Lions Year 6
Kingsdown and Ringwould Church of England Primary School
LIONS’ CLASS TERMS 3 AND 4
Please share the reading and understanding of this letter with your child – thank you.
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 begin the year by learning 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 life.
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, 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.
History: The children will study The Norman Conquest.
Geography: We will complete our topic ‘Rivers’, then the next topic we’ll cover will be ‘Coasts’.
Computing: This term the children will be practising their touch-typing skills, then be looking at websites and evaluating them, as well as blogging about topics using DB Primary.
RE: The children’s study foci for the next two terms will be: Islam and comparing the differences between religions; how the resurrection of Jesus impacts on our faith.
Languages: We will continue to immerse ourselves in languages daily to further develop our conversational skills and understand written French (and some German). We will also look at the use of French worldwide (francophone countries).
Art: We will look at and practise urban and rural landscaping. We will be looking at graffiti, including the different forms it takes, and discuss its impact on our society. After that, the children will look at line drawings and learn new skills with new materials.
DT: DT will continue to have its opportunities in cross-curricular learning, especially in science.
PE: Children will study and practise netball, football and gymnastics.
Yearly Planner: 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. 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.
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)