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Year 6 - Mrs Neale, Miss Hards and Mr Heydon





BROCKHILL PARK PERFORMING ARTS (extra sessions available....https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5coUyk8UUyMFgJ8ejC9xA08hx3mMLTtH-AVn7h-43tujOmQ/viewform)







Dear Parents/Carers,

How quickly time has passed since I first met your children at the end of the year 3 and I am over the moon to be their teacher once again to see them through their final year in primary school. It is so hard to believe that we are now preparing them all for secondary school!

This year, Mrs Neale, Mr Heydon and Miss Hards 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 can organise themselves to achieve their best; to work collaboratively and have strategies for dealing with tricky situations.

Our first priority is to settle the children and ensure that they are all happy and ready to work. At present, our Covid routines will remain the same as last year with frequent hand washing and maintaining bubbles throughout our school day. As time goes on, we will be loosening restrictions, but at the time of writing this it would be unwise to make any promises of ‘life back to normal’ just yet.

Our first topic 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 could take control. This topic includes journalistic and narrative writing. In science, we shall be looking at different ways of changing electrical circuits and in ICT the children will use Scratch to have the opportunity to write a simple program for a robot game. In art and design, we will be talking about sculpture and listening to electronic music.

Our second topic is: “What’s Happening Now?” and is built around current affairs and focuses on natural and human disasters either in the UK or abroad. Pupils will look at the geographical causes of a disaster and the impact on the landscape and people. In English we shall be writing reports and learning to write persuasively – perhaps to encourage people to donate to an appeal such as CAFOD and ShelterBox. Children will learn about Live Aid and will create a presentation imagining they are pitching to famous people to persuade them to attend. In art, we shall be looking at the work of the street artist, Banksy and we will attempt some of our own graffiti in his style…. around the school! In ICT the children will learn to research current events such as the wildfires in California and investigate what makes a good news report to enable them to write their own. In geography, the children will look at the causes and impacts of natural and human disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, droughts and earthquakes.

Our third and final topic this term 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. In computing, they will

use the diaries of Charles Darwin to create a Virtual Tour on Google Earth. In art, we shall be looking at the work of Leonardo Da Vinci and Darwin himself 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 also 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 PE, French, instrumental music and R.E. will be taught.

We have already impressed on the children how important it is for them to read at home, to continue to learn spellings and go onto TT rock stars at least 4 times a week. P.E. kits should always be in school 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!)

We have asked the children to bring blue book bags to school (as opposed to bags and rucksacks) as there is simply not enough room in the cloakroom for them. Please also make sure they bring their coat with them as we don’t allow a little bit of rain to put us off getting fresh air on our daily mile or during play-times. Children are welcome to bring in their own colouring pencils/felt tips but these are to be stored in a pencil case that will fit in their tray. Thank you for your co-operation.

Should you child wish to bring their mobile phone with them to school (perhaps because they are walking to and from school on their own), it is important that the mobile phone form is filled in and handed into the class teacher to give to Mrs Knight.

If you have any questions, please do email the office and we will get back to you.

We look forward to a busy and fruitful Term 1 and 2!

Kind regards,

Mrs Neale, Mr Heydon and Miss Hards


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