Class 6 - Year 6
Teacher – Mrs Gething, Mrs Jenkins (Monday afternoon)
Welcome back to School in 2018. We have lots of exciting events and activities planned for this Spring term and I hope that all the children enjoy their time in this final year of Primary School. We are a cosy group of 16 children who all get along extremely well together as each individual strives to reach their potential.
Your support is hugely appreciated and a major part of the success your child will experience in school. If you or your child have any concerns at all, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Our text this term is War Horse by Sir Michael Morpurgo. We will be using this text to develop different styles of writing, as well as looking at related non-fiction. Children will also be undertaking weekly comprehension, often linked to current affairs, spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons as well as our Big Write and Extended Writing sessions. This is where the children complete a given writing task completely independently, in silence within a specific genre or text type.
Our literacy targets focus on spelling, word, sentence, text, comprehension, punctuation and handwriting. For example, for word we will be learning about a range of silent letters and Tricky Words. Sentence will look at developing sentences using a variety of word classes, using sentences with different forms in their writing, using different tenses and ways to link clauses and phrases. Text will be looking at a variety of punctuation including the use of parenthesis, the different ways to move a story forwards and the range of ways to organise related ideas in sections or paragraphs. We will review previously studied aspects of ‘SpaG’ (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and ensure all children are familiar with the range of different ways they can enhance their writing. Children will be encouraged to demonstrate these through writing narratives, writing about real events, writing poetry and writing for different purposes. We will also continue developing our handwriting so all children can work towards a neat, legible cursive style and earn (or re-earn) their Pen Licence.
In Maths our targets will focus upon Fractions, Decimals and Percentages as well as problem solving, including one, two and multi-step problems and orders of operations. Fast, accurate mental arithmetic and a solid knowledge of inverse operations are at the heart of much of the work we will be covering in the early part of the year and your support in helping the children to speed up with their tables and number bonds is invaluable. Our mini Maths topics usually cover one or two weeks and homework tasks will be set to reinforce this at home in the form of SATs-like questions.
In the afternoons, our topics are taught separately. In science the children will be looking at Forces and then Living Things with Mrs Jenkins. Our geographyhistory topic is Our Local Area. We will examine the diversity of our local community, the differences that man nad nature have made across the land as well as considering the people who have and do live there. Geographical skills will be include looking at maps, map reading, surveys and considering how changes over time are reflected in the landscape. We will be exploring a range of media in our representations of Landscapes, as well as developing our construction skills using materials and cams (particularly relating to the construction of moving machines and motorised mechanisms.) Music focuses on composing and performing whilst in PE we will be enjoying Dance and Gymnastics in the Hall and a combination of outdoor team ball games led by Mr Harknett. Friday outdoor sessions will happen whatever the weather, so warm layers and a bag for muddy kit will be needed. PSHE considers why it is Good to be Me and how we can all aim high and work at Going for Goals. RE lessons will consider the place of Jesus within modern Christianity and consider What Would Jesus Do in different situations. Mrs Jenkins will also focus on the continuing development of the children’s Spanish.
Homework (grammar/punctuation, reading comprehension, spellings and maths activities) will be given out on a Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday. This term the spelling test will be held on Friday mornings. Children will be given a series of words that follow the weekly pattern or rule and should consider both their meaning as well as their spelling. Your help and support with spellings and times tables is invaluable in helping the children to continue making good progress.
Any opportunities you can use to help your child to tell the time and calculate time periods e.g. how long will it be until we have tea at 6pm, would be greatly appreciated. Homework is something that can cause stress to both children and parents! If you find that there are any issues, please let me know so that we can address them.
It is really important that the children read and record this every day. Once children have grasped the ‘mechanics’ of accessing a text discussing with you their reading matter is of great help to broaden their reading skills. We are working hard in school to promote Reading for Meaning. Whilst it is important for children to be heard read as much as possible, to develop your child's understanding we need to question them about what they are reading too. For example, talking about the plot, characters, what they think will happen in the book, etc. There are lots of ideas for this and some interesting websites they can access that promote that love of reading (please see the bottom of the page). Most popular children's authors have their own websites with some great activities for the children to do.
This term our indoor activities will be on Friday afternoons. The children will need T-shirt and shorts (properly fitting trainers are an option for dance, but Gymnastics are undertaken barefoot.) In the colder weather, joggers and a sweatshirt will be needed for our Tuesday outdoor sessions. Shin pads and football boots would be advisable and long hair must be tied back. Getting changed for P.E. can be very busy and clothes can often get mixed up so please ensure that all kit, including footwear is clearly named. Should your child have borrowed school kit and brought it home for laundering, please could you return it so it is available for others.
A Helping Hand
Our School may be small in number, but we all know that it is often that little extra help and attention that can make a difference to a child’s progress. Here at Ewyas Harold we are very fortunate to have so many volunteers who make a difference Should you or a relative have a little spare time to come into school on a regular basis to lend a hand, or if you may be available to support the class on our excursions and events, please let me know. Maybe just 10 or 15minutes at the start of the day? The more the merrier is a well used phrase in schools, but is very true nonetheless. Mrs Mailes has the relevant paperwork in her Office.
The Year 6 children will be sitting their end of Key Stage 2 assessments in mid-May. I appreciate that the idea of these tests can be unnerving; please rest assured that we do everything possible to prepare the children for the tests including examining questions and some practice papers during the year. Infact they often don’t even realize they are taking a test, leaving all the stress and worry to the adults around them!
If there is ever anything that concerns you or your child, or questions you would like to ask, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. There are several ways you can do this; you can either pop into the office to arrange a meeting time, give me a ring, see me on the playground at the end of the day or e-mail me at email@example.com.
I look forward to continuing working with you over the coming months.