India and South Africa Classes: Our Learning
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In their last year before moving on to secondary school, we will try to prepare the Year 6 children for their transition emotionally and academically. Part of their school year will be taking the statutory end of Key Stage 2 assessments - the SATs. This will happen in Term 5 (Monday 11th - Thursday 14th of May) and we will work hard to make sure that they are ready to sit them confidently. We know that some families support this with further practice at home and there is a list of useful web sites at the bottom of this page (with revision materials that your child might find useful). Please speak to your child's class teacher if you have any questions related to this or should you want any specific help to support their learning.
In term 3, year 6 will be learning about World War Two (history), and starting a new science topic on 'Exercise and Nutrition'. As part of our World War Two topic we are looking forward to going to Tyntesfield House, where we will take part in workshops and activities based around this learning, as well as experiencing what life would have been like for an evacuee.
During term 2 the children made fantastic progress with their writing skills. We were particularly impressed with the story boxes the children created for the book 'Way Home', which we read in English lessons (see photos below). In term 3 we will be designing and advertising gas masks, writing in role as children during the Blitz and as evacuees, creating discussion texts about the pros and cons of evacuations, as well as writing time-slip stories set in World War two and beyond!
In maths the children have worked hard developing the range of strategies they can use for both multiplication and division in term 2 and they have made a great start exploring shapes and angles. In term 3 the children will be continuing their learning on shape, drawing and measuring angles and using angle facts. We will then be moving on to our main focus for the term: fractions, decimals and equivalents.
Please see an outline of our learning this term and our newsletter.
Both classes have made a really positive start to Year 6! We are very excited to have started our 'Coasts' topic and have already learnt lots of facts in our geography and science lessons.
We have made links to our topic in English, writing some lovely poems and adventure stories. We can't wait to see more of their super writing this term and beyond!
In maths, we have begun by studying place value and numbers - challenging the children to be fluent and able to reason with numbers up to 10,000,000 and to three decimal places. They've made a great start and we will build upon this understanding of number as the year goes on. Please continue to help your child to practise times tables (up to 12x12), identifying prime, square and cube numbers, as well focusing on areas of their homework they find tricky.
Useful web links for Year 6 learning and revision:
SATs practice papers
Access to previous SATs papers (reading, SPAG and maths):
SATs-style maths practice papers:
English/SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)
National Curriculum definitions of grammatical terms which will appear in homework and class learning:
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):
Summaries, examples and teaching videos of key grammatical terms:
Selection of games for revision:
Summaries, examples and teaching videos of mathematical terms:
Wide range of resources – from games to teaching aids and tests:
Maths arithmetic practice:
Small range of memory matching games:
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:
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: