Hello and welcome to Year 6!
Happy New Year! I hope you had a great Christmas and that you had plenty of time to rest and recharge your batteries as we have a very packed term.
Our new topic for Spring Term is Lights, Camera, Action! The children will be learning about the theatre from William Shakespeare's plays up to the modern day. We have several exciting school trips and workshops for the children to look forward to as well as events such as the Eisteddfod final and Dance Extravaganza.
Our PE days this term will continue to be Monday, Tuesday and Friday but please make sure that children bring their PE kits in everyday. Children are welcome to come into school in their PE kits on PE days.
Mrs Bain :)
01.02.19 02 Young Voices
08.02.19 Dance Extravaganza
18.02.18 Half Term
This week, we are continuing to write our biographies about William Shakespeare. The children will be concentrating on writing formally and trying to include features such as the passive voice in their writing. Towards the end of the week, the children will be completing an assessment piece, writing a biography about a person of their choice. Our SPaG focus for this week is the passive voice. The children will be turning sentences from active to passive and then answering SATs-style questions.
We are continuing to learn about fractions this week. We will begin by continuing to learn about adding and subtracting fractions at the beginning of the week and then we will be apply our knowledge to some problem-solving questions. We have a particularly exciting lesson on Wednesday where the children will have to try and use their knowledge to defuse a maths-bomb! At the end of the week, the children will be assessed from their fortnightly maths test. Our times table test for this week is the 12 times tables.
In guided reading, we are focusing on figurative language and the impact that it has on the reader. The children will be revising different figurative language examples and discussing why an author might include this in their work. They will then be answering questions based on the writer's purpose.
Our non-core lessons this week will be music. The children are going to be learning how music works in a theatre and how it can contribute to the meaning of a play. They will then be looking at how music creates emotion and will analyse some contrasting pieces of music. Towards the end of the week, the children will begin to compose their own pieces of music to accompany the Witches' poem from Macbeth. The instruments that the children will be using include keyboards, glockenspiels and percussion. The skills they will be learning include recognising written rhythms and the difference between major and minor keys.
This week, the children are learning about properties of materials and thinking about how they can classify and sort different materials. They will be creating a dichotomous key to show this.
The children are currently learning about Buddhism and will be focusing on The Three Signs of Being this week. After learning about what the Three Signs of Being are, the children will be creating posters that demonstrate their understanding.
Each week, your child will receive two piece of Maths homework. One piece will be given on the Monday, due in on Friday. The other will be given on the Friday, due in on the following Monday. The homework will be uploaded onto the website below when possible and more details will be written in your child's partnership book.
Each week, your child will receive one piece of reading or SPaG homework. It will be given on the Wednesday, due in on the following Monday. The homework will be uploaded onto the website below when possible and more details will be written in your child's partnership book.
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
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.