Year 6

Spring 2018

Teacher: MRS GEMMA WATTS

Learning Support Assistants: Miss Vicky East

The School Day:

Morning:          9.00 – 12.30

            (Break time 10.50–11.05 Assembly 11.05–11.20)

Lunchtime:     12.30 – 1.35

Afternoon:       1.35 – 3.25

Daily Routine

Registration (busy work):   9.00 –   9.10am

Grammar/Spelling: 9.10 – 9.30am

English:             9.30-10.30am

Guided Reading10.30 – 10.50am

Maths:         11.20 – 12.30pm

Topic Work:   1.35 –   3.25pm              

Welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that you are looking forward to a very busy term ahead.

Core subjects

English                                                                        

  •  Our class book this term is Holes. We will be using this for both our reading activities and writing activities.
  • A continued emphasis on spelling
  • Continued learning and development of punctuation & grammar.   
  • Last term was about getting the basics right. This term we aim to build on these basics so if you are still feeling uncertain about some of your multiplication facts or any of your written calculation methods now is the time to practise as you will need to be confident with these as we move forward.
  • Maths 
  • Lots more number and calculation work and the opportunity to apply these methods to multi-step problems.
  • Lots of Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion.
  • Statistics –looking at both drawing and interpreting tables, graphs and charts.
  • Shape, classifying 2d and 3d shapes by their properties, measuring and drawing angles and calculating perimeters and areas.

Science

  • Living things and habitats
  • Life cycles and reproduction                         

 Topic 

  • The Ancient Greeks

RE

  • This term, our focus will be, ‘what does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?’

P.E                                                                                                                                      

  • Basketball, tennis, fitness and rugby 

Spelling

In spelling this year we will be focussing on a particular sound, letter string or spelling rule each week. To support this change the homework I set will support the pupils learning in this area. Please see homework below. Please continue to support your child with their spelling. They should be routinely practising words from the Year5/6 spelling list.

I will also be running the ‘Bananagrams’ challenge again this year to raise the profile of spelling and to provide further opportunities to develop spelling in a fun way!

Mathematics

A good understanding of multiplication facts is crucial to the more difficult mathematical concepts. It would be a great help to me if you could support your child in learning these at home. Although I teach this as part of our maths lessons it is impossible for me to teach it every day. It is this daily practice that I am certain, many of the children benefit from.

Clothing

Clothing should be clearly labelled and easily identified.

All personal items brought into school must be clearly labelled and contained in a small bag as cloakroom space is very limited. Jewellery should not be worn in school except for an inexpensive watch and stud earrings for those with pierced ears.

Additional notes for Class 5

Class rules and behaviour.

The three basic rules of my classroom are:

  1. Respect your self and always try your best in all that you do
  2. Respect others at all times during the day
  3. Respect properties of the school and others

These are expected to be followed by all pupils throughout the day. All other classroom expectations and procedures stem from these three important ideas.

I believe each child should take responsibility for his or her own behaviour. By Year 6 they should not be offering excuses and blaming others. Therefore, the children will be made aware of the class rules and expectations from day one. Any child that chooses to break these rules will receive sanctions as set out in the school behaviour policy.

Homework

Homework will be set on Tuesdays and will be due in the following Monday. Typically, this will include Maths and English tasks which support the work that your child has been doing in class. Most weeks it will include a weekly spelling rules sheet. Each Monday I will test the children on ten words taken from this sheet so please support your child in learning these words. This will support the spelling work your child is doing in class and will replace previous approaches to spelling. In addition to this, I will be sending home a second spelling sheet for the pupils to revise a rule using look, say, cover, write, check. The pupils will not be tested on this second set of words. Please take the time to support your child with their spelling at home. This year, all Year 6 pupils will need to be able to spell most of the words on the Year 5/6 list in order to meet the end of year expectations. Don’t be afraid of teaching them the wrong strategy as it is the regular practice of these words that is the most important thing. Should your child encounter difficulties with any of the tasks set, please encourage them to ask myself or Miss East for help ahead of the Monday deadline.

PE

The children in my class will need to have PE kit in school every day. When scheduled to do outdoor PE, the sessions will go ahead outdoors unless it is not safe to do so. PE this term will take place on a Thursday and a Friday. Therefore, your child will need adequate outdoor clothing including football boots or trainers that can get muddy. Children will need a set of shinpads and a pair of football boots as the ground gets softer. Please can you ensure that kit comes home to be washed regularly as last year we had some rather smelly bags! As all children now have the same PE kit as part of our uniform can you please ensure that it is clearly labelled. Many Thanks.

Cloakroom

Class 5 has quite a limited cloakroom space so please could you ensure that your child only brings items that they require. Some children are bringing large bags in addition to bookbags and PE bags and we are struggling to accommodate these

My availability

Due to the busy nature of teaching Year 6 and my active involvement in school, I would appreciate that if you have any problems requiring my attention that you make an appointment convenient to us both enabling me to give the matter my full attention. Obviously if a matter requires my immediate attention that day, I can easily be contacted via letter through the school office.