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Welcome to Year 6!

Spring Term 2019

We hope you had a fantastic break and are looking forward to the year ahead. We have some very exciting learning in this term that will take us to the depths of South America.

This half term we will be exploring…

The Sights and Scenes of South America!

We will set off on a voyage of discovery to South America and learn about the countries, culture and geography of this fascinating continent. We will also learn about the climate, the geographical features, the industries and the people of South America through a range of different activities, giving us an insight into how life in South America varies to life here in the UK.

Want to find out more about South America?

Check out these great information sites.

http://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/south-america-facts.html

http://www.oddizzi.com/teachers/explore-the-world/places/south-america/

Can you name all the countries in South America?

Use the map below to help you:

English

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at thirteen, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson’s highly colourful, joyous adventure.

We will be exploring the colourful jungle using poetry, getting to know the interesting characters through drama and practising descriptive writing of the exotic scenes.

Check out the helpful websites sections, scroll down to the bottom of this term’s page, to help you improve your spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Maths

Due to the fact that children are taught in different sets in Year 6, the mathematical topics covered vary dependent on the areas of need for each of the classes. However, there will be a focus on application of skills this term. The focus last term was on mathematical skills, this term the children will be applying these skills to the different areas of maths including the application of number and place value, solving multi-step word puzzles and challenges, using the four operations and solving puzzles involving fractions, measures, statistics, ratio and proportion.

Take a look at the helpful websites sections, scroll down to the bottom of this term’s page, to help you improve your maths.

Computing

As part of our Computing lessons we will learn about the capabilities of a smart phone and how location services work. We’ll also discuss, design and present a pitch for a new smartphone app!

 

Science

During the following term the children will investigate how living things (plants and animals) are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics.

We will also investigate classification and its uses including the pioneering work of Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus, and research and classify animals and plants located in South America.

Click on the link below to play a BBC plants and animals habitat activity.

http://www.lessonpaths.com/learn/i/interactions-of-life-middle-school-ecology/bbc-ks2-bitesize-science-plant-and-animal-habitats-play

Physical Education

We will be developing our basketball skills for Outdoor PE.

In indoor PE, we will be exploring dance through the movement of martial arts, including Capoeira. Capoeira originates from South America; it is a Brazilian martial art, which combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

This half term, Vicky’s class will be having Dance lessons with an external coach.

Ginga – pronounced jinga – is the most basic movement in Capoeira.  Check out the video by CLICKING HERE to see how Ginga is done.

There are a lot of Capoeira moves and techniques. Watch this video for the basic Capoeira movements and names.

How many can you do?

http://www.capoeira-world.com/capoeira-moves/

Please wear a kit appropriate to our changeable weather!

PE is a very important area of the curriculum, therefore it is really important that your child is prepared for their lessons, with what they wear, including all hair being tied up and jewellery removed. Children will be expected to have the appropriate kit for every lesson; only children with a note from their parents will be excused from the lessons.

RE Rules and Responsibilities

Through this unit, pupils will consider the implications of rules and responsibilities for belonging to communities and in particular of belonging to a faith community. Children will consider rules in religions and other sources of authority. This unit contains work on rules, laws and responsibilities in society and in Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Art – Landscapes

Our Art focus for this half term will be landscapes. We will improve our awareness of composition, experiment with creating light effects through use of colour. We will also work on critically evaluating our work, and that of our peers whilst identifying how to improve our work.

Forest School

Please help your child to remember their outdoor boots when it is their turn. Further information about Forest School can be found at the followinglink:

https://www.forestschools.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework

Homework will be given out on Thursday to be returned the following Tuesday. Please encourage your child to look over their homework on Thursday, so any questions can be answered by their teacher on Friday.

Handing homework in on time will help children with the preparation for secondary school. 

Helpful websites to support your home learning:

Spelling, grammar and punctuation will be an important area of learning this year. Try out these interactive games to improve your knowledge.

Practice your spelling and grammar.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

Learn more about the different parts of a sentence.

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/grammar_tutorial.htm

Can you use your punctuation skills to put the correct punctuation in the sentence?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/ks2_activities/english/punctuation.shtml

Loads of resources to help with writing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/

Recommended websites for finding interesting books to read:

http://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

For extending your French learning:

https://www.duolingo.com/

General Maths games on lots of topics:

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/

For a Maths challenge:

http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

Games to help you practise your times tables facts:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find

Times tables songs – learn the fun way:

X3 X4 X5 X6 X7 X8 X9 X10 X11 X12

Fractions: Everything you need to know about fractions – Maths is fun website:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions-menu.html

Percentages: Everything you need to know about percentages – Maths is fun website:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/percentage-menu.html

Decimals: Everything you need to know about decimals – Maths is fun website: https://www.mathsisfun.com/decimals.html

Interactive games:

Various games: http://www.mathplayground.com/mobile_index.html

Fractions interactive games: https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/fraction-matcher/latest/fraction-matcher_en.html

Simplify fractions soccer gamer: http://www.math-play.com/simplifying-fractions-game/simplifying-fractions-soccer-game_html5.html

 

The Bug Club

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held at the school Reception desk.

BUG CLUB

Year 6 Team

 

Autumn Term 2 2018

Welcome back – we hope you enjoyed your half term holiday and are ready to start on some exciting new learning for Autumn 2.

Our topic is EXTREME EARTH!  Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and extreme weather events across the globe – we will be looking at how they occur and their effects on people.

