Year 6

Update for Week Beginning: 18.11.19

A big well done to all the children for their focus and perseverance sitting our latest round of practice SATs. There are clear signs of progress and improvement and this is testament to the children’s hard work in their learning!

Assessment forms a crucial part of the learning process in Year 6; preparing the students for undertaking tests both now and in the future and informing teaching and learning as we progress through the year. Thank you to all at home for your continued support.

In other areas of the curriculum, we have learnt about the start of WW2 when Hitler invaded Poland, as well as studying key events and dates between 1939-1945. The children used this knowledge to produce some fantastic time lines, which we will display throughout school. We were also treated to a visit from Mrs Dodd’s Mum and Dad to talk about their wartime experiences. These lessons and enrichment opportunities followed on from Monday’s Remembrance Service, where the children were very mature in paying their respects to all of those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Furthermore, on Wednesday, Sam taught us all about the festival of ‘Dia de Muertos;’ and the children sampled traditional festival foods, such as sweet bread and fudge (please see website post for photographs). We have also continued with our specialist rugby and golf coaching.

Maths and English:

In Maths this week we will focus on measuring angles accurately and using knowledge of the total interior/ exterior angles of shapes to calculate missing angles. The children will then have the opportunity to apply this understanding to problem solving activities.

In English, we will continue reading texts which are based in WW2 and thinking about the understanding we can draw from the texts. We will also use war poetry for comprehension and exploration and we are beginning to learn descriptive techniques based on The Blitz. In Grammar, we will be focussing on the passive and active voice.

Other curriculum news:

Of course, the excitement is building as we near our residential trip to Calshot Outdoor Activity Centre! This week, we will discuss the trip in more depth and set out clear expectations with the children. Year 6 will also have the opportunity to have any questions answered during a Q&A session with Mrs Dodd.

In project we will introduce ‘The Battle of Britain’ and children will learn about the ‘Dambuster’s Raid.’ Its a great opportunity to explore this key event with a Dambuster great grandchild in our midst! The children will have the opportunity to describe their own imaginary settings in London during this challenging period in Britain’s history.

General Information:

PE and Games lessons will now be on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that suitable kit, including tracksuit bottoms and school sports jumpers are in school – this will enable all children to participate fully.

The Year 6 library slot will be on Thursday afternoons, when children will have the opportunity to change their books.

Year 6 have access to a range of excellent online learning tools, which can be accessed from home! These include MyMaths, Time Tables Rockstars and Prodigy Maths – we encourage the children to engage with these as much as possible!

Homework:

A project homework is now on the website. Please do check the dates on homework as, sometimes, previous project homework is left on the website (for people to get a flavour of the kind of tasks we set). The homework sheet will always relate to the current topic so if it’s WWI instead of WWII, it’s the wrong one! The current homework is entitled ‘ Bombs Away.’

The My Maths focus continues to be:

  • Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.

We also encourage all children to be reading regularly and practicing their spellings at home.

Quick recall of times tables facts plays an important part in our maths learning – many of the children would benefit from ongoing revision. We strongly recommend using Times Table Rockstars to help with this.

Key Dates

Calshot trip – Monday 25th to Friday 29th November

Candlelight Carol Service – Tuesday 17th December, 6.30 pm

(Please see the school calendar for more information on upcoming dates for the diary).

Any questions, please do catch us in the playground.

 

Mrs Dodd and Mr Holland

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