Welcome back to a new school year! We have an exciting term ahead of us as well as our residential trip to Condover Hall.
Our topic in Diamond class for the Autumn term is going to be the World War 2. We shall learn about the axis and allied powers and the main events which took place during that period. We shall look at the significant leaders and their speeches, the theatres of war, what life was like for children and how life in the UK changed for everyone throughout this time and after.
Most of our reading and writing will be linked to our topics. We shall read examples of different diaries as well as popular novels based on WW2 such as 'Goodnight Mister Tom, 'Carrie's War' and 'Once'. We shall write diaries, stories and engage in debates. All children will be expected to choose a reading book within the first week back and will need to read at least four times per week to develop their fluency and reading stamina. New reading diaries will be issued for the children to record their reading, and to enable parents to let me know how their child's reading is progressing at home.
Our creative subjects will also bring our topic to life. We shall look at war artists such as Henry Moore to develop our drawing skills, and shall look at the life and work of Hans Zimmer particularly taking inspiration from his music relating to the film 'Dunkirk'. We shall also create our own iMovies for popular war films, which will develop our skills in drama!
In Science, we shall be learning about how light works and how we see things, through science investigations and through visits from STEM ambassadors to talk about their jobs. We shall link this with Design Technology to design and build a toy which uses lights.
In RE, we shall of course be preparing for our Harvest Service which will be taking place on October 7th at 9.30am, but will also compare what different faiths believe about God.
PE will be taking place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit suitable for outdoors and indoors. This should consist of black shorts, black leggings or joggers, a T-shirt in their house colour and trainers. Long hair should be tied back and earrings and watches should be removed. Earrings may be covered by your child if they bring in a suitable cover such as plasters or medical tape.
To supplement our PE learning, our residential will have an 'Outdoor and Adventurous' focus. The residential will take place between Monday 30th September and Wednesday 2nd October.
Other important dates for your diaries are: Parents' evenings on the 8th and 10th of October; Parents/Carers shared lunch on 20th November; and the Diamond Class assembly on 26th November at 9.10am.
Please feel free to contact me via the school office by email, through your child's home/school diary or in person before 8.45am or after 3.15pm.
I look forward to welcoming your child into Year 6 and to working with you over the forthcoming year.
Homework to be completed by Friday 18th October 2019:
All children have been provided with a Big Maths test similar to the one they are working on in class. This test is not usually timed in class, so please take this opportunity to work with your child on areas with which they are not yet secure.
The children have also been set two tasks on MyMaths relating to rounding numbers. I have today demonstrated to the children how to access their online maths homework and also how to access any area which they wish to practise.
Daily TTRockstars games have also been set. These are three, one-minute games to practise their tables and need to be completed before the can access any other area of the website.
All of the children have been asked to read at home and record in their diaries. The children should be reading daily, or at least four times per week. These will be monitored weekly.
We have begun to look at the rules for spelling words with the -able suffix.
The words are as follows:
Group 1, 2 and 3:
Group 2 & 3 only:
Group 3 only:
Group 1 six words; group 2 eight words: group 3 thirteen words.