Welcome to 6M –
Miss McCullagh’s Class
Autumn Term 2017
Hello and welcome to Class 6M’s homepage.
Not only are you in an important year of your primary school life but in fact you are very important to this school. Younger pupils will be looking to you for guidance and as a result of this, you will need to be responsible role-models throughout this year.
I am extremely excited to teach each and every one of you, as during transition week I was able to see an excitable and hard-working group of pupils.
Our topic this term focuses on Earth and Space. 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 ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio. 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. 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 Newspaper Reports, Narrative, Poetry and Persuasive Writing. Additionally, we will continue to undertake weekly focused Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons, linking work closely to ‘Wonder.’
Reviews of ‘Wonder’ can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11387515-wonder
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 pivotal area of mathematics, understanding of these will be continually reinforced over the year. Please ensure that you continue to regularly practice your times tables too- even though you are now in Year 6!
Reading and Planners
Year 6 is a very busy year and you will need to take responsibility for your own learning, this is why we ask pupils to use their planners thoroughly. Within the planner, there is an assigned area for each pupil to record what they have read each week (this includes personal texts such as non-fiction and magazines) . We expect everyone to read from their school reading book regularly – a minimum of three times per week.
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 6M. 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.
Miss Mc Cullagh