Year 6 - Miss A Rawat
Welcome to ARY6
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to another exciting term! I hope you’ve all had a great festive time. I am really looking forward to helping your child further succeed in their learning and build on their successes from last term. We have lots of hard work to put in, as we begin the run up to the SAT’s.
We will be holding a Parent workshop later in the term to explain how you can support your child in the run up to SATs. Your support (as always) is greatly appreciated.
Spring Term in ARY6
Teacher: Miss. A. Rawat
Support staff: Mrs Lorgat (every day), Mrs Furniss (Mon, Tues, Weds) and Mrs Akudi (Thurs and Fri afternoons)
Pupils: 28 motivated and happy pupils!
When children reach Year 6, they are in the final part of Primary school. Academically, they have to work harder than ever, as they sit end of year SAT tests in Year 6, which are a large focus for teaching. However, we do try to balance the pressure of work with some fun and exciting topics and events. All children become role models and leaders for the younger children and can volunteer to have many important roles such as: headboy/girl, members of the school council and Buddies.
Importance of year 6
As previously mentioned, children take SAT tests at the end of year 6. These are national tests taken by children throughout the country and results are reported in the press, to show achievement of all schools. There are three tests which are Reading, Mathematics and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG). Children are assessed for writing, but this is through teacher assessment and moderation, rather than a test.
This is not the only focus however, as the children need to work hard in all subjects, to achieve the level they are capable of. This is why we stress to parents the importance of homework. Children are given regular homework on a Friday, which is expected to be returned by Wednesday of the following week, at the latest. We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s homework to ensure they complete it to the same high standard expected of them within school.
Literacy- In reading, children will access a variety of texts ensuring they are given a broad diet of literature. Children will explore all areas of comprehension by exploring novels, extracts and previous SAT’s papers.
In writing we will continue to develop our writing skills and will use the skills learned from reading and SPAG to be able to write in detail and at length. Our focus text is ‘Journey to the River Sea’ which is set in 1910. Orphaned when her parents die in a train crash, Maia is given the opportunity to join her distant relatives who run a rubber plant in Brazil. Accompanied by her governess, Miss Minton, who has her own reasons for making the journey, Maia’s finds her new family life in South America is not quite as she expected. And it is not long before she is drawn into high adventure deep in the Amazon. The winner of the Smarties Book Prize Gold Award and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, Journey to the River Sea is an exciting adventure story with themes of family and class, each individual’s responsibility for their own actions, the importance of embracing new experiences and of choosing your own outlook on life.
Maths- This will be another busy half term with the continuation of our hard work in Maths. I would like the children to continue practising their four operations and place value multiplication and division of 10,100 and 1000 as this is essential for Year 6. We will be focusing on areas which your child needs to practise more often, so they can reach their potential, especially in problem solving. There will be opportunities to enhance their mental arithmetic skills each day too. Please note we hold a booster class every Tuesday after school until 4pm. Please sign up to join. Every little extra helps.
Science - This term will look at the following unit of work on Living Things and Their Habitats.
This ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ unit will teach your class about the classification of living things, including micro-organisms. The children will build on their work in Year 4 by sorting animals into groups based on their similarities and differences. They will extend their
learning to find out about the standard system of classification first developed by Carl Linnaeus, choosing an animal and researching its classification. The children will have the opportunity to design their own ‘curious creature’ and classify it based on its characteristics.
They will learn about micro-organisms, and conduct an investigation into the growth of mould on bread. Furthermore, the children will use play dough to create a new single celled micro-organism and explain how it is classified and why. Finally, the children will put their learning into practice by creating a field guide to the living things in their local area, showing how and why each one is classified.
This half term, we will be learning the foundation subjects through the topic of
River and Mountains
Geography- Year 6’s will be able name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time. They will develop an understanding of geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America. Year 6’s will understand physical geography, including climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, and the water cycle. Children will begin to use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.
Computing - ‘We are project managers’. This half-term, children will work collaboratively to develop a smartphone or tablet app. Pupils apply computational thinking to the task of managing a complex project.
Identify their existing talents and plan how they can develop further knowledge and skills and further use web-based research skills to source tools, content and other resources.
Music- Year 6’s Our music focus will be based around the Samba beat and its journey from the roots of Africa to Brazil. We will be improvising and composing music for a range of
purposes using a selection of percussion instruments. It’s going to be one noisy
classroom! As always, we will continue to experiment with our singing in singing assemblies led by Mrs Fretwell.
French – Miss Younis will be teaching French this half term and Year 6’s will be engaging in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic French language structures
PE- This half term we are lucky to have the Premier Coaching Sports Coaches working alongside us to develop our tennis skills. We will be looking at Dance with Miss Younis where children will learn about movements of their bodies inspired from the sounds they hear. We will be practicing a variety of moves in order to create a powerful performance. IMPORTANT NOTE: PE lessons are now on a Mon and Tues. Children must be bring in their P.E kit, and a change of footwear, on Mondays and Tuesdays. Children who fail to bring in their appropriate kit will have to wear the spare kit.
Homework will be given out every Friday and your child will be expected to hand their completed homework task first thing Monday morning. Can you please support your child by encouraging them to complete their independent learning tasks. P.S. there will be added homework through the week too.