I hope you have had a happy and restful Christmas break and that 2017 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.  We’ve already had our parents’ meeting regarding these two momentous events, but if you or your child have any questions or concerns about them, please come and talk to myself or Mr Armstrong.

Our assessments in the Autumn term showed that most children have made good progress and are in a 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 on our website.

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, which we begin in a few weeks’ time.  In science this term we will be continuing to work on electricity and then exploring the digestive system!!

Homework will change a little in preparation for the tests. On a Monday the usual homework will be given out – spelling and maths (the spelling work we are doing is yielding very pleasing results so far!). In addition to this a piece of SPAG work will be sent home on a Thursday. For practical (marking!) reasons, it will not go in their homework book, but when it is marked it will go back into their plastic homework file and will become a revision resource for your child. If your child struggles with any aspect of the work, please feel free to get in touch. It is also possible to support your child at home by finding additional tasks relating to each skill,  using an internet search engine to search the skill, followed by ‘ks2’ (i.e. adverbs ks2 or prime numbers ks2). Brainbuilder will not be sent out again until after the SATs tests.

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 visit our website, 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

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