Welcome back to school! Happy New Year and thank you for your support during the last term, we really do appreciate this as it is so valuable to your child’s success. We hope you had a great Christmas and we look forward to a busy and productive Spring Term – this letter will outline the learning that we have planned for your child this term.
Travel to school and mobile phones
In year six children are allowed to travel to and from school by themselves during daylight hours, we advise that children should not go home by themselves when it is dark which is particularly relevant if children attend after school clubs in the winter months.
If your child will be travelling to/from school by themselves, please provide a letter clearly stating which days your child will be travelling alone to the class teacher.
If children are travelling to or from school by bike or scooter, please ensure that they wear a helmet.
Children can only bring a mobile phone into school if they are travelling by themselves. Phones must be turned off once inside the school gate and handed to the class teacher at registration. Any misuse of mobile phones (including misuse of cameras and social media sites/apps) will result in the phone being confiscated from the child until a meeting with a parent can be arranged where the phone will be returned.
Home learning will be set in accordance with the school’s home learning policy which is available on the school’s website. However, as your child will be preparing for the SATs in May, they will be set additional homework for reading and mathematics which I will discuss with you during the Year6’s parents’/carers SATs meeting.
As you know, it is essential that your child reads a wide range of genres (i.e. fiction, non-fiction, newspapers) and develops a good reading habit to help with their comprehension, writing and vocabulary. Children are expected to read for at least 20-25 minutes a night and to make a note of the pages that they have read in their reading record. We would also like children to record any unknown words / new words in their reading record so that they can look these up the next day in school. We kindly request that you oversee the reading record by adding your comments and signature at least once a week.
Spellings lists for this half term have been stuck into the children’s home learning books. Children will be asked to write extended, imaginative sentences for their ten spellings to consolidate their understanding of the words they are learning. They will then be tested on the spellings the following Tuesday. These spellings will include words from the year 5/6 spelling list which is a list of spellings published in the National Curriculum which children must learn by the end of their primary education. Words may be repeated across the term for consolidation / if issues are still arising.
This term we will focus on:
Fractions - comparing, ordering, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions
Decimals – linking decimal values to fractions, percentages and place value. Children will also be learning how to identify the value of digits in numbers with up to 3 decimals. They will also be multiplying decimal numbers by 10, 100 & 1000, giving their answers to 3 decimal places.
Measurements – this will include perimeter, area and volume.
Shapes – including the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
We will also be working at describing positions on full coordinate grids and drawing and translating simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes.
Number – linked to algebra and ratio.
We will also be regularly practising our arithmetic skills, enhancing our knowledge of multiplication and division
You can support your child by ensuring that they can recall their times tables (up to 12x12) rapidly and out of sequence, that they can tell the time accurately and halve and double whole numbers quickly.
We will be reading stories with suspense (Room 13, by Robert Swindells) and writing stories focusing on suspense, imagery, atmosphere and vocabulary. We will then be looking at autobiographical/ biographical recounts, which will be linked to our humanities topic – World War 11. After half term we will be reading Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian and our focus will be on characterisation and the effect of war on evacuees from London.
Alongside this, we will be working on grammar, spelling and punctuation. Your child will be given additional home learning to help support their work in class as they will be tested in this, in the SATS. Please encourage and support your child to complete these activities.
We will be learning about The Mass and why the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. We will also be learning about Jesus the Messiah and why He sacrificed Himself for us.
During the first half term we will be looking at London during World II, focussing on the effect of the Blitz, why children had to be evacuated and how it affected their lives. We will also be looking at locations which were bombed, the journeys of evacuees and comparing rural and urban places. In art, we will be designing propaganda/war posters.
In science we will be learning about living things and their habitats. This will involve classification of different species. We will be studying Aristotle and Carl Linnaeus classification theories. We will explore how we see things in the second half term.
We shall be learning about how to keep safe online and we will be developing skills in using Google slides. We will also continue to develop our ICT skills by blogging, word processing and using Excel to record and manipulate data.
We will be learning about the risks associated with using different drugs, including alcohol, tobacco and nicotine products, solvents and other legal and illegal drugs. We will also be looking at assessing the level of risk in different situations involving drug use.
In the second half of the spring term we will be learning about keeping safe, independence, recognising and responding to peer pressure. We will also learn about citizenship and civil rights.
We look forward to supporting you in developing your child to reach their full potential.
Thank you for your cooperation, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me.
Websites to support learning
The following websites may be helpful;
The curriculum overview lets you know what your child shall be learning each term, as well as the activities and structure for each subject.