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Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and enjoyed the festive break.  Thank you for all of my lovely presents and cards; I felt like I had definitely been on the good list!

We have a very exciting Spring Term ahead of us.  The children are very much looking forward to our new topic of The Titanic and I have already been impressed with the knowledge that they have shared about this infamous voyage.  We also take part in the heavily anticipated 'Bikeability' this term - let's hope the weather is kind to us!  

Our class page will provide you with a little more information about what we'll be learning this term, but if you have any concerns or questions at all, about anything, please pop in and see me.

Mrs Clarke

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Spring Term

Our new topic was chosen by the children: The Titanic 

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Writing

Our main class text this term is the wonderful 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan; it is one of my all time favourite books!  It is an unusual text as it does not contain written words, but instead tells the story through beautiful, richly detailed illustrations.  As the main character is forced to leave his family and home to seek his fortune in another country, it has clear links to the Titanic and our future topic of refugees.

 

History and Geography

 

We will be investigating a wide range of information around the ship and it's journey. for instance:

  • What was life like on the Titanic for the passengers and crew?
  • What effect did wealth, influence and social attitudes have on the consequences of the disaster?
  • How can we learn about the sinking of the Titanic and life in 1912 by studying historical artefacts from the wreck?
  • What effects did the especially cold weather and the unusual ice-floe have on the disaster?
  • Could the disaster have beeen avoided?  Who was to blame?

Science

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• associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit
• compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches
• use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

With Miss Thomas, the class will be investigating resistance in water by making and testing boats of different shapes. They will work scientifically to identify the effects of water resistance.  Our topic of The Titanic is an ideal opportunity to enhance the children's kinowledge through experimentation. 

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Art and Design

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As we have such a creative bunch, I have lots of plans for our creative curriculum this term! Here is just a snapshot:

Our focus artist will be Ken Marschall, who sketched and painted a wealth of images based on the sinkingof the Titanic.

We will also be designing and making our own mini-suitcases using a variety of materials in order to make them look as authentic as possible.  We will be looking at how to design and create our own version of the magnificent Titanic.Image result for cardboard suitcase

 

 

Reading

Our class author this term is Shaun Tan.  

 

There aren't many artists who have the ability to both write and illustrate their own work; but Shaun Tan is an exception. his books are filled with magical realism, humour and poignancy, 

 

We are lucky to have lots of fabulous new books in our Year 6 library; the children have all been very excited to borrow some that have caught their eyes!  I cannot over emphasize the difference reading makes to a child's writing; a good book can provide them with ideas and vocabulary that feeds  their imaginations and written work. 

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Guided Reading

Each week the children take part in a focused guided reading session 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. In Key Stage Two, we encourage parents to continue to read with their children regularly and write comments in you child's reading diary.  I also encourage the children to write full comments about what they are reading.

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 each Tuesday morning and then alternate between Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons. However, due to occasional timetable changes these lessons may alter. Therefore, please ensure that your child brings their P.E. kit with them on Monday morning and they will take them home on Friday afternoon.

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 ensure that all items are returned to the rightful owner!

Homework

Homework is set on a regular basis in Year Six. All children will receive spellings and either a English or Mathematics homework each week. The homework will outline clearly when the homework has been set and the homework task. Homework and spellings are handed out every Friday afternoon and are to be returned the following Friday.

Just like last year, I will set a creative piece of homework each half term.  The length of time for each piece may vary, and the children will be told how long they have for each task. 

I will ask the children to hand in their new diaries on a Thursday so that I can follow what they've been reading at home.

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