Welcome to year 6 – Spring Term 2018
Values driven learning
Classteacher: Miss Evans
Teaching Assistant: Miss Watts
PPA cover: Mrs Hill and Mrs Gibbons
Class book spring term: Water Tower
Nobody in Preston could remember when the watertower was built, or who had built it, but there it stood on Shooter’s Hill — its iron legs rusted, its egg-shaped tank warped and leaking — casting a long dark shadow across the valley, across Preston itself.
Our science learning challenge this term is:
How can you light up your life?
and in geography:
Will you ever see the water you drink again?
Please sign your child’s reading record each evening. Regular reading helps children to develop their fluency and comprehension skills, and in turn helps them to access the rest of the curriculum. Children may change reading books at school when they have finished them.
If you are looking for age appropriate books for your child, below is a list of ‘100 books to read before you leave year 6’.
Children receive spellings on Fridays. The word lists are taken from the RWI Spelling units which the children have completed that week, so you will notice common spelling patterns or rules. These spellings should be practised daily.
At the beginning of every half term your child will have a new homework task sheet glued into their homework book. Each week, children should choose one task from one of the boxes (the teacher will tell children which box we are working on each week). This will be set on a Friday, to be brought back to school by the following Friday at the latest. The new homework is designed to help children to refine a wide range of skills, and all tasks are related to our half termly learning challenge.
Please see the link below for this term’s homework tasks:
Below is a list of useful resources you might find helpful when working with your child at home. They include a times table booklet, year 5/6 spelling list, spelling strategies and questions to ask when reading with your child. If you would like a hard copy of any of these, please do not hesitate to ask.
Mathematics 2016 2017
We use a mastery approach to learning mathematics. We believe that every child can master an understanding and a love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support. We specifically use the Maths – No Problem! primary school series, using the mastery teaching approach from Singapore.
Aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum for mathematics, the series is used as part of the NCETM’s Maths Hub programme.
Features of Singapore Maths:
Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge
Careful scaffolding of core competencies of :
visualisation, as a platform for comprehension
mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities
pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise
Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.
English 2016 2017
We use Read Write Inc Spelling in years 2 to 6. The scheme has been specially created to meet the higher demands of the national curriculum.We run lessons daily for 15 minutes
Spelling rules are introduced by aliens from an exciting online spelling planet
Every child’s progress is recorded and tracked and intervention given
Parents can help by ensuring that weekly spellings are learnt at home
We use ‘Grammar Hammer’ Assertive Mentoring programme for grammar. All pupils take part in weekly activities and progress is carefully tracked.
Timetable and curriculum
This is an example of a typical week’s timetable in year six. Each week we also have spelling and times table tests on a Friday.
This is the curriculum map for year six 2016/2017.
Please also find below a list of ‘non-negotiables’. These are the aspects of reading, writing and maths that your child is expected to know by the end of year 6. This is in line with the expectations for their age group.