Elder Tree- Year 6 2021 - 2022
Welcome to Year 6!
I hope you have all had a lovely, warm Easter spending time with family and friends. I can’t believe we are the start of the children’s final term at GSP.
On this page, you will find some useful information about the term ahead and any key messages that you need to be aware of. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see our class Twitter feed and link to Google Classroom.
We have lots and lots to look forward to this term with our residential visit to London only 4 weeks away now and many traditional school events including Healthy Living Week which will include once again Sports Day and Race for Life alongside our Y6 Leavers’ Production – more details to follow in due course! I hope the children will throw themselves into everything and embrace every opportunity with positivity and excitement.
If there are ever any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch by telephoning the school office. The support you give is essential for your child's progress and the closer we can work together the better it will be for them. If you are on Twitter, please follow @Elder_Sankey to see regular updates.
Some useful websites, resources and links:
https://spellingframe.co.uk - Spelling Frame - A great, interactive website to give you chance to practise your spellings in a variety of different ways.
https://cospaces.io/edu/ - A useful computing link to explore virtual reality. Please use the code 'C78CC' to access the Elder Tree Class Page.
https://ttrockstars.com/ - Times Table Rockstars. Use this website to practise your times tables, battle with your band mates and keep your arithmetic skills up to scratch!
In maths, we will be looking closely at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes before completing a short unit on statistics which will include reading and drawingvarious graphs and charts before the children complete their three maths SATs in the week beginning Monday 9th May. To help us remember everything we learned last week, last month, last term and last year, we will continue completing our
Morning Challenge and Fast Five questions each morning. Plus, during our last two booster sessions we will have an opportunity to complete some practise tests in our small groups.
In English, we are continuing reading Berlie Doherty’s ‘Street Child’ and complete a biography of Thomas Barnado who helped thousands of homeless children in the Victorian Times by setting up his charity –Barnado’s. Then we will be watching an animated story called ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ which we will use as a stimulus for a short narrative piece of writing.
We will continue completing our grammar and spelling based Fast Five questions at the beginning of each English session to help us retrieve and recall relevant knowledge. It is vitally important that the children continue to read regularly at home as this improves their pace, stamina and comprehension skills and widens their vocabulary. They have their SPAG and Reading tests coming on the 9th and 10th of May and any additional reading and practise will help build their confidence and understanding. Please ensure that all children are recording their reading at home in their diaries and an adult signs the relevant page each week. They also need to be using Spelling Frame regularly at home, as well as in school, to practise their weekly word lists - although this is also a good tool to revise previous rules and strategies in a fun, engaging way. It is definitely having an positive impact.
Our Geography topic for this term is ‘How are our coasts changing? This topic looks at effects of coastal erosion and plastic pollution on coastlines in the UK / around the world. Children will learn about the structure of the coasts of the UK and other coasts around the world and how their shape and geography have changed over thousands of years.
Our Science focus this term is Evolution & Inheritance, the children will be finding out about how living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. They will discover how living things produce offspring of the same kind and identify how animals and plants have adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
In History, we are investigating whether the Vikings would do anything for power and money. We will be studying the Viking era closely – looking at their daily life, invasions and battles.
Homework will continue to be posted on Google Classroom each Thursday – there will be pages to complete in the children’s English and Maths Homework Books – alongside weekly spelling lists on Spelling Frame and please don’t forget, that the children are expected to read a minimum of three times a week and record their comments in their planners regularly. All homework will be marked on Thursdays in class, plus - spelling tests will also take place on the same day.
We have indoor PE once again on Mondays but our outdoor session has moved to a Wednesday when we will be learning to play Quidditch! Could the children please come to school in their school PE kit on these days – a T-Shirt in their house colours and black shorts/joggers/leggings and trainers – with all hair tied back and jewellery removed.
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Y6 Production 2PM and 6PM, by Mrs Bolan
Y6 celebration day, by Great Sankey Primary School