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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 6



Welcome to Year Six! Well what a strange and difficult situation we all presently face. Although school is closed to most children at this current time, our learning and enriching experiences will continue, albeit in a different way! 


Before I share with you what we will be covering during the summer term, I want to say that the most important thing to do - even above the curriculum - is for each and every one of you to stay safe. Your safety and wellbeing is the most important thing right now. Although the learning (for at least part of this term) will be done at home, there will still be so much for you to learn and experience! Here is what we intend to learn about this term: 

English

In English last term we studied the book ‘A Story Like the Wind’. We analysed the characters, setting and plot in detail, and our written work we focused on flashbacks and newspaper reports. The children also developed their own alternative versions relating to parts of the story. They developed their reading skills and understanding of different texts by continuing to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks. There have been regular handwriting, spelling and grammar sessions that were delivered both discreetly and as part of the focus on the shared text.

Following on from the work in autumn term, using our work from 'The Refugee Project' we learnt more about public speaking. By doing this, the children developed their own two minute speeches based around this very important theme. Moving on from this project, we contued our English work linked to the Read to Write schemes from Literacy Counts. The focus of our learning was based around the book 'Hansel and Gretel'. Outcomes of this sequence of learning were that the children produced a dual narrative, persausive letter as well as a newspaper report, magazine article and narrative. I was really excited to work through the book with the children and was incredibly impressed with the fantastic work which they produced!

During the summer term, we will continue to develop our writing skills through a series of short writing activities and challenges involving genres such as short stories, diary entries, descriptive writing, newspaper reports, non-chronological reports amongst others. There will also be mini grammar and spelling challenges as well as a variety of reading tasks that will aim to develop children's skills in: inference and deduction, retrieval, prediction, identifying themes and in understanding the meaning of words in context. We also aim for children to continue to engage in, and embrace a wide variety of texts. 


Mathematics

In maths, the children have worked hard on understanding and manipulating numbers up to ten million. In addition to this, they have compared and contrasted numbers, represented them in different ways, and have solved a range of challenging puzzles and problems. The children have also developed their understanding of fractions. During spring term, even learning has taken place. Concepts covered have included: position and direction, decimals, percentages, algebra and converting units. 

During summer term, we will be covering the following concepts in line with the White Rose Maths Hub Home Learning sequence

  • Angles

  • Fractions     

  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages       

  • Algebra and Measures 

  • Measures and Ratio     

  • Geometry and Problem Solving 


To continue to support your child at home, here are a selection of websites that will help:
www.topmarks.co.uk, www.mathszone.co.uk and www.teachingtables.co.uk.

Science

Our topic this term will be on ‘Animals Including Humans’. The children have been learning about the circulatory system as well as healthy lifestyles. They have learnt more about the role of the circulatory system and its importance to the body. In addition to this, we have covered aspects of balanced diets, exercise and the impact that substances such as alcohol and drugs have on our body. This has also linked in with our work on mental wellbeing. More information about this can be found at: www.myhappymind.org. 

This term our topic is 'Evolution and Inheritance' where we will explore the evolution of humans and other animals. We will learn about how various animals have adapted over millions of years to the surroundings in which they now live. The children will learn more about inheritance; finding out how they have inherited traits from their parents and grandparents. We will also be learning about 'Electricity and Light'. Although they are two stand-alone topics, due to the current situation we are faced with, we will cover the main aspects of both. 

The children have learnt how to code and program using a range of apps. They will continue to use Code Studio to support their learning.  In addition to this, they will use computers to research, present and develop information linked to other areas of the curriculum. 

History

During the first term, our topic focus has been on the British Empire. We have found out about the countries that were part of the Empire and the key events that had an impact. These events have included the Indian Mutiny linked to trading by the East Indian Company and The Boer War. In spring term, our focus progressed to learning about the changing state of the British Monarchy, starting with The Magna Carta!

Geography

In the summer term, we will be moving on to our study of Rainforests and of The Mayans. Within these topics, the children will learn about these from a historical and geographical viewpoint. Other subjects will also, where possible, link to these overarching themes. 

I look forward to hearing about all the excellent and exciting learning taking place this term. Although we are not together in person, we can still learn together and keep in contact! Take care, look after yourselves and your families and we will see each other again soon! 

Have a look at our Home Learning Tab on our webpage. Here are some more website that you can use with your child at home:

  • IXL have separate pages of skills linked to individual Year group. The Y6 page has links to practise both English and Maths skills. Pages are then split into skills of which has a practise question for the children to think about.
  • BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2. Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English. Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online. Some aspects require a subscription.
  • Education Quizzes is a site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.
  • ICTeachers. A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes!
  • Crickweb: A range of English games and activities.
  • Key Stage Two Literacy: Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules
  • Spell Zone: A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.
Computing

We will ensure that skills in computing will be developed through a range of activities that link with other curriculum areas. The children will also use the internet for research.

RE

Our RE learning will link to the theme of ‘Disicipleship’. The children will learn how belief in the
teachings of Jesus might influence a Christian making a decision. They will also explore how
Jesus’s teaching could influence personal response to ethical issues.

PSHE

There will be a variety of wellbeing and My Happy Mind activities that will support children, particularly in their transition to secondary school.

Drop-In

Drop-in sessions are usually held every Monday, between 3.15pm and 3.45pm for you to discuss with me any concerns you may have. Obviously there will be no drop-in sessions until we are back in school. However, if you have any updates from children, their work or they just want to say hello, I’m more than happy for you to get in touch. I look forward to hearing about your time away from school when we return and can’t wait to find out about all the exciting activities that have taken place.

Stay safe, look after yourselves and your families and we will see each other again soon.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr Graham 

The staff at Willaston C of E Primary School are missing their pupils and the entire School community, so here are some little messages from them all.

Easter message
 from Mrs Chambers
Mrs Lamb's 
Easter Story 
Message from Mr Graham
Miss Hughes reading 
Monkey Puzzle.
Mr Ellinson's Forest School At Home 
virtual bunch of flowers, rainbow of hope,  recycled bird feederThe Happy Tree

Mrs Chambers
 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 
'Compassion' Assembly.

Miss Bell (and Buddy) reading 
There's A Snake In My School by David Walliams
Just a few words to say 
'hello' and we are thinking of you all
Miss Hull's 
Challenge
Value Ambassadors 'Perseverance' Assembly
Miss Chapman reading a story about a Rainbow
Revd Bazely's 'Creation' Assembly

Home Learning w/c March 2020, 20th April27th April4th May, 11th May, 18th May

Sending best wishes to everyone.

Take care and keep safe.


Y6 Summer Newsletter.pdf (PDF 412.2KB)
Science Questions.pdf (PDF 739.5KB)
Reasoning Questions.pdf (PDF 759.0KB)
Reading Challenge.pdf (PDF 652.2KB)
Grammar Challenge.pdf (PDF 203.6KB)
Digital Footprint Activity Sheet.pdf (PDF 132.7KB)
Arithmetic Challenge.pdf (PDF 95.9KB)
Guidelines for spelling, years 5 and 6, including word lists.pdf (PDF 70.5KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 6.pdf (PDF 64.4KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 6.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)