I hope you have had a happy and restful Christmas break and that 2015 has got off to a good start for you! This term is a very busy one in Year 6 – preparation for our SATs tests steps up a few gears, and it also includes our visit to Robinwood.  With regard to these two momentous events, a parents meeting will be organised very soon to discuss details – we’ll send a letter out to you as soon as possible with a date.

Our assessment week in December showed that most children have made excellent progress and are in a very good position for their SATs tests in May. The assessment information was very useful in showing me just what the children need in terms of ‘gaps’ in their understanding – so lots of their learning this term will be catering to this and supporting them in acquiring the skills they need to move forward. We will, of course, still be covering the curriculum for maths and English as described in the Curriculum section of this site.

In our foundation subjects we will be focusing on a history topic – changes in an aspect of British history between 1066 and the present day. This will be focusing on changes in entertainment and the way we spend our leisure time, but will also give emphasis to the chronology of the period, so we’ll be doing a bit of work on the monarchs. This topic also gives us an opportunity to explore the theatre of the Tudor era and cover a child-friendly version of a Shakespeare play – Macbeth. In science this term we will be exploring the properties of light and electricity, after finishing off just a little bit more work on the human digestive system (this week – the intestines!!).

It’s possible that the children will be getting a coach for P.E., which may change our P.E. day, but for now it remains on Tuesday and Friday. Homework will be sent out on a Monday and returned on Wednesday. Brainbuilder will be sent out fortnightly until half term when it will be replaced with some SATs revision. The children’s transition visits to Whickham are on hold until the summer term – I’ll let you know when they resume nearer the time.

I hope this has helped you to get a feel for what we are teaching; it’s very much an outline. If you would like more information, please come and see me or look on this site where you can find far more detail with regard to subject content under ‘Curriculum’, and then ‘Curriculum 2014’.

Thank you as ever for your support, it is very much appreciated.

Mrs Walton (Year 6 teacher, DHT)

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