Welcome to the Year 6 Class Page
Welcome back for Autumn Term 2020!
A warm welcome to the Year 6 page at Roundwood School. On this page you will find lots of useful information including websites which are very helpful to support the Year 6 curriculum, as well as information about the topics we are currently studying…
In our English lessons this term, we will be exploring the novel “War Horse” by Michael Morpurgo. The story tells the tale of Joey, a farm horse who ends up fighting for the British Army in WWI. We will explore a variety of text types as we progress through the book and the children will have the chance to respond to the novel through the use of journalistic writing, diary entries, biographical writing and writing in narrative style. Closer to Christmas, we will be looking at “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio and will focus on non-fiction writing and drama in response to this.
This term in Maths the children will:
- Read, write and order large numbers and decimal numbers and determine the value of each digit.
- Add/subtract larger numbers using formal written methods.
- Multiply and divide numbers using formal written methods.
- Work on maths investigations applying their learning.
- Solve problem including problems with a “real life context”.
- Understand the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages.
- Understand and interpret data in charts and graphs.
- Classify shapes and use appropriate shape terminology.
- Calculate with and use suitable units of measure.
Our first topic this term is ‘WWI’. The children will be finding out about:
Why did WWI start?
- Did all countries go to war?
- How did women help in the war?
- Could we survive in the trenches?
- What did we learn from the end of the war?
For the first half term, the topic we will be covering is “Animals including Humans”. We will be looking at the human circulatory system and how the heart and the lungs work. We will investigate how nutrients and gas are passed around the body. After the break, we will begin our topic on “Light” and will look at how light travels and how we see.
This term your child will be having PE on a Tuesday and a Thursday. They will need the correct PE kit which is a red t shirt with a school badge, black shorts-not skorts-and a black track suit for colder days. Trainers are essential, plimsolls are not. Please note that leggings are not part of the P.E. uniform.
Initially, both PE lessons will be outside until the weather changes. The children will be doing P.E. on a Thursday and games with Mr Roberts on a Tuesday.
After the half term break, we will begin our geography topic, “Trade and Economics”. We will look at the British trade route and how trade has evolved over time. We will look at Fair Trade and how we transport goods.
The children will be starting with the topic of “The Saints as Role Models”. We will then continue by looking at the Christian belief that “God Made Man”.
We will look at networking and how we communicate online this half term; a very relevant topic indeed in the current climate!
This week (22nd November), homework will be to learn the lyrics and words (if applicable) for our Christmas assembly.
Your children have been reminded of their log in details and will bring home a laminated card with these detail on.
The children will be bringing home English and Maths homework weekly. Maths homework will be in the form of Matheletics. The children will be set English homework and Maths homework at different points throughout the week. Likewise, the work will be due back on varying days. While it might prove challenging initially not having a set day, it is intended to make it easier for the children to learn to manage their own time and increase their responsibility in sitting down to get it done; ready for secondary school. Children will have one day’s grace to bring late homework in, after that they will be asked to complete it during their lunchtime. It is expected that the children spend about 40mins on each homework task. If your child is struggling with the management, time taken to complete or anything else, please ask the children to come in and speak to me to help develop their sense of independence. The children will have a homework diary to help manage their time.
Spelling – These are the example words from the lesson on 23rd November (using syllables). The test date will be 30th November.
Your child will be given 10 words to practise weekly. These will be tested on a Monday and will be a mixture of spelling rules learnt and high frequency words.
The children will be expected to continue working on their times tables throughout the year. The school website offers many games to help consolidate tables and we can give sheets to support rehearsal of tables if useful.
Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle. Please also encourage children to bring in bags which are a suitable size as the lockers are quite tight. Please make sure all items of clothing are named. For the time being, we will provide all children with the equipment they need at school for lessons so that children do not have to bring in pencil cases.
As important as it is to keep working hard, please remember, downtime is equally as important, please allow for time to communicate with your friends and take part in regular exercise. Mindfulness colouring is a great way to help you if you are feeling anxious and printable resources can be easily found online.
I also want to make you aware that Audible (part of Amazon) are offering free audio books for young people of all ages. I would recommend that families take advantage of this offer that can be found here https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
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