Welcome back to Ash Class 2017 - 2018!
I hope you have had a lovely Summer holidays and are back ready to start learning. We have a fun packed year ahead of us. There will be plenty of learning taking place that i hope incorporates fun and laughter throughout.
Our topic this half term is 'Survival'. We will be researching a range of well known survivalists and looking at the skills and techniques they need to stay ahead of the game. We will be getting out and about in our local area and ensuring that we too can survive anything that is sent our way over the course of Year 6.
In October we have the brilliant author, Dan Worsley coming to visit us. Dan is the author of Zero to Hero, Impossible Tales and More Impossible Tales. He will be spending time talking to us about his love of all things 'books' and we will be participating in a workshop with him, where we will hone our writing skills in a fun and exciting way. We can't wait!
English – During our English lessons, children will be looking at Novels as a Theme and biographies. As our topic this half term is Survival, we will be writing our very own survival stories. Using our class novel, we will begin to infer characters feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, justifying these with evidence, we will make predictions about what might happen from information stated and implied and explain the effect on the reader of the authors choice of language.
Children will spend time analysing the different types of writing. They will read ahead to locate clues to support understanding and will use scanning for key information. A big skill that we will be working on is skimming for gist. Children will use a combination of skimming, scanning and close reading across a text to locate specific detail and will respond to questions generated by a presentation.
Guided Reading – This year, the children will be participating in a new Guided Reading method. The aim of this new method is to expand pupils' vocabulary and deepen their understanding of the texts they are reading. This will be done through explicit teaching of vocabulary before reading the text and re-reading sections looking closely at the elements which require further understanding, keeping in mind that children must learn to retrieve information (R), interpret meaning (I) and comment on the author's choice of vocabulary or style (C). Questions check pupils' understanding of previous extracts as well as the current text in order to enhance their memory.
SPAG - See SPAG appendix below to find definitions of each term children should know by the end of Year 6.
Maths – This half term we will be focussing on number and place value. It is important that we spend a lengthy period of time working on a particular block of content and National Curriculum objectives. We know that breaking the curriculum down into small manageable steps will help children understand concepts better, so this year we will follow a small steps approach.
Number: Weeks 1-2
Place Value Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000 and determine the value of each digit.
Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.
Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero.
Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above.
Number: Weeks 3-6
Addition subtraction, multiplication + division Solve addition and subtraction multi step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
Multiply multi-digit number up to 4 digits by a 2-digit number using the formal written method of long multiplication.
Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2-digit whole number using the formal written method of long division, and interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions, or by rounding as appropriate for the context.
Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2-digit number using the formal written method of short division, interpreting remainders according to the context.
Perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers.
Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
Use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations.
Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine in the context of a problem, an appropriate degree of accuracy
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.
A message for parents and carers.
This term I am going to be introducing a new interactive tool for the classroom. It is called 'Seesaw' and is available in most App Stores to download for free at home. Seesaw is a way that the children can see what we have been working on in class, look at pictures from our lessons, see pieces of work from the week, see pictures and videos of themselves and look for any updates from Ash Class
.Our class has its own login QR code which needs to be scanned to allow access (each child will be given access to the QR code in class). They can then look at our updates and see what we have done and, also, what we will be working on the near future!