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 14th May to Friday 18th 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. Additionally on that Friday afternoon, the pupils will receive a visit from a Stagecoach transport representative who will give them valuable information and advice about the logistics and their safety for when they are travelling on public transport to their secondary schools next year.
In the curriculum this summer, the following will be covered:
Maths Children will revise all areas of maths prior to the assessment tests. In term 6 they will 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 Firstly, the children will complete the programme of study entitled ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. Later, they will study ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. Elements of human biology which relate to the children at this age will be covered as they learn about the changes that happen 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. Knowledge about the imaginary lines around the Earth will be studied in more detail.
RE Judaism – What does it mean to be Jewish in Britain today? Islam - What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
Computing We are digital citizens - looking at E-Safety including Live Streaming; We are software developers - using Scratch to programme sprites; We are designers (Maths) - using 3D modelling programme to design rooms.
History The children will study the civilisation of The Maya.
PE Pupils 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 and the Y6 weekly timetable is often subject to alteration, due to other events.
Languages Children will continue to have French embedded into daily life 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 use DT skills to create globes and puppets.
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 subsequent Monday (or Tuesday in the case of a Bank Holiday). There will be a break from homework for a while following SATs, however homework will commence again during the first half of term 6 (to re-establish good habits and independent ‘ownership’ of homework and self-study for secondary school) and may be related to any of the subjects in the curriculum. Altogether homework should take no more than 2 ½ hours per week, 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. If you would like a copy of some question openings that aid question composition for the discussion of texts, please ask me by means of your child’s planner. Helping pupils to comprehend and interpret the text they read is more important than ever as he or she 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 working towards a musical review show, which is scheduled for Wednesday 11th July. All children will be taking part in whole class and whole upper key stage numbers. Also, children may choose to put forward their own acts as groups, pairs or solo artists. Props, resources and costumes should be sourced by the children, although they may borrow equipment from school with UKS2 staff permission. Auditions will be in the first week back of term 6 to secure a place in the show as a group, pair or solo musical act, then several rehearsals will follow before the event. I am sure it will be a great success.
I hope that you will find this information useful and if you have any queries please come and see me after quickly checking my availability at the office.