St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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Year 6        Mr Morton          Term 3

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Spring Term 1 in Year Six

Happy New Year!

It has been wonderful to welcome you all back to the Year 6 learning team in preparation for a very busy and production Spring term! We ended last term developing our DT skills in creating wooden Christmas decorations, weaving and securing hanging strings – we hope you have all enjoyed sharing this learning with your families and the skills you used to create such amazing decorations. This term is focusing on developing our skill set and sharing how we learn with others – maybe you can utilise your own skills and help somebody else?

As a continuation of last term, we have our PE on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We are encouraging you to take responsibility for your PE Kit and ensure that you have the appropriate clothing to take part in each session. Please ensure you have discussed the importance of regular physical exercise with your family.  How many times this academic year have you lost or forgotten your PE Kit? Challenge yourself to be better.

On Wednesday’s you will be taught by Mrs Jameson, English, Philosophy and double Maths in the afternoon. Remember that Wednesday is also your day for a spelling test and returning your homework books for checking. Last term we saw a number of Spelling, Reading and Homework Champions being awarded a range of prizes for their exceptional work and level of commitment to learning. I hope that this term we will see more children taking up our ‘Olympiad Challenges’, more children stretching their learning using the assessment and tests on our school website and more children challenging their memory skills through a range of brain exercises – Go for Gold!

Look out for the weekly ‘Olympiad’ challenges in your homework books.

As Year 6 pupils you need to set a clear example to our younger learners and prepare yourselves for life at Secondary school, so here are some tips which might help you towards this:

  • Keep safe - You are not allowed to wear any jewellery in P.E. so please make sure you have taken your earrings out if you wear them. It is safer not to wear jewellery at all when you are at school.  Remember too that long hair needs to be tied back. As the nights are drawing in, have you thought about high visibility reflectors for your school bags and coats? Do you cycle to school? Has your bike got adequate lighting? Please check.
  • Keep healthy – Remember you can bring a water bottle (with your name on) to school, so that you can have a drink at break times.  It’s great to be able to have a drink during the school day but as Yr 6’s, please demonstrate responsibility as to when and how much water you are consuming as this can also have an adverse reaction during lesson times! Please also take bottles home every day, for a good wash and replenish with fresh water.  Please make sure that you are not bringing juice into the classroom to drink.
  • Keep smart – Make sure you arrive at school on time, always do your best and wear your uniform smartly. You must have your name in everything, including P.E. kit so that things don’t get lost or mixed up. It is important as a Year 6 to display the correct uniform at all times, so please make sure you only wear school coloured hair bobbles, correct gold stud earrings, no further jewellery and the appropriate black school shoes.
  • Be independent- Are you remembering to hand in letters and money to me and to give letters to the grown-ups at home? Are you preparing your school bag daily? Have you remembered your PE kit? Have you remembered your homework book? Are you prepared for the day’s learning?
  • Keep practising – Always remember to read daily at home and bring your school reading book to school every day. Each term we have ‘reading Champions’ in Year 6 who show enthusiasm for reading and log over 50 reads! This term we introduce our Reading Olympiad Challenges - Will you be this term’s reading champion? Try writing some book reviews or even character descriptions.
  • Times Tables - Practise those spellings daily and keep learning all your times tables facts. Our Y6 Times tables challenge is to recite a set of tables in ‘Hussein Bolt’ lightning speed! The fastest speed for reciting the 8x tables currently is 11.76 seconds…can you beat this?
  • Keep up the good work – Make sure you do your best and enjoy doing your homework .  If you have any difficulties you can always talk to us about it, or a grown up could write a note on your homework. You will get homework on Fridays and you must bring it back by the following Wednesday.  Although we set Maths, Reading and Spellings, there is nothing stopping you from researching your topic work further, finding out more about the Re or History topics or even developing your artistic and creative skills – how far can you take your homework? 
  • Spellings- Make sure you practise your spellings a little bit every day ready for your test on Wednesday morning.  Practising everyday means that you will remember them in the future. Try using each one in a sentence to make sure you understand the meaning of the words you are learning.

What are we going to be learning in Term 1?

We will be looking at Rivers and Mountains through our Geography lessons, locating the longest rivers, looking at the effect of rivers on civilization living alongside, transport using the river system and how rivers sustain life. We will also be discovering which are the tallest mountains, explorers who have navigated some of the tallest mountains, alongside looking into recreational sports which utilize mountains .

Part of our ongoing learning this term is to develop our memory skills, recalling facts, poems, word lists, spellings and number facts – skills which we will be utilizing daily across all subject areas. You will need to practice these skills daily to ensure you are improve your capacity to increase and stretch your recall and memory. Try testing our some of the games on your families and see how good their skills are!

In Science we are continuing to look at and learn about Reversible and Irreversible changes, carrying out investigations and simple experiments to further develop our ‘conclusion’ writing. We will link that into ICT work on spreadsheet modelling, databases and presentation of data.

Our Art and  Design Technology we will be creating different surface textures and applying skills we have in painting, joining, nailing, weaving to provide textural relief to pieces of work.

In English we will be looking at JK Rowlings Harry Potter and developing our own understanding of fictional characters, expanding on our ability to write descriptive story settings and apply grammar and punctuation within this. You will be expected to recognise punctuation in texts, explain their use and apply them in your own writing (parenthesis brackets, colons, semi-colons, ellipsis, hyphens and dashes etc).

In our Maths learning we will continue to reason whilst utilising the four rules across a range of problem solving questions. We will investigate Area and Perimeter, Decimals, Fractions and Percentages alongside improving our speed at solving Arithmetic problems swiftly.  We will also be championing our times tables weekly to see how fast you can recall the facts at home! 

RE – The Bible is a Special Book

This term we will look at how special the bible is and compare this to books we have read. How do different books make us feel? Why are books so important? What different types of books are there? Why is the bible such an important book in our faith? We will try to answer as many of these questions as possible and extend our understanding of keeping a record of particular events in faith.      

To help you with your learning I have put some websites below for you to use. And don’t forget that we have all the amazing activities on the ‘Sumdog’ website that you can explore.  Check out the new games and be aware of the spelling apps often using ‘American spelling’ patterns!

As part of our learning this year we will be looking at the variety of questions which are posed through SATs tests, assessments and tests. There are many resources online to support and challenge you with this – take a look and see.

Maybe you have a favourite website that you use.  Let me know the address and we can add it to the website.

SATS papers

Spelling Challenge Words

Good Revision guides

Yr 6 Challenge

(30 day free trial – great activities for challenge and greater depth)

SPAG Boot Camp

Past and present Tense Games

Article 17: Every child has the right to reliable information and should be information that the children understand.