Year 6 (Puffins)

Class Teacher – Mr Cross


Welcome to Year 6!

Most things in class will be very similar to last year but just to remind you of a few things:

● Pencil cases are allowed in school (although we provide everything the children will need) but they must be small enough to fit into the children’s trays at the end of the day. Please can you I ask that no Sharpies or other permanent markets are brought in.
● Each child will need a homework folder like last year. Homework will go out on Fridays to be returned by the following Wednesday.
● Please can you make sure your child has a named water bottle in school. We do ask for water only in class in case of spillages.
● Full PE kits should be in school every day.

Stone Age to Iron Age
Our topic for the Autumn term will be around changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. If you have any books or information at home that your child could share with the class, please let me know. This will include mapping skills in Geography and we will be going on a trip to Merrivale on Dartmoor to learn about the ancient sites there.

We will start the new school year by looking at non-fiction writing in information texts. The children will learn about more advanced sentence structures and how to make it clear to the reader when something is opinion or fact.

We will be continuing to learn the statutory spelling lists and also consolidate the children’s understanding of the various spelling rules and patterns that they will need to know for the end of key stage tests (SATs). Please continue to support your child with their spelling homework each week.

Please continue to hear your child read at home and talk about what they have read. It is important that the children really understand their books before taking an AR quiz.

As part of our topic, I will be reading Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver to the children, and then use it as a stimulus for writing. This is an adventure story about a young boy in a Stone Age era world. The book is aimed at Year 6 readers and it does include some relatively graphic descriptions of the dangers and violence of that time. If you have any concerns about this, or would like to have a look at the text, please let me know. We will start reading the book on Monday 9th September.

In maths we will be developing the children’s understanding of place value, negative numbers and rounding. Later in the term we will be working on calculation methods that the children will need for the SATs.

Please support your child in their maths homework and let me know if there is anything that you are unsure of. Maths homework will often include work on Doodle Maths and so please let me know if you are unable to get online at home and we will find time in school.

Miss Jackson will be teaching the children in this subject and the work this term will include studying light and the human body. As ever, please let us know if the children have any science books or games at home that we may be able to show or use in class.

This term we will be learning about what it means to be a Humanist. The children will explore how Humanists celebrate important events and the similarities and differences between this and religious views. We will then move on to studying Hinduism including the festival of Diwali.

Design & Technology
The children will design and make their own Christmas themed moving toys using cams. This work will also link with a sequence of writing about explanation texts.

In computing we will continue our work on staying safe online and also learn more about coding including writing and manipulating algorithms.

Our music learning this year will include the children playing saxophones and working on their rhythm and percussion skills. Later in the term, we will begin preparing for the Christmas show.

Our PE work this term will include dance, gymnastics and invasion games. We will start the term with various team and group challenges to challenge the children’s cooperation and teamwork.

Thank you

Mr A Cross