Autumn Term Second half term update 2019
Welcome to another busy, but exciting half term in year 6.
This half term, in English we are looking at The Arrival by Shaun Tan. We have written letters, character descriptions, diary entries, short play scripts and we will be writing a longer story built around the central character’s journey to another country.
We will be continuing to improve our SPAG skills throughout our work, concentrating on different aspects within our writing tasks.
Remember to keep using your Spelling Shed log in to practise your spellings.
spellingframe.co.uk is another wonderful website that will help you learn all the Y5 and Y6 words.
In maths, we will continue working in our three smaller groups, to address any areas where support may be needed. We will continue to develop and extend our skills in the 4 rules of number, our understanding of place value, decimals, fractions and measurement. We will be using a mastery approach to focus on the using and applying aspects of maths through reasoning and explanation. The children’s verbal reasoning and explanation skills are improving rapidly and many are becoming increasingly confident in explaining their methods and ideas to their group.
In science, we will be working on a unit called Changing Circuits. Children will use recognised symbols in circuit diagrams correctly. They will discuss analogies and offer their own explanations for the results of their investigations about altering brightness of bulbs and volume of buzzers. They will describe how to do this in a variety of ways including changing the number of components, battery voltage, or the properties of the wires in the circuits.
We are still working on our geography-led topic on North America. We will be learning about the physical and human elements of this continent and investigate aspects such as climate and population. We have studied many aspects so far and produced amazing artwork on buildings and totem poles. The standard of homework has been wonderful and some has been displayed in the cloakroom.
Parents please remember to encourage your child to carry on practising their times tables up to 12×12 as it is essential that they have rapid recall of all tables facts, including the inverse. Encourage them to go on TTRockstars every week to have fun and practise at the same time.
Remember to use your log in for Discovery Learning regularly to help you with any areas of year 6 work that you may need extra practise on. If you need a log in and password please see Mrs Lynch.
Homework will continue to be set on a Friday and it must be brought back into school by the following Wednesday. The children will also be bringing home their reading books every day and it is vitally important that they read every day to improve fluency. We are really working on the children’s comprehension so it would be great if you could ask them questions about their books every time you read with them.
We keep track of the homework and reading on charts in the classroom that are linked to the assertive mentoring scheme that we use in school. In order to achieve a green mark their homework MUST be completed and handed in on WEDNESDAY. The children now have the opportunity to attend a lunchtime homework club on a Wednesday and a Thursday.
We will be doing P.E. on Fridays with the sports coach, so the children need their kits in school on Fridays. We will also try and fit in another lesson in the week, so it would be best to keep the kit in school every day.
Just a reminder that school P.E. kit comprises of a white t-shirt, black shorts and pumps and if P.E. is taking place outside and the weather is cold, the children are allowed to wear dark jogging bottoms and trainers. All jewellery must be removed for P.E.
We are looking forward to sharing all these exciting learning opportunities with you. Don’t forget to keep in contact using Blogs!
Mrs. Lynch, Miss Turner and Mrs Mitchell