Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Welcome to Year 6

Teacher: Mrs Curtis
TA: Miss Cato

Dear Y6 Parents,

We hope you had a lovely summer and you have returned to the school routine, after such a long break, ready and raring to go! We are really looking forward to the academic year ahead, and are delighted to have the opportunity to be with your children. We are so pleased with the way Year 6 have conducted themselves already – demonstrating their sense of responsibility, maturity and with fabulous ‘can-do’ attitudes!

As you may know, Year 6 is a very important year for many reasons – not least because it is the final year of primary, so preparation for secondary education is a key element of the coming year. This includes becoming more independent and responsible. You could help with this by encouraging your child to make sure that they prepare themselves for the coming school day, supporting only where necessary. We will also be preparing for SATs week (taking place in May), which will include some preparation and practice throughout the year.

Sadly, it is unlikely that we will be making our usual PGL trip as residential journeys are currently not permitted. If we were to make a booking for later in this academic year, we would be asking parents to pay for something that may not go ahead and for which we would be very unlikely to get a full refund. Neither is it something we can plan, organise and book at short notice should the situation change.

Curriculum: There may be some initial ‘catching up’ to do following the months of lockdown, but as far as we can, we will also be aiming to follow a set curriculum as follows:

English and Maths - ongoing development of skills and revision, beginning with assessment and revision of key skills.

Science – We will be looking at some Year 5 summer term topics – forces (physics) and materials (chemistry), biology (animals, human body and inheritance) and revision.

Computing – coding and spreadsheets.

History, Geography, Art and DT – War; The Amazon; Global issues, including looking to the future; The Mayans; and Ancient Greeks.

PSHE – various topics, including community, democracy, sex education, keeping safe, addressing worries about changes (e.g. to our bodies and moving on), etc.

PE – for this term, Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons. (In previous years Y5 &6 have had swimming in the autumn term, but this year swimming has been moved to the summer term.)

RE – Buddhism and Christianity.

MFL (Spanish)

Music – following the Katanga program.

Given the impact of recent restrictions on our children’s education, it may be necessary to set aside some of our curriculum plans to ensure more essential skills are in place prior to moving on to secondary education.

Homework: Apart from the usual expectations for reading every evening (records should be signed at least three times per week and handed in on Wednesday mornings), homework will, for the most part, comprise maths and English (one piece of each per week) set on a Wednesday to be in on the following Monday. This will be related to the lessons for this week, preparation for forthcoming lessons or revision of earlier work in KS2. There may be the occasional science or humanities homework in addition to the above. Please support your child in developing an organised approach to their homework and self-study, as these skills will become increasingly more important as they move on through their education. In line with school policy, homework not handed in on time, or not completed to a satisfactory standard, will need to be completed in the child’s own time, e.g. at break or lunchtime.

We know we are going to have a fantastic year ahead with such a delightful and motivated class.

We look forward to meeting all parents once it is safe to do so, but in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us via e-mail ( s.curtis@monksmead.herts.sch.uk ) if you have any concerns or questions.

Best wishes,

Mrs Curtis and Miss Cato.

Autumn Term 2020 Timetable

In Year 6 we learn to:

 

 

Reading

 

  • Refer to text to support opinions and predictions.
  • Give a view about choice of vocabulary, structure, etc.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Appreciate how a set of sentences has been arranged to create maximum effect.
  • Recognise:
  • o   complex sentences with more than one subordinate clause

    o   phrases which add detail to sentences

  • Explain how a writer has used sentences to create particular effects.
  • Skim and scan to aide note-taking.
  • Our reading scheme is Bug club from Pearson

 

 

 

Writing

 

  • Use subordinate clauses to write complex sentences.
  • Use passive voice where appropriate.
  • Use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely (e.g. The fact that it was raining meant the end of sports day).
  • Use a sentence structure and layout matched to requirements of text type.
  • Use semi-colon, colon or dash to mark the boundary between independent clauses.
  • Use colon to introduce a list and semi colon within a list.
  • Use correct punctuation of bullet points.
  • Use hyphens to avoid ambiguity.
  • Use full range of punctuation matched to requirements of text type.
  • Use wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
  • Use paragraphs to signal change in time, scene, action, mood or person.
  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed.

 

Maths

 

  • Use negative numbers in context and calculate intervals across zero.
  • Compare and order numbers up to 10,000,000.
  • Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
  • Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.
  • Identify the value of each digit to 3 decimal places.
  • Use knowledge of order of operations to carry out calculations involving four operations.
  • Multiply  4-digit by 2-digit
  • Divide 4-digit by 2-digit
  • Add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers.
  • Multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in the simplest form.
  • Divide proper fractions by whole numbers.
  • Calculate % of whole number.