Year 6 - Maple and Beech
Welcome to the final curriculum newsletter of this year - we are delighted to let you know all about our new topic for the last half term!
In guided reading this half term, Year 6 will continue to study The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. We will use the texts to hone the children’s’ retrieval and inference skills as well as developing their reading stamina of longer texts. As well as Whole Class Reading we encourage all children to read at home regularly; they should be reading at least three times a week at home – staff will be monitoring this every week.
The children will use various stimuli to help them with their writing, they will be writing from the perspective of different people from history as well as using pictures to help them write both setting and character descriptions. They will be using a short film called The Lighthouse as the main stimulus for a narrative piece later this term.
This half term we will be concentrating on problem solving and reasoning type questions and projects, which will really get the children thinking as mathematicians and prepare them for Secondary School. We will continue with our daily arithmetic and times table sessions as these are particularly important skills to have ahead of transition to Key Stage 3.
Our topic this term will have some history in it – we will study the story of Tenzing Norgay and Edmond Hillary – the first people to scale Mount Everest, we will also look at events that have happened in the past that have been affected by different natural disasters.
In geography this half term, the children will study mountains and volcanoes – we hope to have some visitors from the National Geographic Society into school who will work with the children on this theme. We will study earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters – using the correct geographical language to describe them.
We will also be preparing the children for next year – they will all have their transition days to their chosen secondary schools, teachers will come into our school to work with them, as will students. Our aim is to ensure that your children are as ready as they can be for the next part of their school journey.
Towards the end of term the children will be performing ‘Alice in Wonderland’ – they have already started rehearsing and are determined that they will give the best performance that they can do, please support your child in learning their lines (if they have any) as much as possible.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are available in the playground every morning and evening. We are also happy to answer telephone queries and set up face-to-face meetings.
The Year 6 team