Welcome to Year 6
Summer is here, which means long,light and warm days (hopefully). As I'm sure you are aware, Year 6 is a very important year as it will be the last year of your child's primary education at Dovecot Primary School, and they will be formally tested w/c 14th May. Attendance is criitical for all of us, nobody can afford to miss a day! Don't forget the new initiative which means that the class with each week's best attendance is rewarded with toast. It needs to us, and not just for the tasty snack!
To support them further, we believe that listening to children read is very important indeed. Children are expected to read from their school library book every night: parents/guardians can record their child’s progress in their reading record books. Together, we need to challenge every child to read widely, and often. How many can earn Silver, or Gold, reading awards this term, and add to the list of completed books which we keep individually? We have several Silver and Bronze winners, but where are all the Golds?
Everyone has a personal log-in for a software programme we use three times a week, Reading Plus. Do ask them to show you how it works, and how they can earn rewards for success. If they are ever at a loose end, could they be encouraged to complete another read at home?
English: over the course of the term the children will be looking at various writing genre including;
* explanation * persuasive * balanced and unbalanced argument * narrative, in formal and informal style sometimes showing shifts in formality * reports
Before beginning to write their own pieces in the style, the children will analyse texts of each genre to become familiar with the standard features. Much of the writing will be taught in a cross-curricula way and relate to our History topic - The Titanic disaster, or a graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman - The Wolves in the Wall. Look out for other novels written by him, or any film adaptations of his work.
Grammar, spelling and handwriting feature throughout.
You can help your child by practising their spelling words at home. Do focus on the Y5/6 list of words, which is in their Homework Diary, as the weekly spelling results show this is an area for development. Thank you for encouraging them to read as much as possible: it all helps!
Mathematics: new learning will include enlargement using scale factors, using algebraic notation to identify number, and sequence, of steps to aid problem solving and finding two or more unknown values.
* addition and subtraction * multiplication and division *reasoning to solve multi-step problems *statistics *fractions, decimals & percentages * re-application of taught skills for arithmetic and reasoning.
As well as learning specific skills, your child will re-apply them to reasoning and open-ended investigations. This means that they can develop ways to approach problem solving using extended, standard methods of recording. We will continue to rehearse and re- visit multiplication and division tables this term: it is important at this point that the children are confident and have rapid recall of multiples and factors. Watch them on a software programme we use at school, TT Rockstars! Everyone knows their personal log-in, so they can access the programme at home. Ask them to show you, and perhaps you could test yourself too!
You can help your child by making sure they rehearse all their multiplication and division facts up to 12 squared! Find them in their Homework Diary, together with an equivalents table and the approximate conversions between Imperial and Metric measures.
Please remember that I am always available after school to discuss any concerns, or questions, that you may have.
Reminders – cut me out and stick me on the fridge.
Miss A Edis