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Little Leigh Primary School and Preschool

Educating hearts, educating minds

A very warm welcome to the Year 6 class page!

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 so don't forget to come to school in your pe kit on those days!

Miss Norris

Spring Term 1

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready and raring to go for another exciting term in Year 6! Our theme this half term is 'Antarctica'

As Writers...

This half term we will be using the text 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill to inspire our writing. This book is a unique visual re-telling of Ernest Shackleton's landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other and contains lots of beautiful artwork, as well as fascinating facts about the expedition. Our writing outcomes will be an endurance narrative and a magazine article.

 

As Readers...

Through our reading sessions we will develop our word reading and comprehension skills through high quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts around the theme of exploration. Some of the texts that we will be looking at in our reading sessions include: Ice Trap by Meredith Hooper, DK Eyewitness Arctic and Antarctic, Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy and The Explorer by Katherine Rundell. All of these texts are rich with knowledge and vocabulary and will also support our writing outcomes.

 

As Geographers...

Our Geography lessons this half term will focus on the continent of Antarctica. Our key enquiry question will be: ‘What makes Antarctica unique as a continent?’ We will develop our map reading skills, analyse data relating to weather and climate, look at human and physical features and wildlife. Our learning on this theme will lead to range of high quality outcomes for our discovery books.

 

As Artists...

In our Art lessons, we will explore the artistic talents of William Grill (author and illustrator of Shackleton's Journey). We will examine his detailed drawings and experiment with different medias to create our very own Antarctic landscapes. Look our for our displays when you visit the classroom!

 

As Scientists...

Our focus for this half term is light! Our key aims for this unit are to learn what light is and where it comes from; to find out about different uses of light; what reflection and refraction are and how we can use them; to learn how we see light and where different colours come from.

 

As Mathematicians....

This half term we will be continuing our work on fractions that we started before Christmas. We will be looking at multiplying and dividing proper fractions fractions as well as using our knowledge of fractions to solve problems. We will also be learning about decimals and percentages and learning how to calculate fraction, decimal and percentage equivalences. 

 

Click on the links below to practise at home:

BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

I See Maths - https://www.iseemaths.com

Maths Playground - https://www.mathplayground.com/grade_6_games.html

Topmarks - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/11-14-years/number

NRICH - Maths at home - https://nrich.maths.org/14580

 

Please keep checking Twitter to follow our learning!

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. I will also be setting an additional piece of Maths or reading homework on Microsoft Teams to prepare the children for the upcoming SATs tests (and to prepare them for high school!). Please ensure homework is completed on time. 

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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