What are the children learning this half term?
This half term we will be learning:
SCIENCE: evolution and living things and habitats; the human body and change (puberty).
JIGSAW: relationships and changes (Sex and Relationship Education)
PE: cricket and rounders; athletics
DT: textiles: design and make a glove puppet for our buddies
TOPIC: British Values through art and drama
RE: British Values – living in a multicultural society
SATs week – week beginning 14th May
Mon: Spelling and Grammar
Tue: English - Reading
Wed: Maths (Paper 1 – arithmetic & Paper 2 – reasoning)
Thu: Maths (Paper 3 – reasoning)
We will provide the children with some toast in the mornings after registration. They do not need to come into school any earlier. They will be registered in class at the normal time of 8:40am. Please ensure that your child has a water bottle each day.
Diary Dates Summer Term:
Thursday 24th May – Fire Educational Visit in school
Monday 11th June – Class Photos and Team Photos
Saturday 16th June – school summer fete
Tuesday 26th June and Wednesday 27th June – Year 5/6 production
Friday 29th June – Monday 2nd July – Little Canada
Tuesday 3rd July – Secondary school transition day (date to be confirmed)
Wed 11th July – Fri 13th July – Primary College (further information to be sent out nearer the time)
Primary College is a three-day programme of many different workshops provided for the Chesil Education Partnership by Weymouth College.
The aims of Primary College are to give all children taking part:
- a very enjoyable and instructive experience which will broaden their horizons
- an opportunity to meet and work with children from other schools – developing their social skills and easing their transition to secondary school
- the chance to taste life as a college student, and to learn a whole range of new skills
Thursday 19th July – Sports day
Tuesday 24th July – Last day of term. Leavers’ Assembly 9.30am.
Wednesday 25th July – INSET Day
Year 6 Staff
Class Teachers: Miss Wise, Miss Hulland, Mrs Griffiths.
Teaching Assistants: Miss Fiolaki , Mrs Gill, Miss Richards, Mr Pask, Mrs Parker.
Like all of the teachers in the school, we do consider parental contact and support very important. If you wish to speak to us about any matter raised in this newsletter, or on any other subject please let us know. We will arrange a convenient time to see you if we can’t organise it straight away.
The digestive system - science
Zoo Lab visits
We had a visit from Zoolab to learn about animals and help us to classify them. Jessica brought in:
Ron, the cockroach.
Fluff, the Salmon Pink Bird Eater tarantula.
Dave, the crested gecko.
Rex, the bearded dragon.
Terry, the snake.
Bubble and Squeak, two pet rats.
We had a fascinating day learning about these animals and we even got to hold and touch them!
ART this term
We've also been printing our own scarab beetles and have made a colourful border of designs around our classroom.
Each class has selected Articles from the United Nations Rights of the Child and worked collaboratively to identify how these Articles can be agreed and implemented at school.
YEAR 6 expectations
Homework is set weekly on a Monday and to be handed in on the Friday. The children will be given a small maths homework and small grammar homework. We would like to ask that all children also read daily, practise their spellings from the lists that will be issued, and practise their times tables. The children will be investigating and practising spelling throughout the week in school; they will have a spelling test each fortnight (selected from a list that will be issued fortnightly).
We feel it is vital that children in Year 6 continue to read at home. We encourage children to read their school reading books as well as material which they find interesting e.g. The Echo, a magazine or a book on a topic of interest to them as well as their school reading book.
The children have been issued with a spelling log book, which can also be used for messages to and from home.
Literacy Homework 30.4.18 Mixed Grammar Revision
Maths Homework - 30.4.18 Problem solving / Mixed Arithmetic
Spelling Y5/6 Lists
In Years 5 and 6, the following spelling rules and patterns will be taught:
- Words ending -cious and -tious such as 'delicious' and 'superstitious'
- Words ending -cial and -tial such as 'special' and 'partial'
- Words ending -ant, -ance and -ancy such as 'hesitant', 'hesitance' and 'hesitancy'
- Words ending -ent, -ence and -ency such as ‘patient’, ‘patience’ and ‘frequency’
- Words ending -able / -ably and -ible / -ibly such as 'comfortable' / 'comfortably' and 'horrible' / 'horribly'
- Adding -ing / -ed to words ending -fer, for example: 'prefer', 'preferring' and 'preferred'
- Use of the hyphen, for example: 'co-ordinate', 're-enter'
- Words containing ie / ei, for example: 'piece' and 'ceiling'
- Words containing ough and looking at the different sounds this grapheme makes in different words, for example: 'enough', 'through', 'although', 'plough'
- Silent letters in words such as 'doubt', 'thistle' and 'knight'
- Homophones (words which sound the same but are spelled differently) for example: 'principle' and 'principal
The lists below are words that your child will be learning to spell throughout their time at Chickerell School. These lists are a mixture of words that we encourage children to use in their writing and words they can often misspell. The words run alongside other spelling objectives that we cover as part of our spelling lessons.
Year 6 Curriculum
Our first ideas and questions:
We have been reading the picture book: The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. It's a fantastic story. Before we read the story, we predicted who we thought the main character would be: it was someone who collected bottle tops! We described this character using expanded noun phrases.