Year 6

Parent Letter

Year Six,  2019-2020,  at …

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a good Summer and welcome to the new academic year –2019/2020. This newsletter is to outline information about timetables, curriculum, routines and requirements for the Autumn Term in Year 6.

Responsibilities

Throughout year 6, we make a big deal of the extra responsibilities expected from the oldest students in the school.

This is expected in all areas of school life – behaviour, engaging with younger students within the curriculum and, in particular as playtime buddies and playground leaders during break times. There are also particular roles and jobs which year 6 fulfil on daily basis and you may already be aware of the jobs your children will be undertaking in the Autumn term. These were shared out on transition day in July, and will continue to be shared out until the Summer term, when students will be expected to apply for them with a letter of application and possibly an interview!

Curriculum

English

Different narrative Genres, Imagery in Poetry, Argument and Biography

Mathematics

The Autumn Term Curriculum with a continued focus on number complements and

multiplication facts.

Science

Light

Shadows

The Eye

Reflection

Refraction

Evolution and Inheritance

Geography

Our Earth

Location knowledge

Human and Physical Geography skills

Fieldwork Skills

Key Focus – Brazil and South America

Art

Skills involved in ‘using space’

Landscape and Watercolour skills

Understanding of pattern and line.

Modern Foreign Languages

French

Sentence Structure and Vocabulary

COMPUTING

(MrsGilham)

Collecting and Presenting information.

(Powerpoint Presentations with Animation)

RE (MrsGilham)

What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?

Do Christmas celebrations and traditions help understand who Jesus was and why he was born?

P.E

Dance, Tennis and Basketball

PSHCE

Being Me in My World

Celebrating

Differences

Music(MrsGilham)

World Unit

Exploring rhythm and melody.

Song cycle performances.

DT

Cooking and Nutrition

Black Bean Soup/SALSA (linked to geography focus on Global Goals)

The PGL trip will cover many of the objectives for Physical Education and PSHCE.

                 

PE Kit and School Uniform.

Students will have one indoor and one outdoor session per week. Indoor PE is conducted in bare feet, black shorts and white t-shirt or polo top or /WB green t-shirt  . Outdoor PE can be done in tracksuits when the weather becomes colder. Please ensure that all PE kit is at school for PE lessons and that everything is labelled.

Much is made of the responsibility and example setting required in being a year 6 student and this extends to the correct school uniform so please ensure that correct uniform is worn on a daily basis. For the first half term, PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays but PE kits should be in school at all times.

Classroom Support

This year, our class are very lucky to have the support of Mrs Snow again. She will be supporting the class and groups as well as running a variety of intervention programmes.

Mathematics

As has been the case for many a year now, we will be continuing the highly successful practice of Year 6 and Year 5 swapping classrooms and teachers for Mathematics. This means the children will start their day with Mr Hull.

Reading Journal/ Homework/Reading

As part of homework, students will be expected to read at home at 5 times a week. All students will choose books from colour codes in the classroom (some children will have free choice).

There will also be Mathletics and mathematics homework from Mr. Hull.

We will be continuing our HomeTalkSchoolWrite project this year; please talk with your child during these weeks so that they are prepared for Friday’s writing activity. We send home a copy of their work which is not marked. We mark the original piece of work at a later date.  

Home Books

As mentioned above, every year, an amazing variety of books are seen in our classroom as a result of year 6’s buying their own reading material. If children choose to read their own book, please can you make sure it comes to school every day for their independent reading as I would prefer them not to be reading their two books at the same time. We would very much appreciate any donations of books they will not read again to add to the choices we have in school.

Homework,  Lateness , PE Kit and Reading Book/Journal forgotten

We will be monitoring pupils who forget any of the above. I will be using the text service to inform you if this has happened and particularly if it is happening on a regular basis. It is very disruptive to the school day and embarrassing for the child if these are not provided for their lessons. Can I also remind you that we would very much like all children to have a book bag to transport school books,  reading journals, homework and letters

PPA Time

As you know, all teachers have non-contact time each week for planning, preparation and assessments. Mrs Gilham will be teaching Year 6 students on a Thursday morning and will cover Religious Education, Music and Information Technology.

Please remember that if there is anything you wish to discuss about your child’s education, you are very welcome to talk to me before and after school on most days. Here’s to a good term!

Yours sincerely,

                      

Russell Field        Mrs Snow     Mr Hull 

Year 6 have just completed a short unit on Personification Poetry, where they read many poems which described objects and animals as if they had human feelings, actions, thoughts, speech and questions. After practising, they turned their attention to the small oak tree in the playground, which was planted to celebrate the school's centenary. After considering the tree's personification, they worked in pairs to create a short verse. They spent much time editing, considering different words, line breaks and punctuation. I'm sure you will agree the end result is stunning. Well done Year 6; another triumph!

Little Oak 100

 

As he giggled and played with the rushing wind,

He did not feel understood; he was younger

Wanting the other trees to respect his significance.

And how proud he was

Representing something special.

Autumn comes; happiness comes with it,

“I love Autumn,” the tree would shout.

But he did feel special.

And he was!

 

Paige and Dyllon

 

At first, excited to be new;

Responsibilities, making friends, a brand new life,

Impatient to get out, I burst through the surface,

Not even realising my leaves hadn’t grown,

Looking around Big Oak, Apple Twins and Leafy

Laughing at me, all of them,

Humiliation kicking,

A leaf shed

Quietly.

 

Harrison and Alysa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roots push down,

Down past wriggling worms,

Branches wanting up,

Sunshine desire.

I wonder if the weird figures

Dig me up?

 

Alice and Jack

 

 

 

 

Little tree fidgeting

With too much excitement to hold in,

Impatient to explore his wonderful future.

“What will I see?

What will I learn?

How will I grow?” he wonders,

He waves to his BTFs (best trees forever)

Waving branches returned

To the little tree with a big heart -

A tree of Celebration.

 

Bailey and Rosie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel cold,

Alone,

My friends staring at me

With their warm coats on.

There are mushrooms growing around me.

I thought I was special;

I’m not.

I’m just a silly little tree.

 

Daisy and Elwira

 

 

 

Watching the children,

Running and Jumping,

He feels ganged-up on;

Left out.

Feels proud and glad to be

Where he is,

But still doesn’t know his speciality,

Just like a prince.

 

Bethan and Jasper

 

 

 

 

 

I’m lonely,

Other trees tower above me

And make fun of my size.

Autumn leaves hit me,

I cry; they laugh again.

One thing I adore -

Watching children play.

I’m just attached to a wooden pole, some string

Can’t wait until I am big,

I can finally fit in.

 

Jasmine and Courtney

 

Shivering with cold,

Sad, dry, brown leaves fall to the grass.

No leafy jumper anymore.

“When will I grow into my beautiful new green leaves?” she wants to know,

“Don’t touch my precious leaves,” she shouts,

As the children kick them, remembering her many warm leaves

Admired by all.

Redzheb