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Year 6

Welcome to Year Six!
This term we are learning about: 
 
Frozen Kingdoms 
 
 Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands. Vast wilds and hostile territories; incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and the deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or being pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs. Be alert, for magnificent mammals roam these lands, sometimes hungry or fresh for a fight. Perhaps a hungry polar bear or an Arctic fox is hunting rodents, as swift as the wind. Research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and ecosystems, and compose evocative poems about the Northern Lights. Become part of an Antarctic rescue team, braving the elements to rescue terrified passengers from a ship struck by a deadly iceberg that hides deep beneath the Southern Ocean. Wrap up well and settle by the fire. I’m just going outside and may be some time.
 
 
 
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
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
 
 
When do I need to wear my PE kit?
Every Wednesday 
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
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.

What are the main topics this year? 
 
  • Frozen Kingdom (Geography)
  • Britain at War (History)
  • Maafa (History)
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. 
 
Spelling is leaned  through Read Write Inc. Spelling which is a 15-minute-a-day programme for years 2-6. Children learn through a variety of teacher-led, pair work and independent activities to engage them and enable them to become confident and proficient spellers. 

 

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 find 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. 

These are the units that will be covered in the autumn term: 

  • Number and Place Value 
  • Calculations 
  • Fractions
  • Position and Direction 

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).