Happy New Year! Thank you for all of your support last term: Ruth, Sarah and I have really appreciated it. Spring term brings a lot of new topics and themes and a lot of hard work to do, read on to find out more…!
Thank you also for your incredible generosity and kind words at the end of the term. We had a lovely Christmas break, and are glad to be back at school.
This term we will be focusing on a superb picture book by William Gill, Shackleton’s Journey. This unique visual re-telling of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition crossing the Antarctic provides us with a wide range of writing opportunities and some complex themes for us to get our teeth into.
We will be continuing to perfect our grammar and punctuation skills and our reading skills of inference and deduction. Please continue to encourage your child to read a range of quality texts at home; this will really help their writing skills.
Thank you for constant support last term with reading. We are so impressed at the commitment and enthusiasm the children are showing towards it. We feel genuinely lucky to support so many of them as they realise their love of reading.
Last term the children made great improvements in maths and we hope to continue with this during Spring Term. We will be consolidating our written methods of the four operations, as well as beginning to look in depth at algebraic equations!
We will be continuing with our times tables push – please do help your child to practise these at home.
Science this term will cover a number of topics. We will continue our study of Light and will then go onto Living Things and Their Habitats.
Ms Sophoclides will continue to teach RE this term. Throughout the year the children will have the opportunity to study worship in several religions, looking at features of worship and what worship means to a believer. The focus this term will be on key religious figures including Mohammed and Moses. In the second half-term there will be a focus on the Easter Story and the role of the apostles.
Our history focus for this term will be Ancient Greece and its continuing impact on the modern, western world.
Art Ms Sophoclides will continue to teach Year 6 Art. The focus will be on ‘People in Action’ and will link to our Ancient Greek topic.
PE will take place on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
Wherever possible, these will take place outside. Please ensure that your child has his/her full PE kit in school every day. This should include a jumper (not their school jumper). School PE kits should also include trainers; the children need proper trainers for PE (not flat-soled converse-style trainers) and these must be different to their ordinary school shoes.
As ever, homework will be sent home on Fridays and should be returned by the following Wednesday. The children also need to ensure that they practise their times tables and spellings for the weekly tests – please do help your child with these.
We know that this term some children have school entrance exams and tests and may be feeling anxious and worried. Ruth and I will do everything we can to alleviate any worries that we see. Please be aware that some children have missed a lot of school during Autumn Term for school visits etc.
The Year Six curriculum is so jam-packed that the topics they miss simply cannot be revisited. When a child is off, he or she misses vital learning and we have seen children fall behind or become disorientated because of this. We understand that some secondary school exams are on weekdays and this cannot be changed, however we just wanted to flag this up as it is a real concern.
Please do come and chat to us about any questions you may have! We are in the playground before and after school.
Lara Wilkes, Ruth Gladstone and Sarah Sophoclides.