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Honey Bee and Hornet Classes

What's coming up next?

 

After the Christmas break, Mrs Kooyman and Miss Alma will be joining Honey Bee Class and the Year 6 team. The children have made a great start to Year 6 and we look forward to continuing that journey together in the new year. Our history topic will be about World War II and we are planning a super trip and reading opportunities to support this.

 

For more details about key dates and school events, take a look at our Term 3 newsletter: click here. Our curriculum overview for Term 3 will provide more details about our learning week to week and will be available here shortly.

 

If you would like to have a look at our yearly curriculum overview for Year 6, please follow this link: click here.

 

For useful links to online resources to support your child's preparation for the SATs, scroll to the bottom of the page.

 

Highlights so far:

 

For a reminder about Year 6's learning so far, follow this link to our curriculum overviews for Terms 1 and 2:

Term 2 curriculum overview : click here.

Term 1 curriculum overviewclick here

 

Term 2

Our geography topic in Term 2 was 'Extreme Environments' and explored aspects of Earth's landscape, weather and climate. 

 

As part of our learning about mountains, we had our own firsthand climbing experience at a nearby climbing centre. As well as being a lot of fun, we also paid close attention to the instructions provided to us by the experts - so much so that we were able to produce our own sets of instructions to other novice climbers.

Having learnt about volcanoes, we then made our very own active models!

Term 1

Our topic in Term 1 was ‘Jurassic Coasts’  and it inspired some fantastic English, art, geography, science and art learning.

 

We got the learning started with a trip to Charmouth, where we found traces of its Jurassic past for ourselves (lots of lovely fossils)!

Writing about our learning

 

We produced some excellent writing after we had been to Charmouth. Named after our historic school building, we produced persuasive brochures on behalf of 'Pavilion Tours', an educational travel company. We also used Adventure at Sandy Cove, by Pie Corbett to inspire our own fiction and non-fiction writing. 

 

Have a look at Hania's story based on The Lighthouse (amazing Literacy Shed animated video) and Rosanna's newspaper report:

 

Artwork inspired by 'coasts'

 

Mrs Begen provided some amazing opportunities for Year 6 to explore different artistic styles and techniques in relation to our topic. We used a range of media (pencil, pen, paint, charcoal, chalk) and the results were amazing!

 

Here are some of Year 6's abstract paintings, inspired by Pete Lanyan.

Useful web links for Year 6 learning and revision:

 

SATs practice papers

 

Access to previous SATs papers (reading, SPAG and maths):

http://www.satspapers.org.uk/Page.aspx?TId=5

 

 SATs-style maths practice papers:

 https://www.emaths.co.uk/index.php/student-resources/past-papers/ks2-sat-2016-practice-papers 

 https://mathsmadeeasy.co.uk/ks2-revision/key-stage-2-sat-maths/

 

 

 English/SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)

 

National Curriculum definitions of grammatical terms which will appear in homework and class learning:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335190/English_Appendix_2_-_Vocabulary_grammar_and_punctuation.pdf

 

National Curriculum spelling patterns and statutory words lists (giving examples of spelling patterns we will teach and the type of words the SATs will test):

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf 

 

Summaries, examples and teaching videos of key grammatical terms:

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zhrrd2p

 

Selection of games for revision:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/punctuation

 

 

Maths

 

Summaries, examples and teaching videos of mathematical terms:

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

 

Wide range of resources – from games to teaching aids and tests:

https://mathsframe.co.uk/

https://www.math-salamanders.com/free-kids-math-games.html

 

Maths arithmetic practice:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/mental-maths

 

Small range of memory matching games:

https://claritymaths.uk/games/index.html

 

Really good web site (with lots of visual aids to help understand tricky concepts); it is American but, while not a direct match to the National Curriculum for Year 6, the ‘Grade 5’ learning and games would be a match for age – and you could always look at ‘Grade 4’ or 'Grade 6' to support/stretch as appropriate:

https://www.mathplayground.com/

 

Web site designed more for teachers, and includes lots of concepts aimed at secondary-age learning. However, there are some useful tools which show models and images that might help your child’s understanding if something is proving tricky to understand:

https://mathsbot.com/

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