A warm Spring 2 welcome to all Year 6 parents, carers and pupils and especially to Mrs Woodward, who is returning to Year 6 after a period of maternity leave.
Whilst in Spring 2 children in Year 6 continue to be taught in two classes with Mrs Whitehead as 6JD class teacher and Mr Carberry as 6PS class teacher, there have been some changes in Year 6. As we head speedily to May and the KS2 SATS, in order to ensure all pupils make best progress and achieve best outcomes, we have made some changes to how pupils are taught. Mrs Woodward is using her skills as an English specialist to accelerate progress in writing whilst Mrs Whitehead is now focussing on teaching Maths. In addition, Mr Carberry is teaching both subjects to a small group of pupils who are benefiting from getting the extra attention they need to achieve their full potential. Our Learning Support Assistants Miss Devi, Mrs Khan and Mrs Watson are working closely with the teachers to support your children's learning. Please note that SATs boosters continue to take place in the ICT Suite every morning and every Year 6 child is welcome and will benefit from attending. Year 6 teachers work closely with the booster staff to ensure that the curriculum taught in the classroom is supported by work in boosters. In addition, Year 6 have subscriptions to PiXL APPs, ‘Sumdog’, ‘Active Learn’, ’StudyZone.tv’ and 'Spelling Shed' where children can access a wealth of English and Maths online games and videos. Please take advantage of these and CGP revision books, which will be given out at Parents Consultation meetings, to help your child prepare for the SAT tests.
Each morning we begin the day with Guided Reading. Split into three groups, we are focussing on reading skills including: understanding vocabulary in context; retrieving information accurately and concisely from a text; inferring from description, characters thoughts and actions and justifying opinions using evidence from the text.
In English pupils are writing a wide range of genres to fulfil the requirements of the KS2 Writing Framework. This half term, they will write letters of complaint, instructions for making magical sweets and short stories.
In Maths we are working on percentages, algebra, measures, area, perimeter and volume and ratio. This is a challengeing term of new curriculum which is taught through reasoning and problem solving activities. In addition we have a daily focus on timetables and invite you to assist you child by practising regularly at home. Every Friday we will work on our arithmetic skills to prepare for Maths Paper 1, arithmetic.
This term we will continue units of work from the International Primary Curriculum. Currently the pupils are studying a unit of work called 'Full Power'.
In Science, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- How to make an electrical circuit
- How we can change a circuit
- How to draw a circuit diagram
- How to build circuits from diagrams
- About different kinds of circuits
- How to make an electric wire-loop game
- About electricity and heat
- About the dangers of electricity
In Technology, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- How to design a car’s headlights, horn and fan
We are looking forward to inviting you to join with us for our exit point activities.
If you need any information or advice, please feel free to come and speak to a member of the year 6 staff.
Thank you for your help and support,
The Year 6 team.
Mr Carberry, Mrs Whitehead and Mrs Woodward