Welcome to Year 6
National Poetry Day
Autumn 1 Newsletter
It is the end of an era as we say goodbye to our current year 6 pupils and they sing a farewell to us! Curie
Thank you to those who have contributed to 'Wear a Hat with Flowers Day'. The year 6 students have been extremely creative with their efforts. Thank you all for you contributions made to the brain tumour research fund and there is a link added if you wish to make a contribution to this important cause.
Open the documents and have a look and a good read!
Africa Day Videos
African Art Day - Friday 13th March. As part of our Africa topic, visiting artist, Kwame, imparted many of his artistic skills to enhance the background, art and musical enlightenment of African history to enrich what year 6 have been learning. A fantastic day of education took place where even the seemingly impossible was actually there within everybody's grasp!
As we are studying 'Journey to Jo'burg' this term, we invited two guest speakers who used to live in South Africa during apartheid to share their experiences with us. Thank you Mrs Patel for organising that!
Coverage in Autumn 2
This half term in Literacy we will be basing our written work on two books, ‘Cogheart’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’. In spelling we will be looking at different spelling rules including words containing the letter strings ‘ough’ and ‘fer’ as well as silent letters. You can support your children with their spelling at home by encouraging them to practise their words regularly and by putting them into sentences.
The areas of maths that will be covered over this term are:
· Fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion,
· Geometry: angles and statistics,
· Measurement: area, perimeter and volume.
We will also be focussing on problem solving and reasoning skills.
Our topic of ‘Space’ will continue this half term but the children will take the lead by choosing a new planet to call home! They will choose their planet and design accommodation taking into account all their learning over the past half term in order to make the move fictitiously tenable!
I would like to remind you of the schools policy during the winter months: grey trousers/ skirt, white shirt and tie, red jumper or cardigan and black, sensible shoes, no leggings. In addition to this, children will need: a white t-shirt, black shorts and plimsolls for indoor and black tracksuit and trainers for outdoor P.E. sessions.
Earrings, as always, must be removed for P.E. lessons on grounds of Health and Safety.
Autumn 2 starts Monday 28th October
Outdoor Learning Day – Thursday 7th November
Anti-bullying Week starts Monday 11th November
Children in Need – Friday 15th November
Year 6 Residential – Monday 25th – Wednesday 28th November
Christmas Shop – Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th November
Christmas Fair – Saturday 30th November
Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 13th December
Term ends – Friday 20th December
Spring term starts – Tuesday 7th January
Rope Swing at Norfolk Lakes
Slide - Blind Trail Norfolk Lakes
Blind Trail - Norfolk Lakes
Blind Trail Norfolk Lakes - String!
Blind Trail Norfolk Lakes
On the 14th of November, a selection of Year 5 and 6 children were invited to take part in a two day arts project. This involved visiting Wardown Museum and learning about the hat industry. This was followed up by workshops which were run by visiting artists John Hegely and Richard Grant (aka Dreadlock Alien) where children learned different techniques of writing poetry.
Coverage in Autumn 1
In Literacy this half term, we will be starting a new topic entitled ‘Goodbye Planet Earth’. This uses Wall-E as a springboard for children to write in a variety of genres including a persuasive text, a diary entry and a newspaper report. In spelling, we will be looking at different spelling rules including words containing the letter strings for the phoneme ‘shun’ as well as hyphenated words. You can support your child with their spelling at home by encouraging them to practise their words regularly and by putting them into sentences.
Our reading focus will be on: retrieving information, inferring meaning, understanding the author’s choice of language and deciphering the meaning of unfamiliar words. As always, support with reading at home to help with this is invaluable and greatly appreciated. The children are expected to read at home at least 3 times a week, with the focus being not just on their ability to decipher a text, but also on their understanding. Questioning your child about what they have read will have a positive effect on their ability.
The areas of maths that will be covered over this term include:
- place value (including understanding numbers larger than a million),
- addition and subtraction,
- multiplication and division,
- calculating using decimals.
Our topic this term is ‘Space’ and we will be focusing on gravity; day and night; the phases of the moon; and other celestial bodies. We will also spend time studying the first moon landings.
The children are looking very smart in their Autumn uniforms and we are expecting them all to maintain the very high standards that they have started with. Please refer to our school uniform policy for details.
The weather will soon be changing and so we encourage all the children to have a suitable warm/waterproof coat for break and lunch times.
Term Starts – Tuesday 3rd September
S.T.E.M. Week – Beginning Monday 7th October
Parents Evenings – Monday 14th October and Wednesday 16th October
Half term ends – Thursday 17th October
Autumn 2 begins – Monday 28th October
Autumn 1 - Topic Sheet