Happy New Year, and I hope you all had a good Christmas. Welcome back to the Spring Term. This term we are starting preparation for SATs at the beginning of May, but there is still plenty of curriculum to cover first. We have two trips planned: The Liverpool Philharmonic on the 6th March to attend a special children's concert, and The War Rooms in Liverpool on the 16th March which ties in with our History topic of the impact of the May Blitz on Liverpool in World War 2.
Preparation for SATs will be built into the curriculum over the term and there will be an increase in homework, especially after half term. Just before half term, I will be sending home information about revision materials that can be purchased through school to support your child and a revision timetable. There is already information on this page that will help your child. Look at the maths help videos and the SPaG guide in the English section.
As a school, we appreciate that some year 6 children are being allowed to walk to and from school on their own to develop their independence. If your child is walking home alone, please can you confirm this in writing. Some of these children also bring mobile phones to school. These must not be used on school premises and will be collected first thing in the morning and kept in the school office and then collected at the end of the day.
Our Residential this year and will be going to Plas Caerdeon near Barmouth (https://www.hope.ac.uk/caerdeon/). The dates for the residential are Monday 22th June 2020 to Friday 27th June 2020. I am currently costing the trip and will send out further information later in the term.
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 Autumn and 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 11th May 2016 to Thursday 15th May 2020.
Key Dates for this term.
|Wednesday 4th March||Liverpool Philharmonic £12.50|
|Monday 16th March||The War Rooms, Liverpool £14|
11th May 2020 – KS2 SATs week.
During this week the children will be having their SAT tests in Reading, Spelling Punctuation and Grammar and Maths. More details will be sent out in the Spring Term.
Our English units this term link to our History and Geography topics.
In the first half of the Spring Term, we will be covering Biographical writing and non-chronological reports. To link with our geography topic of mountains, we shall be looking at the lives of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and their historic ascent of Everest. Following environments this we shall apply our English skills to write about how to survive in mountain environments.
After half term, our focus will be World War 2. We shall be doing some biographical writing and will be looking at story writing with a World War 2 theme.
For the first part of the term, we shall be focusing on calculating with decimals and percentages. We shall be linking this topic to working with money and measures. We shall then be looking at algebra and working out missing numbers.
After half term, we shall be studying different units and measures and shapes. This includes work on coordinates.
There are videos in the section below to help you and your child practice the methods we are teaching in school. Please feel free to use these.
Being fluent with our tables will really help us, so we shall continue our weekly Rainbow Tables challenge.
The dates for this year's Plas Caerdeon Trip are the 22nd June 2020 to 26th June 2020. Once again this trip will be offered to Year 5 and Year 6. A small deposit will be requested before half term to guarantee your child a place. There will be a meeting for parents in the Summer Term.
Each week children will be given English, Maths and Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (GPS) homework. The homework will be sent out on a Wednesday and due in on a Monday. Spellings will be coming home each night: more information will be sent out in the first few weeks. We will be practising our Rainbow Tables on a Thursday morning with Mrs. Gregg. There is 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.
GeographyThis half term we shall be studying mountains. We will be looking at how mountains are formed and the different climate and habitat conditions that are unique to a mountain environment. This topic also covers the impact of humans on mountain environments.
HistoryAfter half term, our topic is the impact of the May Blitz on Liverpool during World War 2. Our focus is on the impact of the war on the home front so we shall be looking at evacuation and rationing as part of this. WE will be visiting The War Rooms in Liverpool to support this, and will also be going to the Maritime Museum to look at their Battle of the Atlantic exhibition if we have time.
Mrs. Gregg will be taking the class for RE this year. This term the children will be looking at Creation. They will look firstly at the Christian Creation story then take the expectations of the story to look at the Creation story as seen by other faiths including Islam and Hinduism and those who share other views e.g. the Chinese and Aborigines.
In Science this term we are studying evolution and inheritance. We shall look at how living things have changed over time and the information that fossils give us about living things that lived on Earth millions of years ago. We will look at how offspring are different from their parents and how plants and animals adapt to their different environments.
Art and Design Technology
This half term we will be looking at the work of Mary Lloyd Jones and landscape painting.
On the 6th March Year 6 are going to a classical concert for schools at the Liverpool Philharmonic. We shall be listening to a wide range of music including modern composers. In preparation for this, we will be looking at the different pieces that we shall be listening to at the concert and learning a song to take part in at the concert.
This half term we will be looking at Peer Groups and Gangs.
This half term we will be looking at different ways to present information using ICT. We will be looking at different presentation programmes including Adobe Spark, iMovie and animation software.
In French, we will be finding different places in France and looking at French food.
Year 6 will be having PE on Tuesday and Wednesday this term. We are welcoming back Mr. Hall, who will take the Tuesday session, and Mr. Kelly will continue to take Wednesday's. Make sure that you have a PE kit in school on the correct 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.
Miss Taylor will be working in the class up unitl half term. Mrs. Gregg will be teaching the class on Thursday morning and PE will be delivered by Mr. Kelly and Mr. Hall.