Happy New Year and welcome back to the Spring Term.
This term in Year 6 there will be an increasing focus on preparation for SATs, but to balance this we will also be covering a wide range of other subjects and have exciting visits planned.
For the majority of the term we will be carrying on teaching the curriculum as normal (there is still a lot of new things to learn) and as we get towards Easter we shall be starting our revision programme to ensure that all the children are well prepared for their SATs in May.
Key Dates for this half term.
Monday 22nd January
Creative Writing Workshops
|Friday 9th February||Outdoor Learning Day|
|Thursday 8th March||Trip to Liverpool Philharmonic|
Thursday 22nd March
|Trip to Liverpool Maritime Museum|
14th May 2018 – KS2 SATs week.
During this week the children will be having their SAT tests in Reading, Spelling Punctuation and Grammar and Maths. Writing is assessed by the teacher and the results have to be entered by mid-June. Although the curriiculum is building up to this all year, we will be starting our revision programme after February half term. After Christmas I will be sending out information about Revision Materials that can be purchased through the school and a reduced cost. I will also be putting together a bank of web-based resources that can be used to support your child. Please avoid booking holidays during the revision/ SATs period.
The dates for this year's Plas Caerdeon Trip are the 18th June 2018 to 22nd June 2018. Once again this trip will be offered to Year 5 and Year 6. This will be a joint trip with Bishop Wilson Primary School. The cost of last year's trip was £260. I anticipate the cost being similar this year. Now numbers have been finalised I will send out a letter with the final cost.
Each child will be given two homework books, one for English and one for Maths. 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. As we approach SATs practise papers will be sent home for the children to do. More guidance in supporting your chidlren with these will be sent out at the time.
Our focus this half term is Mountains. We shall be looking at the location of different mountains in the world and how mountains are formed. Our work in geography links to our science as we shall be studying how plans and animals are adapted to mountain environments.
After half term we will be looking at the imapct of the May Blitz on Liverpool during Worls War II. We shall be focusing on life on the home Front - rationing and evacuation - and as part of this a visit has been arranged to the Liverpool Maritime Museum to take part in a workshop on Life in the 1940's. Our trip will also give us the opportunity to find out more about Liverpool's role in The battle of the Atlantic.
In Science this half term we are looking at Evolution and Adaption. As part of this we shall be looking at the work of Mary Anning and Charles Darwin and how their discoveries help our understanding of the world today.
Our unit this term is a non-fiction unit based on 'Can We Save the Tiger?' by Martin Jenkins. We will be looking st different types of non-fiction writing such as explanations, reports and persuasive writing. Following this we will study biographies and autobiographies and have a go at writing our own.
After half term our English will be linked to our History topic of World War II where we will be looking at writing stories with flashbacks. There are plenty of fiction books that you could encourage your child to read to give them background information such as Carrie's War by Nina Baldwin, Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo or Good Night Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian.
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 the days they have Guided Reading.
The focus this half term is looking at words that have to be learnt, rather than follow a particular spelling pattern. After half term our focus will be on revising all the words from KS2. There is a list of all the words the chidlren need to be able to spall in the back of their Reading Record books. The children will be given spellings to learn on Wednesday for the following Monday. These are in the homework section of the webpage. Spellings from the previous weeks are also on this page. Encourage your child to be self-correcting these spellings in writing that they do at home.
As part of their homework the children will be sent home a piece of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar homework. A help sheet of terms for parents is included in the homework section of the class page.
This term we shall be starting by revising time and reading timetables. Then we shall be applying our calculation and plave value skills to different units of measure. Finally we shall be looking at 2d and 3d shapes plotting coordinates on axis. The maths 'How to Videos' show the methods that we teach the children. These are also set out in the Maths Calculation Policy which is on the Maths page on the Curriculum section of the Website. When your children are doing their homework, or any maths at home encourage them to decide which method is most appropriate - mental or written.
Tables fluency is very important. We will be continuing with the Rainbow Tables Challenge that the children are familliar with from Year 5. Once they are fluent, then they are challenged by applying their tables to fractions, decimals and percentages.
Some of the Maths homework is set using MyMaths, if there is a problem accessing the internet at home the children can do this at school at homework club.
Art and Design Technology
Our art this term links to our geography on mountains as we will be loking at the different techniques artists have used to create landscapes. At the end of the unit we will chose our own technique to create our own landsacpe.
After half term we will be looking at creating strong and stable structures to create our own air raid shelters.
We shall be working on the lesson plans and resources provided by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in preparation for our visit to the concert hall in March, to listen to the orchestra play live. We will also be learning a song, written by a member of the orchestra, to sing with the other schools during the concert.
This term we will be using Hour of Code to develop our programming skills by writing and debugging short programmes.
In French we will be practising our vocabulary to learn about different places in France.
Mr Kelly is continuing to take PE on Wednesday, he will be taking games outdoors. Our second PE session will be gymnatics on a Thursday morning. 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.
Up until May we will be joined by a final year B Ed student from Liverpool Hope, Emily Gresham, who will be working alongside Miss Phillips and myself in Year 6. On Monday afternoons the class will be taken by Mrs Webster. Mrs Webster will be delivering RE during these afternoons. One of our PE sessions will be led by Mr Kelly, who worked with us last year, our Music will be led by Miss Phillips.