Welcome to 6MD's Class Page
Updated Spring 1 2018/2019
Welcome back to the first part of the Spring term at King Edward Primary School and your child's final year at KEPS! Hopefully, everyone's had a lovely half-term break and is coming back ready to continue working hard and making lots of special memories. Please read on for useful curriculum information as well as details about additional adult and key dates over the next half-term.
Important Dates Coming Up
Tuesday 18th December 2018 - Key Stage 2 carol service at St Peters
Wednesday 19th December 2018 - Christmas dinner and party day
Thursday 20th December 2018 - Pantomime (10am)
Friday 21st December 2018 - Christmas Jumper Day and HSA Santa Special (break up)
Monday 7th January 2019 - First day back after half-term
Thursday 14th February 2019 - break up for half-term
Friday 15th February 2019 - INSET day
Monday 25th February 2019 - First day back after half-term
Friday 24th May 2019 - INSET day
Adults in the classroom
We are very lucky to have Mrs O'Keefe, Mrs Hufton and Mrs Newton as our teaching assistants this year.
On Friday afternoons, I have my PPA planning time with Miss Parsons.
During this time, Mrs Newton will teach RE and the children will have TGI.
Topic overview for this half-term
This half-term, our Topic sessions will all be based around the topic of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'.
Within our Topic sessions this half-term, we will be exploring the science behind evolution and inheritance with an emphasis on the geography and history of the incredible Galapagos Islands and the ideas and theories of Charles Darwin, whilst familiarising ourselves with the style of Mary Ellen Taylor, who combines watercolour painting and sketching to create images of plants and animals from the Galapagos within our art lessons.
Additionally, we will be developing our understanding of living things and their habitats including classifying animals and grouping species based upon their characteristics. Throughout, we will maintain a strong focus upon the work and legacy of David Attenborough, as well as the various debates surrounding animal rights.
English overview for this half-term
Our English learning (and class text) this half-term will be heavily linked with our topic work on ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
For the first two weeks, we will be exploring the controversy surrounding Iceland’s banned palm oil Christmas advert and will be engaging in debate and balanced argument writing along the way, with the unit culminating in a persuasive letter to Ofcom.
For the rest of the half-term, we will be using Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ text as the stimulus forcreating our own mythical beast and writing descriptions, non-chronological reports and ultimately our own narratives. These genres will provide ample opportunities to continue to deepen our grammatical knowledge so that we are able to work at, and above, the expected standard.
Alongside our English learning, we will be revising key SPAG concepts as usual, in order to ensure that we are as prepared as we possibly can be for Y6 SATs tests in May.
Maths overview for this half-term
In Maths, we will be spending the first week back exploring how to calculate and interpret the mean (average) of a set of data and revisiting our understanding of data handling and interpretation, including bar charts, line graphs and pie charts.
We will be continuing our emphasis on ‘looking at number in as many different ways and contexts as possible’ in order to boost the children's confidence with test-style problems in varied contexts, and will thus be solving number and practical problems, including both single and multi-step word problems amongst other reasoning problems, as well as further strengthening our underpinning arithmetic skills.
Our maths learning will be split into three key units: algebra and algebraic thinking, properties of shapes and statistics/data handling, each lasting approximately 2 weeks.
PE overview for this half-term
Indoor PE will be on Monday afternoons with class teachers this term.
Outdoor PE will be on Thursday afternoons with Miss Goddard this term.
Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that this meets the school requirements (e.g. white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and trainers/plimsolls). Earrings should also be taken out/left at home on PE days. Any school clothes should also be clearly labelled, to support us in quickly returning misplaced items to their owner! P.E. is statutory and children will need a medical note if they are unable to take part.
Computing overview for this half-term
This half-term, we will be using Microsoft Excel to support our Maths learning based on data handling by creating bar charts, line graphs and pie charts linked to our topic work on endangered animals.
This will enable us to make cross-curricular links with our Maths work, revisiting it within our afternoon topic-based computing sessions.
RE and PSHE overview for this half-term
Within our RE lessons, we will be learning about ‘Religions Here and Now and in Our Local Area’ with a particular emphasis on Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism.
Within our PSHE lessons and class assemblies, we will be revisiting and expanding on our knowledge of puberty and the associated physical and emotional changes. Additionally, we will be continuing to promote‘can do’ attitudes and growth mindsets to learning in Y6, as well as to develop resilient learners who persevere when ‘in the pit’ and thrive on challenge, whilst continuing to explore, understand and respect the beliefs of others.
Weekly spellings are tested and set on Thursdays, with new spellings thus stuck in reading records ready for the weekend. Children have 20 spellings a week in the Y6 format, giving them opportunities to explore Y5/6 National Curriculum spelling patterns and word lists, as well as recapping those from Y3/4.
Children have personal reading diaries which should be in their reading wallets with their book-banded school reading book and be brought into school every day. They should read with an adult as much as possible and record this in these diaries, in addition to taking time to record their own independent reading experiences, reading at least 5 times a week. They also have your own personal reading rewards booklets, within which they're working towards collecting 60 parent/carer signatures for reading at home in order to win a book from our class selection!
Homework operates a little differently in Y6 in order to ensure that we are best prepared for SATs and secondary school. We have been very lucky to be able to provide each child with their own personal set of CGP revision books. Each week, we will carefully select a reading comprehension, a maths task and a spelling or grammar task from these books for them to to complete for the following week, linking these to our learning in school wherever possible. Homework is then due in by Thursday. In order to support us in understanding where and why we are going wrong, as well as how we can improve in the future, we will be marking and reviewing these weekly tasks together, so it really is crucial that homework is completed and brought in.
Last but not least…
Thank you very much for all of your support over the course of this year!