Hello and welcome to Year 6!
I hope you and your families have had an enjoyable half term. Our topic for this half term is Conflict: War and we will be focusing on World War One to mark 100 years since the end of the war. We will be learning about WW1 poetry, history, art and music this term.
Our PE days this half term are a Monday, Thursday and Friday but please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school everyday. Mr C will be continuing to teach the children for PE.
Please check this web page regularly to keep up-to-date with important information about what we're doing in Year 6 and please contact me or the school office if you have any questions.
Year 6 Takeover Day is this Friday. Year 6 children are invited to come into school from 8 o'clock.
Mrs Bain :)
Below are some suggested poems for Year 6 to perform for Eisteddfod. Please note that, due to year 6 Takeover Day, Year 6 will be doing the first round of Eisteddfod on Monday 26th November. You will need to scroll down to the Year 5 and Year 6 section of the document. Alternatively, children are welcome to perform different poems including ones that they have written themselves.
23.11.18 Year 6 Takeover day
02.12.18 Christmas Fair
03.12.18-07.12.18 End-of-term testing week
05.12.18 Christmas Unwrapped at St Mary's Church, Maidenhead
13.12.18 Gym Showcase
14.12.18 PTA Christmas shopping
17.12.18 Christmas jumper day, Christmas lunch, Christmas class party
18.12.18 Christmas Carol Service at Church, school ends at 2pm
We are continuing to learn abut informal letters this week. The children will be planning and then writing a letter as a soldier in the trenches. We will be discussing how the audience and the purpose of the letter affects the way the letter is written. The features that the children will be trying to include are colloquial language, semi-colons, contractions and directly addressing the reader.
We will be learning about inference this week in guided reading. The children have been really enjoying our class book Wonder and they will be doing some close analysis of the main character August. We will be focusing on using evidence to support our answers and thinking about how to be more selective with the evidence they choose.
This week, we are learning about the order of operations using BIDMAS. The children will be answering questions with more than one number operation in them. Then, we will be moving on to algebra and learning how to generate algebraic formulae. They will be learning how to rearrange equations in order to find missing values.
We are continuing to learn about World War One and this week the children will be producing a leaflet about the history of the poppy as well as analysing and comparing attitudes at the beginning and end of the war.
This term, the children are learning about Earth and Space. This week, they will be learning about the solar system and thinking about the planets in relation to each other before conducting some research to learn more about them.
Each child is given a maths homework booklet at the start of each new term. Within the booklet, there are approximately 6 or 7 units and each unit has two sections to be completed. Section A is arithmetic questions, section B is problem-solving questions and both sections need to be completed. The due in dates for each unit is at the front of the booklet. The cycle for each unit is two weeks. Homework is handed out on the Monday of the first week and the children have until the following Monday to complete the unit and hand their homework in. I will then have a week to mark and go through the homework with your child. The cycle then starts again with the booklet being handed out the next Monday. For example:
Monday 10th September: Maths homework booklet goes home. A full week to complete Unit 1, sections A and B.
Monday 17th September: Maths homework booklet is handed into school, with Unit 1 sections A and B both completed.
Monday 24th September: Maths homework booklet goes home, with sections A and B marked. A full week to complete Unit 2, sections A and B.
If your child struggles with their maths homework, please write a note either on the homework or in the partnership book - I am always happy to go through the work with the children. Sometimes, children think that they will be in trouble at school if they're unable to complete their homework. If your child feels this way, please reassure them that this is not the case and that an adult is more than happy to work with them on anything they don't understand.
At the front of your child's partnership book there will be a list of spellings to show your child's spellings homework throughout the year. Each week, your child will have a new set of spellings to learn which are based upon a particular spelling rule. These spellings will be tested each Friday, meaning children now have a week to learn their spellings rather than a fortnight. The learning of the spellings will be supported through daily work each day in school, as well as interventions for some children. On a Friday, spellings will be marked and the scores from the spellings test will be recorded in the partnership book. At the end of each full term, children who receive an overall percentage of 85% or more will receive a certificate. There are ideas for practising spellings in different ways in the document "Spelling Practise Ideas" which can be found below.
Each term, your child will need to complete a project based on our current topic. There will be a variety of different projects to choose from and your child will be encouraged to pick one that they are both interested in and that they think will challenge them. At the end of each term, this homework will be due in to school and we will celebrate the project in class. This will be through verbal feedback from both myself and their peers. Videos/photos of this happening will be put up onto tapestry/the school website.
Extra Information about Homework
Homework will be explained in detail during the Parents' Information Evening on Wednesday 12th September. If you're unable to attend, please let me know and I will get all of the information to you.
If homework is handed in late, your child will still need to complete it. This is likely to be during a lunch time or break time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. In Year 6, children are told that they are responsible for their own homework and for handing it in, preparing them for secondary school.
If your child finishes their homework before it's due in, they can bring it into school and pop it in the homework box. Homework will still be handed back at the expected date.
If you ever have any questions about a piece of homework, please let me know by either writing a message in the partnership book or by emailing me.
A Book Review of Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
Reviewed by Mahera
Star Rating: **** and 1/2
Lyra is a very happy girl. She has lots of friends and is very trustworthy. She has lived in Jordon College her whole life but when children go missing, she moves.
Lyra goes up North to find missing children but when she's up there, she finds out that her uncle is her dad and he had been captured by bears.
I think it is a good book because it has lots of adventure in it. It follows on into two other books called Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
I recommend this book to people who like adventure books from ages 9 and over because it is a very long book.
A Book Review of Alex Rider Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Reviewed by Nathan
Star rating: **** and 1/2
Alex is a small suspicion when it comes to spying but he is the best spy possible.
After the death of his uncle, the 14-year-old school boy Alex is forced by the Special Ops Division of the UK's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, into a mission which will save millions of lives.
I think it is quite good as it is action-packed all the way through and quite funny. Altogether, it is a very good book.
I would say this is more for boys as there's quite a lot of deaths around. Around a 12 year old in age, but if younger children want to read it should be alright.