Happy New Year, and welcome back to the Spring Term.
Year 6 is an important year for the children and one focus will be helping them to transfer smoothly to their next school. As the term progresses we will be focusing more on preparation for SATs, however we shall also be encouraging the children to become more independent and take more responsibility for their personal organisation to help them when they get to Secondary School.
As a school we appreciate that some year 6 children are being allowed to walk to and from school o their own to develop their independence. If your child is walking home alone, please can you confirm this in writing. Some of these children are also bring mobile phones to school. These must not be used on school premises, including in clubs at the beginning and end of the school day, and will be collected first thing in the morning and kept in the school office and then collected at the end of the day.
We have two trips planned for the Spring Term. The first is a trip to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Monday 4th March. Our Music this term builds up to this visit and we will be going to a schools concert by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. I am also arranging a visit to Liverpool to tie in with out World War II topic after half term. I will let you know details as soon as I have confirmed them.
We have another exciting whole school project planned - Adrift. Look out for more details!
Key Dates for this half term.
|Monday 4th March||Liverpool Philharmonic|
|Wednesday 13th March||Parent's Workshop - 9.10am start|
|Tuesday 26th March||Liverpool Maritime Museum|
13th May 2019 – KS2 SATs week.
Academically there is a focus to ensure that the children are as well prepared as possible for the end of KS2 SATs. The curriculum in the Spring Term builds up to this and we will start our Revision Programme after February half term. The dates for the tests are Monday 13th May 2019 to Thursday 16th May 2019. More detailed information about the revision timetable will be sent out later in the Spring Term.
Up until half term test type questions will be integrated into lessons, but after half term there will be more of an emphasis on going over past papers and test technique.
There will be an increase in homework. The children will be having SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) homework in addition to the homework they have had before Christmas this half term. From half term onwards sections of papers will be set as homework to help the children practise. There is currently a homework club on a Thursday lunchtime which the children are welcome to attend. After half term I will also be running a revision club on a Thursday after school. Details will be sent out nearer the time.
The dates for this year's Plas Caerdeon Trip are the 17th June 2019 to 21nd June 2019. Once again this trip will be offered to Year 5 and Year 6. The cost of last year's trip was £260. I anticipate the cost being similar this year. A letter will be sent our this half term asking for a deposit and once numbers have been finalised I will send out a letter with the final cost.
Each week children will be given English, Maths and Grammar, Spelling and Punctaution (GPS) homework. The homework will be sent out on a Wednesday and due in on a Monday. Spelling will be posted on the link below, along with other homework when this is appropriate. Mr Hewson and I will be running a homework club on a Thursday lunchtime when children can choose to do their homework in school time. It is still extremely important that children continue to practise their tables and read regularly.
This half term we will being looking at Mountains. We will be looking at how mountains are formed and the comparing the different environments and habitats on mountains. We will be making links with Maths as we compare the heights of different mountains and look at their climates. In English we will study Sir Edmund Hillary as aprt of our biographical writing and in Science studying how plants and animals have adapted to their environments will eb aprt of our unit on Evolution and Adaption.
After half term we shall be looking at the impact of the Liverpool Blitz in May 1941 on the lives of civilians. The focus of our work will be on the Home Front. As part of this we will be investigating evacuation, Dig for Victory and the impact of bombing on everyday life. I am arranging a trip to Liverpool Martime Museum to take part in a workshop and will let you know dates as soon as I have them. This workshop is run by a group of local ladies based on their own experiences of World War II, and naturally we go dressed as evacuees.
Durung the first half of the Spring Term we shall be studying creation stories from different relgions and World Views. We shall look at the similarities and differences between them. This will be linked to our Science as we discuss Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection compared to the creation story in the Old Testament.
In Science this term we are studying Evolution and Adaption. We will strt by looking at how scientists use fossils and then natural selection. We will be looking at the work of Mary Anning and Charles Darwin which links to our English unit on Biographical writing.
We will be starting this term looking at Biographical writing, with links to Geography, through Sir Edmund Hillary, and Science , through Mary Anning and Charles Darwin.
Following this we will be using The Arrival, by Shaun Tan, to give us ideas for fiction writing based around the theme of Refugees.
As the term progresses there will be more of a focus on SATs preparation, both in the writing and in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. There is plenty of support materials for parents in the SATs resources section on this page. I would particularly recommend the document at the end of this section that explains all the terminology the children need to know at the end of Year 6.
We will continue to be giving out weekly spelling homework. This will include spellings from the whole of Key Stage 2 as these will be tested at the end of the Year. In the children's Reading Reord Books there is a list of all the spellings that the children need to know, and be using in their work.
It is very important that the children continue to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction regularly. Please can you support them in keeping their reading record books up-to-date and sign the books when they read so that we can record this our Reading Challenge board. The children need to make sure that they have their Reading Record Books in school in on Wednesdays.
Throughout this term we will be consolidating the written and mental calculation methods that the children learnt in the Autumn Term. We will be applying them as we learn about measures and also practising them in regular arithmetic tests.
Over the term we shall be looking at Geometry, investigationg the properties of traingles and quadrilaterals and different types of translations. We will them be looking at different units of measure, including time and money. It would really help your child if you could revise how to tell the time on an analogue clock.
After Half Term we shall be starting our revision programme and will be looking more at test papers and exam technique.
Being fluent with our tables will really help us, so we shall continue our weeking Rainbow Tables challenge.
Art and Design Technology
In Art we will be investiagting different artists and techniques to create landscapes. After half term we will be making Marionettes to link with our English work on refugees.
Miss Phillips will be delivering our Music this term and will leading up to our visit to the Liverpool Philharmonic on the 4th March.
This half term we will be looking at coding using a program called Hour of Code.
In French we will be practising our vocabulary to learn talk about our families.
On Wednesdays Mr Kelly will be teaching outdoor games. Our second PE session delivered by S4YC on Tuesday. Make sure that you have PE kit in school on these days. While the weather is colder make sure you have a hat, gloves and a water bottle. Please make sure that all your kit is clearly labelled with your name.
This year a schools direct student, Mrs Jones, will be working alongside me in Rhinos class. Miss Phillips will be delivering Music and PE will be delivered by Mr Kelly and S4YC.