Welcome to year 6 – Autumn term 2017

Values driven learning

Classteacher: Miss Evans

Teaching Assistant: Miss Watts

PPA cover: Mrs Hill

Class book autumn term 2017: The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is a classic and moving story by Shel Silverstein.
Once there was a little tree … and she loved a little boy.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk … and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave

Our science learning challenge this term is:

Have we always looked like this?

In history we will be finding out:

Who were the Mayans and what have we learnt from them?

Reading Books

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’.

100 books to read

Spellings 

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.

Year 5/6 spellings

Homework

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:

Blooms Mayans homework

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.

Useful websites 

https://mathsframe.co.uk/

http://www.myminimaths.co.uk/index.html

http://www.literacyshed.com/

Mathematics 2016 2017

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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

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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

Grammar
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.