Introducing the Year 6 Team:
6EB - Mrs Bradley – Class Teacher, Miss Ward – Learning Support Assistant (LSA)
6GJ - Mr Jones – Class Teacher and Mrs Naughton – Learning Support Assistant (LSA)
This term our Year 6 History and Geography topic is ‘Ancient Egyptians.’ Over the course of the term the children will be learning about where ancient Egypt is placed in both time and location. As well this, they will learn about the importance of the River Nile to their survival, the hierarchy system, pharaohs, their gods and how Tutankhamun was discovered, helping us to understand the civilisation in greater detail. The ancient Egyptians were a fascinating and revolutionary civilisation which lasted for thousands of years. We know that the children are going to love learning about them this term. To conclude our study, we are hoping to visit the Ashmolean Museum to see many of the amazing artefacts that survived.
The children will also learn about this topic through their other subjects including English, Art, Design and Technology and Science. In Art and D.T., the children will draw Tutankhamun’s Death mask in detail before learning to use pastels and watercolours to add these effects to their art work. In D.T., the children will create their own 3D death mask as well as some replica artefacts using air drying clay. In Science, the children will be learning about the human body, primarily how the circulatory system works as well as how to keep healthy.
Across the year in our writing, we will be spending four weeks on particular text types to really build our confidence with them. All writing has a purpose and we will be looking at ‘Writing to Entertain’ and ‘Writing to Inform’. In Maths, the children will start the term by looking at number and place value before revisiting the four main operations and their various methods. We will also be continuing our ‘Multiplication Marathons’. Each week the children will bring home a new set of multiplication and division questions to learn for their weekly ‘mile’ test. Children have three minutes to answer their questions and have to achieve full marks to be able to move on to the next mile! These weekly tests will support your child’s multiplication knowledge and general mental maths. Year 6 children are expected to know all their multiplications up to 12 x 12.
The children are expected to read every day and they will also be given a spelling rule to learn each week. Reading each day does not have to mean finishing an entire book; a few pages will do. Please remember to log in your child’s school diary if you need to keep the book or get a new one. You will also be able to find a homework grid on our website, which outlines six homework suggestions, in line with what we are learning about at school. The homework is optional; however is a great way for you to get involved in your child’s learning and to complete them together, as a family.
Year 6 will have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays. The children need to wear their school PE uniform into school on these days.
Some of these lessons will take place outside so please ensure that your child is wearing the appropriate clothing for these lessons.
This academic year, the children in Year 6 will have Forest School sessions in the summer term.
If there is anything else you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher they will be happy to make an appointment with you.
To help you to keep informed throughout the year, this and further newsletters will be uploaded to the school website. If however you struggle to access information online then please do let us know. A small amount of paper letters will be available from the school office.
At the start of the Summer Term, the children in Year 6 will be taking their statutory attainment tests (SATs). Throughout the year, we will be developing the children’s subject knowledge in order to ensure that they achieve to the best of their abilities.
Monday 9th May – Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Test (45 minutes) and Spelling (20 minutes)
Tuesday 10th May – Reading Test (60 minutes)
Wednesday 11th May – Maths Paper 1: Arithmetic (30 minutes), Maths Paper 2: Reasoning (40 minutes)
Thursday 12th May – Maths Paper 3: Reasoning (40 minutes)
All of the staff in Year 6 are looking forward to working with you and your children over the next year.
Mrs Bradley and Mr Jones
Year 6 Teachers