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Welcome to Class 6 - Mrs Jeffrey

Welcome to class 6 – Mrs Jeffrey

Welcome back to school. All the staff are really impressed with how well you have all settled back into the routine and are looking forward to a successful year ahead.  Some content from year 5 will be revisited in order to address any gaps in learning, but the main areas for learning this term are outlined below.

Reading: In class 6, children are expected to read at least 3 times a week via bug club unless the teacher has given specific reading books or activities to support them with expanding their vocabulary through exposure to a variety of text genres such as stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction and textbooks. Like we do at school, please try to encourage children to read books and other writing that they have not come across before – hearing and learning new vocabulary and grammatical structures, and discussing this with them will greatly improve their reading (and writing!) skills.

Writing: This half term, our first English text will be The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. This book is a fantasy novel based on the young life of a boy who is orphaned as a toddler and reared by supernatural occupants of a graveyard.  As we explore the book, we will discuss challenging themes including life and death, community, identity, good, evil and assumptions. There will be lots of drama and writing opportunities alongside our skills-based English sessions, where we will take a deeper look into retelling the events of the story in the style of the author by using ambitious vocabulary and a variety of sentence structures.

Spelling:  Children will continue to have additional spelling sessions alongside our daily English sessions, where we will focus on different spelling patterns and continuing to build on the statutory word lists for years 5 and 6.

The children are expected to know how to spell the statutory year 5 and 6 words by the end of year 6, and to use them as frequently as possible in their independent writing. The main spelling pattern focus for year 6 are as follows:

  • Words ending -cious and -tious such as 'delicious' and 'superstitious'
  • Words ending -cial and -tial such as 'special' and 'partial'
  • Words ending -ant, -ance and -ancy such as 'hesitant', 'hesitance' and 'hesitancy'
  • Words ending -ent, -ence and -ency such as ‘patient’, ‘patience’ and ‘frequency’
  • Words ending -able / -ably and -ible / -ibly such as 'comfortable' / 'comfortably' and 'horrible' / 'horribly'
  • Adding -ing / -ed to words ending -fer, for example: 'prefer', 'preferring' and 'preferred'
  • Use of the hyphen, for example: 'co-ordinate', 're-enter'
  • Words containing ie / ei, for example: 'piece' and 'ceiling'
  • Words containing ough and looking at the different sounds this grapheme makes in different words, for example: 'enough', 'through', 'although', 'plough'
  • Silent letters in words such as 'doubt', 'thistle' and 'knight'
  • Homophones - words which sound the same but are spelled differently) for example: 'principle' and 'principal

We will focus on these words and spelling patterns, as well as reinforcing others in our spelling sessions.

Maths: In Maths, we will continue to develop children’s arithmetic, fluency and mental maths skills as well as applying their understanding to a variety of problem-solving contexts. Across the class, we will look at developing understanding of the number system up to 10,000,000.We will also continue to work on achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for times tables, which go alongside our Times Table Rockstars to reinforce children’s rapid recall skills.

ScienceScience lessons for the term will focus on properties and changes of materials.  For this topic, children will compare and group together everyday materials based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets.  They should be able to understand that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution; use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating; give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic and demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes

PE: Class 6 will have PE on a Wednesday and Friday.  PE kits will be worn on PE days with plain black or navy jogging pants or leggings if the weather is cold, school sweatshirts and cardigans can also be worn. Each session will focus on the fundamental skills of REAL PE, quicksticks hockey and gymnastics.

RE: This half term, children will look at Sikhism and sacred texts.  The children should be able to name the holy books and match them to their religion, name and discuss religions of the world, explain some of the ways of Sikh Life and explain further aspects of Sikhism.  Next half term, we will look at the true meaning of Christmas.  The children will learn what is meant by Christmas and Advent, will understand why Christians celebrate Christmas, will re-tell the nativity story in their own words and be able to share the true meaning of Christmas.  

DT: The children will experience the use of basic stitching, joining textiles and finishing techniques; designing purposeful, functional, appealing products for the intended user that are fit for purpose based on a simple design specification; select from and use a range of tools and equipment to make products that are accurately assembled and well finished and compare the final product to the original design specification.

History and Geography: Our topic this term is The Struggle for the Kingdom of England.  During this unit, the children will be studying the Anglo- Saxons, Vikings and Scots. We will learn about the settlement struggle, particularly in Britain

Computing: The children will be using ‘DB Primary’ and ‘Google Internet Legends scheme’ to cover E-Safety and Computer Science.  The children will also use computer skills across other topic related areas.

French: In the first half term, children will learn phrases to describe feelings, school subjects, numbers, time and daily routine.  In the second half term, they will learn how to describe different rooms in a house, including colours and to create some descriptive written sentences.

Music: In the first half term, all the learning in this unit will be focused around one song: Happy, a Pop song by Pharrell Williams.  In the second half term, the unit of work will focus on improvising with a Latin American groove and a Blues style.

Homework: Homework will be put onto Google Classroom on a Friday and due the following Friday. We ask children to upload their work where possible.  We provide feedback on homework during the arithmetic session on a Friday morning and during English lessons.  Children are asked to complete a maths and grammar activity each week as well as reading at least three times each week.

I hope that you all have a wonderful first term.  If you need to speak to me about anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email, which I will always respond to.

Mrs Jeffrey

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