Welcome to Class 6F –
Miss Flute’s Class
Spring Term 2018
Our topic this term focuses on ‘Cheshire Life.’ Please look at the Upper Key Stage 2 page for details of what we will be learning in our creative curriculum subjects this term.
This term, we will be focusing on the text ‘The Weirdstone of Brisingaman’ by Alan Garner. Set in the real landscape of Cheshire, this fantasy novel is based in the nearby Alderley Edge. This engaging text has been recommended to Year 6 from other local schools and English consultants. I’m sure the children will be eager to really get their teeth into another challenging text as we begin to unpick characters, themes and authorial devices within the book. A significant amount of our writing will be based around this text during the term which will allow us to show our understanding. We will be producing Narrative, Poetry and Persuasive Writing. Additionally, we will continue to undertake weekly focused Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons, linking work closely to ‘Weirdstone.’
Reviews of ‘Weirdstone’ can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/694997.The_Weirdstone_of_Brisingamen
Maths is taught in differentiated sets across the year group and maths homework will be set by your maths teacher. This term, we will be looking into the topic of number- specifically rounding, negative numbers and formal written calculation methods. As these are such a fundamental area of mathematics, understanding of these will be continually reinforced over the year. Do make sure that you regularly continue to practise and master all of your times tables – confident recall of them will lay a fantastic foundation for your time as a year six mathematician!
This term the children will continue to complete their ‘4 a Day’ as part of their morning routine. During this morning task, the children practise fundamental calculations focusing on the 4 operations.
Last term the children engaged brilliantly with ‘Maths in Minutes’ as such, a short reasoning style question will be sent home each evening that should only take a matter of minutes to crack. Completing these at home is very beneficial as it allows the children to access a range of different reasoning concepts throughout the week that will be modelled, explained and explored as part of the maths lesson the following day.
Reading and Planners
Everybody must continue to make reading at home a priority. You should be setting aside adequate time almost every evening and weekend to read and enjoy your school reading book – at the very least, 3 times per week. Be sure to raise questions about what you are reading and you should welcome discussion with your family to chat about your book. In Year 6 especially, you must use your planners properly and use them as a tool to stay organised, record your reading and carry out reflections about your learning.
We will spend some time at the end of each week reflecting on what you have achieved and setting a new target for the following week. Planners are to be signed by parents/carers for every Monday.
Parents/carers – In order to develop your child’s understanding of their reading, it is advised that children are asked questions about their book. In the back of their planners is a list of questions that you can ask your child in order to help develop their comprehension skills. If you require any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Year 6 children will initially have an English or Maths homework task set every week, usually on a Thursday and due in on the following Monday. Spellings and spelling homework will be handed out on a Monday and will be tested/collected on Thursdays. Occasionally, children may be asked to complete a short activity relating to topic work or research a particular subject at home.
It is very important that PE kits are in school every day. We are timetabled to have two PE lessons per week but, as you can appreciate, timetables have to be flexible so the days may change. If your child wears their PE kit to an after school club, please ensure that they bring it back in the following day. If for any reason they cannot partake in our PE lessons, they are required to bring in a note of explanation from home.
During the winter months, please bring in appropriate outdoor clothing for our outdoor PE session. Plain joggers and a hoody are perfect.
We would absolutely love to have parent/grandparent helpers for our reading in 6F. If you can spare the occasional half hour, please do get in touch!
If you would like to know any other information, please do not hesitate to speak to me in the morning or at the end of the day, or alternatively call the school to arrange an appointment.