Welcome to 6MD's Class Page
Updated Autumn 2 2018/2019
Welcome back to the second part of the Autumn term at King Edward Primary School and your 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
Monday 5th November 2018 - First day back after half-term
Wednesday 21st November 2018 - Year 6 Holocaust Centre visit
Friday 30th November 2018 - Parent Champions meeting (2pm)
Monday 10th December - Thursday 13th December - Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Christmas performances (2:15pm)
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
Friday 15th February 2018 - INSET day
Friday 24th May 2018 - INSET day
Adults in the classroom
We are very lucky to have Mrs O'Keefe, Mrs Huffton 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 'World War II', although we will be spending the first week or two exploring the World War I Centenary too!
Within our Topic sessions this half-term, we will be exploring the geography and history behind ‘World War II’ in terms of what it was like to grow up in wartime, experiencing evacuation, rationing, propaganda and The Blitz as a part of daily life.
English overview for this half-term
Our English learning (and class text) this half-term will be heavily linked with our topic work on World War II.
The units covered will include non-chronological reports (based around Remembrance Day), letter writing and poetry (linked to WW2 and evacuation) and diary entries (linked to our upcoming visit to the Holocaust Centra) as well as a chance to revisit our first half-term's narrative unit. 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 in preparation for Y6 SATs.
Alongside our English learning, we will thus be revising key SPAG concepts, from punctuation such as parenthesis and semi-colons to word classes such as subordinating conjunctions and modal verbs and tenses such as the present perfect tense and conditional tenses, which, along with much more, form the basis of the Y6 grammar curriculum.
Maths overview for this half-term
In Maths, we will be spending spending the first two weeks back working on 'Fractions', including simplifying, comparing and ordering, as well as adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers and generating and describing number sequences involving fractions.
Moving on to consider 'Decimals', we will be identifying the value of each digit and multiplying/dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, as well as multiplying decimals by whole numbers and using written division in cases where the answer has up to 2 decimal places. Additionally, we will be solving problems which require answers to be rounded to a specific degree of accuracy.
Finally, we will be exploring 'Geometry' through co-ordinate activities involving all four quadrants and drawing, translating and reflecting simple shapes, as well as further developing our geometry and statistics understanding by interpreting and constructing pie charts and line graphs, calculating the mean as an average and identifying/calculating parts of a circle, including radius, diameter and circumference.
Throughout our maths learning this year, we will continue our emphasis on 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.
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 Publisher to create our own information leaflets and posterslinked to our Topic work on the 'The Blitz'.
Whilst creating these, we will take careful consideration of purpose and target audience, before self and peer-assessing our creations.
RE and PSHE overview for this half-term
Within our RE lessons this half-term, we will be following up our ‘Judaism: Jewish Celebrations and Family Life’ unit from Autumn 1, as well as making links to our current topic work by exploring, questioning and responding to the events of the Holocaust and other examples of persecution, prejudice and discrimination in an age-appropriate way, whilst considering how these may be challenged. Throughout this unit, we will also be able to express and apply thoughtful ideas about how to ensure that ‘Never Again’is more than a saying through developing our ideas about respect for all.
Additionally, in the run-up to the festive period, we will be following up our British Values work on mutual respect for, and tolerance of, those with different faiths and beliefs by exploring the Christmas traditions and celebrations of people around the world, as well as learning more about Jewish beliefs and traditions, including the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
Within our PSHE lessons and class assemblies, we will be continuing to explore the importance of possessing a 'can-do' attitude and growth mindset, especially within Y6. We will also be considering how we can best support each other through the challenges of Y6, as well as the happy times, and reflecting upon the importance of having confidence in our abilities and always giving our all. We will be using inspirational video clips and stories as the basis for much of our PSHE learning, including the recent TV coverage of Prince Harry's Invictus Games, whilst tracking the progress and performances of attitude and perseverance of Paralympian Lauren Steadman throughout her 'Strictly' journey as a real-life example of that 'can-do' attitude that we are looking for!
We will also be reflecting upon our goals and aspirations for the future, including finding out more about possible careers, secondary school and university, as well as developing our understanding of the importance of internet safety and how to keep safe online.
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. In time, children will be given your own personal set of CGP revision books, but for this first half-term they will be set weekly Mathletics homework, a quick SPAG task and one section of a reading comprehension, which will be given out weekly. 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!