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Whissendine CE Primary School

Term 1

The Crocodile Tomb


Wow, what a great start to the new academic year!  Team 6 have settled in like they’ve never been away – fab!  I hope you all had a super summer and here’s looking forward to another great year.


Ancient Egypt is the key historical drive behind much of this term’s learning.  In Literacy, we will be writing historical adventure stories.  To be successful, we will analyse how great authors, like Michelle Paver, create excitement, action and suspense in their adventure stories so that we can ‘magpie’ those techniques in our own writing.  In History, we have already decided what we would like to learn more about and we will be putting out Literacy, Maths and ICT skills to good use in order to demonstrate our learning.  ‘Light and Seeing Things’ is our Science focus this term and, where possible, we will link our learning to the Ancient Egyptians – How can the ‘Eye of Ra’ reflect the fierce heat of the sun?  Our Artistic drawing will be developed so that they include the techniques of shade, shadow and light when we create desert silhouettes.        


In Maths, our targets will be focused on written methods for multiplication.  In addition to this, there will be a big push towards learning all of our multiplication and associated division facts so that our rapid recalls improve.  To help with this, there will be a weekly 1 minute challenge where we will try to improve our own personal scores and we will be participating in the school’s times tables awards.  Mathematical concepts that will be covered throughout the term will include: place value, rounding and ordering of decimal numbers, mental strategies for all four operations, converting with all units of measure, algebra and the order of operations.  The Team will be applying these concepts in a range of situations to demonstrate their levels of understanding.


All aspects of homework continue to be very important in Year 6.  Spelling homework will be handed out on a Monday and should be completed and returned by the following Monday.  Learning the spelling patterns/rules each evening is extremely important so that they can be applied across the curriculum.  The 1 minute challenge will take place on a Friday and a short, sharp, repetitive burst each evening should ensure that personal bests are improved.  Reading continues to be a priority – reading aloud and reading comprehension.  If your child could complete his/her reading record, and have it signed by an adult, at least three times per week, this would be greatly appreciated as it supports the learning and expectations that are taking place in school.  Also, there will be a termly project/task that will be linked to a class topic.  Finally, there will be weekly Maths homework, which will be linked to either targets or to an aspect of the week’s learning that your child has found tricky.  This will be handed out on a Friday and should be returned by the following Friday.   


Your child will need a full P.E. kit in school on Mondays and Wednesdays.


If you ever need to speak with me, I am available before 08.45, in the morning, or immediately after school.


Mrs Schofield.   

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