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.
Teachers: Mrs Changachanga and Mr Pallot
In MATHS the children will cover topics including: shape, measures, angles, factors and multiples, drawing graphs, co-ordinates and the four operations (multiplication, division, addition and subtraction).There will also continue to be a lesson each week focused solely on the skills of problem solving and reasoning. We found these to be very worthwhile last term and the children are developing their skills of reasoning and their approaches to solving problems.
In ENGLISH the main focus of lessons will be ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman. Through this book, the children will be developing their comprehension skills, as well as completing a range of writing activities linked to the book. We will also have two lessons a week focused on Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and one lesson focused on developing reading skills.
In SCIENCE the children will be studying electricity for the first half term, followed by Light and Shadows after half term. These lessons will include a variety of practical and written tasks and provide plenty of opportunities for children to plan and carry out investigations.
The following topics will be covered in the Foundation Subjects:
History-This term we will be studying World War 2. This will include a visit to the Jersey War Tunnels before Easter and a visitor coming into school to talk about their personal experience during the war.
ART– In Art the children will be developing their collage skills whilst creating a piece of art work linked to our World War 2 topic.
COMPUTING – We will continue developing coding skills using the program Kodu and will then move on to learning about Excel and the functions of a Spreadsheet.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – We will be looking at and discussing the question ‘Is anything ever eternal?’ in the first part of the term. In the second half of the term we will be looking at the question- ‘Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on earth?’
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION –We will be continuing to use the Jigsaw scheme of work and this term we will be studying the topics ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me.’
FRENCH –In French lessons we will be developing knowledge of numbers, days of the week, months of the year, as well as learning new vocabulary for classroom objects. French lessons will involve speaking, reading and writing French.
MUSIC – We will be listening to and appraising popular music, as well as learning to sing and play instruments to the songs.
PE- Mr Le Fevre will be continuing to teach the children PE. PE for both classes will be on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure the children have the correct PE kit for these days. A white polo shirt, blue shorts, tracksuit top and trousers and trainers.
Spellings-These will be given on a Monday and then tested on a Friday. The children will once again have activities to complete each week. Now that they are in Year 6 ideally they will complete at least 3 activities a week in order to best learn their spellings.
Maths-This will be given on a Wednesday and collected in on Monday. If children need some support with this they have a Thursday and a Friday to approach their teacher for help. We will be sending home some guidance on strategies that are taught in school. Hopefully this will help you to best support the children with their homework each week.
Reading-The children have been set a reading challenge for the Autumn term. They have a number of different books to read and an activity to complete for each book. Those children that fully complete this by Christmas will be entered into a draw to win a WH Smith voucher. All children who complete it will also have a special reward at the end of term. The children do not have set books that will be coming home with them to read but will be choosing their own books from both the class library and the school library. If they have books at home or are members of the Jersey Library they are more than welcome to read these as their reading homework. The more the children read at home the more they will progress this year.
The children will receive a piece of link work each term this year. This is a longer project that is set in order for them to experience what homework will be like in secondary school as well as furthering their learning from school. More details will follow in due course.