Welcome back for your final year of primary school, Year 6!
In English this term we will be focusing on the text Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman and writing biographies and autobiographies. We will also be learning how to use a range of sentences structures and introducing colons and semi colons.
In maths we will focus on building a secure understanding of our place value in numbers to ten million. This will include being able to read, write, order and compare numbers, including decimals, as well as being able to round them. Following this, we will be looking at addition and subtraction, multiplication and division; solving multi step problems in context, deciding which operations to use and why. Throughout all of these, there will be a strong emphasis on independent and group reasoning and problem solving.
Our enquiry this term is all based on the big question "What makes a species successful?" This question links together two science units: living things and evolution and inheritance. Throughout this enquiry we will be classifying animals and plants, learning about micro-organisms, doing some experiments and learning all about Darwin's theory of evolution.We will also be thinking about how Darwin's theory was received by Christians at the time and whether there can be any compatibility between the two.
We had an excellent first term and can't wait to get started with term 2!
In English this term, we are starting with a topic on journalism. We will be looking at a variety of newspapers and the type of layout and language they use. Then we will move on to interviewing each other and writing our own news report about the current Covid-19 situation. We will then move on to studying Macbeth by William Shakespeare. This is an exciting topic that combines drama, descriptive writing and using complex vocabulary. The children will be able to use all the skills we have been practising in GPS about formal language, higher level punctuation and suffixes to write at length.
Within maths, we are continuing our topic on fractions. The children were delighted to learn how to multiply and divide fractions and we are now moving on to finding fractions of amounts. We will then move on to decimals and percentages, looking at how these relate to fractions and solving problems. Please ensure your child practises their tables as this skill will be invaluable in the coming weeks.
We will have three main enquiries this term. The first is a geographical enquiry about how safe our route to school is. Obviously, this has had to be modified as we are unable to do some of the fieldwork that would be so valuable. We are using maps, GPS and the children's own knowledge to support our learning about safer routes and how we can best assess the risk. All being well, we can revisit this topic in the summer as they prepare for secondary school.
We will then move on to a scientific enquiry about electricity where we find out how circuits are made, draw accurate circuit diagrams and then try to make a burglar alarm for the classroom.
At the end of the term, we will be completing an RE enquiry based around the question- "Is it better t express your faith in art and architecture or charity and generosity?" During this, we will have the opportunity to learn about different the important ideas for each religion.
Welcome back for the remainder of term 4!
Mrs Heard and I are so pleased to have all the children back together (and to not have us all spending so much time staring at screens). We have been so impressed with the way they coped with the home learning and their attitude now they are back in school.
This term we are going to be continuing with our enquiry about World War 2, evacuees and we will be touching briefly on The Holocaust (without going into too much detail). Our English will all be based around this so the children can get back into the swing of writing at length and suing some of the year 6 grammar skills we have been practising throughout lockdown.
In maths we are going to continue with our measurement topic and will be looking at converting miles to kilometres as well as calculating area, perimeter and volume. We will also be assessing how much the children can remember from earlier in the year and thinking about our next steps for next term.
Our class text this term will be Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Nadoo and we will base some of our comprehension around this. We will also be continuing with our reading extracts to develop the children's comprehension skills.
As the children have now found out which secondary schools they will be attending in September, we will be starting our transition project. This will take place mostly in school over the next 2 terms but we are beginning by thinking about some of the skills that the children will need to develop such as independence and self reliance. We will be sending home tips that you can use to support your child's transition in the next few weeks.
Please contact me if you have any concerns about secondary school or how your child is feeling after returning to school. We really want them to enjoy their last few months at Senacre Wood.
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