10th September 2018

Dear parents,

Welcome back and welcome to year 6!  Our topic for this half term is about how crime and punishment has changed throughout history. Attached is a curriculum plan of an overview of the work being covered. Below are areas of work the children will be learning about.

Maths: place value (ordering, comparing, adding and subtracting using numberlines and place value charts) and calculations using all four operations.

Science: recognising that light appears to travel in straight lines, understanding the idea that light travels in straight lines and understanding that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye.

R.E: Exploring the Ten Commandments, both the traditional version and modern version and discussing their relevance to our lives today.

Art: Creating a piece of art based on finger print technology, with a focus on identity.

English: guided reading, spelling strategies, grammar, punctuation and reading comprehension.

 

Home Learning

Reading

It is very important that your child continues to read regularly at home, either by themselves or to an adult. Reading is a key home learning activity that helps with: understanding the world around them, understanding vocabulary, spellings, ideas for their writing, punctuation and grammar. Ideally, we would like your child to read five times a week. Reading matter could include novels, comics, newspapers, annuals, recipes and non-fiction books. They do not need to read pages and pages if they don’t want to, but little and often would be great. The children need to record in their reading records if they have read at home. It would be great if, on occasions, an adult could listen to them read and record this in their reading records too. Asking questions about the plot, characters, setting, vocabulary etc. would really help with their understanding of the text. There will be regular monitoring of reading books to make sure your child has an appropriate book for their ability and understands what they are reading.

Spellings

In school, the children will be having daily spelling activities based on the spelling rules and words for year 6. Although they will not be bringing spellings home to learn for a test, I have attached the words the children are expected to learn by the end of year 6. This allows you and your child, if you wish, to practise these words and their meanings at home, as well as in school. Also, attached to this letter are some strategies to help learn spellings that we hope you find useful.

Number facts and maths targets

Knowing number facts helps considerably with their understanding in calculation strategies. In school, your child will be given time (in addition to maths lessons) to practise times tables and related division facts. If your child know their times tables and the related division facts, then they will then have other maths targets to work on based on the year 6 curriculum. If you wish to work with your child on these facts/targets, they are printed in the front of their maths books. Please feel free to come in and have a look. For your information, attached is a copy of the number fact knowledge for each year group.

As well as helping your child with their number facts, any ‘real life’ experience would really help with understanding worded problems. These two step problems can often prove tricky to children as they are based on real life problems the children have not faced. Cooking and shopping are particularly valuable examples of real-life experiences.

SATs

In the spring term your child will bring home activities to help with these assessments, but I will give more information in next term’s letter.

P.E

Our P.E days this term are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has appropriate kit in school on those days. 

Please don’t hesitate to come and see me if you have any concerns about your child or their work.

Thank you for your support,

 

Juliette Endacott (class teacher)