Welcome back Year 6! I hope you have had a lovely relax over the summer and have had lots of fun with your family and friends! I can't wait to hear all about it!
Teacher: Miss Connolly
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Birtley
This year is really important so please try to be organised and show your responsible side when we ask you to do things that will help make this year a lot easier!
Reading homework is given out on a Monday and is due back in on a Friday. This homework will focus on all the skills you will need in your reading SATs.
Arithmetic homework is given out on a Friday and is due back in on a Monday. This homework will focus on all the number and operation skills needed for the arithmetic SATs.
PE is on a Monday so please remember your red t-shirt, blue shorts and suitable footwear.
You will be given a day when your home reader is due in; please don't forget to bring it in on this day. If you finish your book, bring it in and Mrs Birtley will ask you a few questions about the book and she will ask you to complete a book review, which will be displayed in our reading area.
Here are your spellings for the first 6 weeks. Each Friday, you will take home your spelling mat and practise your spellings for Monday morning when we will have a spelling test. Spellings are really important this year as they will feature in the SPAG test in May.
Here are some ideas that you can use at home to make your spelling practice more fun...
Our first English topic this year has been poetry, in particular personification within poetry. We have been using Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing to immerse ourselves to innovate our own versions of personified poetry. We used Pie Corbett's 'City Jungle' to innovate our own poem about our school coming to life. Within our poems, we had to include adjectives, adverbs, repetition, alliteration, similes, metaphors and personification! All of our poems have now been produced and put in our celebration books.
Numbers and the Number System
For the first two weeks of maths, Year 6 have been juggling numbers all the way up to 99,999,999 (ninety nine million, nine hundred and ninety nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine). WOW! Not only have they been able to write these numbers, they have also been able to read them, compare them, order them and if that wasn't enough round them! Phew! What a challenge it has been but everyone has made a massive effort to achieve all of these!
(Domestic Church - Family)
Catechism of the Catholic Church 221: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange.
Some of the key questions we asked and answered during this topic were:
Does love last forever or does it have limits? Do you have to earn love? How can I love people I don't like?
During our written work, we used key vocabulary, including:
unconditional, forgiveness, mercy, prodigal and parable
At the end of the topic, we were able to show that we knew and understood:
The importance of the love and care of other people (Reveal)
God's love is unconditional and never ending (Explore)
Speke Under Surveillance
For our local history and local geography topic, we have been focusing our attention on the wonderful surroundings of Speke - what it has to offer, what the history is and what we can learn from it.
To begin our topic, we familiarised ourselves with the eight points of a compass and how to use a compass to follow a set of directions around our playground. Once we had mastered these skills, we then used them to focuse our attention on the human geography around Speke with a trip to our local retail park. During our visit, we mapped out the size of the retail using footsteps before drawing a sketch map (with a coloured key to identify different retails). Once back in school, we collated all of our data to produce a selection of human geography bar charts, which we then analysed through questioning, looking at the mode, mean, median and range.
As if that wasn't enough, we were then lucky enough to visit Speke Hall Estate. Once here, we were given an extensive and insightful historical tour of the house before turning our attention to the grounds outside, where we completed some physical geography fieldwork. We sketched Speke Hall and one of the amazing, grand oak trees on the ground. We then measured the circumference (around the tree) before using just our hands and thumbs to measure the height of the tree. Want to know how we did it? Take a look at this YouTube video to find out. From this data, we then compiled the circumference of the tree with the height of the tree in a scatter graph.
Our second Talk for Writing topic was flashback stories. We have used the wordless animation 'The Piano' by Aidan Gibbons as inspiration. In our writing, we have been using third and first person to change perspective; present and past tense to change the timing; and emotive language to produce thought-provoking text to accompany the video.
Currently, we are writing our own flashback that could feature in the animation. Some of these have included his 60th birthday, his wedding day, the birth of his first grandson, his first honeymoon plus many, many more. Visit our class to see our fabulous ideas.
If you fancy watching the video, you can visit this YouTube video to see it for yourself.
For the final four weeks of the first half term, Year 6 will be learning how to:
Use formal methods to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers,
Estimate calculations using rounding,
Prove calculations with the inverse,
Solve missing box and two-step word problems.
These are essential, basic skills that will support the children in all areas of life during school and in the wider-world of work when they are older. The arithmetic paper on the SATs week will primarily focus on these basic skills too so after our short week holiday, we will be doing these every day from 8:55 - 9:10 so it is essential that all children are punctual for school as it amounts to an extra 1 hour and 15 minutes extra maths a week and a total of 7 and a half hours over the half term. Remember - practice makes perfect!
If you need any help with your maths at home, you can find a self-help guide on our website under the maths at home section or visit this website here.
Our first world religion topic is Judaism, the religion of Jesus Christ. We have been learning about the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, which began on Wednesday 20th September and ended on Friday 22nd September. This festival is celebrated by Jews to mark the beginning of their new year. It is celebrated on these days as the Jewish people believe it is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. Rosh Hashanah translates to, 'Day of blasting/shouting' and Jews use a shofar (animal horn) to 'blast' ceremonial sounds across the three day festival in celebration. During this celebration, the Jewish people also eat apples dipped in honey and a symbol of welcoming a 'Sweet New Year,' to each other and everyone.
Did Somebody Say RESIDENTIAL!?
It is that time of year again when we are looking at the best possible place to take Year 6 on their residential to enjoy a few nights and days away with their friends one last time before they head off to secondary school. This year, we are hoping that there is enough interest so that we can take the children to Kingswood Outdoor Education and Activity Centre in Staffordshire. Our provisional booking is from Wednesday 7th February until Friday 9th February at a cost of £89.
Don't forget to bring your permission slip back to show if you are interested in this residential. The more the merrier!
Here is a map of all the fab activities that we could enjoy if we visited here. How many can you spot and which one are you most looking forward to?