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Welcome to Year 6 with Mrs Dewey, Mrs Harrison, Mrs Keet.

YEAR 6 - OVERVIEW FOR TERMS 3 & 4

This is an overview of the work to be covered in terms 3 and 4.

Terms 3 and 4 are especially important both as a preparation for SATs in May (the results of which will be sent on to the children’s secondary schools) and for continuing to prepare the children for next year - encouraging them to be organised, independent and self-motivated.

We have literacy lessons each day and will be covering much of this through two themes: ‘Where’s the Mummy?’ – A look into some aspects of Ancient Egyptian history and ‘Bombs, Battles and Blitz,’ which explores the reasons behind, and the early events of, The Second World War. Both topics are popular with the children and encourage great writing! They also encompass history and geography where it is relevant.

 On top of this, the children will need to cover the all aspects of the ‘Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar’ programme of study which can, at times, be quite challenging.

Reading widely at home – magazines, newspapers, leaflets, non-fiction etc. helps the children to hear what ‘voice’ is required for different genres of writing.

In Numeracy, we shall be covering all the strands included in the National Curriculum including number work, measures, shape, data handling and problem solving. It is essential at this stage that all year 6 children continue to learn their times tables if they do not know them.

In science, we shall be looking at aspects of human biology as is relevant to mummification and in particular the working of the heart and how to keep it healthy. We shall also be exploring aspects of light.
 
In R.E., we will cover the two themes, ‘Jesus, The Bread of Life’ and ‘Jesus, Son of God’. The children will learn how God sent His own son to show us how to live and to ultimately die for us. They will recognize that Jesus is with us today, particularly when we receive Holy Communion. These themes prepare the children for the great feast of Easter.


I.C.T. will be used in a variety of ways for research, presentation of work and using the computer as a tool for multi-media presentations. Some simple programming activities will be attempted!

In French we shall continue to speak, listen to and translate as well as exploring a little of the culture of the country.
 
P.E. will include outdoor games and indoor activities such as athletics. Mr. Dewey will undoubtedly be looking for enthusiastic pupils to represent the school at sporting events. Please make sure that P.E. kit is in school at all times. In the cold weather, the children really need a pair of track-suit trousers included in their kit.


In music we shall be continuing to learn the recorder (or clarinet) whilst reading the music, exploring rhythm, developing vocal performances, (with the help of a very enthusiastic singing teacher!) and doing some simple composition.

During terms 3 and 4 there is an expectation that the children will work hard in class, complete their homework and continue to be role models for the younger children in the school. (No pressure then!!) We want every child to leave this school having achieved the best they can, proud of themselves and what they are able to do.

Clare Dewey and Geraldine Harrison

YEAR 6 TERMS 1 and 2 OVERVIEW

Well, can you believe that those tiny little four year olds that you left nervously in reception class six years ago are now entering their final year in primary school!!! This year, we will be working hard to make sure that your child is ready to make the transition to secondary school as smoothly as possible. This doesn’t only include being ready academically (which of course is important) but ready in many other ways. They need to become independent learners who are able to organise themselves in order to achieve their best; they need to be able to work collaboratively (yes, even with people they don’t like) and they need to have strategies for dealing with difficult situations.

Our first theme is called “Who’s Taking Control?” in which pupils explore the idea of control through electricity and robotic machines.  We look to the future when machines may begin to take control! This topic includes journalistic and narrative writing. In science, we shall be looking at different ways of changing electrical circuits. In I.T. the children will have the opportunity to write a simple program for a racing car game. In art and design we shall be looking at giant sculptures and attempting to make our own!

Our second theme is based on Norman Rockwell’s painting, “The problem we all live with”, which portrays the young Ruby Bridges being escorted to school – she was the first black child to be educated at a previously all-white school in the United States of America. We shall explore Black history and how this has shaped modern thinking.

Our third theme is “A Voyage of Discovery”. In this unit, pupils will explore how adaptation can lead to evolution. Pupils will follow the voyage of Charles Darwin with opportunities for writing letters, explanations, taking notes, recounts and even a speech. They will look at geographical features such as longitude and latitude, compass directions and climatic zones. (I am also hoping to organise a class trip to The Natural History Museum in London.)  In art and design, we shall be looking at the work of Leonardo Da Vinci and in particular his sketches of plants and animals. In science, we shall be looking at Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection and animal adaptation.

Throughout the term, there will be a daily maths lesson based on the demands of the National Curriculum. As well as this, P.E., French, instrumental music (either recorder or clarinet) and R.E. will be taught.

Homework is set on Friday for the following Thursday and there is an expectation that this is completed properly. This is one way that the children can prepare themselves for next year. I have already impressed on the children how important it is for them to read at home every day and the initial response has been good. I hope it continues! P.E. kits should be in school at all times and ALL uniform must be labelled with your child’s name. (We cannot guarantee that we can re-unite children with un-marked pieces of uniform!)

I have asked the children to bring reading packets to school (as opposed to bags and ruck-sacks) as there is simply not enough room in the cloakroom for them. The children are also being asked to bring their own named water bottle to school – Please could these have a ‘pop top’ so that if they are knocked over, too much damage doesn’t occur! Thank you for your co-operation.

We look forward to seeing you at the ‘Get to know the teacher/ Snowdonia’ meeting on Wednesday 20th September at 3:15p.m. where we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Geraldine Harrison, Clare Dewey and Sarah Keet

Photos from Year 5 at the Greenwich Observatory / Planetarium and Meridian line.

Photos from Year 5 Ancient Greece Day

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