Dear parents and carers,
We would like to welcome you all back to St Anne’s and Year 6 and hope you have had a lovely Summer holiday. We are looking forward to getting to know each other and spending the year together.
Our topics this half term
In our maths lessons this half term, we will begin by focussing on our methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be doing lots of work on our arithmetic skills and recapping and consolidating the skills we already have.
As your child enters into their SATs year, it is very important that they have a concrete understanding of their times tables up to 12x, as being able to recall these quickly and accurately will help them greatly in tests. Please continue to work on these at home. Children can access websites such as Hit the Button and Ten Ticks to help with their learning. If you would like any times tables worksheets to work on at home, please do not hesitate to ask.
This half term we will begin reading the book The Nowhere Emporium. We will use this book to help us write some character and setting descriptions and our own stories. Later in the half term, we will link our writing to our Geography topic, completing some persuasive writing on why people should visit Manchester. We will also be focusing on recapping our grammar and punctuation knowledge from our learning in previous year groups.
Our first topic this half term will be focused around the question ‘Do we have to earn love?’ We will be thinking about how Christians show unconditional love to one another and why and the difficulties we may experience in life, and how love can help us in these situations.
In Science this half term we will be doing our Living Things and their Habitats topic. We will be learning more about different groups of animals and how animals are categorised by their characteristics. We will also be learning about microorganisms, having a go at conducting some experiments looking at mould.
Geography and Art
In both Geography and Art this half term we will be focusing on Manchester and Ancoats. In Geography, we will be looking at the area of Manchester using maps, working out what land is used for, thinking about Manchester’s economy and the impact transport has on our city. In Art, we will be learning about the Manchester-based artists Stanley Chow and Nomad Clan. We will be looking at the importance of bees in our city and will be sketching and designing our own.
Children will be given weekly homework, consisting of a reading comprehension, spellings and arithmetic or maths work. Homework is given out on Fridays. Homework will be given out on individual sheets (not in a homework book) and will need to be returned to school the following Thursday. We would encourage your child to complete their homework weekly as this will be beneficial in the run up to their SATs and can help us identify any areas they are struggling with. If your child struggles with any topics given as homework, please let me know, as this is something we can look at together in school. Weekly spelling tests will take place on a Friday. Children have been given reading books and diaries for the year. These need to be in school every day. Please try and read with your child as often as possible at home or encourage them to read by themselves. If you have any questions about any of this, please do not hesitate to ask.
Children will have PE every Thursday and Friday – I will remind children the day before their PE days. If for any reason PE will not be taking place, I will tell children the day before. Children will need to come to school in their PE kit, consisting of black or navy blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms, a plain white T-shirt and pumps or trainers.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything, please do not hesitate to ask me or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are grateful for your child’s continued hard work as they enter their final year at St Anne’s. We are really looking forward to our year together!
Miss Tustain and Mr Crolla