Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to the Yr 6 Web Page. This term will be an intensive period as we build up towards our final and 'live' SATs testing period in May. Our Topic this Term is entitled ‘Crazy Climates’. The children will learn about how the Earth’s climate works and how it is being influenced by human activities.
Our primary focus in Mathematics will be to increase our confidence in tackling Reasoning and Problem Solving challenges. We will also continue to work hard to improve our understanding of Mathematical vocabulary, our speed of recall with Tables and Number Facts and our confidence in Arithmetical calculations. All of the latter are designed to reduce our mental workload when facing challenges in both our testing and in the real world.
In English, we will continue to develop our Reading Comprehension skills and build up our confidence in writing a variety of texts including a short story, instructional, explanatory and comparative report writing. We thank you all for your continued support and assistance. For Grammar, we are learning how to use a 'dramatic dash', hyphens, colons and semi-colons. We are targeting some spelling misconceptions and the children are working hard to improve in all areas.
In Maths, the real focus this year is on fluency in all aspects of the primary curriculum, reasoning skills and using methods to quickly solve problems. Maths isn’t isolated to Maths lessons, but instead children have opportunities to complete mental Maths, Number Sense, investigating graphs in science and topic as well as analyzing data in many different subjects. I encourage that your child is supported in their Maths learning at home, with a specific emphasis on telling the time, dealing with money and measuring/weighing. In Science this year, the children have been learning lots of new and interesting things through scientific investigation and reasoning. The first topic built on previous knowledge of living things and how animals are adapted to particular environments. In particular the children investigated in more detail the ways in which animal populations are suited to the environments in which they live. In the second half of the Autumn term, the children were building on learning about the human body from Key Stage 1, when they learned that humans and other animals need water, food and air in order to survive, and also during lower Key Stage 2, when they investigated the muscular, skeletal and digestive systems. In this module children learnt about the human circulatory system and how it enables their bodies to function. For the rest of the year the children will be learning about body health, variation in organisms, electricity and light. Through working scientifically, the children understand the need to plan all investigations carefully and refine their skills of observation, measurement, testing, recording and communication.
Our French learning will compliment our Topic work and we will learn how to describe the Weather and give a morning meteorological report every morning.
Our Science learning will focus on the development of a healthy body and this will augment our work in PE.
Our New Year's Resolution is to strive to be better at something every day.
Please ensure your child is encouraged to read each day and that they are able to practise their spelling homework and complete their written Project homework, which will be published shortly.
Regards Mr Taylor.
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