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Toucans 2022 - 2023

Welcome to Toucans' Class Page

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Mr Corkill - Class Teacher

Mrs Hulse - Teaching Assistant 

We are both so looking forward to going on an exciting learning journey with you during your last year of primary school at Lostock Gralam Church of England Primary School. 

 

Year 6 Learning Journey

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Year 6 - Autumn Term

During the autumn term, we will explore our theme of ‘conflict’. We will be developing and refining our inquiry skills by asking and answering historical questions that investigate how and why conflicts have changed since 1066. We will explore four conflicts of the past that will develop our historical knowledge and chronology to then take part in a class debate on the reasons, causes, and changes in conflicts. We will also explore the significance and impact of these conflicts. Additionally, we will use our mapping skills to plot the countries we encounter on our world maps. 

 

Writing

This term, we will be focusing primarily on two texts to inspire our writing to create two different end pieces: a narrative (flashback story) and a hybrid text that incorporates information, explanation, and persuasion. 

Firstly, we will be focusing on writing a narrative based upon the events in the book 'Star of Fear, Star of Hope' by Jo Hoestlandt. During the unit, we will work on creating expanded noun phrases, using passive verbs, using a wide range of cohesive devices to link ideas across paragraphs, and integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action. 

We will then be exploring 'Can We Save The Tigers?' by Martin Jenkins and Vicky White. We will learn how to use modal verbs and adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility, and how to use brackets, dashes, and commas to indicate parenthesis. The end piece of writing will be creating an information leaflet on tigers (or another endangered animal) to inform, explain, and persuade the reader. 

 

Reading

Children will continue to have the opportunity to read independently each day to practice their reading. Throughout the year, we will practice our comprehension skills and enhance our vocabulary through our weekly reading lessons. We will start with the book ‘When We Were Warriors’ by Emma Carroll before reading a collection of poems from the book ‘Poems from the Second World War’ selected by Gaby Morgan. 

 

Maths

During the autumn term, we will be working on consolidating our mathematics learning from previous years and introduce some new Year 6 concepts. Our focus will initially be on place value in numbers up to 10,000,000, rounding numbers, and the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). We will be regularly practicing our arithmetic skills through 4-a-day mathematical questions. 

 

Science

We will be focusing on two different units of work in science this term: light and electricity. 

We will be building and consolidating our working scientifically skills to plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer different questions, and recording data and results in different formats such as tables and graphs. 

During our unit on light, we will recognise that light travels in straight lines, how we see things, and why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them. 

During our unit on electricity, we will use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit, associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit, and investigate different circuits to learn how components function and change when introducing further batteries, components, and switches into a circuit. 

 

PE

Please note that PE will be on both a Monday and a Friday this term with Mr Ault. Your child should come to school in their PE kit on both of these days. 

 

Homework

 

Reading

Children will be expected to read for 15-20 minutes every evening to continue to practice their decoding and comprehension skills, along with building up their reading stamina. When reading at home, whether independently or with you, they should record this in their homework diary and have it signed by an adult. 

 

Maths

Children will also be set a weekly maths homework to further support their understanding of the mathematical concepts introduced and covered in school. Homework will be set on a Friday and should be completed, marked, and returned to school by the following Thursday. Each week, I will be running a homework club during one lunchtime to give all children the support and opportunity to complete their work. If your child requires support in completing their homework, please send their book into school with them so that they can attend the lunchtime club for support. Children are also encouraged to continue to practice their times tables as these are fundamental in being able to complete arithmetic questions at the speed required.

 

Spellings

Spellings will be set on a Friday and be tested the following Friday. Please send around 5 minutes a day practising your child’s spellings with them. Spellings will be printed and handed out each week and also posted onto the Toucans blog where they can be accessed at home at any time. 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact. 

 

Mr Corkill

 

Files to Download

Toucans: Blog items

Toucans W.B. 05.12.22, by Mr Corkill

Toucans W.B. 28.11.22, by Mr Corkill

Toucans W.B. 21.11.22, by Mr Corkill

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