I would like to wish a Happy New Year to you all and hope that you enjoyed the winter holiday! This is always a short, but busy, half term when the children will have the opportunity to focus on their studies. Thank you for your support with all the activities at the end of the autumn term and I wish the best of luck to those children who are taking school entrance examinations in January.
Please take time to discuss your child’s targets from their report with them, so they are ready to start achieving them early on in the new term.
As always, I am available before or after school if you wish to see me to discuss anything. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org so please feel free to contact me via email and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
Below are the topics that we will be covering this half term.
Using the stimulus of Evacuees during WW2, pupils will learn of the events and situations surrounding this important part of history. They will begin to explore the idea of character motivation and emotion using a range of new and familiar strategies. KS
We will be completing ‘The Midnight Fox’ and then will move on to ‘Carrie’s War’ by Nina Bawden. In addition to this we will be covering two main areas: journalistic writing and argument. This will involve reading newspaper and magazine articles, as well as examining how the media reports on current news. I am sure that many children will thoroughly enjoy examining biased and non-biased arguments! SS
Writing tasks are closely connected to the material we will be reading and this will involve writing articles, speeches and reports. There will be a focus on the type of vocabulary, punctuation and organisation used in these types of texts. We will also be revising some grammar and punctuation skills in preparation for a new SATs paper in May. SS
Mr. Lewis’s set
We start the term with probability then return to algebra, focusing on the use of expressions and formulae, collecting like terms and expanding brackets. The children will then learn how to measure and calculate angles and will revisit and extend their statistical skills. We will continue to look at past exam questions, and will practise problem solving and mental maths skills. MHL email@example.com
Mrs. Savage’s set
We will begin the term by completing our unit on fractions, decimals and percentages. A study of angles, shapes and coordinates will follow along with learning statistical skills. KS
In the first part of the spring term for the next two weeks, the children will complete the unit on irreversible changes. They will also perform another mock SATs test to check for progress. ‘Forces in Action’ is the next topic for Year 6. Children will apply their knowledge of a variety of forces, including magnetic attraction, gravitational attraction and friction. They will also learn about the changes in motion which occur when forces act on an object. In this unit, they will extend their understanding that forces have direction and can be measured. Their investigations will include skills in making and repeating measurements, considering patterns in results, representing data in graphs and using results to draw conclusions. The unit will hope to relate their knowledge of forces to everyday experiences. EG
We will be concluding our topic on the Victorians this half term. The main area of study will be how the Victorians spent their leisure time and we will look at games and toys from the period. There are many inventions that the Victorians introduced and we will be looking at some of them. SS
This term we will be studying mountain environments in the UK and around the world. We will investigate how mountains are formed and learn how this has influenced the world distribution of major mountain areas. We will identify differences between mountains and volcanoes and look at different processes which have shaped the mountain landscape we see today. SAW
At the beginning of the term we will look at race and diversity. We will then be moving forward to look at various aspects of Hinduism. SS
French and Spanish will take place on alternate weeks, beginning with a French week. Although the visit to the Château is some time away we will begin our general preparation, starting to explore the language which will be relevant. As an introduction we will study a unit on cafés and restaurants, looking at
menus and engaging in some simple role play.
In Spanish we will focus on basic weather expressions.TMS
This half term the children will extend their programming skills. They will learn the theory and principles of software design and programming and will create their own computer game. We have a visiting speaker who will talk to the children about internet safety and we shall be discussing this further in class. MHL
We will begin by reviewing music from early times to the modern era. We then move on to a new topic, Lyrics and Melody, beginning with the jazz era. Pupils will be expected to practise their recorder regularly and will be assessed at half term. RJA
We will be looking at Victorian architecture and transport and using this as a starting point for paintings and craft work. Please ensure that your child has a big enough art apron or old shirt to bring to every lesson. JT
The topic this half term is ‘Going for Goals’. Within the overall theme we will focus in particular on taking responsibility for both successes and failures and being persistent. We will also look at being resilient and setting and achieving goals. SS
PE & GAMES
We will start the term in our mixed PE lessons with the bleep test to assess fitness levels once again and some sports hall athletics trials leading to the Borough competition at the end of January. We will then move on to a short unit of work focusing on basketball. In Games boys will be taking in part in football activities again and the girls will return to netball activities this half term. There are also opportunities this term to ‘try out’ for school teams for tag rugby and cross country. SAW