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Mrs Alexander, Mrs Broadbent and Mrs Turner Y6    

                        

After several busy weeks, the children have now settled fully into life in Year 6 and are beginning to show their independence and willingness to take the initiative with regard to their learning. It is always lovely to see children blossom as they develop the confidence to think and act for themselves and of course this is a vital skill to learn before they leave behind their days of primary education and embark on the long journey through secondary school, finally ready to step out into the ‘real’ world. One thing that has pleased the Year 6 adults is the way that the children have already shown their maturity around school by reflecting the Alverton values of care, honesty and trust: the digital leaders by being indispensable to adults responsible for younger children; the implementation of the junior break-time Book Club; the organisation of a junior Art Club by three very resourceful Year 6 children – the list goes on!

As you will have seen in our assembly, use of reflection on how the children learn as individuals, what resources they will need and the ability to reflect critically on their own performances has played a large part in children’s learning so far. Our first full topic, focusing on the Romans and linked with the study of volcanoes, has led the children to discover all sorts of facts about how volcanoes are formed and why they erupt, details about everyday Roman life and the legacy of the Roman invasion of Britain and much more besides! This learning, as I am sure your children will have mentioned, is based around the book “Escape From Pompeii“ and the children have been using this as a stimulus for writing reports about volcanoes, creating an information leaflet aimed at younger children about the Romans…and dressing up in armour as a Roman soldier stationed on the windswept wilds of Hadrian’s Wall!

As ever, children are building on their maths skills taught over previous years. This term, there has been, and will continue to be, much work on the use and application of number in various contexts, whilst French sees the children learning more about grammar and punctuation in order to produce descriptive posters and a presents wish-list. Excitingly, Y6 are on the cusp of forming a partnership with a school in France, and we hope to be conversing with the French children very soon! In music, the children are using the ‘Charanga’ online scheme of learning to produce their own compositions based around specific genres of music – this term, it’s jazz. This will also allow the children to explore free-form thinking in art by creating a succession of artworks based around music. Computing sees the children learning more about coding and its more practical aspects, whilst in PE, swimming continues on Monday mornings, and squash on Tuesdays, again taught by expert specialist teachers. In RE, children are exploring the bigger questions of life through the religions of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.

Our focused book in the second part of the term is ‘Pig-Heart Boy’ by Marjorie Blackman and this leads to lots of investigations in science, such as experiments into the heart, lungs and circulatory system of humans.  Hopefully, the children will be looking at some sheep lungs to really see for themselves how lungs function, and this close analysis of bodily organs should really inform the theoretical side of their learning. In English, the children will be writing diary entries in character, formal letters, biographical fact files and, combining oracy with science, will be collaborating with others to make a presentation to the rest of the class. There will also be detailed character descriptions and scientific explanations too.

Later this term, following the first trip of the year to the Nissan Factory in Sunderland, children will be visiting the Crucial Crew workshops in order to learn more about keeping safe in and around the local area when out by themselves. Additionally, we are currently looking to arrange a trip linked to the curriculum in Spring, so watch this space!

Further information.

In Year 6, we feel it is beneficial for children to read for a minimum of ten minutes each and every day. As well as acquiring knowledge and information, what better than to switch off for a while and escape with a great book?

Homework, including spelling, is usually set on Wednesdays, to be brought back completed into school on Mondays. Spellings will be tested on Mondays, but, ideally, parents will encourage children to use these words in their homework. Each half-term, a longer project will be set for children to explore as much of (or as little!) as they like.

All children have a username and password for these websites, which they can access in and out of school and which really do enhance the children’s learning:

www.purplemash.com/alverton                                 

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://login.mathletics.com/

https://uk.spellodrome.com/#/home

 

We also encourage use of the https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn website for general revision of subjects.

 

If you have any queries, or anything at all you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment.

We look forward to working together with you to provide the very best to help your child achieve their potential.

 

 

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