Summer term in Year 6

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope that you had an excellent Easter.  The letter below will outline what we are covering this term.  We welcome to Year 6 Mrs Anderson who is now sharing TA duties with Mrs Morrish.  If you have any questions about the term ahead, please feel free to come and talk to any of us at any point!

In English this term, we will begin with a unit on spooky stories.  Following this we will move on to a unit on writing and delivering effective and powerful speeches before we finish the year by looking at writing creative, funny and interesting recounts.  Spellings will be focused around a particular spelling rule each week.  Spellings related to this rule will be given out on Monday and will be tested on Friday.  Some children will continue with weekly Times Tables test where needed in order that they are ready for secondary school.  Guided Reading will be done on a rotational group basis, meaning that each group will have more time to read and study longer books.  This term groups will be reading ‘Groosham Grange’ by Anthony Horrowitz’, ‘Frozen in Time’ by Ali Sparks and ‘The Amber Spyglass’ by Philip Pullman.

During Maths we will finish our studies on charts and graphs before moving on to cover algebra and averages.  Every Friday we will be working on our ‘Theme Park Maths’ where the children will create and run their own theme park using business, economic and accounting skills to see who can make the most money!  

The children will study two topics this term in Science – ‘The Human Body’ followed by ‘Human Life Cycles and Body Changes’.  The second of these will link with our PSHE topic, and a letter will follow soon with more detail.  In Geography we will be focussing on ordinance survey maps, looking at symbols, grid references and contours, before using our skills in Art to create a model Snowdon mountain by building up contour layers.  In RE the children will be studying rules for living and aspects of Judaism and Christianity.  Music lessons will be taught by Mrs. Salway and Modern Foreign Languages will be taught by Mrs. Cheshire who will be covering an introduction to German.  Mrs Morrish will continue to teach Computing and the children will be learning about stop motion and video editing.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be the PE days for the whole term and, for the time being, children should continue to wear PE kits on these days.  We will attempting to play baseball by the end of the summer!

In the week beginning Tuesday May 4th the children will be doing a replica SATs week.  This will aid in my assessment of the children for the year and allow the children to challenge themselves to beat their scores from previous tests and put all their hard work into action!  The papers will be marked by me, will not be sent on to the secondary schools, and will be used only as one part of the assessment process – it is designed to be a satisfying and structured week, but it is not meant to be stressful in any way!

Outside of the normal curriculum areas, we are hoping to have a very busy end of Year 6, and one which very much reflects the ‘normal experience’.  Casting for The Lion King has taken place and rehearsals will start shortly.  We are very excited about this and look forward to all of your children being able to showcase their exceptional talents!  We also hope that Snowdonia will go ahead as planned.  We will be organising a virtual presentation to cover many aspects of this and we will release details of this soon. 

A busy term will be completed with many other exciting activities.  The children can look forward to the return of some sports fixtures, an ‘Apprentice’ project based on adding value to items, and planning and preparation for the school fayre as well as a ‘Tour of the Mediterranean’ in Food Technology.

Yours sincerely,

Mr David Oswin and Mrs Ursula Anderson