Welcome to Year 6
This term we will be learning…
Topic – Fairtrade
During this half term, we will be focusing on Fair Trade and the main countries involved in Fair Trade. Furthermore, children will be exploring the human and physical features of some of the Fair Trade countries and then comparing them to the geographical features of Britain. Children will also be using their investigative skills to explore maps at Portsmouth Central Library whilst also engaging in a survey at the local Co-Operative. Children will also be developing their DT and Art skills through sewing, printing and sketching of Fair Trade logos.
This half term we will be consolidating our understanding of fractions. This will include the multiplication and division of fractions. We will then be exploring finding fractions of complex shapes and amounts as well as developing the link between fractions, percentages and decimals. In addition to this, we will be developing our written methods alongside our main learning to ensure that children are maintain the confidence and fluency that they have built up.
Throughout the term, we will be revising key maths concepts in order to support pupils in developing throughout the maths curriculum. We would encourage children to make good use of their revision guides, if purchased, and remember to contact your child’s teacher if they would like to develop any particular areas of learning. If you are yet to buy any revision guides, the order forms can be found in reception where we will be happy to order them for you at a much cheaper price than can be found in the shops.
To support your child at home, please work with them on quickly recalling all their times tables including division facts. Remind them to go onto Times Table Rock Star!!!
In the first part of this half term, we will be exploring a range of poetry and poetic features. Children will be developing their skills of being creative and clever with their language choices. Within this unit, we will be focusing on a variety of features within writing such as adverbial, prepositional and noun phrases, emotive language and powerful description.
Our class reader for the term is ‘White Fang’. We will be exploring the amazing figurative language that Jack London uses in his writing to create mood and atmosphere. This will be used to develop the pupil’s use of mood and tension in their own fiction writing.
To develop as writers, we have given each child a magpie book to take home and bring back into school every day. The children will be using these to gather ideas, words, phrases and drawings that they will then be able to use in their writing. To help them with this, please encourage them to read every night and fill in their reading record and magpie book.
We are expecting children to continue to practise their year 5 exception words this year alongside learning the year 6 spelling words they are given.
This terms spelling words to learn are:
neighbour nuisance appreciate accommodate opportunity parliament
persuade physical prejudice privilege profession programme
pronunciation queue recognise sincerely explanation
It is important that they understand the definition of these words and can use them in a sentence.
Science – All Living Things and their Habitats
In Science, we will be looking at classifying living things based on their characteristics. The children will be researching the origins of classification and discovering how it helps us to understand the natural world. The children will explore the use of keys to explore similarities and differences and investigate how species are defined by their unique traits.
In R.E., we will be exploring the concept of ‘Ritual’ in the context of Islam and how this religious belief shapes the lives of these individuals and communities.
This term in PE, children will be developing their gymnastics skills with Premier Sport. With the teachers, children will be building on their throwing skills, reflexes and agility via ‘Bench Ball’.
Finally in Music, we will be exploring the topic ‘Roots’ which explores mini musical performance. Pupils will be singing a traditional Ghanaian song, devise rhythmical actions to music and developing a performance of a musical.
Dates for the diary:
Wednesday 10th January 2017 – Big Foot Workshop on Fair Trade (in school)
PE days are Monday and Friday (for this term only).
Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.
- Homework will be set when the children return.
Year 6 – Project Homework Competition
Our aim this half term is to develop children as creative, descriptive and enthusiastic writers. As a result, we have decided that the project this half term will be a writing competition. The aim is for children to plan, edit and publish a fictional story. We suggest that the children develop their story over the next five weeks. By the end of the five weeks, we hope that the children produce a story that is:
- well structured
- correctly spelt and accurately punctuated
- exciting and descriptive
In the end, two children will be selected from each of the four classes as the winners. The prize will be to have their story put on the school website and available to read in the school library.
For this project, we would like you to support your child in thinking about:
- The audience that your child wants to do direct their story towards. E.g. For younger children who may enjoy fairy tales; for older children who may prefer horror or monster novels.
- The purpose of the story line. E.g. to excite the reader with action; to scare the reader with tension and suspense.
- How to be clever with their language and description.
If you need any paper or resources, please ask your class teacher. Alternatively, children are allowed to type up their plans, drafts and final piece on a computer.
Due in: Wednesday 7th February 2018