Welcome to Year 6. I hope you have had a fantastic summer break filled with fun and laughter. I am very excited to spend our year together and know what a fantastic year we will have; beginning with Big Art and of course PGL!
This term's learning is based around one of my favourite books, Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. This book began its life as a short story and was later developed into a novel and eventually a film. It is a moving tale of an eight-year-old boy called William Beech who is evacuated from London's Deptford area to go and live in a village called Little Weirwold shortly before the Second World War breaks out. In this heart melting story Michelle Magorian paints a very sensitive picture of love, hatred and loss, and conveys a strong message of change.
This term we will begin with our BIG ART project by creating war planes of our own as we learn about Black Saturday and The Blitz. These will take pride of place and hang in our classroom. We will also investigate the use of silhouettes; looking at artists who use this technique e.g., American silhouette cutting artist Karl Johnson. We will create our own artwork of The Blitz using this new technique. To view the Y6 Holistic Plans please click here and here.
PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoon and will be taught by Mrs Jenkins. This term you will be learning the skills required to play Hockey and the styles of dance and choreographic devices used within WW2 — ready to take to the floor on our VE Theme Day — Friday 13th December 2019. Please ensure you have your kit each week consisting of; a white or your house coloured top, dark shorts, leggings or joggers and white or black trainers. Please ensure all PE kits are clearly labelled, including summer caps and filled water bottles, especially if the weather is warm. We will also be continuing with the Daily Mile, so please ensure you have trainers in school to change in to.
Homework will be set each Friday. I encourage you to complete all your homework fully and on time. I use homework to consolidate your learning and to enable you to prepare for a new week. I will run homework clubs during the week (some lunchtimes) to support this. Please be sure to use them whenever you need to. Homework will be checked and re-visited each week.
Spag online homework will be set every Friday with at least one task to be completed. If you are unable to complete these tasks at home, or if you need support, please let me know and I will arrange for you to complete them in school. Regular reading at home and times tables practice will also be included in your weekly homework — TT Rockstars continues to be a successful way to practice your times tables. Times tables testing and reading diary checks will take place on a Friday morning, so please ensure all relevant books are in school. Research states that if you read for 20 minutes a day at home, you will hear 1.8 million words every year. Amazing!
MyMaths will no longer be set as a weekly piece of homework. There will be no weekly spelling patterns to learn at home as these will be covered within our English lessons. This also includes grammar and punctuation practice, and therefore you will not be asked to complete your CGP spelling, punctuation and grammar books at home either. These will be school resources and they will be completed within lesson time.
Dates for your diary
PGL 11th September — 13th September, Y6 Class Worship 27th September, Harvest Service 3rd October, WW2 Living History Day 21st October, Y6 Grandparents Theme Day 13th December, Christmas Service Thursday 19th December.
I know we will be a strong partnership, if there is anything you need to discuss please leave a message with the Teaching Assistant on the door in the morning or catch me at the end of the day. If you require a longer chat please could you make an alternative time with me, or through the office.
I am thoroughly looking forward to our new year together, remember, "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." A.A. Milne.