Welcome to 6W –
Mr Watts’ Class
Spring 1- 2019
Welcome to 6W’s class page. I am incredibly pleased with how 6W have approached life in Year 6 so far, getting stuck into our quality text, Wonder, adopting a wide range of roles and responsibilities across the school and of course giving their all during our residential visit to Scarborough!
After the success of our ‘Struggle and Settlement’ topic last term, we will now be looking into the ‘Riches of the Rainforest’ across Upper Key Stage Two. We will begin with a historical journey into the world of the Mayan civilisation, discovering their culture and impact on modern day life. Our DT culinary lessons will build on this and we will be celebrating the culture and seasonality of Mayan food. We will be exploring properties and changes of materials in Science and blogging in Computing. In Geography, we will be looking at location and climate and in Art we will be refining our painting skills. Our PSHE theme for the second term is Relationships and our RE theme is Baptism in Christianity.
It is safe to say ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio was an emotive, powerful class text which inspired Year 6 children to produce emotive narratives and hone our inference skills.
We are pleased to announce that our new quality text for the Spring term is ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell. This thrilling novel focuses on a group of children who must survive in the Amazon after their plane crashes. We are very much enjoying getting stuck into this book, unpicking authorial devices and themes. This half term, we will be using ‘The Explorer’ to create gripping narratives and non-chronological reports. Additionally in English, we will continue to undertake weekly focused Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons, linking work closely to ‘The Explorer.’
Maths is taught in four differentiated sets across the year group and maths homework will be set by your maths teacher. This half term, we will be focusing on decimals, percentages and measurement. Please ensure that you continue to regularly practice your times tables too- even though you are now in Year 6! Maths in Minutes will be sent home every evening. These tasks should literally take no more than a few minutes each night and we will go through the tasks each day in school. Your child’s maths teacher will check the books regularly, although the children will self-mark during the lesson.
As ever, we continue our regular focus on the four operations (+, -, ÷ and x) during our ‘4 a Day’ morning maths activities that the children complete when they enter class. This is such a pivotal area of mathematics and understanding of these is continually reinforced over the year. These activities are self-marked but checked regularly by the teacher.
Reading and Planners
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.
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 have a Maths homework task set every week 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. SPAG.com English homework tasks are set weekly for children. Their login details are recorded in their planners.
It is very important that PE kits are in school every day. We are timetabled to have two PE lessons per week on Thursdays and Fridays 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 to join our Better Reading Partners team. If you can spare the occasional half hour, please do get in touch with the school office!
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.