Class 6 Curriculum Newsletter
Welcome to Year 6!
This newsletter summarises the main curriculum and class information for your child, for the autumn term, and other points to note. If any concerns arise please feel free to speak to me after school or via a note.
There is a more detailed plan of the Year 6 curriculum on the school website, which I will update and amend as the year unfolds depending on the children’s needs and progress made.
Maths and English will have a high priority and we will cover all areas of the curriculum to prepare for the SATS assessments in May, which now take the form of a: Reading; Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test. Further information about these assessments and their format will be discussed closer to the time.
Maths: mental arithmetic; place value; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; fractions; and geometry.
English: we will look at a novel a term throughout the year but will also use similar texts or stimuli associated around the topic of the chosen novel. We will incorporate many styles of writing from story narratives, chronological reports, non-chronological reports, poetry, diary recounts, persuasive writing and writing from different points of view.
Science: animals including humans and evolution and inheritance.
History: significant Turning points in British History: specifically parts of the Victorian era.
DT: Food - celebrating culture and seasonality (linked to History).
Art: William Morris and other artists.
PE: basketball, tag rugby, swimming and sports hall athletics.
Computing: E-safety; ‘We are app planners’; and ‘We are projects managers’. We will also be making lots of use of our school iPads. The children will continue to learn creative ways to present their work and use them as a valuable research tool to aid and compliment the children’s independent learning, using apps such as Pages, Keynote, Explain Everything, Green Screen and iMovie.
Music: exploring rounds and sound sources.
PSHE: New beginnings and getting on and falling out.
The children will have a homework diary in which they should write in the tasks set. I strongly encourage the children to independently fill these out and not have me remind them every day to fill out homework and write down school events. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to really start getting used to secondary school where such a book will be a lifeline for them. If you help your child with any of the tasks, please write a note underneath describing the nature of this help so that I know further consolidation may be necessary.
The plan for homework is:
Monday: spellings – these will be tested the following Monday
Tuesday: maths - due in Friday and to be marked in class
Wednesday: reading for 30 minutes - own book or directed reading from me. One comment should be written in their homework diary, using the reading prompt to help them. These will be randomly checked the following day.
Thursday: topic - due date will depend according to the nature of the task as it may well be project based whereby the children will be given 2 or 3 weeks to complete it. They will need to manage their own time accordingly.
Friday: punctuation and grammar – due in the following Friday
The children should continue to read daily at home. They should be encouraged to read a full range of books and visit their local library if possible. It is also important to hear your child read whenever you can. Times tables must continue to be practised every day.
Children will be aware of the Learning Objectives for their lessons and what I am looking for in the task they are completing. Where possible, and especially in English, I will annotate their work with suggestions, questions or prompts relating to the Learning Objective, for them to respond to. A marking code will also be used to make this process quicker and more effective. The children will also be assessing work through marking their own and others work giving them the opportunity to reflect on what they have completed.
Learning and behaviour expectations
I expect the children to learn and behave in accordance with the school and classroom rules. I expect them to listen fully during teaching time and not to disturb anyone else. Children should contribute to class discussions and work to their full potential at all times.
Rewards and sanctions
Good work and behaviour will be rewarded with praise, team points, weekly certificates in celebration assembly class treats. I believe in having a positive approach with the children and will praise them regularly and wherever I can.
Warnings will be given to the children before a sanction follows. This may take the form of missing a playtime or using their time to complete unfinished work. All of the class have contributed to a set of classroom rules/expectations and are aware of the sanctions procedure in the case of bad behaviour.
Time to discuss any issues
Please see me if you have any queries regarding your child. I would also encourage the children, as a reflection of their age, to come and speak to me themselves. This might be to relieve a worry before going home, or after having discussed it with their parents. I think it is important for the children to start to think for themselves and work out how to solve problems independently if they can. Obviously, any larger issues should be dealt with me directly. I am available every day after school but please be aware that we have staff meetings on Tuesdays and I run Dance club on Fridays, so my time is limited on these days.
Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day of the week. If your child is unable to do PE, please supply a written note as to the reason why. Please note that if your child has long hair, they will need to have it tied back and on colder days they can bring in tracksuit bottoms and a warm top to wear as PE will continue in all weathers! Earrings are not to be worn during PE lessons.
Thank you very much for attending today and I look forward to working with you all (again!). Class 6 have already made a very positive start to the year!