Welcome back after the Christmas holidays! We hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas / New Year and are looking forward to the academic year ahead.
Year 6 Staff :
Class Teachers : Miss. N. Marray, Mr. D. Hutton & Miss S. Hayes
Higher Level Teaching Assistant : Mrs. J. Moore
Support Assistants: Mrs. K. Oakley, Mrs. P. Halloran & Mr. R. Mallender
Our topic this term is ‘Room 13 / Whitby’
During this topic we will study the famous coastal town of Whitby, North Yorkshire which links perfectly with our class book ‘Room 13’ (see below). As well as using it as a reference to the events in the book, we will use our geographical skills to compare and contrast the human and physical features of this location and our home town of Dewsbury. In addition, we will examine both the economical features that characterise Whitby today and investigate the famous people throughout history who are linked with the town (e.g. Captain James Cook, Bram Stoker etc.)
Our topic will allow the children to utilise many skills learnt throughout the term resulting in children writing their own narrative stories, descriptive settings, newspaper reports, persuasive writing, instructions and poetry. Children will have the opportunity to use their artistic skills this term along with their designing skills to produce detailed landscapes.
(See topic plan for full details)
In R.E. we will be exploring ‘Exploring the Mass’ and ‘Jesus the Messiah’. There will be an opportunity to contribute to Act of Worship sessions and fully immerse themselves in the spirituality of the school. At home, encourage discussions with children relating to these topics focusing on key terminology and its meaning.
In Mathematics we will continue to focus on the four operations and how the various methods can be used to solve problems. (Further information can be found on the topic plan). At home, please encourage regular Maths games involving dice, mental calculation of numbers and money, practical use of Maths in shopping and especially to learn their times tables. Make it relevant to the real world wherever possible.
In English we will be focusing on the award-winning Robert Swindell’s novel ‘Room 13’ as this will link nicely to our Whitby topic. It is a wonderful, spooky story with good characterisation, a believable setting, humour and the ability to make the unreal seem real. The scary plot grips the reader from the opening paragraph. This text will allow the children to extend their narrative writing whilst also providing excellent opportunities for non-fiction genres such as newspaper reports, persuasive writing, instructions and poems. At home, please encourage regular reading of fiction & non-fiction. Promote a love of books and try to allow your child to be given the opportunity to discuss the texts. Through discussion at home, encourage them to develop their vocal expression in their written language. Remember - ‘They have to be able to say it before they can write it.’
In Science our topic is ‘Evolution and Inheritance’ and ‘Light’ (Further information can be found on the topic map). At home, encourage their curiosity in the world around them so that they ask questions and seek to find the answers to everyday events.
Physical Education (P.E.) - is on Friday afternoons. Some children are consistently not bringing their P.E. kits to school. Please ensure your child has a white t-shirt, blue (or black) shorts and a pair of trainers for outdoor use, which they should leave in school. As an optional extra, a dark coloured pair of jogging trousers and a jumper can be used throughout the cold months, when we are outside. As always, the only jewellery permitted in school is a pair of plain small studs, and these must be removed for P.E. for safety. Staff are not able to remove them or cover them, so this will result in your child not taking part in our P.E. lesson.
Please ensure your child has a P.E. kit in school at all times.
Homework will be given out each Monday and MUST be completed and returned by the following Monday. This gives the children enough time to see their class teacher if they are struggling. The purpose of this work is to consolidate the learning from class and to prepare them for more intensive homework at high school. It is therefore extremely important that this work is completed. Any children who fail to bring/complete their homework on Monday will have to complete it during their playtime. If a child does not complete their homework three times in a half-term a letter will go home and they will not be able to attend the end of half-term treat.
Children will have an independent reading book which will be brought home on a daily basis and MUST be returned to school every day. Reading records will be given to the children for parents to fill out as and when their child reads during the week at home.
Year 6 Assemblies : Will take place on Friday, 19th January (Class 6H) and Friday, 26th January (Class 6M), at 2:30 pm.
Holy Week Assembly : Our Holy Week assembly will be on Wednesday, 28th March at 2:30 pm.
We are looking forward to a very productive and fun half term.
Miss. N. Marray, Mr. D. Hutton & Miss S. Hayes
Year 6 Teachers
In pairs we worked on different calculations and discussed how we reached our findings
Who knew 6M were this flexible......
In pairs we worked on whiteboards to create a variety of sentences using the box plan that we completed from the previous lesson. We used Alan Pete sentences, such as, 2A sentences, The more, the more, BOYS, as a/like a and outside (inside). We shared these as a whole class and edited them to make them better which followed the top tips. We got there in the end so well done everyone in 6M!
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