Lions Year 6
Welcome to the final two terms of your child’s education at Kingsdown and Ringwould CEP School. The children have a busy time ahead of them, especially in the next few weeks as they prepare for their KS2 end of year assessments, and then afterwards, completing the curriculum so that they are fully prepared to move on to secondary school. Assessment week is Monday 8th May to Friday 12th May and your child must be in school every day that week for these important tests, the results of which will be sent to their secondary schools. The teaching will continue as it has been, with Mrs Chapman as class teacher, teaching English (with Mrs Everett support teaching), Geography, History, French, Art, DT, PE, PSHE and Music. Mrs Everett will teach Maths (with Mrs Chapman support teaching) and Science. Mrs Hygate will teach RE and Mrs Cope will teach Computing.
In the curriculum this summer, we will be covering the following:
Maths Children will revise all areas of maths prior to the assessment tests. In term 6 they will then continue with maths investigations and complete a unit of ‘transition maths’ to prepare them for secondary school.
English Children will revise all areas of spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as practising reading comprehension skills. High-level fiction and non-fiction writing across the entire curriculum will continue to secure and further develop your child’s skillset and eloquence in preparation for secondary school.
Science The children will complete several programmes of study this summer. Firstly they will find out how living organisms have evolved over millions of years and adapted to different environments. Following this, they will look at the characteristics of all living organisms and learn how they are classified into groups. Later in the year, the children will finish the unit on human biology - learning the importance of a healthy diet and then understanding the changes that happen to their bodies during puberty.
Geography The children will learn about Coasts, including coastal erosion and the direct impact this could have on coastal living in the future.
RE The children will be exploring our Christian Values and how they impact on our behaviours. The children will also attend church for a “Moving On” day and focus on the Christian values of the School: Forgiveness, Aspiration, Interdependence, Truth and Humility.
Computing Children will continue to learn coding towards programming and e-safety will be revised to prepare your child for secondary school. Since much of Y7 homework involves research, children will continue to learn how to search successfully and discerningly, identifying reliable sources.
History The children will study the civilisation of The Maya.
PE The children will take part in various activities this summer including athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities, cricket, rounders and tennis. Please ensure that they have full PE kit in school every day, as practice for events could happen at any opportunity.
Languages Children will learn how to tell the time in French and will learn vocabulary to be able to talk and write about their vicinity and the environments of others.
Art We will examine the relationship between art and poetry, creating some of our own contemporary works.
DT Children will explore the link between aesthetic purpose and functionality as they create tiles for a school outdoor area.
Homework Homework will continue to be sent home for children to practise skills, consolidate knowledge and research topics. The tasks will be given out on a Friday and they are to be returned on the very next Monday. On Wednesday 3rd May, children will be given revision activities to do on Thursday 4th May when school is closed. There will be no formal homework given at the end of SATs week nor the subsequent weeks of term 5, however, homework will commence again at the start of term 6 and may be related to any of the subjects in the curriculum. Altogether homework should take no more than 2 ½ hours, in line with Government recommendations.
Yearly Planner: Thank you for continuing to encourage your child to use their planner to write down homework, targets, tasks to do, notes, things to remember and to keep a record of their reading, as well as their merit stickers for achieving targets. Thank you for using the planner as a means of communication between home and school. Planners will still be collected in weekly to be checked in general and to have the regularity of reading to an adult out of school checked. This is more important than ever as your child approaches that time of his or her life that will involve self-study via reading.
During term 6, children from years 5 and 6 will be invited to audition to take part in ‘Kingsdown’s Got Talent’, which is scheduled for Friday 7th July. Children may choose to act, sing, dance, do stand-up comedy, perform magic, hula-hoop or anything else that is suitable. Props, resources and costumes should be sourced by the children, although they may borrow equipment from school with my permission. Auditions will be in the first week back of term 6, then several rehearsals will follow before the event. I am sure it will be a great success.
We hope that you will find this information useful and if you have any queries please come and discuss them with us.
Mrs Chapman and Mrs Everett