CLASS NEWSLETTER 6F and 6M
3rd May 2019
We hope you had a peaceful Easter. Here is an outline of the work we will be covering this term, 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 and English
Given all of the action being taken by school children across the world over the past month, the children will investigate climate change. This social, geographical and science topic will include causes of climate change and its impact on the planet and its species. The children will watch documentaries, especially ‘Climate Change’, by David Attenborough, news programmes – especially those featuring Greta Thunberg – and read news articles. Their English text is ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick. In English, the children will write an information leaflet about climate change, a speech (which they will also deliver), poetry and a persuasive letter.
Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, documentaries and news articles. They will investigate viewpoints critically. The children will continue to learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will be taught through the core English and topic texts, short stories and comprehensions.
During the second half term, the children will start to rehearse a play for their leavers’ performance.
Measures including time
Circles and angles
Properties of 2D shapes
Parallelogram & rhombus
Trapeziums & kite
Reasoning about shape
Number and place value
Mental addition and subtraction
Fractions, percentages and statistics
Co-ordinates, statistics and measure
Mental multiplication and division.
Multiplication and division of fractions and written division
Area, perimeter and volume
Shape, ratio and percentages
Evolution and inheritance
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
Parents will receive a communication from Ms Campbell prior to this unit being taught. They will have the opportunity to come to a meeting to find out exactly what the sex education curriculum contains.
- Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ – The Transforming Spirit (first half term). Called to Serve (second half term).
SATS One past SATS paper a week – Comprehension, SPaG, Maths (alternately) until SATS
Journal One written task a week (once SATS has finished) to be handed in on Wednesday.
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:
Friday 3rd Whole school Mass
13th – 16th SATS week
Friday 17th Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre
Wednesday 22nd Trip to Aylesford
Friday 24th Break-up for half term
Tuesday 4th Andrew Smith in school (Bug man)
Tuesday 11th First Aid training (in school)
Weds 12th Day off for Year 6
Thursday 13th Leave for school journey
Monday 17th Return from school journey
Tuesday 18th Day off for Year 6
Friday 19th Break-up for summer
Please note further dates will be confirmed during the term, particularly for leaver events.
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 us on email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa Fitzgerald and Michelle Carey
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa Fitzgerald and Jo Miller