SUMMER TERM
CLASS NEWSLETTER 6F and 6M

3rd May  2019

Dear Parents,

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.

 Maths

Measures including time

Circles and angles

Properties of 2D 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
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

Sex Education

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. 

RE

  • Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ – The Transforming Spirit (first half term). Called to Serve (second half term).

Homework

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:

May

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  

June

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

July

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 tfitzgerald5.209@lgflmail.org. mcarey6.209@lgflmail.org

Best wishes,         

Teresa Fitzgerald and Michelle Carey

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