going to be collected by someone other than a parent or carer, please inform the class teacher or the school office beforehand.  

 

Please note, for your convenience, siblings may be dropped off together.

 

 

 

Drop ‘n’ Go

Pick Up ‘n’ Go

Year 1

8.50am-9.00am

3.05pm-3.15pm

Year 2

8.30am-8.40am

2.45pm-2.55pm

Year 3

8.40am-8.50am

2.55pm-3.05pm

Year 4

8.50am-9.00am

3.05pm-3.15pm

Year 5

8.40am-8.50am

2.55pm-3.05pm

Year 6

8.30am-8.40am

2.45pm-2.55pm

 

 

Access the following link to watch a video showing you our new procedures in school:  https://www.walfordprimaryschool.co.uk/re-opening-of-schools/

 

 

Empowering English

In English this term, we have a lot of exciting texts to explore- both fiction and non-fiction! First, we will be writing poetry, to develop our poetic writing skills.  Our first narrative unit, will be based on the film 'Feast'. We will then develop our understanding of the features of speech writing before writing our own, with the inspiration of Greta Thunberg’s’ influential speech.  After half term, we will then be exploring a novel- The Firework Maker’s Daughter, where we will further refine our understanding and writing of narrative. Then, we will be exploring letter writing. We will analyse the layout, purposes and content of letters before writing one of our own!

 

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.

 

Marvellous Maths

In Maths, we will be revising place value of numbers up to ten million, and learning to round any number. We will then learn more about negative numbers. We will continue to develop the use of written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 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 read, write, order and compare numbers to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit.
  • I can round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy
  • I can use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero.
  • I can solve number and practical problems using the mathematical skills I have learned.
  • I can multiply and divide multi-digit numbers up to 4-digits by a 2-digit number.
  • I can identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
  • I can compare, order and understand fractions and apply fractions to the four operations.

 

 

Sensational Science 

In Science, we will be learning about Light. We will learn how light travels, and explain how and why objects are seen by the human eye.  We will be learning about light sources and using what we find to explain why we see things. Then we will use our knowledge about how light travels to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them. We will be exploring the way that light behaves, including light sources, reflection and shadows. 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 light through scientific enquiry and investigations.

 

 

Hair-Raising History

The Vikings

This term, we will study the Vikings. We will explore the origins of the Vikings and be able to show this on a map. We will learn about the kind of people Vikings were, and learn more about their frequent conflicts with the Anglo-Saxons. We will explore several Viking raids and invasions; learn about Anglo-Saxon laws and justice and about significant people such as Edward the Confessor. While learning about the history of the Vikings, we will be able to apply what we learn to be able to place the Viking era on a timeline, along with specific events. We will compare the era with another time in history and identify similarities and differences.

In Art, we will be developing our sketching and drawing skills with some Viking artwork. We will look at the different techniques used in doing so and experiment to find the most effective way to achieve the desired look.

In DT, we will be designing, creating and evaluating a Viking longboat. We will learn about pulleys, levers and electrical circuits and incorporate what we learn into our longboat designs.  We will then use what we have learnt to design, build and evaluate a final model.

We will also be trying our hand at some farming to produce ingredients that could be used to make a salad.

 

Globe-Trotting Geography

In Geography, our topic is ‘Marvellous Maps’  We will use maps, aerial photos, plans and web resources such as Google Earth to describe what a locality might be like. We will learn to recognise and use some basic ordnance survey map symbols. We will explore scales of maps, and learn how to explain why scales vary, and use maps with different scales. Along with refining our use of four-figure grid references, we will learn how to use six-figure grid references. 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. We will locate and name desert regions around the world using an atlas. Some of the significant geographers we will learn about while learning about Maps include: Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Frances Drake, John Cabot and John Hawkins.

 

Pacey PE

There will be plenty of opportunities for sport during the week, so PE kits should be brought to school on a Monday and remain here until Friday each week.

 

Showbie

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).  

 

Helpful Homework

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:

  • reading
  • times table practise
  • spelling practise
  • Education City
  • Times Tables Rock Stars
  • MyOn

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.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

 

Thursday, 3rd September 2020:  Back to school

 

Thursday, 3rd September and Friday, 4th September:  'Meet the Teacher' at 3.15pm on the school field

 

Monday, 26th – Friday, 30th October 2020: Half Term

 

Monday, 2nd November 2020:  Back to school

 

Friday, 18th December 2020: Last day of Autumn 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!

 

Many thanks!

Mrs Morgan


 

 

Marvellous Mathematics- Place Value Games

Rewarding Reading - World Book Day 2020

Connected Computing - Internet Safety Day 2020

Rewarding Reading - DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)

Sensational Science - Stardome Planetarium

Marvellous Music - Percussion Workshop at The Blake Theatre, Monmouth School for Boys

Heart-Stopping History - The Maya in chronological context

Connected Computing - sharing our Coding with our Year 1 Buddies

Awesome Art - Getting to know Maya glyphs and logograms

Enrichment Experiences - Paramedic Workshops

Sensational Science - Zoolab Visit

Pacey PE - Our Sportshall Athletics Team

Enriching Experiences - Christmas Party Day 2019

Enriching Experiences - Mervin Morgan Tree Planting Project

Marvellous Maths - Bar Modelling

Piecing Together PSHE - NSPCC Speak Out, Stay Safe Workshop

Piecing Together PSHE - Peak to Peak and Growth Mindset

Empowering English

Year 6 Recommended Reads

Bikeability Consent Form

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