Year 6 Autumn 2021
Dear parents and carers,
We would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to Year 6 and say how much we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead! We have had an excellent first week and the children have settled into the new school year well. Just like in previous years, each class in the school has a name based on a country. Year 6 will be part of ‘the Americas’ and have the following names: Ecuador (Ms Howe’s class), Trinidad and Tobago (Mr Gompertz’s class) and Canada (Ms Cains and Ms Adebayo’s class).
This half term, in English lessons, the children will be exploring non-chronological reports and narrative poetry. Our maths lessons will be taught through our mastery programme which combines the government guidance for teaching mathematics with NCETM (National Curriculum for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) and White Rose. The children will be starting with place value and then the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). This half term, the children will be learning about climate change in geography and then celebrating Black History Month by understanding more about the Windrush generation. Our R.E. topic for this term will help us to explore the big question of ‘How should we live and who should inspire us?’ The focus of our science lessons will be electricity and, in art, we will be using pencil to draw figures in the style of Henry Moore. In computing we will be looking at online safety and then understanding how to use a search engine. In PSHE, we are exploring belonging to communities and how to contribute to these.
It is important that children continue to develop their reading skills throughout the year and, with this in mind, each class has an allocated time to explore our school library every week. To support the reading done in school, we would appreciate your help in encouraging your child to read for at least 15 minutes each day at home, and signing their reading record at least once a week. Please remind your child to bring their reading book and reading record to school every day.
Year 6 will have P.E. twice a week; once during PPA on a Wednesday and another lesson with their class teacher on either Monday (Ecuador), Tuesday (Trinidad and Tobago) or Friday (Canada). Timetables are subject to change so please ensure that your child brings their P.E. kits in at the beginning of the week and takes it home on a Friday. For hygiene reasons, it is essential that children have a change of clothes in school. Please ensure your child has weather-appropriate sports clothing and trainers for each P.E. session as some lessons will be outside. Children who have longer hair should bring in a hair tie to hold their hair back during these lessons and no jewellery, including watches, should be worn.
Homework is set on Friday and is due back the following Tuesday. We will be using Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars for maths work and Readiwriter for spellings. The children will also have spellings each week which they will be tested on the following week. In addition, the children will have a written or alternative task linked to what they have been learning about during the week. We feel that homework allows children to develop their independence and take responsibility for themselves. We would appreciate your assistance in checking and reminding them about this!
Upcoming events and diary dates
14th September 2021 – Swimming starts for Year 5
16th September 2021 – Year 6 Parents Meeting (6.30-7.00pm)
23rd September 2021 – Pendarren information meeting (6-6:30pm)
30th September 2021- Michael Rosen virtual visit
8th October 2021 – Canada class assembly (9:15am)
15th October 2021 – Ecuador class assembly (9:15am)
22nd October 2021 – Trinidad and Tobago class assembly (9:15am)
1st – 5th November 2021 – Pendarren (one class)
3rd November 2021 – Flu jabs
8th – 12th November 2021 – Pendarren (two classes)
If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are all really looking forward to the year ahead.
Ms Cains, Mr Gompertz, Ms Howe and Ms Adebayo
(The Year Six Team)
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