Lions Year 6
Welcome to the start of a new academic year at Kingsdown and Ringwould CEP School. The team and I are looking forward to teaching your children in their final year at school and preparing them both academically and socially for secondary school. They have a busy year ahead of them; I expect them to work hard and I know they’ll be great role models for the younger children in the school. They will be given various responsibilities in the school community to help them grow in confidence and become more organised, independent and reliable.
The year has begun with many children sitting the selection tests for entry to secondary school, but soon a timetable will begin for work in the different curriculum areas. Mrs Chapman will teach English, Maths, History, Geography, French, DT, Art, Music and PE. Mrs Everett will teach Maths and Science. Mrs Rogers will teach RE and Computing.
English: Pupils will study spelling, punctuation and grammar, and must showcase those English skills in all writing in all subjects across the curriculum, as well as in some genres in English. (These may include newspaper reports, recounts, letters, instructions, poetry, narrative and diary entries). Neatly joined handwriting will be learnt or re-learnt and expected. Children’s reading comprehension skills will be developed further. The novel ‘Holes’, by Louis Sachar, will be used as a quality text to inspire interpretation and writing – read ahead if you like!
Maths: The children will work through the National Curriculum for Mathematics, which expects children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, enabling them to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately. They will learn to reason mathematically and solve problems of increasing complexity. The programme of study is divided into Number (including Place Value), Arithmetic, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics.
Science: Throughout terms 1 and 2, two programmes of study will be taught:
Animals including humans. The children will study the human circulatory system and learn about the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. They will also recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.
Electricity. The children will learn how to draw and recognise conventional symbols and circuit diagrams. They will also construct circuits that include switches and resistance. Keeping safe around electricity will also be discussed. Towards Christmas, children will have some fun with Christmas lights!
History: The children will study the civilisation of Ancient Egypt, including how to write using hieroglyphics and how to make a mummy! (Do visit the mummified cat at The Beaney in Canterbury!)
Geography: The first Geography topic will be Rivers and will include a cut-throat game of Pooh Sticks at the River Stour. Cross-curricular English work will involve some reading of Carnegie Medal winning novel ‘River Boy’ by Tim Bowler – read ahead if you like!
Computing: In readiness for KS3, pupils will use some Computing lessons to research topics, learning how to ‘safe search’ and to use their research without plagiarising, as well as secure their fundamental and advanced MSOffice skills. They will learn how to create a bibliography of website links and to be discerning with their choices. Programming skills will also be focus.
RE: During term 1, pupils will explore the Bible and visit a local church in order to consider the following: God: What does it mean if God is Holy and Loving? Then in term 2, the topic will be: Incarnation: Was Jesus the Messiah?, during which pupils will explore prophecy and stories about Jesus in the gospel, as well as look at how Christians put their beliefs about Jesus’ incarnation into practice in the different ways they celebrate Christmas. Children will also visit Canterbury Cathedral for a variety of activities and to be able to use their knowledge from the trip to write an RE/English cross-curricular recount.
Languages: The children will learn French vocabulary, grammar and phrasing to express information about physical activities, including what they like and dislike about these. They will also be using French (and sometimes German too) daily.
Art: Children will use their creativity to create images to the theme of People in Motion, thinking about Egyptians and sportspeople. They will also routinely travel on illustration adventures to show what enters their minds, whilst listening to stories being read.
DT: Children’s cross-curricular learning will see them use design technology skills in Science when they make electrical circuits. They will also link DT to their History and Geography topics to make mummies, among other projects.
PE: The children will be doing gymnastics and invasion team games. Please ensure that both indoor and outdoor PE kit is always in school, as although PE slots are scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays, they are liable to change due to circumstances around school. The children are expected to take part in the lessons and will not be excused from the activities unless they bring a note from a parent or carer to the class teacher explaining the reason.
Planner: As in Years 4 and 5, pupils in Year 6 have been given a planner in which they can write down key dates, homework, targets, tasks to do, notes and a record of their reading. The planners will be treated like those the children will use in Year 7 at their next schools, to prepare them somewhat. We will collect the planners in once a week, usually on a Monday, and sign the relevant pages for that week. The planners can also be used as a method of communication between home and school. If you have anything you wish to tell any of the Year 6 teaching team, please write it in the planner and ask your child to show us. Similarly, we may write notes to parents. The children are expected to keep their planners tidy. If a child loses his or her planner, he or she can purchase a replacement from school at the cost of £5.
Homework: There will be weekly homework for children to practise skills, revise and consolidate knowledge and research topics. The tasks will help them prepare for secondary school by teaching them self-study skills, diligence and the value and pride in doing something well for oneself. Homework will be given out on a Friday and it is expected to be handed in on the very next Monday morning. English tasks will include: spelling patterns to learn for weekly tests in the form of dictations; reading to an adult or older sibling at home; written tasks, which will practise grammar, punctuation and spelling, whether in the form of exercises or a piece of writing. Maths homework will be a written task, practising a concept taught in that week. Science homework will be a written task, which relates to the topic that week or term. Occasionally, a further piece of homework connected to one of the humanities or arts subjects will be given. The written homework should take up to and no more than two and a half hours per week, in line with government recommendations.
I hope that you will find this information useful. If you have any further questions please catch me outside school at the end of the day, or arrange with the office staff to come and discuss them with me at a mutually convenient time.
Thank you and kind regards,
(Year 6 Class Teacher)