I hope you and the children had a lovely Easter break. Thank you all for your support over the past four terms. If you have not had the chance to see me regarding your child’s national curriculum levels and the areas they need to work on in preparation for their SATs in May then please do not hesitate to make an appointment with me through the school office.
Term 6 – Speaking and Listening Skills
- I can listen to and tolerate views of others.
- I can develop my ideas and line of argument.
- I can clearly retell events and specific points with detail for a group.
Dates for the Diary
Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school.
11.07.17—COW day 9.00
11.07.17—Year 5 and 6 production 1.45—3.00
13.07.17— Year 5 and 6 production 6.00 —7.00
17‐18.07.16—Year 5 and 6 sale.
21.07.17—End of term
Termly Curriculum Letters
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CLS – Thinking skills
This term our Core Learning Strand is Thinking skills. The children will be working to improve their ability to research, be creative and innovative as well as how to analyse and interpret information. We will often be talking to them about their use of different coloured hats to help in these processes. Please ask your child what their I Can statement is and if they can name the different hats and what they each will assist with.
Enquiry – The Great Geographical challenge
This term we will be looking at using maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied . We will also learn to use the eight points of a compass, four and six figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build our knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world . We will also continue to look at other areas of the curriculum during cross curricular activities.
English – Way Home
Our book for this term is Way Home by Libby Hathorn. We will be retelling the story to begin with. We will then move on to looking at, and describing the illustrations using techniques learnt from last term. Then we will look at creating a new part of the story using the same techniques as the author. Towards the end of the term, we will write both discussion and persuasion texts around the theme of homelessness for adults and children.
During Term 5 Year 6 will be continuing to develop their understanding of the 4 operations. We will also be focussing in-depth on written multiplication and division, fractions, ratio and proportion and revising for SATs week. Please ask your children what they have been learning in maths and remind them about using their revision books leading up to SATs week.
This term we will be spending week one writing about superheroes. Following this we will spend week 2 and 3 studying the short story ‘The Giants necklace.’ This will allow us to complete different writing text types. From week four we will be studying the poem ‘The Lady of Shallot.’
These are the areas and objectives that we will be focusing on this term in Maths. During the week commencing 3rd April the class will complete assessment activities.
- Add and subtract numbers using mental strategies; solve addition of 4- to 7-digit numbers using written column addition; identify patterns in the number of steps required to generate palindromic numbers; solve subtraction of 5-, 6- and 7-digit numbers using written column method (decomposition); solve additions and subtractions choosing mental strategies or written procedures as appropriate; read, understand and solve word problems
- Identity common factors and common multiples; understand that a prime number has exactly two factors and find prime numbers less than 100; understand what a composite (non-prime) number is; use long division to divide 3- and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers, giving remainders as a fraction, simplifying where possible
- Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in shopping contexts, and add and subtract money using column addition and counting up; add and subtract decimal numbers choosing an appropriate strategy, and add decimal numbers with different numbers of places using column addition; use mathematical reasoning to investigate and solve problems, and solve subtractions of decimal numbers with different numbers of places (2-places) using counting up
- Calculate and understand the mean average; construct and interpret distance/time line graphs where intermediate points have meaning, including conversion line graphs; understand pie charts are a way of representing data using percentages, interpret and construct pie charts
- Read and plot coordinates in all four quadrants, draw and translate simple polygons using coordinates and find missing coordinates for a vertex on a polygon; draw and reflect simple polygons in both the x-axis and y-axis using coordinates; find unknown angles around a point, on a line, in a triangle or vertically opposite and in polygons where diagonals intersect
- Multiply 4-digit numbers including those with two decimal places by 1-digit numbers; use long multiplication to multiply 4-digit numbers by numbers between 10 and 30, including those with two decimal places; revise using short division to divide 4-digit by 1-digit and 2-digit numbers including those which leave a remainder, and divide the remainder by the divisor to give a fraction, simplifying where possible, and make approximations; use long division to divide 4-digit by 2-digit numbers, and use a systematic approach to solve problems
Why do some creatures no longer exist?
We will continue to look at evolution and changes over time. In addition we will learn to recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. We will looking at how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
Building on what we learned about fossils in year 3, we will find out more about how living things on Earth have changed over time. The class will be introduced to the idea that characteristics are passed from parents to their offspring, for instance by considering different breeds of dogs, and what happens when, for example, Labradors are crossed with Poodles.
Towards the end of the term we will be moving onto look at The Lady of Shallot. This unit focuses on Art and Music. The aim of the ‘Arts’ Learning Unit is to use a stimulus taken from the art world e.g. poem, painting etc, and for pupils to explore their own creativity through the knowledge, understanding and skills of the creative arts. This complements the CLS strand ‘Knowing me knowing you’ in that pupils will, through the creative thinking process, develop their sense of self and understanding of others.
Homework is handed out on Thursdays and due in on Tuesdays. On Friday there is a homework help club which your child can attend for support in their homework. For children who do not complete homework there is a homework club that is run on Tuesday lunchtimes.
Useful website links
For useful links for each subject please check our curriculum pages.
Displays and Children’s Work
Take a look at some of our work and sometimes us in the classroom. You are always welcome to come into school and take a closer look. You can see from the displays in our classrooms the variety of topics we cover. As the year progresses, the displays change. By July, you will be able to see the whole range of subjects we have covered. Our Working walls help us learn – the content builds as the term progresses.