CLASS NEWSLETTER YEAR 6
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.
This term, we will be studying the Local Area; this will include history and geography.
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.
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
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.
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.
Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life Series,
Wednesday RE, Italian and drama
Thursday PE (swimming currently 6M, from November 6F)
Friday Music and singing
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:
Tuesday 18th Sept Meet the teacher (7:15pm -7:45pm)
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)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Teresa Fitzgerald and Jo Miller