Outlined below is a profile of work that your child will undertake this term. We hope that you will find this both interesting and informative.
At First Tower School, Year 6 is a very exciting and busy year. Firstly, we start off the year with our annual visit to the PGL centre in France. For most children, this is the first time they have left the island without parents or guardians and is a great opportunity to learn some independence.
Every child has the opportunity to become a prefect in Year 6. The criteria for this are based on merit across the curriculum and non-academic achievements. For example: being a good citizen, kindness and responsible behaviour
In January 2018, all parents and guardians will be invited into school for an e-safety evening, which will be run by the school’s liaison police officer, PC Carter. Technology is becoming an ever present feature in our daily lives, and constantly changing. The evening will hopefully offer information about how to keep children safe online.
We are looking forward to the possibility of holding a Pompeii Day, which will coincide with the children’s link work on mountains and volcanoes. Our second link work project will begin after Christmas and will focus on World War Two.
We are hoping to take the children on several trips in the New Year and activity days, including water sports, at the end of the academic year. Children will also have the opportunity for transition visits to their secondary school, ensuring that sufficient support and scaffolding is in place for the next exciting chapter in their lives.
TERM DATES ‘18
|Spring term||Summer term||Autumn term|
|Term starts:||Term starts:||Term starts:|
|Wednesday 3 January||Tuesday 17 April||Tuesday 4 September|
|Half term:||Half term:||Half term:|
|Monday 12 February - Friday 16 February||Monday 28 May - Friday 1 June||Monday 29 October - Friday 2 November|
|Term ends:||Term ends:||Term ends:|
|Thursday 29 March||Friday 20 July||Wednesday 19 December|
Teachers: Mrs Bardsley and Mr Riccio
MATHS - The children will cover topics including: Name, classify and identify properties of quadrilaterals. Measure angles and draw circles using a compass. Identity common factors and common multiples; understand that a prime number has exactly two factors and find prime numbers less than 100. Calculate and understand the mean average; construct and interpret distance/time line graphs where intermediate points have meaning. Read and plot coordinates in all four quadrants, draw and translate simple polygons using coordinates and find missing coordinates for a vertex on a polygon.
ENGLISH - The children will be focusing on spelling, grammar, punctuation and reading. We will be reading the book ‘The Graveyard Book’, by Neil Gaiman. Within English lessons, we will also be including many opportunities for extended writing. The children will be able to showcase skills that they have learnt.
SCIENCE/DT - The children will be studying electricity for the first half term, followed by a joint Science/DT project which will involve using circuits, motors and forces. The second half-term will focus on light. These lessons will include a variety of practical and written tasks.
The following topics will be covered in the Foundation Subjects:
ART – We will be looking at the work of Picasso. The children will be learning painting skills and mask design. The children will also be completing a World War 2 piece involving collage and print.
COMPUTING – We will be learning about hardware and software, devices and operating systems, networking, connectivity, security, communication, word processing accessibility, data representation, searching skills, spreadsheets, multimedia and e-safety.
HISTORY – We will be studying World War 2 in-depth with a possible visit to Jersey War Tunnels. Children will be expected to extend their studies through link work.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – This terms work will address Eternity.
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION – We will be following the Jigsaw PSHE scheme, focussing on dreams and goal and keeping healthy.
FRENCH – We will continue with the Jersey ‘Salut’ programme.
MUSIC – We will be listening to and appraising popular music, as well as learning to sing and play instruments to the songs.
Spelling will be set on a Monday, due Friday and Maths will be set on a Wednesday, due Monday (this allows children to ask a teacher on Thursday or Friday if they are unsure). Reading is also expected every night, and we would ask that an adult signs and dates the reading diary. The expectation is that all children complete the homework within the given time.
At First Tower, we have excellent transition arrangements in place in order to ease your child into secondary school. In addition to daily homework, your child will also be given one piece of linkwork later this term. We will expect link work to be completed by the specified deadline and appreciate your support in achieving this. Year 6’s linkwork for this term will focus on World War 2.