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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. 

Term 3

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.

 

Term 2

Following a brilliant first term, Year 6 will be learning about 'Extreme Environments' in Term 2 (geography) and continuing with our 'Evolution and Inheritance' topic, having made a great start already (science). 

 

In English lessons, will be using our topic learning, the picture book 'Way Home' and William Shakespeare (our author of the term) to inspire our writing styles and ideas.

 

Maths will be focusing on multiplicative reasoning (multiplication and division) as well as geometry (shape, angles, related facts). A focus during this term will be upon times tables (having quick recall and also being able to use these facts to work out related calculations e.g. I know 3 x 5 = 15 so I also know 15 / 3 = 5 and 500 x 3 = 1500). 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. 

Please see an outline of our learning this term and our newsletter.

 

Term 1

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. 

Please see an outline of our learning this term and our newsletter.

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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