Welcome back to anew term! It's nearly time to take the SATs and we will be busy revising last-minute areas in readiness for the tests. The children have settled straight back into class and I've been impressed with how hard-working they have been. Just a couple more weeks!!
As before, it is very important if you could try to support your child as much as possible with the learning that will be taking place this term.
In Literacy, Year 6 will continue to study the novel 'Stormbreaker' by Anthony Horowitz in between SATs preparation. The children will be examining the content closely; revising how to write newspaper reports based around the events in the book. They will also be using the book to help create maps of caves with traps, using imperative language to guide spies through. We will also continuing to study punctuation, grammar and comprehension in preparation for the SATs.
Spellings will focus on revision of the spelling rules and the children’s use of independent spelling strategies. The children will also have a spelling list that is consisted of spellings that have been used in the test. Some of these spellings have been repeated in tests and also it is useful to know the kind of words used.
Please note that your child's spelling lists for the entire term are on the home learning page. Spellings are tested every Friday.
Reading is of vital importance and every child should spend at least 15 minutes every night reading. We would expect that all children read aloud to an adult at least twice a week. Your child has a reading record in their school folder and we would ask that you support your child in their reading and sign their record every week – thank you.
In Numeracy Year 6 will concentrate on areas of weakness before the SATs to ensure their knowledge is strong. After the tests, we will be using and applying maths concepts within our topic work i.e. graphs and pie charts.
It would be most beneficial to your child if you could help by practising their times tables and a variety of mental arithmetic questions based around these subjects or encourage them to use websites such as the BBC Bitesize and of course, IXL.
P.E. will be now just be on Thursdays. Complete indoor kit will be needed in school to ensure that your child can take part in this lesson. Tennis will be our focus this half-term.
In Geography this half term we will continuing to study volcanoes. We will be creating a model volcano which will display the dangers a volcano presents and why, despite these dangers, people might still choose to live on or near a volcano. At the end of the unit, we will be then exploding our models!!
At the end of the tests, we will be starting a number of topic projects which will encompass the foundation subjects such as Art and music, etc, with a much less intensive structure pre-SATs. This is in addition to our practise for the end of year play.
As you can see we have a great deal to fit in this half term and we would like to thank you in advance for your continued support in all our work areas.
Mr L Sutton