Year 6 - Mr D Miree
Spring 2 Overview
“Stories are wild creatures,” the monster said. “When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?” ― Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls
This half term we are using the Power of Reading to help develop our creative writing skills. The book we will be focusing on is: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. The short novel is based on the theme of supernatural and loss. So I expect lots of scary tales.
The children will study the characters, write a biography, poetry, instructions and a short story based upon the main theme of the book. Furthermore we will also be predicting and making inferences on the basis of what has been read, identify themes and conventions in a wide range of books, discuss words & phrases which interest the reader, explain the meaning of words in context and ask questions to improve our understanding of text. This novel is hugely moving and a fantastic read I advise you to get a copy to read along with the class.
We will also be revising our grammar skills by using commas to clarify meaning, using brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis, using dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses, recognising vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for formal speech and writing revisiting the use of modal verbs.
The children will further revise many key skills and concepts in preparation for SATS, including fractions, decimals and percentages and mean. They will continue to practice using all 4 operations and applying this in problem solving situations. They will learn more about Algebra, ratio and proportion and how to construct and interpret line graphs and pie charts. We will also learn Ratio and Proportion too
As scientists we will be continuing our topic on Electricity, drawing diagrams and creating our own circuits.
We will be discussing relationships, Children will have opportunities to think about themselves, learn from experience and recognise what they are good at, why and how rules and laws are made and enforced, why different rules are needed in different situations and how to take part in making and changing rules. Pupils will discuss what makes a healthy lifestyle, including the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, what affects mental health and how to make informed choices. We will recap Internet Safety and how our actions affect themselves and others, to care about other people’s feelings and try to see things from their point of view. We will also become aware of different types of relationship, including marriage and those between family and friends, and to develop skills to be effective in these relationships.
We will be combining our Art and computing skills by producing a short Stop Start Animation film based around our topic. Your child will have opportunities to: Locate advice for creating stop motion animations from the web; create a small A6 publication containing a checklist of 10 tips for creating stop motion animation; apply DTP skills – combine square bullets, border, image; acknowledge sources of information. I cannot wait to see their results.
Please note that Physical Education for this half term will be on Thursday afternoon so please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit available. TRAINERS must be worn not school shoes.
In P.E. we will be focusing on Tennis. Your child will be learning how to keep good balance, change direction, understand different types of shots, including vollies, half vollies and learn how to improve their accuracy too.
Homework will be given out every Friday and your child will be expected to hand their completed homework task back in first thing Monday morning. Please support your child by encouraging them to complete their independent learning task on time.
Please note there are Reading (Monday with Mrs Tuck) and Mathematics (Tuesdays with Mr Miree and Mrs Tuck) booster classes after school until 4pm. Please have your child bring along a signed note stating that you are wanting your child to benefit from these hourly lessons. Please indicate if you are picking your child up afterwards or allowing them to make their own way home. Thank You.
How can you help for SAT’s ?
Please remember that the preparation for SAT’s is a stressful time of the year for your child, so if you need, please do not hesitate to come in for a chat.
I hope you have found this information useful and that you can find ways to support your child’s learning.