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: place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, conversion between measurements as well as mental maths strategies. There will also be a lesson each week focused solely on the skills of problem solving and reasoning. This has become a key area of the maths curriculum and as such has become a focus for us throughout the year. The children will have many opportunities to reflect on their learning in maths and show their reasoning.
In ENGLISH the children will be focusing on spelling, grammar, punctuation and reading. We will be reading the book ‘Eye of the Wolf’, by Daniel Pennac and covering poetry by Ted Hughes. Within English lessons, we will also be including many opportunities for extended writing. This will include developing their editing skills.
Continuing on from the success of last year’s whole class reading sessions, the children will have two lessons each week dedicated to reading skills. During these sessions we will be reading a class novel and completing comprehension activities based on this. The book we are reading this term is Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo which is based in apartheid South Africa.
In SCIENCE the children will be studying living things and their habitats for the first half term, followed by animals including humans during the second half term. These lessons will include a variety of practical and written tasks.
The following topics will be covered in the Foundation Subjects:
ART/DT – We will be looking at the work of Andy Warhol. The children will be learning painting and printing skills. In DT children will be taught again by a specialist DT teacher focusing on Healthy Eating.
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.
GEOGRAPHY – We will be studying mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. Some of this learning will take place during themed weeks throughout the term.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – We will be looking at and discussing the question ‘what is the best way for a Muslim to show their commitment to God?’ in the first part of the term. In the second half of the term we will be looking at the question- ‘Do Christmas celebrations and traditions help Christians understand who Jesus was and why he was born?’
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION –We will be continuing to use the Jigsaw scheme of work and this term will be studying the topics ‘Being me in my world’ and ‘Celebrating differences.’
FRENCH – The French Trip is the perfect opportunity for the children to develop their conversational French. Whilst in France they will practise ordering food in French, conversing with locals in French and spending Euros. In French lessons we will be developing knowledge of French greetings as well as reading, writing and speaking French vocabulary.
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. 6C’s PE will be on a Thursday and 6P’s on a Tuesday. 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.