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Little Leigh Primary School

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A very warm welcome to the Year 6 class page!

I hope you have had a restful summer and are ready for another year brimming with learning and new experiences. Year six is not only the last year for our children to enjoy their time here at Little Leigh, but also very important in preparing them for their journey onwards and upwards to high school. It is full of challenges and excitement right from the outset. The year 6 children hold many different roles of responsibility and leadership, as the oldest children in the school. Our aim is that they leave us as responsible citizens, confident individuals and successful learners. I am sure they are going to do a wonderful job in being excellent role models for our younger children.

In addition to myself, we will be joined by Mr Richards every morning. Mr Richards will also be taking the class on a Tuesday afternoon. Our PE sessions are on a Tuesday and Thursday and we have our forest session on a Monday so don't forget to come to school in your pe kit or forest clothes on those days!

As Writers

For the first couple of weeks we are going to be using our whole school text ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers to fuel discussions and writing about our planet and how we live on it. It’s the perfect book for the beginning of the new school year to help us rebuild a sense of community, whilst understanding our ‘new’ world and way of living.

We will then move on to looking at ‘Rose Blanche’ by Ian McEwan which will form the focus of our English lessons for the rest of the half term. Rose Blanche was the name of a group of young German citizens who, at their peril, protested against the war. Like them, Rose observes all the changes going on around her during WW2 which others choose to ignore. As we explore the book, there will be lots of writing opportunities including a diary and a bravery award speech. 


As Readers

Through our reading sessions we will develop our word reading and comprehension skills through high quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts, linking to World War 2. Some of the texts that we will be looking at in our reading sessions include: Anne Frank, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Fireweed, DK Eyewitness World War II and Poems from the Second World War. All of these texts are rich with knowledge and vocabulary and will strenghten our understanding of war.

 

 

As Historians

We will be learning about a key aspect of World War 2 as we answer the question ‘Why was the Battle of Britain a significant turning point during World War 2?’ Our learning on this theme will lead to high quality outcomes for our discovery books.

 

As Artists

Our Art lessons will also link to our war theme, as we look at the artist Henry Moore and explore his haunting drawings of Londoners sheltering in tube tunnels during the height of the Blitz. We will be working on our tonal drawing skills using a range of materials. Look our for our displays when you visit the classroom!

 

 

 

 

 

Spellings

Please familiarise yourself with the Year 5/6 spelling list, which shows the 100 words that children in England are expected to be able to spell by the end of Year 6. How many can you spell?!

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Whole Class Reading

Each week the children take part both whole class and guided reading sessions with the class teacher. We will work together in this session to read extracts of text and develop our deduction and inference skills through specific and targeted questions. As well as this, it is important that you are regularly reading with your child and we advise that you read 10-15 minutes per day with them. Whilst listening to your child, try to ask them questions about events that have happened so far, characters thoughts and motives and to make accurate predictions based on the text. 

P.E. Lessons

Two P.E. sessions take place throughout the week in Year Six.  this This half term, P.E. lessons will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure that your child comes to school in their kit on those days.

During the winter months, it is advisable that children bring with them warmer clothes for outdoor sessions.

Please ensure that all P.E. clothing is labelled clearly to avoid any confusion!

Homework

Homework will be set every Friday to be completed by the following Friday. Both times tables and spelling practise will be set each week on Times Tables Rockstars and Spelling Shed. We encourage children to practise their set tasks at least three times a week alongside regular home reading. 

If you have any issues regarding the homework set then please contact me via the message book or at the door and I will do my best to resolve the issue.

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