Year 6 - Diamond Class

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Welcome back to a new term. I hope that you have had a lovely Easter and are looking forward to the term ahead.

Our topic in Diamond class for the Summer term is going to be the Maya. We shall begin with comparing the Maya with the Anglo-Saxons to enable the children to understand when the Maya people lived. We will then explore where the Maya lived using maps and atlases and create our own maps, comparing the areas with modern maps. We shall look at the writing system used, the meaning of the glyphs on the Copan Staircase and the importance of art in their culture. This will lead on to understanding the Mayan counting system and their calendar and Mayan trade, religion, farming and everyday life. We shall continue to learn about Mexico in relation to the Maya, and will make Maya masks in DT.

This term, we shall be having sports day and Town Sports and so our PE focus will be athletics. Various lunchtime and after-school athletics clubs will be available for the children to join.

We shall also be holding an Arts Week and a Keeping Healthy and Staying Safe Week. During Healthy Week, the children will complete their Bikeability training and will participate in the Year 6 Growing Up sessions. There will also be opportunities for them to visit their new high schools and to prepare for their transition.

SATs begin week commencing 13th May and the children will be invited to come into school from 8.30am on those days for a relaxing breakfast with their friends before the tests begin.

Reading is a vital part of children's education and so all children will have guided sessions in school. By this point in the year, your child should be reading for at least 20 minutes four times per week. This will help to build their reading speed and stamina, and will develop their familiarity with different genres. If you could try to hear your child read as often as possible and make a note of this in the 'Home/school diary' then this would be much appreciated and be of great benefit to your child.

In the forthcoming weeks, short homework tasks will be assigned each day or every other day to reinforce our class learning. This will allow the children to see where they are having any difficulties with the class learning, and will enable us to discuss any areas of misconception before we move on with the next lesson.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come to see me after school or put a message in your child's home/school book.

Homework:
If your child is unable to complete the homework tasks for whatever reason, please ask them to come and see me as early in the week as possible so that we have time to look at the areas of difficulty, or an extension can be given.

CGP Arithmetic book pages 20, 21 and 22. There are some questions on long-division (with and without remainders) which should help to reinforce our class learning. Please bring your answers back into class on Tuesday 23rd April.

Optional — Rotary art and handwriting competition

Spellings:
All spellings will now be learned in class, but please continue to practise at home with those learned throughout the year.

Mrs Bird's maths booster Wednesday 24th April
Mr Blenkiron's maths booster Wednesday 24th April
Mrs Jewitt's reading booster — not on this week
Mr Perry will also be taking a small group for writing booster on Mondays. This will take place during school hours.

Important dates:
2nd May Class, groups and leavers' photos
3rd May Non-uniform day (gold coin donation)
13th SATs week
17th May Dress as your hero fundraiser for Build4Africa
20th May Growing up talks
20th May 3.30pm-5.30pm Film night
4th and 5th June Bikeability
6th June Sports Day

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