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Year 6 - Mrs Dewey, Mrs. Harrison & Mrs. Brayshaw

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OVERVIEW OF TERMS 3 & 4 - 2020


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: ‘Who’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, science and geography where it is relevant.

We shall also be doing some work around a popular children’s book…which we are not going to name as we don’t want them to read it ahead of time!

On top of this, the children will need to cover 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. The school have invested in ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ which gives them the opportunity to practise their tables in a fun way.

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.
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. We 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. We have a Music Day on Monday 27th January which will include a roadshow and a variety of activities based around a composer.

During terms 3 and 4 there is an expectation that the children will work hard in class 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

OVERVIEW OF TERMS 1 & 2 - 2019

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, we will be working hard to ensure 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.

We shall have literacy lessons each day which will cover spelling, punctuation and grammar and writing in different genres for different audiences.

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! In science, we shall be looking at different ways of changing electrical circuits. In art and design, we shall be looking at giant sculptures and attempting to make sculptures of 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, ‘Who’s the Mummy?’ explores aspects of life in Ancient Egypt and hopefully will involve a trip. Our science topic will look at the process of mummification (always a favourite!)

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, geography, instrumental music (either recorder or clarinet) and R.E. will be taught. I.T. will be used wherever appropriate.

This year, the emphasis for homework is on reading and times tables – which form the basis of learning in all subjects. There may be occasions where we ask the children to do other tasks at home to support the work done in class. Please read the homework letter for year 6 on the website each Friday. 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!)

We 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 an appropriate lid so that if they are knocked over the table isn’t flooded! Thank you for your co-operation.

We look forward to seeing you at the ‘Get to know the teacher’ meeting on Wednesday 11th September at 3:15p.m. when we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


                               Geraldine Harrison, Clare Dewey and Dominique Brayshaw

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