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Year 6 - Mrs Dewey and Mrs Keet

YEAR 6 TERMS 1 and 2

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, Mrs Keet and I 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?” iWe have been busy taking photos of the children working and playing this first week of term and will add them. very soon.n which pupils explore the idea of control through electricity and robotic machines.  We look to the future when machines 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 and in music they will be experimenting with the composition of electronic music. In art and design we shall be looking at giant sculptures and attempting to make our own!

Our second theme is: “A Voyage of Discovery”. In this unit pupils will explore how adaptation can lead to evolution. Pupils will go on an imaginary voyage, with opportunities for writing letters, explanations, note taking, recounts and discussions largely based on the voyages of Charles Darwin. They will look at geographical features such as longitude and latitude, compass directions and time and climatic zones as well as a closer study of the Galapagos Islands. (I am also hoping to organise a class trip to The Natural History Museum in London.) In I.T. they will use the diaries of Charles Darwin to create a Virtual Tour on Google Earth. 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 will be looking at the similarities and differences between different organisms including human beings. We shall learn about Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

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. Thank you for your co-operation.

I look forward to seeing you at the ‘Get to know the teacher’ meeting on Thursday 22nd September where I will be happy to answer any questions.

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. Also there will be much discrete teaching to cover the demands 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 recognise 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 and dance. A number of workshops have been booked throughout the year to give the children a taster of many different sports. 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. 

Terms 5 and 6 are a very exciting time in year 6!

At the moment in Year 6 we are all working hard preparing for SATs - and I have to say that the children are doing brilliantly! We are currently using a book called, ‘The Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar as an inspiration for our writing. I hope they enjoy the book as much as I do.

May 8-12th is SATs week and you have received a booklet explaining what happens this week. I really want the children to understand that these tests are about them doing the best they can – and that has to be good enough for anyone!

After Sats there are a number of very exciting projects for year 6 to look forward to:

A top Secret project – which will all become clear in a few weeks!

Our residential trip to Snowdonia – we shall keep you posted.

During our final term we shall cover a topic called ‘Angry Earth’ which is a study of volcanoes.

For the scientists, we shall finish our topic on light and take a look at ‘micro-organisms’ which includes a few sessions making different types of bread.

We will have more time to enjoy I.T., art, P.E. and music.

During the term, activities, discussions and transition groups will help to address some of the issues and concerns that the children may have about moving on to secondary school.

Finally, I will be discussing with the children what they would like to do as an end of year performance – all very exciting!

I hope the children all enjoy these last two terms at primary school and throw themselves into all the events and activities with gusto. It makes me feel tired just thinking about it all!!

Clare Dewey   Year 6 class teacher

Black History Month October 2016.

Year 6 have been learniing about the story of Ruby Bridges, the first black girl to attend an all white school in America, and acually where her real story began... the history of slavery.

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