Welcome to Year 6
Hello! Welcome back to the Spring term. 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 11th May 2020. Attendance is critical for all of us, nobody can afford to miss a day! Don't forget the initiative which means that the class with the best attendance each week is rewarded with toast. It is so important, and not just for the tasty snack!
To support them further, we believe that listening to children read is vital. 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 Bronze or Silver reading awards this term, or move up to the next colour in the reading scheme?
Everyone has personal log-ins for software programmes we use regularly ( in Homework Diary): Reading Plus; Epic Books; Owl Books . Do ask them to show you how each works, and how they can earn rewards for success. If they are ever at a loose end, could they be encouraged to choose to read at home in this way?
English: over the course of the term the children will be looking at various writing genre including;
* persuasive, including in letter format * narrative, sometimes showing shifts in formality plus using language and techniques taken from our reading of a classic author * explanations * poetry.
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 Geography and Science learning. We will be reading from a collection of classic short stories by Rudyard Kipling - Just So Stories. Look out for other works written by him, including Britain's favourite poem, or any film adaptations of his work.
Grammar, spelling and handwriting feature throughout. For this group, clear well organised presentation will have a strong focus.
You can help your child by practising their spelling words at home. Do focus on the Yr 5/6 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: using algebraic notation to identify missing values; measurement - applying formulae to calculate perimeter/area/volume; place value to 3 decimal places; number, and sequence, of steps to aid problem solving; geometry - properties of 2D/3D shapes, measuring and calculating with angles.
* 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 facts this term: it is important that the children are confident and have rapid recall of multiples and factors. Watch them on software programmes we use at school - TT Rockstars and Mathletics! Everyone knows their personal log-ins, so they can access the programme at homes. 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 other useful reminders to help learning 'stick'.
It won't all be work! Things to look forward to so far:
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
BBC Education have some great materials. Follow KS2 link, to English or Maths, for activities and quizzes:
Try this one for Maths and English quizzes, which are marked as you go:
Click on 'for kids' to try games which will improve recall of multiplication and division facts:
Enjoy activities and games to support knowledge of spelling rules and patterns: