Willow - Year 6
Welcome to Year 6!
The year 6 team consists of Mrs Woodward (Class teacher), Mrs Moore, Mrs O'Malley and Mrs Parkin who are the Learning Support Assistants.
This term in English, we are linking our learning with our history project about Crime and Punishment, therefore we will be using the book Holes by Louis Sachar. We will be writing diary entries and persuasive leaflets. Through this, we will work on objectives for reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Transcription/Reading focusing on VIPER skills • Drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence. • Discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader • Provide reasoned justifications for their views • Summarising the main ideas drawn from more than 1 paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas • Preparing poems to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience.
We recommend that you try to read with your child as often as possible, ideally at least four times per week. Whilst reading, you can focus on word reading alone, ask retrieval questions (where the answer is obvious in the text) or ask inference questions (where the answer is implied in the text).
We aim to check reading records weekly. Children should aim to read at least three times per week. Remember, school reading books are important for progressing in the reading levels, but the best practice for a developing reader is to read as many different genres and text types as possible.
Reading is, of course, a vital skill for your child’s development and a skill which provides access to other areas of learning.
Recommended reading list for year 6 children:
This term, we will be learning about place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and measurement. We are following the White Rose Hub approach to maths, meaning that topics will be covered in blocks at depth.
This is the link for pupils to follow so they can continue to develop their learning at home.
This term we are learning about the History of Crime and Punishment. We will be learning about how Crime and Punishment has changed over time and the impact this has had on the British legal system.
In Science this term we will be learning about light. In particular:
- Recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
- Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
- Explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
- Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them
This term we will be learning about Belief - What is it? What’s the difference between belief and fact? Why/who believes? Do beliefs change?
We have P.E. once a week: on Thursdays. As children start to hit puberty during Upper Key Stage 2, it is also important that PE kits are taken home to be washed after all PE lessons.
Inter-house sport will take place once every three weeks.
Home learning will be communicated through the children's learning logs and will change each week from either an English focus or a maths focus sheets. Homework will be set on a Friday and sue in the following Wednesday. We will mark homework together so that I can correct any misconceptions.
Times tables practice will be communicated through Times Table Rockstars.
Children will also bring home spellings words on a Wednesday, we are focusing on the year 5 and 6 statutory words.
I am always happy to discuss anything with parents and carers to help to support children in learning or to provide pastoral support. If you would like to meet, please contact the office to arrange this.
If you are interested in supporting the class – either regularly or for a standalone session; with your time for reading or a particular skill you have – please contact Mrs Woodward to see when a suitable time would be for you to visit the class. We are very grateful for any assistance and look forward to welcoming visitors back into our classroom!