Year 6 2021-22
Welcome back; I hope you are all keeping well and have had a lovely summer. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know your child this week and can tell already that they are going to be a wonderful Year 6 class. I look forward to working with them all to ensure they are full of confidence to make the transition to Secondary School at the end of the year and have a wonderful final year at Haddon.
English, to start the year we will be doing some work around Flashback narrative. During this unit, we will be using emotive language and empathy to what it was like during WW2. In reading, we will be reading ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ as part of our reading lessons and ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ as our enquiry text. As well as this, we will be doing some work around grammar, punctuation and spelling to support their writing.
Maths, we shall look at place value and negative numbers to begin with. This will then take us onto working with and using the four operations efficiently to solve problems. After half term, we will focus on fractions; this is a long unit of work and will take up most of this term. Alongside this, we will be working with the children to further develop their times tables, as well as paying particular attention on all fluency facts to enable children to solve problems quickly and efficiently.
Enquiries, we will begin by looking to answer the enquiry question ‘Is conflict ever justified?’ this will be the basis of a WW2 unit. We will be learning about the Battle of Britain, evacuation, kinder transport and the blitz during this enquiry. I know this is an enquiry children love learning about and if you have any WW2 artefacts at home I love when the children share those and feel the personal connection to the enquiry.
Science, In the first half term, we will learn about living things and their habitats. After half term we will be learning all about the heart and whether it is the most important muscle in the body. We will learn about the circulatory and digestive systems and how they allow our bodies to function. Children will also work with the British Heart Foundation to learn about how to do CPR.
PE, this term will now be on a Monday and Friday. On a Monday, children will be doing Drumba. On a Friday, children will be outside for PE as long as it is dry; I suggest children make sure they have a warm outdoor PE kit. We will begin with basketball, learning different skills and techniques.
Mrs Holmes- On a Thursday, I will be having leadership time each week to support teaching, learning and curriculum developments across the school. I am really pleased that Mrs Holmes, who many of you will know from her role as SENDco, will teach Year 6 when I am not in the class.
Water Bottles, we are encouraging children to bring in a full water bottle to keep with them all day in class.
Support, this term in Year 6 I am pleased to say we will be joined by two wonderful adults: Mrs Shaw and Miss Hallam, who I know the children loved working with last year. They will continue to offer their support in both whole class teaching and in small group sessions to help fill gaps in children’s learning.
Reading, as always we are really encouraging children to be reading at least three times a week at home as always this term. With the new library up and running there are some fantastic books for children to read and I’m always willing to suggest a good book!
Home learning, as a school we are working to build on the brilliant work children did at home during lockdown on home learning. Children will have access to Times Table Rockstars, Spelling Shed, Read Theory and Purple Mash and we are looking to develop how we use these apps to enhance the children’s learning at home.
I’m looking forward to a great year with this class and completing their Haddon journey, continuing to ‘DREAM BIG AND AIM HIGH.