Lions Year 6
Kingsdown and Ringwould Church of England Primary School
WELCOME TO THE LIONS’ CLASS
Please share the reading and understanding of this letter with your child – thank you.
Welcome to terms 3 and 4 of Year 6 at Kingsdown & Ringwould CEP School. These two terms are a particularly busy time academically in our year group as we prepare the children for their ‘end of year’ assessments (SATs) in May (Term 5, Week 5, 11th – 14th May). It is vital that all children are in school for all of those days. The teaching of the subjects, and the teaching team, will continue as it was in terms 1 and 2, with Mrs Chapman as Class Lead Teacher, Mrs MacKellar teaching Science and Music, but supporting across the entire curriculum, and Mrs Calder supporting all lessons. Mrs MacKellar will be back in Y6 on 15th Jan. upon Mr Summers’ return from paternity leave.
English: The many disciplines of English – writing (both composition and handwriting), reading (comprehension more than deciphering), spelling and grammar – will continue in earnest! We will learn strategies to make writing much more formal, including the subjunctive tense, formal synonyms for certain words and de-contracting words. We will put these strategies into practice in English and all other subjects too. Eloquence and a wider, richer vocabulary will be taught, in order that children can use such vocabulary in their writing. This should be supplemented enormously by adults hearing their children read a wide variety of quality text types at home, in order to audit your child’s comprehension of the text they are reading, as well as to ‘vocabulary gather’ for your child to utilise those great words in his or her writing. Statistics show that Year 6 children flourish at secondary school if they have been heard reading regularly by an adult, and discussed what they are reading, in their out-of-school lives.
Maths: The children will continue to work through the Year 6 Maths curriculum. Arithmetic will be recapped for those children whose algorithms and accuracy is not secure, however the main foci for terms 3 and 4 will be recalling and applying knowledge, reasoning mathematically and solving problems.
Children should always continue to revise their times tables (and inverses and derivatives), even if they think they know them! Additionally, if you would like to practise other Maths with your child at home, my advice would be that you just can’t do enough of working with fractions – add them, subtract them, multiply them, divide them, simplify them, convert them from mixed numbers to improper fractions and back again (over and over).
(Did anyone notice the fronted adverbial at the start of the last sentence? Very appropriate for a Maths paragraph! Hilarious!)
Science: Children will study the following topics, working scientifically and mathematically: Light; Evolution and Inheritance.
Music: Children will be exploring lyrics and melody and rhythm and pulse.
History: The children will study The Norman Conquest and consider the factors towards Norman success and the impact afterwards.
Geography: We will continue our topic ‘Rivers’, then the next topic we’ll cover will be ‘Coasts’.
Computing: The children will continue to focus on safe internet use, as well as enhancing their application skills using Publisher and Excel to present internet-researched topics.
RE: The children’s study foci for the next two terms will be ‘Islam’, which will ask what it is like to be a Muslim in Britain today, and ‘Salvation’, which will discuss what difference the resurrection makes to Christians.
Languages: We will continue to immerse ourselves in languages daily to further develop our conversational skills and understand written French (and some German).
Art: We will look at and practise landscaping, as well as use line drawing skills to illustrate.
DT: DT will continue to have its opportunities in cross-curricular learning.
PE: Children will study and practise hockey, football and gymnastics.
Yearly Planner: Firstly, please sign your agreement sections in the first part of the diary if this has not already been done. Please continue 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 (school staff will write on the ‘weekdays’ if they hear a pupil read; children can tick in their section if they read independently; parents, other family adults or older siblings need to sign their initials in the parent section if the child has read to them – it is these latter initials that count towards reading points, and unfortunately independent pupil reading does not count for this). Please remember that the planners can also be used a means of communication between home and school. If you have anything you wish to tell us, you can write it in the planner and ask your child to show it to us. We may also use the planner to write notes to you. The children are expected to keep their planners tidy. Planners are collected in at least weekly (typically Mondays) to be checked in general and to have the regularity of reading to an adult out of school checked. Planners lost by the pupil or at home can be replaced at a cost of £5 to the pupil. (This measure should help pupils to take responsibility and aid their transition to secondary school, where the planner is an intrinsic part of daily life.)
Homework: Weekly homework will continue for children to practise skills, research topics, and to revise and consolidate knowledge. 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. Weekly English tasks are always: spelling patterns to learn for weekly tests in the form of dictations; reading to an adult outside of school for enjoyment and discussion about the text. Other homework tasks given will range from English, Maths, Science or other curriculum subjects. Any written homework given should take up to and no more than two and a half hours per week altogether, in line with government recommendations. (NB. This timing does not include the learning of spellings and reading for enjoyment.)
Other: Children may bring a piece of fruit or raw vegetable to school to eat at morning break time and should have a bottle of water with them in school daily. Our school is endeavouring to become free of ‘one-use-plastics’, so there will be no more disposable plastic cups available in school.
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)