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: Mr Elsworth
Learning Support Assistant: Miss McGuinness.
Reading homework is given out on a Friday and due back on a Monday.
Spellings will be taken home on Friday and there will be a test on a Monday morning.
Homework Menu: Every half term, a homework menu will be given out with a selection of tasks to be completed, across all areas of the curriculum. It is your choice how many you complete, however you must do at least one and hand it in by the end of the half term. Your completed work will be celebrated.
PE is on a Thursday 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 Miss McGuiness 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.
Below are some word cards that you can print out at home and some ideas to make your spelling practice more fun...
For our first English topic this year, we are looked at image poetry. Firstly, we looked at lots of different image poems, focusing on how poets had used repetition, personification, adjectives, adverbs, alliteration, similes, metaphors and onomatopoeia. We then used T4W (Talk 4 Writing) to learn a poem called 'Dinner time chorus', which was full of personification. At the end of the unit, we had fun using all the poetry techniques we had learnt to create our own image poems. Finally, we edited them and type up our final versions. Watch this space for some of our final publications below!
Numbers and the Number System
Before starting our place value maths topic, year 6 completed a week of inspirational maths challenges. It was important that we started our year 6 maths journey off positively and these challenges helped us to solve problems and reason mathematically, but even more importantly, they were: fun, interesting, encouraging, creative, engaging and inclusive. These challenges were simply called 'I can do maths!'. The children thoroughly enjoyed the week of challenges and it certainly did help us set an 'I can do, positive attitude' towards maths.
It was then time to tackle place value! Take a look at our place value front cover to see the objectives that we will cover.
During this topic, our big question is;
Does love last forever or does it have limits?
To help answer this, the children will explore the love and care of people and learn about God's unconditional, never-ending love.
The key vocabulary in this unit is:
Unconditional, forgiveness, mercy, prodigal, parable.
After completing our place value unit, it was time to build on our new knowledge and use it to help us with calculations using the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
Take a look at our 4 operations front cover to see the objectives that we will cover.
Speke Under Surveillance
During this topic, we will look at our local area in detail. We will study the physical and human features of Speke and how it has changed dramatically over time. We will think about why these changes have happened and what might happen to Speke in the future.
As part of our geography fieldwork, we will visit Speke retail park, collecting lots of data, such as size of shops and frequency of visitors to different shops. When we return to school, we will use this data to create scale maps.
Finally, we will link our artwork to this topic and create some abstract art for our local area. Our work will be based on that of famous artist Henry Moore. Before creating their artwork, the children will decide on the perfect Speke location for their artwork, giving reasons for their choices. Children then decide whether they will use mod roc, plaster of paris or clay to create their abstract sculptures. We have some extremely talented artists!!