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Year 6

Welcome to Year Six!
This term we are learning about: 
 
Maafa
 
 
In the Maafa project, the children will learn about Africa today and the ancient kingdoms that thrived on the continent for thousands of years. They will learn about the origins of the transatlantic slave trade in the 15th century and Britain’s involvement from the time of Elizabeth I, when John Hawkins became the first British slave trader. The children will understand the structure of the transatlantic slave trade and the consequences of enslavement for enslaved people. They will also discover how the people of Britain benefited from the money and goods produced by the slave trade. They will learn about the causes and consequences of the abolition of slavery in the 19th century, the worldwide African diaspora and the European colonisation in Africa. They will explore the lives and actions of black people in 20th century Britain. They will understand how the Race Relations Act of 1965 became the first piece of British legislation to tackle racial discrimination and know that the Equality Act 2010 provides people with protection against racism and other forms of discrimination, today. The pupils will also explore the lives of black people who have made significant contributions to Britain and will celebrate black culture in Britain today.
 
 
 
Who will help me with my learning? 
 
Class Teacher (CT): Mrs. Ioja
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA): Mrs. Baker
KS2 Teaching Assistants (TA) : Mrs Symons and Miss Dorsett
When do I need to wear my PE kit?
Every Tuesday 
Come to school in your PE kit: white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers
In cold weather: black joggers and a sweatshirt
Please ensure all kit is clearly labelled
What are the main topics this year? 
 
  • ID (Science)
  • Frozen Kingdom (Geography)
  • Britain at War (History)
  • Distortion and Abstraction (Science)
  • Maafa (History)
Home Learning
Reading -  daily ; AR quizzes on completion of books
Spelling - Practise your spelling words for the week at least twice per week using joined handwriting. 
Maths -set on Monday hand in on Friday. Maths will be set on MyMaths
Timestables - Play TTrockstars for 5 minutes every day.
Topic - Complete one or more activities from the learning ideas menu linked to our termly topic and upload your work to MS Teams
 
 
Year 6 Information for Parents 
 
Reading 
In Year 6 we are using the Accelerated Reader (AR) books.  Children will complete a reading test which will give an AR level. Children pick their book at their level from the school library. When children have read their books and feel confident to answer questions about the plot, characters and their likes/dislikes, they take an AR quiz. The quiz will give the child the next AR level to take - it can move up, down or stay the same.
 

In  school, the children  will learn comprehension skills using a high-quality whole class guided reading programme, increase their reading fluency through daily practice, listen to high-quality books read by an adult every day and read for pleasure.

Reading fluency is an essential pre-requisite to reading comprehension once children have a sound knowledge of phonics. Children should be able to read quickly and accurately with good intonation and phrasing so that their attention can focus on comprehension and meaning.

Spelling in year 6
In year 6 children learn to read, write and spell a considerable number of year 5 and 6  words. It is expected that pupils consistently spell these words accurately, therefore, we would greatly appreciate parental support with the learning of these words. 
 
Each week, children will focus on a new spelling pattern and they will practice words with this spelling pattern in a variety of ways during the week.  Please find  below the spellings for this term together with the year 5 and 6 spelling words. In addition, please fid the spelling challenges document where there are suggestions as to ways to learn new spellings. 
Maths in year 6
Daily maths lessons are taught in small steps using the White Rose Hub scheme of learning.  We provide children with practical equipment to secure their understanding of each small step. As they develop as mathematicians, they are expected to use both pictorial and written methods as outlined in our whole school calculation policy. To help children succeed in maths, there is a strong focus on developing maths fluency and arithmetic skills.

Fluency is promoted through IT programs such as TT Rockstars and Numbots and daily fluency sessions. This allows children to monitor their own progress, motivate themselves and practice essential elements. By being fluent and developing automaticity, pupils spend more time learning to reason with complex maths questions. 

  • Area and Perimeter
  • Ratio And Proportion 
  • Statistics

You can support your child at home: 

  • In year 6, the children need to be secure in their knowledge of all timestables-. The children are recommended to use TT rockstars to practise multiplication and  division daily - little and often is more effective
  • Use MyMaths to complete online learning linked to the learning completed in class
  • Encourage maths learning in fun ways e.g. cooking, play shop keeping, using songs for timetables etc 
  • If your child is eager to complete  extra home learning, please find the maths booklets attached to our units of learning this term. 
SATs 
Year 6 children will sit SATs in May. They will complete:  two reading papers, one Grammar Punctuation and Spelling paper  and  three maths papers (SAT talk for parents to follow in the Spring Term).