Well, we are now in the Spring Term of Year 6. Where does the time go? This term our focus is revision and being test ready. This is clearly an important time for you as we begin to gear up towards your SATs which will take place in May. Covering the curriculum whilst producing our study workbooks will be completed over both the spring and summer terms. This allows for solid preparations to take place for SATs whilst taking the pressure off completing a full study workbook for each term. We will be working hard to reach the high targets that you set yourselves and remember, nothing worth achieving is easy, so don't settle for second best.
This term's learning is based around another super book, Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. This book takes us back into the Stone Age Times. There is plenty of page turning drama as every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger. This book had me on the edge of my seat! The story follows the main character; Torak, who is an outcast, all alone, wounded, terrified, and on the run. His only ally is an orphaned wolf cub. Wolf Brother carries you back thousands of years into a world steeped in natural magic and elemental terror, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life. This is a fantastic book by Michelle Paver, the first book in her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series.
Your learning journey will begin this term with our fabulous Big Art Project. You will explore cave art linked to the Lascaux and Peche Merle caves, producing your own wall art. This will link later in our term to our Art unit — printing techniques — as you decorate textiles creating a fantastic backdrop to our class display. Joined with this you will be taking a closer look at the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages in Britain. Investigating artefacts and creating some of your own.
Your Geography will continue this term with map work, as you use geographical skills to build your knowledge of the water cycles, hills, mountains, coasts and rivers. This will support our educational visit to Carding Mill Valley where you will take part in a river study using fieldwork techniques. This is just a snippet of the exciting work you will be doing this term.
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The organisation of the week is as follows:
PE will continue to take place on Wednesday afternoons, so please ensure a full kit is in school, correctly labelled. Your kit each week should consist of; a white or your house coloured top (no football or sports tops), dark shorts, leggings or joggers and white or black trainers. Please ensure a filled water bottle is in school as this is essential for any sporting activity. This term you will be learning the skills required to take part in health-related activities and different athletic sports. These sessions will be taught by Mrs Jenkins. 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 continue to 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.
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 will take place on a Friday morning along with an arithmetic paper which draws upon these skills, so keep practising!
Regular reading out loud at home will continue to be included in your weekly homework. Our new reading approach is now well under way in Y6. You will be read with by an adult at least once a week where comprehension questions will be set. These questions must be answered in your blue reading response books. Research states that if you read for 20 minutes a day at home, you will hear 1.8 million words every year. Amazing as many of them will be new ones!
Dates for your diary:
Friday 17th January — Y6 class worship at 2.50pm in the school hall, Monday 10th February — Y6 Stone, Bronze and Iron Age Theme Day, Thursday 27th March — educational school geography field visit to Carding Mill Valley.
I know we will continue to be a strong partnership, if there is anything you need to discuss I am on the door some mornings and most afternoons. If you require a longer chat, please could you make an alternative time with either myself, or through the office.
I am thoroughly looking forward to our time together this term. Remember to shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you'll land upon the stars.