Year 6 have made a truly impressive start to the new school academic year.
Through The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, we will investigate settings, character development, dialogue and narrative style. Writing will include: dramatisation, playing with point-of-view and writing a 'Lost Tale'. Grammar will include: complex sentences, relative clauses and elaboration. We will also look at biographies, autobiographies and story writing based on Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So stories’. In Maths, will be extending our learning in place value, written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will use protractors/rulers and compasses more accurately, and use our knowledge of angle facts to find missing angles on straight lines, in triangles and quadrilaterals.
We are really excited about next half term! Not only are we studying recount writing using UFO–based texts, but we will also focus on instructional and explanation writing. As for Maths, we are further developing our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages, problem-solving, measure and 2D/3D shapes.
In Religious Education we are considering why the disciples chose to follow Jesus and the challenges they faced in a Bible-themed unit and relate this to our own calling to follow God. The educational visit to Harvington Hall will remind us of the sacrifices made by martyrs for their faith during the Reformation, reminding us of how fortunate we are to be able to practise our faith freely today. Our knowledge of the liturgical year will be strengthened as we focus on the seasons of Advent and Christmas, understanding why it is important for Christians to prepare for Christ to come again.
In Science, we will learn about keeping our bodies healthy, nutrition, the importance of exercise and our hearts. We will investigate how water and nutrients are transported in the circulatory system and recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on our body. In Autumn 2, we will learn about the differences between parents and offspring in our Evolution and Inheritance topic; how animals and plants are suited to, and adapt to their environment; how living things have changed over time and how fossils provide information about living things from millions of years ago.
Our historical unit of work will focus on Mesoamerica, the land of the ancient Mayans, and we will explore this fascinating civilisation together. We will find out where the Mayans lived, what their lives were like, and how their society was organised, as well as investigating the evidence they left behind and uncovering some Mayan mysteries. Art links will include looking at the funerary mask of Lord Pakal found at Palenque and the story of how it was discovered, before going on to explore why the Mayans wore masks and looking at further examples. We will then design and make our very own Mayan masks. Through Design and Technology, we will take a closer look at the Mayan ruins of temples that have been discovered across Central America and design, make and evaluate our own model of a Mayan temple.
We are looking forward to meeting up with our buddies in the Reception classes for some story time sessions.
Reminder for parents:
In Year 6, P.E./Outdoor Games will be on a Monday afternoon.
Please ensure your child has a full kit in school.
Indoor kit: Blue shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps.
Outdoor kit: Blue tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers.
All clothing and footwear should be clearly named. All jewellery must be removed for P.E. and long hair must be tied back.
Y6’s homework rota is as follows:
Your child has a home reading book and record. Please hear your child read at home on a regular basis. When your child has finished their book, please sign your child’s reading record and they can change their book.
Please encourage your child to learn all of the times tables (up to 12x12) and their related division facts. This will help your child in several aspects of mathematics.
Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday and stuck into Spelling books to learn. The spellings will usually follow a pattern / rule or may be from the National Curriculum word lists. Please help your child to learn the spellings by writing them into sentences and by using 'LSCWC' (Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check). They will be tested on a Wednesday before the new list is handed out.
English homework will be set on Monday (to be returned Wednesday) and Maths homework will be set on Wednesday (to be returned Friday).
Year 6 Residential
Year 6 had a fantastic time at PGL Liddington. The children engaged in so many different activities including quad biking, vertical challenges and canoeing. Children really worked well in teams and demonstrated a positive attitude to all they they did.
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