Year 6 (Jazz) 2021 - 2022
Welcome back after the half term break.
We have a very exciting half term ahead as we start the second half of the academic year.
In guided reading we will studying Kasper Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo. This engaging story also links to our Titanic topic. We will continue to develop our reading fluency and comprehension skills as well as working towards our individual reading targets.
In writing we will be basing some of our work around the text Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. This classic text is set in 1939 and follows the story of William Beech and his relationship with Tom Oakley (Mr Tom), the man who reluctantly allows him to stay when he is evacuated to Little Weirwold. We will be using dialogue to enhance characterisation, planning key events to include in a narrative, practising drafting, extending and editing our work and thinking about appropriate vocabulary to use when engaged in public speaking.
We will continue learning spellings from the Year 5/6 national curriculum list and other words with associated spelling patterns. We will also be learning key terms and vocabulary as we come across them in our learning this half term.
In Maths we begin this half term with some work around algebra. We begin by learning how to find a rule in algebra and how to use rules when solving equations. We move on to work with measures, including converting measures between metric and imperial units. We also look at perimeter, area and volume. Reasoning and problem solving skills are practised in all areas of our maths learning.
This half term, we will be learning about light theory. We will be learning about the way light behaves, travelling in straight lines from a source or reflector, into the eye. We will be exploring phenomena associated with light, including shadows, reflections, rainbows and diffraction.
Our geography work this half term will focus on North America. We will be learning about the human and physical geographical features of North America. We will be comparing a region in North America with a region in the UK and researching the geographical features of a particular North American Country.
In history we will be looking at the Titanic. We will explore the timeline of the Titanic and her maiden voyage. We will also investigate sources of information which tell us about the Titanic and the people on board. In a class debate we will consider why so many people lost their lives in the Titanic disaster and reflect on what has changed as a result.
Some of our computing sessions will be dedicated to e-safety as we use the internet to research for our humanities topics. In other sessions we will be learning about databases. We will be using formulas to produce calculated data and experimenting with changing data inputs to affect the output of the calculation.
Art, DT and Music
In this topic, children revisit their still life skills, creating a variety of pieces influenced by different artists and using a range of mediums. They use charcoal, erasers and paint to depict their chosen composition of special objects. using them to construct a memory box to showcase their work.
- PE will be on Wednesdays. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on those days. Please also ensure that any earrings are removed for PE.
- Homework will be set on a Wednesday due in by the following Tuesday.
- Children are expected to read every night, please ensure this is recorded in their reading records. Reading records will be checked on a weekly basis and reads will be counted as part of our new reading challenge. The aim is to read daily for 15-20 minutes.
- Spellings will be given out on a Wednesday and tested on the following Wednesday.
House Captains and Sports Captains
On Friday 4th March we will be voting for House Captains and Sports Captains who will work together to lead their houses for the remainder of this academic year. All children in Year 6 can stand for election for either or both positions.
Children will be invited to give a short presentation, (3 minutes maximum, one presentation per child even if standing for both positions) to their house members, who will then vote for the captain of their choice. Each child will have one vote for the House Captain and one vote for the Sports Captain. The result of the vote will be announced in the afternoon celebration assembly.
Heathrow Enterprise Morning
On Wednesday 9th March Year 6 and Year 5 will be joining together to take part in an Enterprise Morning run by the Heathrow Enterprise Team. This group of volunteers will be supporting the children with a very exciting enterprise venture. While I won’t give away any spoilers here, this promises to be a challenging, competitive and fun morning that will support the children to try out new skills in an exciting format!
Volunteers from Heathrow will be visiting us on Wednesday 2nd March to give us more information.
‘Easter Cracked’ Slough Baptist Church
Wednesday 9th March promises to be a very exciting day as in the afternoon we will be visited by Wayne Dixon from Slough Baptist Church. He will be helping the children to learn about the significance of Easter in the Christian faith through fun activities including, a quiz, a costumed account, explanations of how Easter is remembered and looking at modern associations of Easter e.g. chicks and eggs.
I look forward to meeting you during our parent consultations this half term as we discuss your child's progress and targets moving forward.
If you have any questions or comments, please do make contact. If you wish to speak with me, I am usually on the gate in the morning so you can catch me then alternatively you can email me at, email@example.com or telephone the school office and leave a message.
Thank you for your continued support.
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