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Main Themes of class work for week beginning: 24th April 2017
SATs Revision Tasks
Welcome back to you all and I hope you had a great break over Christmas! We have another exciting but very busy term ahead in Year 6. Our topic, together with Year 5, is the Caribbean and we are looking forward to exploring the many aspects of this part of the world. With the help of Miss Flowers, we will be experiencing and tasting the delights of Caribbean cooking as well as investigating the climate, culture and wildlife of the islands. In science we are studying evolution and adaptation, looking at the ways that different animals have changed and adapted to their surroundings and environment.
The national curriculum sets high standards for pupils to achieve by the end of year six, so your children will be working hard at learning many new skills throughout the year, and consolidating old skills in preparation both for Year 6 SATs and for a well-rounded understanding of all subjects to take into their later lives. At the start of term, the children will be taking a set of past SATs papers as a baseline to work on during the term.
Year 6 children are expected to be reading independently for pleasure, and must write in their reading record every day, to be taken in and marked on a Friday. These entries should demonstrate both an understanding of the text, and an appreciation for how the author has used certain techniques to achieve their desired effect. The children will take home a reading book and their reading record every evening, and are expected to read at home for at least 20 minutes every day. The book and reading record must come back to school with them every day, so they can continue during the school day.
Homework activities are generally given out on Mondays to be handed in on the Thursday. This is to begin to prepare the children for the homework expectations they will experience in secondary school. Spelling sheets will also be handed out on Thursdays to practise, and will be tested in class the following Thursday. As well as these specific tasks, it will greatly aid your child's progress if time each week is given to develop their mathematics through the use of uk.mathletics.com. Olympic Tables tests also take place on Wednesdays, which help to reinforce their understanding of times tables.
Mr. Ritchie will be taking the class each Tuesday and Premier Sports will continue working with the children on Friday mornings. Please can you ensure that appropriate clothing and footwear is worn. We would also be grateful if greater attention can be paid to school uniform, as there has been a little slippage during the autumn term. Each week pupils will be supported in their learning with a range of one to one and small group activities provided by the teaching assistants working in the class: Mrs P and Miss Flowers.
Thank you in advance to all parents and carers who will be supporting the children in year six this term with their learning. It should be a fun and exciting term for all but it will also be a term that requires a great deal of hard work and some challenging learning. We are really looking forward to all the exciting opportunities for learning in the coming term. If you ever wish to discuss anything with me please do come to talk with me briefly at the end of the school day or send in a note so that I can arrange with you for a suitable time for a longer meeting.