Dear parents and carers,
Welcome back to another half term at St Anne’s. We hope you had a restful half term. We’re looking forward to another half term together in Year 6 in the run up to Christmas.
Our topics this half term
In our maths lessons this half term, we will be focussing on fractions. We will be recapping some of our learning from Year 5 before learning some new Year 6 skills, including multiplying and dividing fractions. Later in the half term, we will begin to look at position and direction.
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 by writing some balanced arguments using formal language and looking at the subjunctive form. After this, we will be writing an explanation text on how Manchester has changed and a biography on Charles Darwin.
Our first topic this half term will be focused around the question ‘What is commitment in life?’. We will be looking at our own commitments and how a priest becomes ordained and commits themselves to their faith. After this, in our Advent topic, we will be focussing our learning around the question ‘Should we have expectations in life?’.
In Science this half term, we will be beginning our Year 6 science lessons. Our first topic is on evolution and inheritance. We will be learning lots about Charles Darwin and his scientific discoveries, thinking about the impact these had on our understanding of evolution. We will understand more about our DNA and genes and will be thinking about what we have inherited from our parents.
History and DT
Following on from our geography and art learning last half term, in history and DT we will be continuing to focus on Manchester and Ancoats. In history, we will be looking at photographs of Manchester from the last 100 years, using these and the census to help us work out what life was like for a child in Manchester 100 years ago. In DT, we will be finding out about different architecture in Manchester, using our research to help us design a brand new building for Manchester city centre.
Children will continue to be given weekly homework, consisting of a reading comprehension, spellings and arithmetic or maths work. Homework is given out on Thursdays. For this half term, homework will continue to be given out on individual sheets (not in a homework book) and will not have to be returned to school. Homework answers will be posted on the Year 6 page on the class website. Even though homework will not have to be handed in at school for us to mark, we would encourage your child to complete their homework weekly as this will be beneficial in the run up to their SATs. 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 continue to be on a Thursday. Children have been given reading books and diaries for the year, but these will continue to be kept in school. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask.
Currently, our PE slots have changed to a Tuesday and Thursday. This may be subject to change and I will remind children the day before their PE days. If for any reason PE will not be taking place or our day has had to be changed, I will tell children the day before. Children will need to come to school in their PE kit on PE days, 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 give me a call at school. Thank you for your continued support. We have been very proud of the children over the last half term and how well they have adapted to being back in school. They have all been working incredibly hard and we have both thoroughly enjoyed being back in school with them. Thank you to all of Year 6 for your hard work and for making our time in the classroom so enjoyable.
Miss Tustain and Mr Corr