In maths lessons we will be studying different units of measurement and conversion, percentages, ratio, geometry, position and movement. We will also be solving word problems relating to all these areas. You can help your child by regularly practising times tables facts, doing additional tasks on My Maths and encouraging your child to use Manga High to gain points and medals. We are continuing to use rapid number recall to help the children recall number facts quickly, we are testing these skills weekly and the children are enjoying the challenge of these.
We will look a number of different texts and genres of writing this term, continuing with our reading of 'The London Eye Mystery' by Siobhan Dowd. We will also study the poetry of John Agard and Macbeth by Shakespeare. We will also learn about techniques used by authors when writing short stories. When the children return from Hilltop we will use their experiences to generate writing in a number of genres.
We cannot emphasise enough how important reading is to your child’s development. It links to every other area of the curriculum and is fundamental in supporting the development of spelling and vocabulary. Please do use our brilliant local libraries and ensure your child always has a book on the go!
English home learning is given out on Mondays and is due back on Thursdays of the same week. We will continue with the poetry anthology that was introduced last term. As part of their English home learning children will be expected to choose a poem from the anthology and learn it by heart. We will let you know when the home learning is a ‘poetry week’. Home learning generally alternates between learning a poem and exercises in the CGP spelling book your child was given at the beginning of the year.
At OLM we follow the 'Come and See' scheme of work. The topics we will be covering in Spring term are:
Our first topic this term is 'Sources' which looks closely at the different genres of writing that are included in the Bible. We will learn how the Bible is the story of God's love, told by the people of God. There are all kinds of writing in the Bible and the authors all wanted to tell us one thing: the truth about God.
We will also be looking at topics covering Unity, examining the links between the act of communion and its links to the wider Catholic family. We will consider what a school community can do to enhance the sense of feeling 'included' and 'forgiven' and what can be done for those who might feel excluded.
Death and New Life
Death and New Life links to Easter and the death and resurrection of Jesus. We will think about how we can of ourselves to others and situations where we might find self-giving difficult.
The Catholic Social Teaching (CST) theme we will be studying is Solidarity.
This term the children will be continuing to look at cyber bulling during their E-safety lessons; discussing how to stay safe and report incidents of bulling online. We will be using some of our ICT sessions to access SPAG.com, a website which helps the children in their preparation for SATs.
The popularity of social networking sites is growing. It is important for children to know how to protect themselves and behave responsibly when they are part of an online community. Their profile is who they are online. When they choose a nickname and profile picture it is important to remember it will be viewed by strangers. Online, it is not safe to give personal information away because even friends might not be who they say they are.
PE is taught on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. It is important for children to have their PE kits in school at all times. Please do provide a pair of jogging bottoms for the kit as some sessions will be outside. Please do make sure your child’s kit is in line with the school uniform policy.
The Wider Curriculum
Our science topic this term will be ‘Light’. We will be investigating whether light travels in straight lines; how light refracts and reflects as it passes through different materials. We will also be learning about the eye and the role that different parts of the eye take in sight. Our other topic will be classification; children will learn how to classify some plants and apply this knowledge to classifying other objects.
Our focus will be 'The Amazing Americas'. The focus will be mainly on North America; the children will practise atlas skills, learn about the difference between climate and weather and will research a trip to a North American destination and write a guide.
Our topic is ‘Mouldable Materials’. The children will be working using a variety of mouldable media. The topic is linked to our learning in geography and the children will be making a 3 d map.
Each class has a weekly music lesson with Mrs Bensley.
The children have a weekly French lesson with Mme Lauzanne. They have been working on expanding their vocabulary.
Please continue to encourage your child to read a variety of authors and genres of writing - reading underpins all areas of the curriculum. If you need advice about books and authors please contact one of the Y6 team.
The BBC Bitesize website is worth having a look at for interactive games to support your child's learning:
Wednesday 9th January, 7 pm: An information meeting for parents about Hilltop.