Dear Parents and Carers,
RE: YEAR SIX - SPRING TERM
Happy New Year and welcome back! This letter will outline the learning that we have planned for this term. The Spring term is certainly going to be a busy one and is typically the term in which children make the most progress – we certainly hope this is true of this year too. As we have said before, we will expect children to be more independent and take a lot more responsibility for their own learning and behaviour this year. However we really do appreciate your help and support which is so valuable to your child’s success 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. Maths home learning will likely consist of a few short, arithmetic based activities / calculations to be completed and returned during the week. Instructions will be given to the children during their lesson and may vary depending on the task.
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. They will then be tested on the spellings the following Friday. 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.
As we approach the End of Key Stage Two assessments (SATs), your child may receive additional home learning from time to time. Please support your child to complete this – we are all working together to encourage the best possible results.
Year Six Curriculum
This term we will be continuing to develop our understanding of place value within decimals and applying these skills to more challenging problem solving. We will be spending more time working with measures (temperature, time, length, weight, capacity) and will be learning about percentages and algebra. We will build upon the work that we completed on fractions in the autumn term by continuing to learn to calculate with fractions (adding, subtracting and multiplying). 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 shall be starting the term by studying World War II poetry which links with our afternoon topic. Children will be exposed to a variety of poems before writing their own poems based on the forms studied earlier in the unit.
We will then move on to looking at persuasive writing with the aim of writing our own persuasive letters – we shall be imagining that we are an evacuee who is persuading our parents to let us return home.
A significant amount of our time will be spent on grammar, spelling and punctuation and from time to time your child may be given additional home learning to help support their work in class. Please encourage and support your child to complete this.
In the first half of the term we shall be learning about World War II. We shall be learning about the reasons for the outbreak of war and the countries that were involved. We will be focussing on the ‘home front’ and the way in which the war affected life in Britain, particularly that of children. We will also look at art from this period in history and the notion of ‘propaganda art’ and how this is still used today.
Towards the end of the term we shall be focussing on our geography skills by completing a comparison study of a UK city and a European city. We have chosen to focus our studies on Liverpool and Berlin as both cities were greatly affected and shaped by the events of World War II. We will be developing our map reading skills and also learning about the physical and human geography of the two locations.
We will be learning about Discipleship and living out the Beatitudes. We will be learning about people whose actions were greatly influenced by their faith and how they might offer inspriation for our own lives. We will then move on to learning about Reconciliation, what sin means and the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
We shall start the term by consolidating our understanding of electricity and circuits. We will then move on to learning about light and shadows.
This term we shall be completing team ball and net games. Children must wear full PE uniform for each lesson, please ensure that your child has the correct uniform, if children have the incorrect uniform they may have to miss their break time on the following day. PE kits should be brought into school at the beginning of term and must stay here until half term when they will be sent home for washing.
We shall be learning to code and use html coding. We will also continue to develop our ICT skills by blogging, word processing and using Excel to record and manipulate data.
Art/Design and Technology
We will be learning about propaganda and how this was used in World War II and continues to be used today. We shall be creating our own posters which deliver a positive, peaceful message and using printing techniques to produce these.
We will continue to develop our understanding of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools program and thinking about how children everywhere have particular rights and responsibilities. We will be working with the school’s Article 12 group to focus on how we can be global citizens and have a positive impact on our local community. For more information about Unicef’s Rights Respecting School and it’s award visit: http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
P4C will continue to give children an opportunity to build on their thinking and communication skills in order to become a creative, critical, collaborative and caring thinker.
Drop Everything and Read
This term we shall be continuing our ‘Drop Everything and Read’ sessions. This means that every Friday afternoon everybody at St Anne’s (adults and children alike) will have thirty minutes to stop whatever they are doing and read a book of their choice. This could be your library book or a book that you have brought in from home. We really hope that these sessions in which we are all reading for pleasure will help to foster your child’s love of reading. Please help ensure that your child is ready for these sessions by ensuring that they bring a reading book into school on a Friday. Later in the year we will be inviting parents to come and join us, details will follow in due course.
Websites to support learning
The following websites may be helpful;
Should you have any questions, please contact the office to make an appointment.
Miss Nottage & Mrs Nicolaou