Our English learning links to the Extreme Earth topic as we will be studying the book Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick, the tale of a girl living in a near-future Britain which is covered with water. This award-winning book will be the basis for our main writing focuses this half term, story writing and newspaper articles.

This half term in Maths, we will be focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. We will continue to use a range of methods to solve problems.

As always, times tables are key for all areas of maths, so if yours need brushing up on, go to the following site:

https://tablestest.com

In Science, we will be learning about how scientists have answered this question in our topic, ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. We will look at Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and the scientific evidence for it, including fossils, and how and why animals have adapted to their environments.

For Computing, we are going to test our programming skills using Scratch.

RE will look at Hinduism, including Hindu worship, storytelling and the idea of karma.

Anti-Bullying Week is coming up (12th -16th November). The theme this year is: Choose Respect

The idea is to urge children to choose respect over bullying.  A top priority has been to show that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.

In Art we will be creating landscape paintings, using inspiration from our local area.

French will focus on learning vocabulary for times of day, reading and understanding a short story, and learning a French carol just in time for Christmas.

 

 

 

Links to web sites to support your learning at home

Loads of resources to help with writing:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/

Lots of games to help with spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) on this website:  http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

Recommended websites for finding interesting books to read: 

http://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

General Maths games on lots of topics: http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/index.html

For a Maths challenge: http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

For extending your French learning: https://www.duolingo.com/

Some useful information about our Science topic, ‘Evolution and inheritance’:

http://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-adaptation-and-evolution

https://scienceforthekids.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/what-is-evolution/

And finally, lots of links to information about our Extreme Earth topic:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/earth/collections/extreme_earth

http://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/volcanoes

http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/mountains/volcanoes.htm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/find_out/guides/tech/earthquakes/newsid_1894000/1894934.stm

http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-earthquakes/

Forest School

Year 6 have been enjoying their Forest School sessions so far, including exploring the site, Wildcat Wilderness, which is located just behind the Elm Lane playing fields. Look at the website to find out what is going on there outside school hours!

http://wildcatwilderness.org

Please make sure that your child has wellies or sturdy shoes, warm socks and warm clothes (preferably layers) on their Forest School day as it is starting to get colder. Further information about Forest School can be found at the following link:

https://www.forestschools.com

 

Autumn Term 1 2018

Hopefully you’ve all had a fantastic summer break and are now refreshed and ready for the exciting year ahead.  We’re sure you will love the fantastic learning we have lined up for you this year – read on for a preview of what we are studying this half term.fantastic learning, we have lined up for you this year – read on for a preview of what we are learning this half term.

This half term our topic is: The Windrush

When the Empire Windrush passengers ship docked at Tilbury from Jamaica on 22 June 1948, it marked the start of the post-war immigration boom which was to change British society.

We will examine the stories of some of the people who left their own country to come and live in England, identify reasons why they left and discover what it was like once they got to Britain.

Most passengers on board Windrush had been attracted by a newspaper advert in Jamaican newspaper The Daily Gleaner (GETTY)

Passengers on the Windrush were told that they were headed for the ‘mother country’ and that they were all welcome. What did they experience after their arrival in Britain? Check out seven Windrush passengers stories here

English: The Arrival

Our English learning is also linked to immigration, as we will be studying the book The Arrival, by Shaun Tan. The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long-forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages.  With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.

Maths: Number and Place Value:

The children will be in groups according to their needs and will be taught by Kate, Maria, Conor, SHona and Vicky. The curriculum will be planned according to the individual groups, however, we are focusing on number and calculation for this half term.

As always times tables are key for all areas of maths, so if yours need brushing up on, go to the following site:

https://tablestest.com

Science: Animals Including Humans

Our Science topic this term is Animals Including Humans. Building upon our knowledge of how the human body works, we will focus on the circulatory and digestive systems and investigate the impact diet, drugs and exercise can have on a healthy lifestyle.

How much do you know already?

Test your knowledge at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/quiz/q58851412

Computing: Internet Safety

The Internet is a great place to learn and develop rewarding relationships, but with this comes great responsibility. We will explore how to stay safe on the internet and the consequences of revealing private information to a person you know only online.

French

Our French will build on the grammar and vocabulary you have already learned. We will continue to say and write simple sentences, learn new vocabulary and practise short conversations.

 

 

R.E.

The RE topic this half term is The Journey of Life and Death. Considering the human response to loss and bereavement, we will examine how different religions explain what happens after death

 

 

 

Forest School

What happens at Forest School?

Forest Schools focus on developing personal, social and emotional life skills through learner led, nature-based learning. Please help your child to remember their outdoor boots/old trainers when it is their turn.

Forest School takes place in a site near the Elm Lane playing fields. If you are interested in visiting the site, have a look at Wildcat Wilderness’ webpage for upcoming events http://wildcatwilderness.org

Further information about Forest School can be found at the following link: https://www.forestschools.com

Homework

Homework will be given out on Thursday to be returned the following Tuesday. Please encourage your child to look over their homework on Thursday, so any questions can be answered and help can be given by their teacher on Friday, if needed.

Reading Books

Please remember to read at home every day and write a review when you have completed a book to add to our reading area. Just think, your review could encourage someone else to pick up a new read!

MATHS

General Maths games on lots of topics: http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

For a Maths challenge: http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

FRENCH:

For extending your French learning: https://www.duolingo.com/

SCIENCE:

Some useful information about our Science topic, ‘Animals including humans’:

http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/heart.html

http://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/human-circulatory-system

 

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