Welcome to Year 6’s Class Page!
We have had an excellent start to the Spring term in Year 6 - the children have been working extremely hard to prepare for their SATs in the Summer term. They have shown a positive attitude towards all of their learning and an excellent work ethic.
We have started our ‘Jesus at Prayer’ topic. We are focussing on the story of the Passover from the book of Exodus. We will be learning about a key religious celebration and tracking this over three periods of time: The first Passover, Passover in the time of Jesus and studying how Jews celebrate Passover today.
We started the term by introducing our new Power of Reading text: Clockwork by Philip Pullman. We have used this book as a stimulus to further practise our Reading and Writing skills, encouraging children to write their own predictions and make inferences about the characters. The children have studied the writer’s use of language and incorporated some of the descriptive and figurative language into their own character descriptions.
We have since moved on to our poetry topic where we have begun to read, sequence and recite poems. We will then begin to analyse and identify rhyme schemes before planning and writing our own descriptive poem which we hope to perform to an audience.
Later in the term we will be working on journalistic writing; identifying the features of a newspaper article and how to write in the style of a journalist. We will also begin to study Macbeth by William Shakespeare which will provide many exciting opportunities for learning.
We will continue to provide the children with a range of text types to apply their reading skills to. The key reading skills are as follows:
Clarifying (Spot breakdowns and try to mend them)
Summarising (put important items together)
Infering using clues
Making connections to background knowledge
We will be providing lots of opportunites to practise SATs style questions. The children will be also be given specific guidance about how to answer 3 mark SATs questions.
It is essential that the children read independently at home for at least 20mins a night. We ask that an adult hears their child read twice a week and signs their reading record accordingly. The more that your child reads the more they can improve their reading stamina and vocabulary which will be an asset when it comes to the SATs tests.
We will be revising the key basic skills of mathematics this term, including: place value, revising fractions, decimals and percentages and introducing statistics, ratio and algebra. We are continuing to prepare for our SATs with arithmetic fluency and reasoning practise in our weekly lessons. We continue to encourage the children to be proficient in their times tables as this is something which is vital for every aspect of mathematics.
We encourage all children to demonstrate a high standard of behaviour at all times in order to create a safe, respectful and happy learning environment.
Each class has participated in the process of making a set of ‘Golden Rules.’ The children have agreed to follow the rules as they understand that this will help their learning.
Respecting each other and all members of staff is expected and reflects the ethos of our school.
The children are required to listen carefully and to develop their self-control and concentration in class and in the playground.
Working together with parents and guardians plays a big part in establishing good relationships and standards of behaviour. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are encouraging children to take an active role in their own learning as they will soon be coming to the end of their time at primary school. We will be giving out a larger volume of homework both weekly and during holidays. We expect the children to take responsibility over their own learning and to organise their workload accordingly. Failure to submit homework on time will result in a detention.
Thank you for your continued support! J