WELCOME TO YEAR 6
Spring 2 Update
As you are fully aware, in year 6, we have started the countdown to SATs (Commencing May 13th and finishing on the 16th of May) and we have been working tirelessly as a team to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved by every child.
SAT’s survival packs will be coming home during the Easter break to support you in your efforts and give you even clearer guidelines and directions regarding what your child might be confronted with.
I have faith in your children and believe that they are determined and prepared for what lies ahead.
Therefore, as a result, this term, year 6 is focusing mainly on Mathematics, Reading and Writing. We are proud of them. We have seen some good progress so far and look forward to seeing more during the next half term. The clock is ticking rapidly to the time of their SATs, and it is therefore vital that children continue to try their very best in everything.
Homework: Homework will now being handed out every day, apart from Thursdays (when children can use this time for their own revision). We thank you for your continued support with ensuring that the children’s homework is completed to the very best of their abilities, as it really does benefit them. Homework will be marked with the children the following day, so it is important that the children complete it on time.
Spellings: Each week, children receive 20 new spellings to learn. They are then tested on them the following week. Children must also be learning the Year 5/6 spelling words, which can be found in their Homework books. It would be wonderful if children could practise these with someone at home – perhaps writing them on a small whiteboard? Or chanting them to an older brother or sister?
Over the next 7 weeks those of us in Class 6 will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on islands all over the world. The unit is called Earth as an island.
This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:
1. The subjects of the curriculum – The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum in your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.
2. Personal development – The characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.
3. International understanding – This will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.
Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.
During this unit we will be focusing on Geography, Art, Technology, Music, Physical Education and International.
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
• About the geographical features of islands
• About the growth and development of islands over time, including capital cities
• How human geography is impacting island life
• How to relocate an island community, taking both human and physical geographical factors into consideration
• How to use six-figure grid references
• About a case study of an island developing as a trade and transport hub
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
• How to sketch aerial images of islands
• About pop artists such as Andy Warhol, and how they created images
• How to create our own simple prints
• How to choose, mount and display images that we create
In International, we’ll be finding out:
• About the global development goals
• About how our lives can affect the lives of others, including islanders
• How plastics are impacting islands across the world
• How we can moderate our behaviour to have a positive impact on the lives of others
• How to share our learning with the wider community to affect change
In Music, we’ll be finding out:
• About different genres of island music
• How island music is created, and what makes it unique
In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:
• How to follow an orienteering challenge relating to islands
• How to follow an orienteering loop course
• How to create an island-inspired dance
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
• About the different food groups and their importance in our diets
• How different foods come from different places, and why that is
• How to keep safe when preparing food
• How to prepare simple savoury dishes from islands around the world
• How to plan, create and evaluate an island-inspired dish