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Mrs Alexander Y6

A Happy New Year from all at Year 6!

After having had a lovely break, all of the Year 6 staff are back fully refreshed and ready to go and we hope the children are too! After our whole-school topic learning about William Morris and his nature-inspired art, Year 6 are going to be sticking with the Victorians and basing our learning for the term around the book ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty.



This powerful and moving story is sure to promote some interesting questions and discussions from the children about the way poor people were treated as pariahs in the past and could, in some cases, have said to be demonised for being poor. These questions will hopefully be answered to some degree by visiting the Ripon Workhouse Museum for a themed day of workhouse-inspired events and activities, bolstered by role-play from the museum’s staff.




Children will be invited to get into the spirit of things by coming to school on that day – Tuesday 27th February 2018 – dressed as a poor Victorian child. Hopefully the day will not only provide some answers for the children’s questions, but will act as a stimulus for even more talk, discussion and hypothesising for the rest of the term.

Children will be using the book as a stimulus for all sorts of learning, as can be seen by looking at the topic overview below.


Click here for topic plan

Swimming takes place this term on Wednesdays and dance will be on either Monday, Tuesday or Friday, so it would be best if children could have their PE kit in school every day, just in case! After half-term, the focus will switch to netball, so a sturdy pair of trainers and a warm tracksuit, ideally in black or red, would be ideal.

Homework will continue to be set on Wednesdays and be brought into school on Mondays, whilst there will of course be continued opportunities for children to enhance their learning by using our Purple Mash, Mathletics or Rockstars subscriptions for these websites. All children have their passwords for these websites in their planners. We continue to ask that, in this Alverton Year of Books, you support your children in their ten minutes of daily reading by listening to your child read, or perhaps read to a sibling or other relative and then in the planner, sign and signify the pages read.

This is a crucial time for the children as the build-up towards being ‘secondary-ready’ really starts here. The focus is now all about helping the children to become really independent whilst having enquiring minds and working hard both independently and collaboratively with others. There will be much focus on problem-solving throughout the curriculum. Alongside group and class-based working, children will be applying their knowledge and skills to working towards their SATs tests, so that they can achieve the best possible results. With such a hard-working and learning-focused class, I am sure that this year’s results will be even better than last year’s and I know that the children are very keen to show off their learning and achieve their very best. SATs this year begins on Monday 14th May 2018 and the tests will last for four days. The BBC KS2 revise-wise website is always a good place to visit if you want to work with your child at home for extra support.

There will be a meeting about SATs for parents on 24th January at 3:15 in Year 6, where you will have every opportunity to ask any questions you may have and where some additional literature that supports the booklet that was given out at the last parents’ evening will be on offer. Please do come along so that we can work together to best support your child. Of course, if you have any questions about anything school-related, please don’t hesitate to come and find us. Here’s to a great term!

 The following websites are useful for additional resources to complement Year 6 learning:

English, Maths and Science.
literacy shed
poetry archive key stage 2

Newsround (a useful source of news and current affairs)

Ways to help your child at home.
By reading with your child for just 10 minutes each day, including weekends and holidays, you help to make your child a more confident reader who takes a real interest in books. Homework, usually literacy or numeracy based, and  spelling, will generally be sent home on Wednesdays and expected in school for marking on Mondays. All homework completed is expected to be in line with the school's work presentation policy.
All children in Y6 need to know their times tables up to 12 x 12, and the associated division facts. A really fun, yet effective, way of gaining instant recall, is to take a deck of playing cards, and with ace as 1, jacks as 11, queens as 12, kings as 13 and jokers as 0, turn over a card at a time, and starting with the 2 x tables, ask your child to tell you the answer eg a queen x 2 would be 24. How fast can they go? These can be inverted to work with division calculations.

Finally, don't forget to ask your child if they can tell you how to keep themselves safe when using any device to be online. Thanks to the Safer Internet Day activities, the children should be well-versed in all the tricks and tips needed to help them to keep as safe and sound as possible!




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