Welcome to Year 6! - Spring Term 2022
Welcome back! May we first take this opportunity to belatedly thank you for all the Christmas cards, gifts and good wishes. They were all much appreciated!
The Spring Term brings with it increased anticipation of the SATs. With this in mind, maths boosters started on 14th January (7.45); reading boosters will take place in school time and 1:1 writing conferences will take place during English lessons. As the children have missed a considerable amount of learning due to Covid, attendance in school and for boosters is crucial.
What will learning look like this term in Year 6?
Over the forthcoming weeks and months, we will be encouraging the children to be independent in all aspects of their learning in preparation for their transition to Year 7. This will include taking responsibility for a range of things from homework in to being on time for school, to having the correct equipment for the day. Please support your child in these areas.
Reading is still a vital aspect of your child’s learning. In Year 6, pupils need to progress from simply decoding words to responding appropriately to a text. Children need to read a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction of a high quality.
- Please make sure all items of uniform are clearly named
- Please make sure any money sent into school is in a labeled envelope
- Reading – children in Year 6 are still expected to read at home every day. Those pupils unable to read at home, will be given the opportunity to read in school.
- SPaG Homework will be sent home twice a week. On Fridays, one piece of English and one piece of maths will be sent. Homework must be completed and returned to school by the following Tuesday. Please note, homework and isolation learning will be available on Google Classroom.
Our motto is:
Alta Pete – Aim High
“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”
How can I support my child?
Many of our children lack a sufficiently large vocabulary to keep them in line with other children of their age.
Please ensure that, when listening to your child read, you check that they understand what they are reading by asking questions about any unfamiliar language. What do the words mean? How can they work out what the words might mean from the context of their reading? Check that they realise that some words can mean the same type of thing (ie: synonyms – eg tiny, small, little, miniscule).
The ability to understand what you are reading impacts on all areas of the curriculum. For example, even asking your child to describe what a term means in their maths homework will be beneficial.
Please ensure that Reading Records are signed on a daily basis.
There will be an emphasis on writing – including spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). Please encourage your child to use a range of vocabulary both in written activities, such as letters to family and friends, homework etc and whenever you ask them questions.
Pupils will be given opportunities will be cross curricular; the expectation will be for the same levels of grammar and punctuation as in literacy lessons. We will also have a high emphasis on knowing high frequency words – not just the spelling of them but the application and meaning, for example knowing which their/there/they’re or your/you’re to use.
Year 6 will be studying a range of genres of writing with the book The Spiderwick Chronicles as the stimulus.
Maths will include a higher emphasis on being able to explain mathematical processes as well as problem solve. We will begin by focusing on developing key number and calculation skills. This will include both mental and written methods. A key aspect of this will be ensuring that all pupils can rapidly recall their multiplication facts (up to 12 x 12) and extending this to decimals, eg 0.0089 x 100; 0.6 x 0.07; 7 x 7 x 7= .
Place Value – 10,000,000 to 1/1000 including decimals
Application of the four operations – Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (including problem solving and reasoning); Algebra; Measures – including the dimensions and associated measurements of circles; fractions, decimals and percentages will all form part of the forthcoming curriculum.
How can I support my child?
Encourage your child to learn/revise table facts – times tables tie into many aspects of maths!
Ensure that all maths homework is “given a go”! All maths homework underpins learning in class therefore if they are
struggling with homework, this must be flagged up to Ms Phillips.
Maths booster classes started on 14th January – please support your child in arriving at school by 7.45am each Friday.
Science: Our Topics this term are “Light” and “Inheritance and Evolution”. In addition to expanding knowledge within these topics, we aim to continue to develop skills in scientific enquiry.
Some lessons are harder to integrate into the topic so these will be taught separately when this is the case. These include:
R.E: This term’s RE topic is related to Incarnation … and questioning whether Jesus was the Messiah.
Geography and History: Throughout the Spring term, we will be investigating the Ancient Civilization of Benin and where in the world it was.
Art: our artwork will focus on the Pop Art Movement with reference to the work of Andy Warhol.
P.E. and Games:
This will be taught by Miss Plant and Mr Bailey. P.E. lessons are on Wednesday. Please ensure children have kits in school including sweatshirts and joggers as many of the lessons will be outside.
Computing – including E-Safety – will be taught according to National Curriculum requirements by Mrs Hart and is covered by Herts for Learning planning.