Class 6

Please take a look at the Guide to Life in Class 6. It should provide you with lots of useful information. See the final picture box at the bottom of this column.
Some tips to help with grammar.
These crib notes might help you if you are still finding geometry tricky.
Long division is a Maths target for lots of us . This is a tip for getting started.
Are you getting these right?
Try to cure yourself of the apostrophe disease this half term.
Is the presentation of your work up to standard?
We use Abacus and Mathletics as our resources for teaching Maths . 
I have loaded some some useful videos onto your child's Abacus account for the start of the term. These might help you with the Maths homework to come. Please watch them at home with your child. 
In addition, your child has been allocated some new books to read. Please feel free to open them up. 
 A Guide to Life in Class 6
This term's newsletter.
New displays in class.
Displays you can really get your hands on! Early finishers can continue their learning by taking part in the practical activities on the display and can challenge themselves to add to the display their own ideas about what they have learnt. We have added our science questions to our Wonder Wall and used Padlet to collaborate when creating our formative assessment plans for the term. 
Mr G has inspired our term of practical science today ! 
These six boxes are full of practical science tasks. We are hoping to have 8 full days of practical science activities this half term. We are already done 3 ! Who says that preparing for SATS can't be fun!
We will be: making screaming cups; having an airplane design competition; having a balloon car race; having a boat float competition; using newton meters to investigate upthrust and graphing our results using excel; making a bottle band; splitting light; investigating the effect of the changing position of a light source on shadow size; making a camera; catapulting a bug using a type one lever; making a gear train with Knex; making a pulley with Knex; flying a helicopter with potential energy; defying gravity with centrifugal force; separating mixtures through filtration and evaporation; making crystals; dissecting plants; making blue daffodils; wiring bulbs and buzzers in series and parallel circuits; polishing fossils; sorting rocks; measuring density through displacement; investigating insulators and conductors by designing a thermos flask; sucking an egg into a bottle; making a bottle fountain; rusting wire wool; floating liquids on each other; investigating the relationship between body temperature, heart rate and exercise ; and I am sure I have missed a few. 
Bug Club adding excitement and engagement to Guided Reading each week.
Another Critical Thinking and practical Maths Day to close the gap and encourage children to talk about Maths. 
More hands on learning. Taunton Museum visit to teach us about rocks and fossils. Day 6 of practical learning. 
Day seven of science practicals and we have finished with a National BBC Science Day 
The  Writing Standards. 
The Reading Standards. 
The Maths Standards.
We sing, dance, act and pull apart computers in Year 6 ! 
As part of the Computing curriculum, an open-ended challenge was set: create a stop-frame animation brickfilm of a story that you have written. The planning, logical thinking and collaboration demonstrated were incredibly impressive. Below are some of the results.
Our Curriculum Overview
Numeracy and Literacy objectives are covered weekly  we use Abacus, Bug Club, Rising Stars, Pie Corbett's s Igniting Writing and Mathletics in order to deliver our curriculum.
Autumn 1 
WOW Driver - Reading (in an extreme way) 
Pinkery, River ( Poetry )   Habitats, Food Chains, The Water Cycle,  Changes of State, Forgiveness , The Prodigal Son , Extreme Reading , Place Value, The Four Operations ( Maths) , Diaries ( Pinkery) Reviews and  Discussions ( Reading )  and  Explanations ( Science) in Literacy . Internet Safety, Editing writing, Padlet collaborative learning, Concept Mapping ( Computing ), John Ruskin Art - sketching and watercolour.
Autumn 2 
WOW Driver - History ( the school as a museum) 
The Mayans, Non Chronological Reports, Mayan Stories, Fractions and Decimals , Shape , 3D models,Advent, Singing Music 
Internet research, collaborative learning using Computing , Scratch Coding, John Ruskin Art ( oil pastel), Science Show (King's College) , Electricity Project,
Spring 1  
WOW  Driver. - Science ( scientific enquiry) 
Gears and Levers,  Forces , Light sand Sound,  Rocksand Fossils ( Taunton Museum visit)Magnetism  Friction, Materials, Electricity,  The Human Body, Data Logging, Spreadsheets, Excel, Graphing, Averages , Dat Handling ,  Problem Solving, Explanatory Texts  , Passive Voice, Recounts , Report Writing , Long Division, Long Multiplication, Algebra
Spring 2 
WOW Driver.  -  RE. Stories from Around the World 
Peter the Poet , Poetry , British Values , Equality , Plays  , Story Writing, Word Problems ( Singapore Bar Modeling ),  Geography- maps / localities, The Internet - global communication.
Summmer 1 
WOW Driver - Art 
Victorians , John Ruskin, Sketching, Watercolour, Sewing Samplers  ( DT ) Greek Architecture, Sculpture, SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bridges ( DT ) , Debate, Simulations ( Computing)  
Summer 2 
WOW  Driver - PE
Sports Day , Triathlon Project ,  Victorian and Greek sporting events , Debate , Event Filming , Greek Tragedy or Shakespearean Play, Music , Composition Piece  ,  Reflection Writing , Poetry Recital , Clifton Cathedral Music Rehearsals , Garage Band ( Computing )  Problem Solving, Bike ability, Dance Show, Debating. 
These are our Non - Negotiables for the year. Your child's most recent targets have come from this document.
Use this link to access recently loaded BUG CLUB books...
Please do not forget to visit
We take 'Challenge' very seriously....
These are ideas for how to fill in your Reading Log . Please see the school ' Twitter' page for further examples.
Some great Reading Log entries if you need a model. 
Reading Interview sessions are taking place to make sure all children are assigned the correct book.
The shelves are bursting with books all around the school. Please make sure that you have an exciting book to read at home !
Take a look at these photos. If you are not able to visit the classroom at the start of the year then this will give you an idea of what it looks like.
Your child will be coming home with a Guide to Life in Class 6 . Please could you read it with them. 
The Non - Negotiables will give you an idea of the Literacy and Numeracy requirements for the year. 
I have provided a possible reading list for anyone wanting to stock their bookshelves at home however I have quite a few of the books in the classroom already.
We really enjoy Critical Thinking puzzles. There is a permanent puzzle station outside classes 5 and 6 for children to use. This puzzle is similar to the puzzles used during our termly Critical Thinking Days.
Some of the favourite books and authors that you can find on the Year 6 shelves. Try some of these out.
Homework is to learn spellings, learn times tables, read every night and fill in Reading Log. Please read Bug Club and remember to answer the bugs . I have sent home a Summer Reading List ( pictured below) to motivate the children to read excellent texts over the next few months which will prepare them for KS3 . It is important that they keep up their reading standards so that their abilities do not decline before school transfer. I am going to continue to expect high standards from homework tasks. I have set a history project for the summer and homework will be presented as part of the project so it will need to be of a high quality. The homework will be used in class so it needs to be completed. I think it is important that the children maintain their high standards until the end of the term. I will be using Transition Books in school as well which I will transfer to secondary school so that these standards can be maintained through transition. 
Our Summer Reading List.
Summer dates for the diary.
Summer Term Sewing.
Sharing excellent work and self / peer marking on our working wall in class.