Welcome back to Spring Term 2!
Mr Usher, Mr Beresford and Mrs Hall can't wait to get back to learning this half term.
We have updated the subjects we will be learning this term - find out more by scrolling to the section 'curriculum overview' below.
Q: When do students need their PE kits?
A: Students come to school in outdoor PE kits on Thursday and Friday.
Q: When should homework be handed in?
A: Thursday morning.
Q: What homework needs to be handed in?
Your child will need to complete these things online that must be completed by Thursday each week
1) Seesaw homework
2) Completed MyMaths homework
3) Reading Eggs Assignment
4) Spelling Shed Assignment
Each Thursday, your child will need to bring the following items into school:
1) School reading book
2) Reading record with five entries signed by an adult.
Q: How do you use Seesaw?
A: Seesaw can be used on laptops, tablets and phones. You can watch a video of how to use it by clicking this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OceDhmNkWMymBwOUSI3s8r6r-gfHKSZY/view?usp=sharing
COVID-19 Arrangements Questions
Q: Can students bring a water bottle to school?
A: Yes they can. Students can bring water bottles into school on Monday and take them home on Friday for thorough cleaning. They must not be taken home during the week.
Q: Can students still bring bags into school?
A: Yes they can.
Q: Can students bring their own pencil case/stationary to school?
A: No. For hygiene reasons, we provide each student with their own stationary to keep in school.
Q: What sort of face mask can a student wear?
A: A student can wear a plain face mask (no designs) that is a uniform colour (grey, white, black, navy).
Here is a normal daily timetable for Year 6 students:
9.00am – 9.30am: RE. 1.45pm – 2.50pm: RE/Science/Topic/PE/Spanish
9.30am – 10.45am: Maths 3.00pm: Prayer and home time
10.45am – 11:00am: First break
11:00am – 11.30am: Reading
11.30am – 12.30pm: English
12.30pm – 12.45pm: Prayer and reflection
12.45pm – 1.45pm: Lunch
Students will be given the following homework each week which must be handed in on Thursday morning:
1) Seesaw online homework
This year, instead of students completing a learning log they will be set a piece of homework using the website/ app Seesaw. Seesaw has been chosen because it is extremely easy to use and works on almost every single device, including phones. If your child does not have access to a laptop or tablet, then we recommend that students complete their work on paper and that an adult uses the Seesaw app on their phone (available in both Android and Apple app stores for free) to take a picture of their work. This gives students an excellent opportunity to view each other's work and leave positive comments for their classmates.
Homework will be uploaded onto Seesaw and reviewed every Thursday - please note that your child will be trained on how to do this in school. Homework can be completed on paper and an image of it can be uploaded to Seesaw. Please click the following link for a video tutorial of how to upload work: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OceDhmNkWMymBwOUSI3s8r6r-gfHKSZY/view?usp=sharing.
Each week, Year 6 students will be set an assignment from Spelling Shed. They will be tested on this every Friday.
Each week, students will be set activities to complete online by their class teacher. These will be checked every Thursday.
4) Reading Logs and reading books
Reading Books can be changed on Thursdays only. Books from home should not be brought into school because of our COVID-19 secure arrangements. The children should keep their reading records up to date and will be expected to bring them in every Thursday even if they have not finished their book. This will allow us to monitor how much your child is reading at home. We would like parents listen to their child read, initial their reading record and to discuss their book with them at least once a week. We expect your child to read for a minimum of 30 minutes each evening. This will really help them to make good progress in all aspects of their English.
This term we will be undertaking writing based on the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood - but with a twist! We will be asking students to write their own version of the famous fairy tale but make their own twists - will it be set in the future? Will it be set in the past? Is Red Riding Hood really the villain?
We will be using this as an opportunity to get students back into the practice of writing. We will be asking them to focus on using the correct punctuation and to revise the sentence structures that we have been developing their understanding of in the previous Autumn term,
We will also focusing on handwriting.
This term, we will be spending the first few weeks revising calculation strategies and multiplication & division facts. We will then be moving on to applying our understanding of angles to everyday situations.
