SPRING TERM
CLASS NEWSLETTER 6F

9th January 2019

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year – we hope it brings health and happiness to you and your families.  Mrs O’Malley and I would like to thank you so much for your generous gifts at Christmas time, these were much appreciated.  The children have settled straight back into their working routines. Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with important dates for your diaries. We hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research. 

 Topic

We will investigate The Maya Civilisation this term.  This historical topic will include, but not be limited to, the Maya in context, writing, cities and architecture, religion and everyday life.

 English

In the first half term the children will read and watch Shakespeare’s, ‘Romeo and Juliet’.  They will look at character and motivation and explore themes, ideas and language in a Shakespeare play. The children will write: a script, dialogue, a letter and a newspaper article.  Through topic, the children will take part in a debate, which will include learning the language of debate and writing a coherent argument.

Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, plays and films; plan quickly; investigate viewpoints; read and write poetry, non-fiction, stories and scripts. The children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will be taught through the core English and topic texts, short stories and comprehensions.

 Maths

Measures including time

Circles and angles

Properties of 2D and 3D shapes

Reasoning about shape

Number and place value

Mental addition and subtraction

Fractions, percentages and statistics

Algebra

Co-ordinates, statistics and measure

Mental multiplication and division

Written multiplication

Multiplication and division of fractions and written division

Area, perimeter and volume

Shape, ratio and percentages

Science

 Light

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
  • Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
  • Explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
  • Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them

 Living things and their habitats

Pupils will be taught 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.
  • Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

 RE

  • Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ – Exploring the Mass (first half term). Jesus, the Messiah (second half term)

Class Routines

  • Monday Gym
  • Tuesday Science and Art
  • Wednesday RE and Italian
  • Thursday Swimming (until 7th February) and then dance (day may change)
  • Friday Music, Singing

 Homework

Journal:                      One written task per week – given out Thursday, back by following Wednesday.

                                    One past SATS paper a week – Comprehension, SPaG, Maths (alternately)

Reading:                    Nightly – children are expected to read for 20-30 minutes EVERY evening. They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment in their reading record each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and advertising material.

Spellings:                              Monday for test the following Monday.

Maths Homework:     Friday (MyMaths) to be completed over one week (following Friday).

Dates for your diary:

 February

Thursday 7th                Romeo and Juliet – Albany Theatre, Deptford

Monday 18th                Half Term

March

Tuesday 5th                 Parent/teacher meetings 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Wednesday 7th            Parent/teacher meetings – 3:15pm – 6:00pm

Monday 18th                British Museum (Maya Civilisation)

 School breaks up for Easter holidays on Friday 5th April. 

Thank you for your support in advance.  If you have any queries at all please do see me at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email me on tfitzgerald5.209@lgflmail.org.

Best wishes,         

Teresa Fitzgerald

AUTUMN TERM
CLASS NEWSLETTER YEAR 6

September 2018

Dear Parents,

The children have settled in well during their first week back at school and are approaching their learning with enthusiasm. Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with important dates for your diaries. We hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research. 

Main Topic

This term, we will be studying the Local Area; this will include history and geography.

Literacy

In the first half term the children will work on recounts (diary entries), character study, descriptions of settings, feelings of characters, writing in a chosen form for a chosen audience and persuasive writing (‘London Eye Mystery’ is the key text).  In the second half term the children will work on fairy stories using the text ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’.  They will also look at and write poetry connected to London.  Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, plays and films; plan quickly; investigate viewpoints; read and write poetry, non-fiction, stories and scripts. The children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will be taught daily through the core English texts, short stories, poetry and comprehension.

Maths

Approximating, place value, decimals, ordering positive and negative numbers on scales

Interpret percentages as fractions and decimals

Square numbers up to 20 x 20, patterns and factors

Co-ordinates in 4 quadrants

Measure – area and perimeter

Fractions – simplifying, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions

Volume using cm³, m³, ml, l and equivalents

Distances on maps and scale drawings

Mental addition and subtraction

Apply and explain methods to solve multi-step problems

Science

Animals including humans

Children will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and explain the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.  They will recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.  Finally, they will be able to describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

Electricity

Electricity

The children will be taught to:

  • associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in a circuit;
  • compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches; and
  • use recognized symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

RE

Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life Series,

Class Routines

Monday                 PE

Tuesday                 Science

Wednesday           RE, Italian and drama

Thursday                PE (swimming currently 6M, from November 6F)

Friday                     Music and singing

Homework:

Homework

Journal:                       One written task per week – given out Thursday, back by following Wednesday.

Reading:                      Nightly – children are expected to read for 20-30 minutes AT LEAST five nights a week. They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment in their reading record once a week – this should be a reflection on what they like/dislike about the text, including plot and characterisation.  Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and advertising material.

Spellings:                    Monday for test the following week.

Maths Homework:         Thursday to be completed by following Wednesday.

Dates for your diary:

September

Tuesday 18th Sept                    Meet the teacher (7:15pm -7:45pm)

October

Tuesday 9th                              Visit to London Eye and Thames trip (tbc)

Friday 12th                                Harvest Festival

                                                22nd -26th                                   Half Term

Monday 29th                             INSET Day

Tuesday 30th                             Andrew Smith – Bug man

Wednesday 31st                        Art Workshop (in school)

November

Friday 2nd                                 St Winifred’s Feast Day (Mass)

Tuesday 6th                              Height and weight measuring

Tues 6th- Weds 7th                    Parent meetings

12th – 16th                                 Anti-bullying week

December

Tuesday 11th Dec                      Philip Pullman’s ‘Grimm Tales’ at the Unicorn Theatre

Wednesday 19th Dec                 Christmas Play (2:00pm)

Thursday 20th                           Christmas lunch

Friday 21st                                Advent Service

 

School breaks up for Christmas holidays on Friday 21st December.  Children return to school on

Monday 7th January.

Thank you for your support in advance.  If you have any queries at all please do see us at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email on tfitzgerald5.209@lgflmail.org  or jmiller65.209@lgflmail.org

Best wishes,         

Teresa Fitzgerald and Jo Miller