Welcome to Term 1!
I hope you have all had a restful and enjoyable summer break from school and that the children are geared up for a year of hard work in Eagle Class as well as all of the responsibility and fun that comes with being in Year 6. I am greatly looking forward to working with you all once again over the coming months.
I am happy to say that the children will also be supported in class by Miss Hand, who has had considerable success and experience in her work in Year 6. Mrs Galligan will also be joining the Y6 team to support the children in Maths and English.
Much of our work in the first term will be based on Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker, a fast-paced and engaging spy novel for young people, which we will use to inspire the children’s narrative writing, as well as their skills as inquiring readers. We will be studying Horowitz’s use of language to build an exciting story with well-rounded characters to help us develop the children’s use of more complex grammar in their own writing.
Mathematics work this year will begin with work with place value, followed by work ensuring the children’s firm understanding of the four operations in arithmetic. As in previous years, the quick recall of multiplication facts (and those related) is essential for good progress this year, and this will continue to be a priority for this year, as will support for those children who are working to consolidate these skills.
The children will also be studying the country of El Salvador, supported by resources from CAFOD, which will introduce them to its people, its natural landscape, its economic and civil challenges and its strong Catholic traditions which have played a huge part in the rebuilding of its political systems and cultural confidence.
In our RE work, the children will be introduced to the concept of the Kingdom of God. They will explore the concept of the Kingdom of God through some of the parables and miracles of Jesus and ways in which people respond to Jesus’ invitation to belong to his Kingdom. This topic builds on the children’s previous work on the life and teaching of Jesus and the sacraments. In particular, it builds on work in Year 4 - ‘Jesus, the Teacher’ and on work in Year 3 - ‘Called to Change’.
Homework in Year 6 will have great emphasis on the children’s reading skills, skimming and scanning for information, investigating characters and finding themes and well as enjoying a wide range of texts both independently but also with your close support. As mentioned above, developing the children’s fluency in arithmetic is a priority and Maths homework will help to support the children’s development in this. Maths will also be supported through the My Maths website. Spellings will be sent home regularly, beginning with the list of Y5 and Y6 words which will be a feature of much of the year’s spelling work.
If you have any questions about Year 6 or any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me or to make an appointment via the office.
Chris Trim – Year 6 Class Teacher email@example.com