Welcome to Year 6! Here we are at the beginning of your child’s last year at Solent - a year that is particularly important. We are delighted to have all the children back at school after an unsettled few terms and we are keen to help them feel happy and safe, but also to address any areas of learning which may need more focus following lockdown.
This term will include lots of interesting learning which we hope will be challenging as well as enjoyable for the children.
We will continue to structure the majority of our learning around our LEARNING UNITS. Some subjects will still be taught discreetly where they do not easily unite into the overall theme.
Our main Learning Unit theme for this term will be ’MAYAN MYSTERIES’ – encompassing Historical enquiry, Maths and Art. Later in the term, we will begin the unit of ‘PUTTING ON THE BLITZ’ – incorporating History, Art, Music and DT. Both units will create links to cross curricular English. A curriculum overview can be found HERE.
Maths HOME LEARNING will be set on a Tuesday and should be completed by Friday each week. English HOME LEARNING will be set every Friday, with a deadline of the following Wednesday. For the time being and until further notice, all home learning will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams instead of being printed off and sent home, in order to avoid the transfer of equipment between home and school. Your child’s work should remain at home in a safe place until we relax some of our Covid-19 safety measures. Although at the moment we will be unable to check that home learning has been completed (until homework books can be returned to school), there is an expectation that pupils will be completing the home learning in order to prepare for senior school and ensure good progress.
Spelling lists will be available on Microsoft Teams each Friday and tested the following Friday. All pupils will be tested on the same words, as this will be the format used in the KS2 SATS. However, we will make a folder available on Microsoft Teams for activities to help those children who may require extra support. We hope that we can continue to rely on your support, so that together we can help your child reach his/her full potential.
In MATHS, the children will be separated into four classes, with the fourth class being provided by Mrs Young. We are currently commencing our second year of ‘teaching for Mastery within Mathematics’, which is an approach that favours mixed ability teaching, allowing consolidation of concepts and ensuring that greater depth opportunities are available for all learners without moving children on too quickly. Having a fourth teacher within our year group allows for smaller pupil to teacher ratios, but also gives us some flexibility should we feel a change in the structure of groups is required following ongoing teacher assessment. The planning will be guided by the Primary Curriculum with objectives being sequenced using the White Rose scheme of learning. The children will be expected to know their times tables and the corresponding division facts. Your help with this task is invaluable.
ENGLISH lessons will be organised into four classes in the same way as the Maths classes. During the term we will be studying different types of texts, but we are beginning the term with a study of descriptive writing using a video as a stimulus. Other learning over the term will focus on non-fiction writing linked to the Mayans and our Author study will be based on the book ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio.
The children will be encouraged to read as widely as possible and will be expected to complete a Reading Bingo card each half term. (This will involve choosing a diagonal line, a column or a row of 5 books from a selection of genres on a reading bingo card. This card will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams so that it is clear which different types of genres we would like the children to engage in. Your child should read at least five books over a half term and can record the author, title and their comments in their Reading Journal which for the time being will stay at home). Unfortunately, it has been necessary to close the school library until further notice. Therefore, we would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to access the local library, make use of eBooks, online magazines and other books available to them at home. Should you find it difficult to complete the genres requested on the reading bingo card, we will of course be flexible at this time, as long as it is clear that an attempt has been made to access a range of different authors and genres. It will encourage your child to read and improve their fluency if someone could hear them read at home. Thank you for supporting this.
P.E. Until further notice, pupils should come into school in their P.E kit on their designated P.E days, ensuring that they are adhering to the correct school P.E kit guidelines. Weather permitting, all P.E lessons will take place outside for the time being, so sturdy trainers should be worn rather than plimsoles. All of Year 6 will have their P.E with Mrs Brook on a Wednesday afternoon and their Games lessons will be on a Thursday afternoon.
We are sure that we shall have a happy and successful year; please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have via the office email: email@example.com