Year 6


 Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the new academic year! We hope you had a restful Summer break and your children are ready for a busy year ahead. Year 6 is a fantastic time; it is full of hard work and good fun. As the year progresses, you may notice changes to systems and procedures to previous year groups as we prepare children for secondary school. We are looking forward to working with you and your children and we know that we will have a brilliant year together. We at Trent recognise that your child’s success is often attributed to tremendous commitment from the whole family team, so thank you in advance for your support.  This letter is for your information, outlining the learning taking place in Year 6 this term. 

Throughout the Autumn term, we will be covering the following:

Subject

Learning

How you can help

Topic: WWII 

(history, geography, art and design, design and technology) 

In history, we will explore the ‘big question’: Why was winning the Battle of Britain in 1940 so important?

Children will learn about how and when WWII began, the life of children during the war and daily life for people who were at home and those who were fighting. We will also be looking in detail at The Blitz and how people’s lives changed during this period. Children will have the opportunity to interview a real life WWII evacuee to gain first hand information. 

In art, we will learn about propaganda and children will create their own posters, as well as creating their own WWII city skyline silhouette pictures.  

In DT, children will grow their own vegetables as part of the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign, and have a go at making some ration recipes. They will also be making a rag rug to illustrate the ‘Make Do and Mend’ campaign. During Autumn term 2, children will apply their knowledge of circuits (gained during Autumn term 1) to make model WWII fighter planes with rotating propellers. 

 

In geography, children will develop their map reading skills to answer a range of questions; use maps, aerial photographs, plans and e-resources to describe what a locality might be like; and use Ordnance Survey symbols and 6 figure grid references,within the context of our WWII topic.

Discuss lessons with your child, ask them questions and encourage personal research.

English

Linked to our WWII topic, we will be exploring a range of quality texts to inspire our writing including ‘Friend or Foe’ (Morpurgo), ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ (Boyne), stories connected to and extracts from ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’.’ We will also study a range of war poetry. These class books will inspire our writing across a range of genres including letters, diary entries, newspaper reports, poetry, narratives, play scripts and non-chronological reports.  

We will complete a two week project based on Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ where children will write alternative endings.

SPaG will be taught daily in order to support our writing in English lessons and children will be given a weekly spelling test on Wednesdays linked to the spellings set in weekly homework.

Guided reading will also be taught daily. It will be taught in whole-class and small focus groups sessions. A class book will be shared at the end of each day.

 

 

Discuss the current topic with your child, ask them what their targets are and how they can improve their writing. Please encourage the use of a dictionary and thesaurus at home, and to take extra care with presentation when completing homework activities. 

Children will bring home a leveled book and should be encouraged to read every day and be able to answer questions about what they have read, as well as give their opinions about the text. Please ask children a range of questions about what they have read to help develop their understanding. A list of example questions can be found on the ‘Book Talk’ page in your child’s reading journal to help support you when reading with your child. Please sign your child’s reading journal on a daily basis so we can see that your child has been reading at home.

Maths

 

We will follow the National Curriculum objectives in preparation for SATs in May 2019, with great emphasis on reasoning skills. 

Throughout the Autumn term, we will cover: place value; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; geometry and statistics; position and direction.

During the term, children will complete mental maths and times tables tests in order to track progress.  There will also be opportunities to practice SATs-style worded questions on a daily basis in order to prepare children for the tests.

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure your child knows all of their multiplication tables and support them with homework if needed. Every week, your child will bring home a piece of Maths homework linked to the topic we have covered in class.

Science

During Autumn term 1, our topic will be ‘Electricity.’

Children will learn how to: associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit; compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches; use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

During Autumn term 2, our topic will be ‘Animals including humans.’ Children will learn how to: identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood; recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function; describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

Discuss the topic at home and ask questions about what they have learnt. Encourage your child to read non-fiction books related to the topic and share new concepts.

Religious Education 

Our first topic in RE is ‘Understanding Faith in Our Local Community.’ This topic will help children discover more about the faiths in the school and the wider community.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.

PE

Children will have two weekly PE sessions taught by Non Stop Action. During the Autumn term, children will develop their skills in tag rugby, football, the principles of dance and floor gymnastics. 

Please support your child to become independent in packing their PE bag, ensuring they have the correct kit.

Music

Year 6 will have weekly music lessons throughout the Autumn term taught by Mrs Ordon. They will learn some songs made popular during WWII. Additionally, pupils will learn about the history and key features of the blues, and perform C Jam Blues as a class. They will use this knowledge to write lyrics for, and perform, a Blues song. Pupils will use a range of instruments including keyboards and ukuleles.

In Autumn term 2, pupils will read the music for Winter Wonderland and perform it using a range of instruments including ukuleles, glockenspiels, keyboards and iPads.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.

French

Ms Kenealy will teach French lessons during the Autumn term where children will learn a range of French vocabulary through song, games and role play. 

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.

PE

Year 6 will have indoor PE on Monday and outdoor PE on Wednesday. Please ensure they have full Trent PE kit with them, including trainers, plimsolls and suitable outdoor attire. Please could you provide girls with a spare pair of socks to change in to when they are wearing tights to school.

Homework

Homework will be set on a Friday and will usually consist of a piece of Maths, English (including spellings) and a piece of Topic homework. As the year progresses, the amount of homework will increase to help support SATs revision. Homework is due in on a Wednesday.  Please encourage your child to get into the routine of returning homework on time as this will help prepare them for Year 7. Talk homework will be set so that children can discuss their ideas before completing a piece of extended writing.

Reading

The expectations for speed and accuracy in reading in Year 6 increase dramatically from Year 5 so please make sure your child reads every night. Your child will have a reading record which should be signed each day by an adult at home. These will be checked at various times by the adults reading with your child. Please refer to the ‘Book Talk’ page in your child’s reading journal to help support you when reading with your child.

Equipment

Thank you to all who have bought the school pencil case containing the equipment your child will need for this year. The children have already shown responsibility in looking after their own equipment, however if items need replacing, we would be grateful if you could support us in this. The items your child will need are: a clear pencil case, a pencil, a royal blue writing pen (no biros please), a ruler, a sharpener, a rubber, a glue stick, a purple pen and a whiteboard pen. 

Due to the volume of work completed in Year 6, children do need items in their pencil case replacing regularly. Please check with your child on a regular basis if they need any new items. 

If you wish to provide your child with earphones to keep in their tray to use when using the iPads then please feel free to do so. Your child is responsible for their earphones.  

Please provide your child with a water bottle every day and a healthy fruit snack to eat during morning break time. 

Wet Play 

If your Year 6 child would like to bring a puzzle or colouring book as a wet play activity, this may be kept in their tray.

Behaviour Policy 

The Behaviour Policy has been clearly explained to all the children across the school. They understand the standard of behaviour expected of them and are responding positively. In Year 6, we will be encouraging and recognising positive behaviour by rewarding children who do well in a variety of ways.

We look forward to working with you during the terms ahead and we know it will be a brilliant year. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

With Best Wishes, 

Miss Wheeler (Class teacher), Mrs Partridge (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Brain (Teaching Support)

 

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