Welcome to Year 6 – Spring Term 2017
Love is in the Air!
Welcome back! I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and that your child is rested and ready to face the challenges of this next term.
Autumn term was a great success, with particular highlights of mine being the wonderful poems the children wrote, based on their understanding of World War 1 trench warfare, their fantastic narrative writing linked to ‘The Hunger Games’ and not forgetting of course, the amazing week we had at Laches Wood. Our ‘Fabulous Finish’ to mark the end of our Autumn Topic was also a huge success: the Anglo-Saxon/Viking battle was a brilliant afternoon as was our ‘Survival Day’. Both events I am sure we will all remember for a very long time!
There is no doubt that this next term will be challenging and hard work. It is important that your child continues to embrace the journey that will take them on to High School next September. I will be with them every step of the way to ensure that they are fully prepared for this important stage in their lives.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the ‘Key Stage Two Tests Information Evening’ which will take place on Tuesday 31st January at 5:30pm. This will provide important information about the forthcoming tests (new this year), you will have opportunity to ask questions as well as find out more about the ways in which you can support your child at home. I will send a letter out to you shortly will further details about this meeting.
I am also very much looking forward to the launch of our Spring Topic (Love is in the Air) with our Topic Launch on Friday 6th January – when the children will be doing some artwork linked with this exciting new topic.
Our school motto, “Care to Learn and Learn to Care” provides an on-going dialogue in school and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support; Learning works best when it is a partnership between the school, the parents and the pupils.
Below is a broad overview of our areas of learning for this second term.
In Numeracy we will be continuing to work hard to develop our mental maths strategies as well as our written maths strategies and methods – and making links between the two. The children will continue to develop their skills using all four operations, using the shortest and most efficient method. If you wish me to discuss and explain any of these methods to you, in order that you can support your child, please come and talk to me. Our main areas of learning during the Spring Term are:
Throughout the term we will be helping the children to apply their skills in these areas of maths in a broader, more in-depth way (including solving real life problems). We will also continue to develop the children’s reasoning skills across all areas of numeracy. In addition to this, children will engage in ‘Maths across the curriculum’ (MAC) opportunities.
Literacy – class text/playscript ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare (which links with our topic ‘Love is in the Air’)
I cannot stress enough the importance of reading. The benefits of reading are vast. Reading expands your vocabulary and improves your spelling. Reading helps you understand different ideas and it helps you learn to communicate. It can be fun to read new stories and find out what happens. Reading expands your imagination. Whilst your child is expected to read daily, please encourage your child to read beyond their ‘reading book’. For example, get them to read road signs, information on food packaging, menus, film reviews, television listings – you could even on occasion get them to mute the TV so that they can read the subtitles and still know what is happening! Our class text this term is a phenomenal love story that also addresses issues of prejudice and social differences.
Our main areas of learning during the Spring Term are:
We will explore ideas and raise different kinds of questions about ‘Light’ as well as ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. We will carry out research about the works of famous scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton (and his theory about light) and Charles Darwin (palaeontologist) to help us with our learning. We will use our learning to help us understand how our eyes work. We will become more secure in our understanding of what makes animals more or less able to survive.
Topic ‘Love is in the Air’: History
We will develop a chronologically secure knowledge of a theme in British history with an in depth study of the Tudor times – specifically the life of Henry VIII and his six wives. Through historical enquiry we will find out about the power of this monarch and the English Reformation.
Topic ‘Love is in the Air’: Geography
We will develop our locational knowledge of the United Kingdom with a focussed enquiry on the Tudor town ‘Stratford-upon-Avon (birthplace of William Shakespeare). We will explore the geographical and physical features of this thriving tourist town and consider how this effects its economy. We will use geographical tools to help us develop our geographical skills and fieldwork.
Topic ‘Love is in the Air’: Design and Technology
We will explore head dresses and masks (linked to the Romeo and Juliet masquerade ball) and we will use this to help us to design, make, evaluate and improve our own.
Topic ‘Love is in the Air’: Art
We will study the work of Northern Renaissance artist Hans Holbein (Court Painter to Henry V111). We will look closely at some of his many portraits and paint our own portraits in a similar style. We will also look at the work of Gustav Klimt (Austrian Symbolist painter), in particular his painting ‘The Kiss’
Topic ‘Love is in the Air’: Music
We will listen to songs about the Tudors and perform these in context. We will also begin to learn some of the songs for our end of year show – yet to be revealed! We will continue to develop our skills as musicians through learning to play percussion.
As users of technology:
We will become more digitally literate by understanding how systems work and put this knowledge to use through programming. We will develop skills using core programmes to help us with other areas of learning and to prepare us for our adult lives. We will keep ourselves safe and respect the privacy and safety of others by developing a secure understanding of e-safety.
We will make links between beliefs and action and show how this might impact on others. We will learn about practices in the Jewish community and draw parallels between this faith and Christianity.(Staffordshire Agreed Syllabus).
‘Keeping Myself Safe’
Modern Foreign Languages (French)
Through our historical and geographical enquiries, we will explore the languages of then and now in other countries. By following the MFL Curriculum, we will become more efficient communicators of one chosen language and will become more culturally aware of the countries in which this language is spoken (including some cultural and religious festivals).
During Spring Term PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon. The focus will be dance – linking in with both our topic and our end of year show!
I hope that you have found this information useful and please do remember, if you wish to talk to me about any aspect of your child’s learning, my door is always open. We will ensure that we ‘Care to Learn and Learn to Care’ together.
(Year 6 Class Teacher)