Hello and welcome to the Summer 2 in Year 6. This term, we will be testing our pupils to monitor their progress, identify gaps in learning and help them make as much progress as possible, ensuring that our pupils have mastered the necessary skills for secondary school. Our pupils will participate in transition activities, either remotely or in person, with their new secondary school. In class, we will participate in a 3-week transition unit based on the novel, Boy 89.
In English, we are reading 'Wonder' by R.J Palacio. The pupils are finding this book fascinating already as we follow a unique ten-year-old boy with Treacher- Collins Syndrome to school for the first time. As we read, we are practising a wide variety of reading and grammar skills, which enable us to better understand the messages the author has for the reader, and to practise our skills writing about different aspects of the story.
In Maths, we are focussing on percentages and answering two-step word problems using four operations with units of measure, including money. We will teach pupils to find equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages and work on calculating percentages of a quantity.
Our topic for Summer 2 is Science based, and is called 'Lights Out!', which focusses on Light. We will:
- recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
- use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
- explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
- use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them
In addition, Year 6 pupils are working on a special programme called The Young Leaders Award. Pupils will learn about leadership skills by examining successful national and world leaders. They will then look at local, national and global dilemmas and the work of charitable organisations. Finally, they will plan their own project to raise money to donate to a charity. Our aim is to 'Be the change you want to see.'
A weekly spelling test will take place each Friday. New spellings will be distributed each Friday with activities allocated on Spelling Shed.
6JD P.E. will be on Wednesday and Thursday and 6PS P.E. will be on Tuesday and Wednesday On these days children are allowed to wear their P.E. kit for the whole day instead of their uniform. The focus for Summer is Cricket.
At home, it would be beneficial to your child if you can practise times tables with them as these underpin much of the Year 6 maths curriculum. You could use the PIXL app, Sumdog and Maths Shed to help you with this.
Other ways to help at home:
- Make sure your child arrives at school ready to learn and on time.
- Ensure your child has correct school uniform and PE kit.
- Help your child complete their Homework every week.
- Read daily with your child from their school reading book, sign their reading record and send to school so their book can be changed.
- Practise number bonds, times tables and matching division facts.
- Practise the skills found in the booklet: ‘End of Year 6 Expectations’ with your child.