Spring term in Year 6

Welcome back to school in a brand new year – 2017! Thank you very much for all presents and cards that I received from the children for Christmas and I hope you all had a fun and restful Christmas.
The Spring term looks like it is going to be very busy. We are going to be working towards the ever-looming SATs that will take place in May. This term will require a lot of hard work and dedication from all children and I am sure that they will work to the best of their ability and reap the rewards.
In English, our studies will be focused on the book ‘Stormbreaker’ by Anthony Horowitz about the adventures of Alex Rider who is recruited to join MI6 while only a teenager. Through our study of this text we will explore a whole text through reading activities, drama activities and the children will be showing off their writing talents in many genres e.g. diary entries, explanation and persuasion. In maths, the first half of this term will be focused on decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion and measurement. We will continue to hold booster sessions on Thursday mornings starting from 8am.
Our topic this half term is ‘Marvellous Maps’ a geography based unit which allows children to explore the range of maps available to geographers and to develop their understanding of the key features of maps. They will study a range of maps and atlases, including digital maps, and compare their features. The will learn to use the eight compass points to give directions and give grid references to locate places on a map. By comparing maps of the same place, children will learn about the way that places have changed over time. We will link our work in ‘Stormbreaker’ to this topic and use maps – both paper-based and online – to locate and find out more about key settings from the novel which is set in many locations throughout London and Cornwall. World maps will be used to locate the settings of future Alex Rider missions that take place all over Europe and the wider world.
In ICT we will be continue to practise coding through Discovery Coding.
This term PE will take place on Thursday afternoons but it would be a good idea for the children to have a kit in school at all times as we will sometimes be adding in some extra sessions if we need to ‘blow off steam’ after working so hard in the lead up to the SATs.
Thank you very much for your support since the start of Year 6 – I am sure by working as a team – children, parents and school – we can make this term a huge success,

Mrs Todd

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