This term we will be learning…
This half term the children will be looking two different texts. First we will be reading a poem called “the bear”, a story of an abusive owner of a bear who forces him to do tricks. This will lead to the children using their writing skills to create a coherent letter of complaint and persuade the owner to do what is in the best interest for the poor creature.
The second text is Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. This is an emotional story of a family who need to make a difficult decision on order of save a life. If you are able, getting your child a copy of this book beforehand would allow them to access the text easily and could help to improve their understanding of the complex details within the story. Your child will be using the text to write some detailed character descriptions and create some emotive language of their own.
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.
During the children’s time in year 6, we aim to further develop and deepen fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics, building on what the children have previously learnt. Through providing various opportunities, the pupils will be able to explore a variety of problems using their reasoning skills to help them confidently explain and solve different challenges. We hope that alongside our school vision, this will ensure each child will become a strong mathematical thinker.
This half term, we will begin by revisiting and consolidating place value so that we have a strong knowledge and understanding of number. This will require pupils to be able to identify and recognise the position and value of digits within numbers (including decimals) and round these numbers. As a result, we will use this knowledge to support us in solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division sums through the use of word problems and open-ended investigations. Furthermore, at the end of every lesson, we will practice and develop our arithmetic skills and knowledge to deepen our mathematical fluency skills.
To support your child at home, please encourage your child to go on Times Tables Rockstar or practise their times tables alongside the division facts.
Science – Evolution and Adaptation
In Science, we will be learning about evolution and inheritance. The children will learn that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. We will be exploring how living things produce offspring of the same kind, and that normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. The children will learn about chromosomes in order to create new life: a ‘Reebop’ made out of marshmallows and a variety of other materials! We will also identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution. We have many exciting investigations and activities planned including a trip to Winchester Science Museum, where the children will be problem solvers, investigating a crime scene whilst learning how life has evolved and adapted.
Topic – Explorers!
To start the year, we will become explorers of the world. Through an interactive workshop, we will learn about a variety of explorers through history and how their journeys began. During the topic, we will be learning about a range of different biomes and the physical geography of various parts of the world. To complete our project, we will create our own travel journals writing about an imaginary island that we have discovered using our geographical skills learnt throughout the term.
In PE this term, you will increase your fitness, stamina and agility as you will take part in circuit training. This will require you to combine a number of different exercises to work on various parts of the body. We will also remind ourselves what effect exercise has on the body which will include looking at heart rate.
This half term the focus will be around the concept ‘Law’ and how this impacts on people’s lives as well as how thisconcept applies to Christianity. The children will begin to think about their own understanding of the concept as well as what people leading a religious life believe. Within this unit, they will be encouraged to express a personal response to the concept of laws and law-breaking.
In French, the children will learn how to read and pronounce French sounds accurately. A knowledge of phonics is a shortcut to learning how to recognise and decode language, therefore enabling children to continually improve the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation and their understanding of written and spoken text.
This half term we will be exploring rhythm and melody in singing, movement and dance. The children will learn about beat, syncopation, pitch and harmony and will take a trip around the world to celebrate the universal language of music.
This half term the children will be exploring and discussing their aspirations for the future and identifying ways in which they can achieve their dreams. They will also be focusing on new beginnings and how they can use the Langstone Learner skills to be successful in year 6.
This term, we will continue to develop a very import skill in computing – coding. We will learn this through a program called Kodu. This involves exploring the basic skills of programming through tinkering. Tinkering means trying things out through trial and improvement. An exciting game awaits where you will have the opportunity to create your own world!
Dates for the Diary!!!
6NB – 8th November 2018
6LW – 15th November 2018
6KM – 29th November 2018
6JP – 6th December 2018
Trips, Workshops and Experiences
Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th Sepetmber 2018
Times Table Rock star Day
Monday 24th September 2018
Winchester Science Museum
Tuesday 18th September 2018
Tuesday 16th October 2018
Tuesday 30th October 2018
World War One Day
Friday 9th November 2018
Wb. Monday 19th November 2018
Year 6 Christmas Carols afternoon
Monday 10th December 2018
Wb. Monday 13th May 2019
Monday 17th – Friday 21st June 2019
Please look out for letters nearer the time to find out more information about these fantastic opportunities!
PE days vary depending on weather. If possible, please ensure your child always has a PE kit in school.
Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.
Please ensure that your child can either remove their earrings or provide tape to cover earrings to prevent any injuries occurring.
Please practise your new spellings ready to be tested in class. It is important that you understand the definition of these words and can use them in a sentence. As well as practising any new words, you must continue to practise your Year 5 spellings as well.