SPRING TERM
CLASS NEWSLETTER 6M

19th January 2018

Dear Parents,

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.  

Main Topic

Our key topic this term is the Mountains.  The children will be researching:

  • The formation of mountains and gain an understanding of how they are formed.
  • Identify the five different types of mountains (dome, volcanic, plateau, fault-block, and fold).
  • Locate key mountains and ranges on different continents and mark them on a world map, adding information about what type of mountain formation they are.
  • Deepen their understanding of climate change and the impact of human activity on the mountain environment.

Literacy

During the first half term, the children will be finishing reading and exploring Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s ‘Cosmic’.
After this unit, the children’s key English objective will be Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The children will study biography, script writing, persuasive letter writing and in-depth character analysis with regard to this text.  They will also explore poetry and do short story writing across both half terms.
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 take place two to three times a week,  a written comprehension once a week and grammar at least three times a week.  

Maths

Measures including time

Circles and angles

Properties of 2D & 3D shapes

Parallelogram & rhombus

Trapeziums & kite

Diagonals

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

The children 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; and
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.

Inheritance and Evolution:

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’ –

  • Jesus, the Son of God and Jesus, the bread of life

 Class Routines

Monday                 Music and PE

Tuesday                 Topic

Wednesday           Science and Italian

Thursday                RE

Friday                     PE and Singing

 Homework

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

                                    One SATS paper per week – given out Thursday; back by following Tuesday.

Spellings:                    Tuesday for test the following week.

Maths Homework:         MyMaths set weekly.

Reading:                      Children are expected to read for 30 minutes AT LEAST five evenings a week.

They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and advertising material.

Unfinished Work:          Children who are slow to complete tasks will be asked to complete them at lunch times.

March

School breaks up for half term on Friday 9th February.  Children return to school on Monday 19th February.

School breaks up for Easter on Friday 3rd March.  Children return to school on Tuesday 13th April.

 Thank you for your support.  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 jmiller65.209@lgflmail.org.

Warmest regards,

Joanne Miller

AUTUMN TERM
CLASS NEWSLETTER 6M

 

15th September 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

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. I hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research.  

Main Topic

In the first half term, we will be exploring the history of St Winifred’s Primary School. In the second half term, we will be investigating earth and mountains.

Literacy

In the first half term the children will work on news reports, descriptions of settings, feelings of characters, and poetry (‘King Kong’ is the key text). In the second half term the children will work on recounts (diary entries), character study, writing in a chosen form for a chosen audience and persuasive writing (‘The Viewer’ is the key text).  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 text, short stories and comprehensions.

 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

Living things and their habitats

Children will describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals.  They will also give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.

 Light

The children 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; and
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.

RE

Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ – The Kingdom of God (first half term). Justice  (second half term)

Class Routines

Monday                 Music and RE

Tuesday                 Drama

Wednesday           Science, PE and Italian

Thursday                Swimming (first half term only)

Friday                     Singing, Philosophy (second half term)

Homework:

Homework

Journal:                       One written task per week – given out Friday, back by following Tuesday.

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 each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and advertising material.

Spellings:                    Tuesday for test the following week.

Maths Homework:         Friday to be completed by following Wednesday.

Unfinished Work:          Children who are slow to complete tasks will be asked to complete them at lunch times.

Dates for your diary:

September

Friday 22nd Sept                       INSET day

Monday 25th Sept                     Woodland Habitats workshop at Horton Kirby

October

Tuesday 10th Oct                      Eltham Palace ‘Art Deco’ workshop

Friday 20th Oct                          Harvest Festival

23rd-27th  Oct                             Half Term

Monday 30th Oct                       INSET day

Tuesday 31st Oct                       Andrew Smith – Bug man

November

Wed 8th– Thurs 9th Nov              Parent meetings

December

Thursday 14th Dec                    6M Christmas performance

School breaks up for Christmas holidays on Wednesday 20th December.  Children return to school on Wednesday 3rd January

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 jmiller65.209@lgflmail.org.

Warmest regards,         

Jo Miller