Welcome to 6M –
Miss McCullagh’s Class
Spring Term 2018
Well didn’t that first term of Year 6 fly in! I am extremely impressed with how quickly you all settled in and more importantly how hard you have all worked. Keep this up!
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 challenging text has been recommended to Year 6 from other local schools and English consultants. We are very much looking forward to getting stuck into this book, unpicking authorial devices and themes. This whole class text approach was a real success last term, with us really unpicking the wonderful book that was ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio! 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 homework is set by maths teachers. This term, we will be looking into the topics of fractions, decimals and percentages in our Number focus, as well as Measurement, Geometry and Statistics. As ever, we continue our regular focus on written calculation methods during our morning ‘4 a Day’ questions. Our reasoning and problem solving skills will be continually reinforced too through our ‘Maths in Minutes’ daily activities. Please ensure that you continue to regularly practice your times tables too- even though you are now in Year 6!
Reading and Planners
As already mentioned, in Year 6 it is extremely important to use your planner not only to record your reading but to keep yourself organised. We expect everyone to read from their school reading book regularly – a minimum of three times per week. Also, please make sure that you update your planner when you have read. This includes personal texts such as non-fiction and magazines. Children are expected to record the amount of times they have read every Monday morning on our class English display.
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.
We would absolutely love to have parent/grandparent helpers for our reading in 6W. 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.