Year 6 2020-21
Welcome back; I hope you have all kept ok over the lockdown period and 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 know it has been a tricky period for the children being out of school so long but I will endeavour to do all I can to ensure they are ready for their transition to Secondary School at the end of the school year.
English, to start the year we will be doing some work around Oliver Jeffers book ‘Here we are’ this will work as a transition unit to help transition children back into class. After this, we will move on to detective stories based around our enquiry, Ancient Maya. We will then be moving on to learn about persuasive texts and how authors use persuasive techniques in their writing. We will also be reading ‘Holes’ and ‘The Hero Twins. Also, we shall be learning lots about different grammar, spelling and punctuation to enhance the children’s 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 start the half term by learning about Ancient Maya. We will explore what life in Ancient Maya time period was like and how we are still influenced by their findings and way of life today. This is fascinating enquiry and I can’t wait for the children to learn all about it. I’m certainly looking forward to the chocolate tasting!
Science, 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 Thursday. On a Monday, children will be doing Drumba. On a Thursday, 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 athletics and learning different skills and techniques.
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 Wilson (Short Hair) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Mrs Wilson (Long hair), on a Monday. 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. While year 6 are my top priority, I will be continuing in my role as Acting Deputy so will have 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.
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. They are the first class I have seen the whole way through their Haddon journey and I am looking forward to helping them to ‘DREAM BIG AND AIM HIGH.
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As expected, we knew that school closing was a possibility!
In class, we have had many discussions about the importance of education and how all of you need to take charge of your own learning.
School have taken the opportunity to subscribe to many online learning programmes that will support you during this time period – we have discussed these all in class.
Purple mash, Times Table Rock Stars, Reading Theory and Spelling and Maths Shed logins has been provided to each of you, if you’re having trouble logging in to any programmes – please contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
However, please ensure you are typing in your usernames and passwords correctly, leaving no spaces and checking for lower/upper case words.
As discussed, children have to complete these tasks throughout the working week (Mon-Fri):
Reading theory – 20 minutes per day.
Spelling/ Maths shed – 20 minutes per day.
Times Table Rock Stars – 20 minutes per day.
Reading your book banded book OR free reader at home. Some book banded books are available on https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ – 20 minutes per day.
I’m going to try and read a chapter of ‘The Boy at the back of the class’ and try and upload it.
All children are expected to check their ‘2do’s’ on Purple Mash daily, there will be a deadline set for each task set (again this will be on Purple Mash). I will be setting tasks on Purple Mash at least 3-4 times per week – and I will be available on line to assist you or answer any queries you may have between 9:30 and 11:30 and 13:30 and 14:30 each working day so please check this.
I will also be uploading on the school website DAILY Maths and English activities that needs to be completed in the books provided.
I would also encourage children to write a diary entry everyday about what is going on in the world and their thoughts and feelings. I think this will be incredible to look back on in 10 years time.
We really want to support your continued education so just like during term time, as long as you are well, we strongly suggest that you complete all the tasks set so you do not miss out or fall behind. As discussed, I can check how you are getting on with each activity and will be ‘marking’ the work and offering feedback. We will also be able to see when you are logging in and how long you are working for. The expectation is for you to be doing at least 3 hours of work per school day (Mon-Fri) – You can do this!
Remember Year 6, education is one of the greatest gifts we have, and we need to take advantage of all the opportunities provided –
YEAR 6 KANGAROOS
Happy New Year and welcome back Year 6. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are as excited to get back as I am. After a fantastic first term, I’m really looking forward to this one with Year 6. In the Autumn term, I was really impressed with their work ethic and the progress they made in their learning.
Enquiry: We will begin this term by looking at the question: Why can’t we see in the dark? In this enquiry, we will be investigating how light travels and helps us see. We will be learning about how our eyes work and how different aids can help enhance our sight. After half term, we will be looking at the enquiry question: Were the Vikings always vicious and victorious? In this enquiry, we will be learning about the history of the Vikings and how they impacted society.
English we will begin the half term by reading ‘The Seventh Tower The Fall’ In this Sci-fi text, we will go into an underworld where light is the currency and mysteries are around every corner. In our writing sessions, we will begin by writing a biography text of Isaac Newton and then build on our work on ‘The Fall’ and write our own Sci-Fi narrative. We will also continue our work on EGPS and Spelling in discrete sessions to prepare children for the upcoming SATs tests.
Maths we have begun the term by refreshing our knowledge of place value to help build on our use of the four operations. We will move onto look at: measures, percentages, ratio and algebra. We will also continue working on arithmetic methods using the four operations.
Homework will continue to be handed out on a Wednesday and children need to return the homework the following Monday. Homework will consist of three pieces this term: Maths, Spelling and Grammar. If there are any issues with homework, please let me know and I’m happy to help or children can attend homework club to help them complete their homework. Children also have their Times Table Rockstars and Spelling Shed logins to support them at home.
PE this term will be on a Tuesday and Thursday. I encourage children to bring their PE kit in on a Monday and leave it in school until the Friday to ensure they have it for PE sessions.
Water Bottles we are encouraging children to bring in a full water bottle to keep with them all day in class.
Support this term Year 6 I am pleased to say we will continue to have the wonderful Mrs Wilson on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Mrs Wilson (long hair) will be in during various points. She will continue to offer their support in both whole class teaching and in small group sessions to help fill gaps in children’s learning. On a Friday, Year 6 will be taught by the fantastic Mr Chambers. He has lots of experience in Year 6 and a passion for ICT. He can’t wait to get started in Year 6.
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!
Once again, I look forward to another fantastic term with Year 6.