Welcome to Year 6
We would like to extend a warm welcome to Year 6. We are very much looking forward to a happy year where we will see the children gaining the skills and knowledge which will help them in the next stage of their school career.
As we are sure you know, reading is an essential part of your child’s education. This year, the student council are continuing to run a reading challenge with the chance to win a small trophy for the class each week.
We promote reading for pleasure in the school and expect the children to read every day. Year 6 have a ‘100 Book Challenge’ this year. Staff members have made a collection of some of their favourite children’s fiction which is available to borrow from the class bookshelves. Children who rise to the challenge of reading these books will receive stickers on the class chart. The children have diary style planners to keep themselves organised and which are used as reading records.
Our class PE days this term are Monday (swimming) and Wednesday. Please ensure your child has the full and correct PE kit on these days.
Outdoor learning will continue as usual on a Friday. It is important your child has an appropriate change of clothes – Long sleeves and trousers and suitable footwear.
Class Dojo will continue to be used this year. It is a great space where you can view photos, videos and information about what is happening in Year 6 and across the school.
If you require another invitation, please don’t hesitate to ask.
A homework menu will be given out at the beginning of each half term. Your child will need to complete a minimum of five activities each half term, handing one piece in each week on a Thursday. There is a homework club available if help or resources are needed. Children will also bring home Maths and English homework each week which will be based on our learning in class as well as spellings to learn.
As it is the beginning of a new school year, many of the children may have new belongings. Please can you ensure that all belongings and named (PE Kits – Wellies – School Uniform – Bags – Coats – Water bottles etc).
Year 6 Autumn Term
During the first half of the Autumn Term, Year 6 have been learning about the history of slavery. We have based our writing on the fabulous book ‘Unspoken’ by Henry Cole, which is a story about the Underground Railway. The book has no text, so the children have written their own interpretations of the narrative. They have also written speeches about an issue of their own choice that they feel passionate about.
In maths the children have been consolidating their understanding of place value and number. They have been practising using different methods to calculate and have enjoyed applying their knowledge to problem solving and reasoning questions. We are looking forward to ‘Barvember’ when we will start each morning with a problem to solve using bar modelling. We will have a display of problems (and solutions) in the corridor outside the classroom.
In science, the children have been learning how to use classification keys and have designed their own leaf keys. We are hoping that other children will be able to use the keys to identify some of the trees and bushes they find during their sessions in our Woodland Area.
Many of our children are already rehearsing for the Christmas performance. Watch this space – we have some budding actors in our midst.