In preparation for Holy Week and in the season of Lent, we will be exploring the Eucharist, and understanding that the Eucharist is a memorial which keeps the memory of the sacrifices that Christ made for us all alive. We will be reflecting upon the events surrounding Holy Week leading up to the death and resurrection of Christ and how this impacts on our own lives and the choices that we make. Year 6 will be leading our Stations of the Cross reflection.
Spring Term 2: Introduction to HTML
In the final three weeks of Spring Term 2, we will be learning basic skills in using HMTL code to build our own websites!
We will be studying light in science this half term. We will be learning:
Helping at home - English
Oak National Academy - English https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2/subjects/english
Oak National Academy - Grammar https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2/subjects/english-grammar
Oak National Academy - Spelling https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2/subjects/english-spelling
BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f
Spelling Shed: https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/
Helping at home - Maths
Oak National Academy - Maths https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2/subjects/maths
BBC Bitesize - Maths https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39
Dance Mat TypingLearn to type the fun way!
Please find links below with helpful hints on how to access home learning from the Wednesday 6th January 2021
How to use the Seesaw app for students http://bit.ly/35dQz8J
How to use Seesaw in browsers for students http://bit.ly/38dU0xR
Christmas video 2020
Welcome to Year 6
Mr Usher, Mrs Hall and Mr Beresford would like to welcome you all to our year 6 web page.
Welcome back year 6 - we cannot express how excited we are to have you back at school. Over the last few months, we have experienced a time like no other before it and we are still exploring what is the new 'normal' but we know that you will embrace all of the opportunities that year 6 will offer to you with enthusiasm and by using all of your learning powers.
Our aim that all children will get an extremely well balanced as we understand the importance of learning opportunities that can be gained from delivering a broad curriculum. As part of maintaining our rich curriculum, PE will be taught every Friday and we expect children to wear a full PE kit all day so that they can take part in this vital part of the curriculum.
At the beginning of November, year six will be looking at remembrance and taking part in a collective worship to commemorate this we will taking part in a whole year group collective worship. We also be learning about the importance of unity, respect, peace and friendship by making and studying Peace Malas. Towards the end of November, we will be looking at the topic of vocations and studying the season of Advent and the importance of it in our Catholic lives.
In English, we will be developing our reading, writing and grammar skills through our Macbeth unit. Here we will look at Shakespeare's careful, and beautiful, use of language and plot. Through this children will work on audience, purpose and features of different types of text: letters, poetry and story.
In Maths, we will be developing the children's knowledge, fluency, reasoning and application of these focuses through greater depth activities and problem solving. During this half term, we will be developing our fluency in adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying and dividing fractions, fractions of amounts, ordering fractions and looking at the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages.
In Science,the children will be learning all about animals, including humans, We will learn about the circulatory system and how we can affect how well it works.
In Topic, the focus will be on the World at war - beginning with looking at the life in the trenches during World War 1. We will be looking at the events that led up to the outbreak of war and the conditions the soldiers faced in the trenches and tunnels. The children will have opportunities to look at artefacts from the war and make inferences from them.
Home learning will be celebrated each Friday with a focus being set each week. Work will be set through the Seesaw application, with the expectation of one quality piece of work completed each week.
In addition to this the children - to help them prepare for their maths SATs - have been given login details to an excellent, free online tutoring service, MyMaths. https://www.mymaths.co.uk/ Work will be set on a weekly basis following the children's progression through the year 6 maths curriculum, it also allows them to revisit work that they have found difficult or they can challenge themselves with extension activities. It is our expectation that this work is completed on time.
Arithmetic tests will be completed each Monday morning and your child will be required to edit their mistakes at home and return them to school by Friday at the latest.
There is an expectation that the children read for 1/2 an hour every night as a minimum. Pupils will return their book every Thursday so that staff can assess their progress.
Pupils have been given access to Spelling shed. There is an expectation that pupils will use this application every week.
(Please let the school know if for whatever reason you are unable to access MYMaths at home and we will try to make alternative arrangements for your child)
Home learning is essential if your child is to achieve all that they are capable of. Expectations are high and a routine needs to be kept to to ensure that they complete all tasks set and hand them in on time this will help to reduce their test anxiety as it will remove the need for 'cramming' as the SATs approach.
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