12 September 2014

Dear Parents

Welcome back to another busy and exciting school year. It is wonderful to see how well the children have settled into year 6. The autumn term is always a busy term and we have many exciting events planned. I also thought that you would like to know what your child will be studying over the next term. I hope that this information will be useful to you so that you can help support your child’s studies.

English – This term pupils will be either be reading ‘ Boy’ by Roald Dahl or Room 13. The books will provide the stimulus for creative and non fiction writing as well as drama activities. Regular exercises will be taught to improve the pupil’s spelling ability and to encourage the use of accurate punctuation. Pupils will also be reading, writing and performing poetry. Finally on 13th November Andrea Flynn from Enter CIC will be working with our pupils developing their ability to recite and perform poetry to an audience. There will be no additional charge for this activity.

Maths – In the autumn term pupils will explore odd and even numbers and their associated facts. They will consolidate multiplication and division facts finding common multiples and multiply and divide integers and decimals by 10, 100 or 1000. Within the topic of shape, pupils will classify 2D quadrilateral shapes, use a protractor to measure and draw acute and obtuse angles and also calculate angles in a triangle. Pupils will investigate fractions and convert, reduce, compare and order fractions. Through data handling pupils will study patterns constructing and interpreting bar/line graphs to convert between metric and imperial units of length and weight.

Science – Pupils will explore the topic of electricity. In this topic pupils will discover how to create complete circuits and investigate how to affect the brightness of a light bulb. Pupils will also develop their scientific skills through planning investigations, recording and analysing data. Within a topic of living things and their habitats, pupils will classify living things according to their characteristics and observable similarities and differences. Also Dr Pam White, Dr Hardy and Dr Donkin from the Durham University Outreach Scheme will be working with our pupils on Monday 22nd September. During the workshop session the pupils will be learning about the dangers of smoking, alcohol and drugs.

Art – Pupils will be working on a project based on gargoyles. They will begin by looking at gothic architecture and examine the ideas of fantasy art and myth through gargoyles. They will then produce a themed research book on their investigations.

French – Pupils will cover the topic areas of our school and our world. In the first half term, they will focus on the school environment and everyday school routines; break time activities and telling the time. In the second half term, they will learn about continents, rivers and geographical features of the world; as well as studying a non fiction text and making a weather forecast. They will also be introduced to the perfect and immediate future tenses and will learn to use simple superlatives.

Games – Boys

During this term, boys are offered the opportunity to improve and develop their existing knowledge of tactics and rules within rugby. They will also take part in individual activities such as swimming and cross country running. In these lessons pupils will continue to work on techniques and their individual performances will be recorded and monitored.

Games – Girls

During this term girls are offered the opportunity to improve and develop their existing knowledge of tactics and rules within hockey and netball. They will also take part in individual activities such as swimming and cross country running. In these lessons pupils will continue to work on techniques and their individual performances will be recorded and monitored.

Geography- This term pupils will study the British Isles. They will learn about the physical and human geography of the different countries including; mountains, rivers, climate, capital cities, population, migration and economic activities.

History – In the autumn term pupils study the Ancient Greeks including a summary of “Ordinary Life”, the City States and three key battles (Marathon, Thermopylae and Salamis). In order to develop further their understanding of everyday life in Ancient Greece the pupils will participate in a workshop on 19th November. There will be no additional charge for this activity.

ICT – Pupils will study e safety this term and develop their key board skills The units studied will be :We are environmentalists and We are explorers.

Music – Pupils will write a melody over a drone accompaniment. They sing songs with repetitive or call and response patterns, such as African songs, gospel and spirituals. They listen to ‘Take Five’ in jazz style and several fanfares. Pupils will use software to compose their own fanfare. Some singing will focus on material for our Christmas events.

PSHE- This term pupils will consider the following; groups and gangs, coping with change and loss and getting to know yourself. Also throughout the year pupils will also participate in a number of exciting workshops aimed to enhance their social awareness. The aim of the project is to make our young pupils aware of the excellent work carried out in our community to make our environment a safe, caring and interesting place to live. The pupils will receive visits from the Guide Dogs for the Blind on 8th October, Help for Heroes on October 15th and finally Cleveland Fire Service on 4th November.

RS – The year 6 course in the autumn term involves the study of two units: ‘Where do we look for God?’ and ‘What do the Gospels tell us about the birth of Jesus?’ Pupils will explore the nature of God and be encouraged to question the descriptions of God as seen through imagery, sacred texts and icons. In the second half of the autumn term pupils will gain further insight into the Gospel nativity stories; they will look at the similarities and differences between the different accounts and the reasons for this. There will be opportunities for students to evaluate critically the impact that these stories will have on Christian celebrations of Christmas today.

Technology – Year 6 starts with an introduction to safe and accurate working within the practical setting of the technology room. Practical work involves pupils working with wood, plastic and metal. Pupils will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of different materials and processes developed using individual design and make tasks.

I do hope that you find this information useful so that you can support your child in their learning. If you have any questions or queries please do get in touch tiffany.white@redhouseschool.co.uk.

Yours faithfully

Miss T White

Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator

 

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