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Ash Class - Year Six (Mrs Clark)

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Welcome back to the Summer Term.  Only 1 term left before our time at Sacred Heart comes to an end.  So.... we're going to make it a good one. With SAT's taking place w/c 14th May 2018, it is important that the children are in on time each and every day as we will be working hard to ensure we are fully prepared for the tests.


English - In our English lessons we will be writing a short story with a flashback.  We will be focusing on the following key elements:

  • Use knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes to investigate how the meanings of words change e.g. un+happy+ness; dis+repute+able; dis+respect+ful; re+engage+ment.
  • Make comparisons within and across texts e.g. viewing events through the eyes of the child and the adult.
  • Analyse the conventions of different types of writing e.g. use of dialogue to indicate geographical and/or historical settings for a story.
  • Explore texts in groups and deepening comprehension through discussion.
  • Infer characters feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, justifying inferences with evidence e.g. Point:Evidence:Explanation.
  • Explore, recognise and use the terms ‘style’ and ‘effect’.
  • Identify and use semi-colons to mark the boundary between independent clauses e.g. It is raining; I am fed up.
  • Use a range of planning approaches e.g. storyboard, story mountain, discussion group, post-it notes, ICT story planning.
  • Deviate narrative from linear or chronological sequence e.g. flashbacks, simultaneous actions, time-shifts.
  • Use devices to build cohesion between paragraphs in narrative e.g. in the meantime, meanwhile, in due course, until then.
  • Use ellipsis to link ideas between paragraphs.
  • Reflect upon the effectiveness of writing in relation to audience and purpose, suggesting and making changes to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
  • Proofread for grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors.


Maths – This half term we will be recapping all areas of Maths in preparation for the SATs. 

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Our topic for this term is 'Beside the Seaside'.  For the first half of the term, we will be focusing on the Art and design elements.  Children will be developing their drawing and painting skills and then enriching their ideas into a textile, such as batik or feltmaking. Felt is a safe, hands-on technique that is investigative and experimental by nature. From drawings and paintings of the seaside, they will be using wool fibres to explore seascapes, or sand, seaside structures, lighthouses, beach huts and boats to create an exciting textile. 


Children will be studying many artists that have been inspired by the sea and seaside. Children will compare the work of:

  • Naïve Cornish artist Alfred Wallis
  • L.S. Lowry, especially his work ‘At the Seaside’ 
  • Contemporary artists such as Abigail Mill who uses embroidery to create her pictures.    





Spelling – Weekly spellings will no longer be sent home.  Children will participate in 5 spelling sessions a fortnight where they will be taught a range of strategies to aid them in their written work.  Extra sessions will be addressed by the teacher and any gaps in the children’s learning will be supported accordingly.  Each week children will be taught a new word and its meaning.  Throughout the week they will challenge themselves to use the word confidently, a minimum of 3 times in their independent work.


Reading – Getting children to read for leisure can be difficult.  So, this year we will be using the 'Reading Bingo' idea.  The thinking behind reading bingo is to get children to widen their horizons by reading types of books that they wouldn't normally read.  Making this into a game brings out their competitive spirit and gets them to ask questions about what all the different genres are if they're not too sure.  If they get 4 in a row, they get a special prize!  An additional reward will be given if they complete the whole card.  Children will be quizzed and set activities based on the book to ensure they  have understood what they have read fully.


Homework - Children will be given a grid containing 8 activities linked to the topic we are studying.  

Children are encouraged to complete as many activities as they can within the half term.  Rewards will be awarded at the end of the half term for those children who have completed all the activities.  Please encourage your child to attempt each activity as this will prepare them for Secondary school and the increase in homework they will be expected to complete.






PE – PE lessons will take place on a Monday afternoon each week.  Please ensure children have their PE kit in school on these days.  PE kit must include shorts, t-shirt and pumps.  In Winter months, we will try to use the outside provision for our lessons.  Children are permitted to wear tracksuits and trainers during these sessions.  All earrings must be removed prior to the lesson and long hair must be tied back.


Water – We encourage all children to drink plenty of water throughout the day.  Bottles are provided in class and filled fresh each morning. 


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