Autumn Term - Year 6
Welcome to the autumn term of year 6 at St Peter’s. We hope this newsletter will provide you with an overview of the learning we will be covering from now until Christmas.
Building Learning Power
As mentioned in a letter before the Summer, this year we are embarking upon an exciting exploration into Building Learning Power. All of our learning will be focussed on developing and cultivating key learning habits (or ‘powers’) which will not only give lessons in a new and more dynamic approach, but will also equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to improve and take ownership of life-long learning. All staff are extremely excited about this venture!
After studying the importance of empathy through the film ‘All Is Lost’, we are kicking off Year 6 by exploring the Vikings – prior to our much-anticipated visit to Whitby and the surrounding area. We will investigate how the Vikings lived and their impact on Britain. This will be done through a personalised approach to learning, giving children independence to focus on an area of interest in this topic. Later in the term, we will also be carrying out our own Enterprise Week where the children will be selling their products during the Christmas fair (Friday, 30th November), with the aim of making a profit. Prior to this topic, we will be exploring persuasive devices in English.
Mathematics will cover a range of mathematical topics that include place value, fractions, percentages and decimals as well as consolidating and extending multi-step problems involving +, -, x and ÷. However, we also plan to delve deeper into our children’s mathematical understanding and thinking by providing lots of investigations that are mathematically very rich – we will start by discovering numbers that exist in nature - ask your child about this soon!
In Science, we will study forces; these sessions will comprise of practical and theory-based activities and will link with pupils’ understanding of the real world. We will also be marking the centenary of World War I by exploring poets from this period of history and considering its impact on future generations. In DT, pupils will be exploring and creating their own electric-powered vehicles. We will also continue our learning of Spanish with Profe Gray, our specialist Spanish teacher.
work – now known as Home LEARNING!
Year 6 home learning this term will comprise of two elements: the first will be regular reading, as well as revision of maths facts (e.g. times tables) and spellings. In the first term we will be doing this chiefly through TTRockstars and Spelling Shed - ask your children about these. The second element is an optional home learning menu, comprising suggestions of activities and investigations to extend their learning and interest in our topics.
Children will have the opportunity to practise their maths and spelling during their own time in school (i.e. lunch times or break times). This allows children with busy evenings to ‘have no excuse’ J! Naturally, we hope your child will read regularly at home and we would like them to record this, along with an adult’s signature, in their new reading diaries. These will be checked on a weekly basis. You may have also noticed our new reading initiative, ‘Book Bingo’ - ask your child about this.
Physical activity will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Indoor P.E. this term will initially focus on Gymnastics and Dance. The additional session will be a weekly Mile ‘run’, the aim being for the children to improve their personal best each time. Indoor P.E. kit should consist of a white T-shirt, black shorts and indoor sports shoes. Children, for outdoor P.E., should wear kit appropriate to the time of year and sport being undertaken. In addition, if your child is taking part in lunchtime sports clubs, please ensure they have suitable clothing for these sessions and are not using their school uniform.
We hope this information will be useful for you and your child and if you are able to support in any way, prior to or during these topics, it would be greatly appreciated. If you have a special interest in any of the areas we plan to cover, and are interested in coming in and supporting in class, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs Abel, Mrs Walton and Mr Mawer