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Welcome to our Year 6!
Autumn Term 2 2019
Welcome back – we hope you enjoyed your half term holiday and are ready to start on some exciting new learning for Autumn 2.
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. Each group will cover similar topics but some areas and content may be different from group to group.
As always, times tables are key for all areas of maths, so if yours need brushing up on, go to the following site:
Understanding the World
In Science, we will improve our overall knowledge of electricity by investigating circuits, understanding the role of conductors and insulators in electrical circuits and obtain a deeper understanding of the function of a switch.
We will also be extending our scientific knowledge with links to Computing as we will have an expert visiting us to use our exciting Crumble programming software, where we will design complex circuits to control a series of lights.
In RE, we will look at Hinduism, including Hindu worship, storytelling and the idea of karma.
At 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! https://www.forestschools.com
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.
Mental and physical well-being
In PE, we will be developing our fitness through a series of circuits, games and activities, building up to designing our own fitness routines.
In outdoor PE, we will be developing our coordination and skills in basketball to practice principles of attack and defence in small competitive games.
Anti-Bullying Week is coming (11th -15th 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.
Expressive arts and design
In Art we will be creating landscape paintings, using inspiration from our local area.
Links to websites to support your learning at home:
Loads of resources to help with writing:
Lots of games to help with spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) on this website:
Recommended websites for finding interesting books to read:
General Maths games on lots of topics:
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’:
And finally, lots of links to information about our Extreme Earth topic:
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
The Year 6 Team
Autumn Term 1 2019
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.
This half term our topic is The Windrush. We will explore how migration from the Caribbean has contributed to how Britain looks today. 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.
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.
Maths: Number and Place Value
The children will be in groups according to their needs and will be taught by Kate, Maria, Conor, Shipra and Shona. 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:
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.
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.
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
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. This learning activity takes place in a site near the Elm Lane playing fields. If you are interested in visiting the site, have a look at the 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 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.
Children are expected to read every day and can bring a book from home or choose a book from their class book corner. Each child has a Reading Journal to record their progress, which they are expected to bring to school each day. Perhaps your child could write a review when they have completed a book to add to our reading area. This might encourage someone else to pick up a new read!
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, ‘Animals including humans’: