Welcome to class 6’s web page!
Hello and welcome back for the start of the Spring term! I hope that all children, parents and carers alike had a fantastic Christmas break.
I am very excited to be back in school and working with the year sixes once more-
The Spring term is an extremely busy one as we forge ahead through the Year 6 curriculum and make our way towards SATs week in May. Lessons are fast-paced and require commitment and engagement form our children. I am pleased to say that I have been very impressed so far with the way the children have approached their learning and the maturity they have displayed in tackling areas of their learning which they find stretching.
In this term, our topic ‘Revolution’ will see us learn all about The Victorians. Through this topic our children will learn about the huge industrial and social changes which occurred whilst Victoria was on the throne. We will learn about Victoria as a child and monarch. We will learn about the introduction of the railway and the impact of a mass transport system on industry and community. We will study Darwin’s theory of evolution and the impact his book ‘On the origin of the species’ had at the time. We will learn about crime and punishment in Victorian times and the battle for women’s rights. We will also learn about the empire and the great inventions and inventors of the age. Finally, we will investigate what life was like for children in the Victorian era.
Our Y6 novel this term is: ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty: A fantastic adventure story of Jim Jarvis and his quest to find safety from the unforgiving streets of Victorian London. This is a novel based on the true story of how the Dr Banardos charity was first established. I am confident this novel will engage the children and provide an excellent platform from which to produce writing of a range of genres. It will also provide an excellent stimulus for class discussions and debates.
Spellings and Times Tables.
In Class 6 we have our spelling and times tables test on a Friday. This will be based on spellings given out each Monday and times tables (including divides) up to 12 X 12. Children should practise their times tables at multiple opportunities each day outside of school and also their spelling daily. A solid grasp of times tables will support and accelerate their learning in many areas of maths and will build their confidence in working with numbers. To help with this, each child has been set up with a profile on Times Tables Rockstars. Using this should help to make the process of learning and practising their times tables more fun. If children need a copy of their login details they can request these from the office.
Our P.E. days are every Tuesday and Wednesday so please ensure children bring appropriate indoor and outdoor P.E. kit. Kit consists of a white T-shirt, black shorts/jogging bottoms and suitable footwear. It would be useful if PE kit was left in school all week in case we have to change our PE lessons for any reason or add extra lessons in. We are very lucky to currently have Active Fusion leading one of our PE sessions each week and sharing their expertise. We aim to get outside for PE whenever possible, so please make sure children have appropriate kit and footwear. If your child is unable to partake in PE for any reason, please ensure a written note is provided or you have spoken to myself or the office directly- otherwise all children will be required to take part in the lesson, as is the national requirement.
Each child has been given an appropriate banded book for them to read at home as well as in school. A reading record has been provided to each child so that they can track their progress. I have asked that children take this home each night and bring it in to school each morning so it can be updated by parents/carers and also teachers and teaching assistants.
Reading (and discussion about what they have read), is one of the most powerful ways of expanding children’s vocabulary and knowledge. Reading regularly at an early age will increase a child’s life chances dramatically; so is something we place a keen focus on at school. We would be grateful if you can support this focus by reading with your child as often as possible at home.
Homework, usually a maths and SPaG task, is issued on a Friday to be returned on he following Friday. This gives Children plenty of time to come and ask for support if there is anything they need help with- before the Friday due date. I have made myself available every Wednesday lunchtime to support children with homework, so if children require help, or they will not have the opportunity to complete the work of an evening, this time is set aside to ensure that they do not fall behind.
To support their ongoing learning, I would advise that children in Class 6 should:
- Read every night for at least 15 minutes.
- Practise their times tables every day for 5 minutes
- Practise their spellings each day for 5 minutes.
In addition to this, Class 6 children may be given additional work to complete at home through the week.
Finally, please be reminded that due to inclement weather, we would appreciate children bringing appropriate indoor shoes/slippers to wear in school.
Thank you for reading. I look forward to an amazing term.