08 September 2016

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 ‘Why the Whales Came’ by Michael Morpurgo. 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.

Maths – 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.

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.

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 – 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 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 Wednesday 17th November. There will be no additional charge for this activity.

ICT – Pupils will be graphic and computer modelling rooms in the home using Spex which will be developed using Google Sketch Up for modelling a house for the rooms.

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: growing independence, respecting others and being a good friend. 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. To begin this work the pupils will be attending a Crucial Crew workshop on Friday 16th September. The pupils will receive visits from Help for Heroes on Tuesday 11th October, Cleveland Fire Service on Wednesday 2nd November and a talk about the refugee crisis held by the Red Cross on Monday 14th November.

RS – The Year 6 course in the autumn term will involve the study of the beliefs and practices of the religion of Hinduism.

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

KS2 Co-ordinator

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