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Welcome to year 6

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Your children have returned after their break with a great enthusiasm and a thirst to learn which will bode well in what will be an important year for them.

 

Important information:

 

Swimming day: Friday (6S and 6M)

Secondary school admissions deadline: Thursday 31st October 2019

Eid assembly: Monday 30th September (6S) Tuesday 1st Oct (6M)

 

Year 6 Key Dates:

 

Our core question is “Are we really free?” and our core book is “Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Levine.

Science topic: Light

How you can help

Allow children to conduct own research and question their findings. Have regular discussions with children regarding their week’s learning. With regards to science, children will be given key scientific vocabulary for them to understand and use in the appropriate contexts.

Computing: We are game developers

Pupils will use vector and turtle graphics to explore geometric art, taking inspiration from the work of Escher, Riley and traditional Islamic artists, as well as experimenting with complex ‘fractal’ landscapes

History: Ancient Greece

How you can help

Visiting museums and reading Greek myths will help to immerse children further into the topic. Ask children to identify similarities between this period and those studied previously.

Art/DT: Trojan Horse

How you can help

Ask children to explain their reasoning for their material choices and design for their own horse. Support children with the design of their wheels and hinge mechanism on the secret door of their horses.

Homework:

 

Your child has been given a reading journal in order to record their reading, summarise what they have read and complete reading activities at home.

 

They will continue to use Mathletics for their maths homework.

 

Your child will also take a spelling activity or words home to learn. We recognise that some children find spelling very tricky. The aim of this part of the homework is to allow them to become familiar with the spelling rules and patterns they are studying in school so they can feel confident using them in their writing. If you have any concerns about the spellings or spelling games sent home, please see your class teacher.

 

If you would like to do more additional Maths and English work with your child, these are the main objectives we are covering this half term: place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions.

 

English:

 

How you can help

Discuss children’s learning and understanding of the issues around Henry’s Freedom Box. Ask children about their targets and encourage them to apply them in writing activities they undertake in their own time.

Maths:

How you can help

Use every opportunity as a learning opportunity! When shopping, ask children to calculate costs, discounts and comparisons of prices. E.g. which deal is cheaper: 60% off £32 or 55% off £25? Also, helping children understand vocabulary associated with multi-step word problems will benefit them greatly

Reading

 

One of the things we are working on this year is trying to get our children to love reading by recognising that the key to reading is: Practice, Perseverance and Pleasure

 

Reading anything to and with your child is invaluable. It could be a sports website, cookery books, labels in the supermarket, a favourite picture book, newspapers or their reading book. It should not be a chore but a lovely thing to do and we recognise that this might not always mean the school reading book. We may send home books your child really loves to look at even though it might be too hard to read independently. Children are allowed to bring a book from home or a library and use this as their school reading book.

 

Please write in your child’s reading journal about what reading you have been doing with them or what they have read to you.

 

If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to your class teacher.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Year 6 team

 

Ms Bazuaye and Ms Sohota

Trips and Events

4th October 2019

Year 6 Trip London City Hall - Greater London Authority

Dear Parents and Carers,

Year 6 will be going on a trip to London City Hall to find out more about democracy and how our capital city is run.

6M will be going on Friday 15th November 2019. Please note there will be no swimming for 6M on this day.

6S will be going on Thursday 28th November 2019.

There will be no cost for this trip.

Children will need a healthy packed lunch for the trip. Additionally, they will also need to bring a warm and waterproof coat.

Please ensure that children arrive to school promptly as we’ll be leaving at 9am.

Kind regards,

Miss Sohota and Miss Bazuaye

 

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