Toucans 2021 - 2022
Welcome to Year 6 Toucans!
Our teachers are Mrs Downing (Monday–Wednesday) and Mrs Whittingham (Wednesday-Friday).
Mr Beswick is our teaching assistant who is with us every day!
We are also delighted to have Mr Corkill (Associate Teacher) working with us this year.
We are very exciting to be involved with the amazing learning journey that you will have in Year 6.
Autumn Term 2021
Our theme for this year is CONFLICT. We will build on the work that you did in Year 5 on the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons and learn about the importance of the Battle of Hastings to begin with. We will have lots of discussion around our key questions: Why are there wars? What do people fight over? Could wars have been avoided? Is war right or wrong?
These questions will guide us on a path of discovery to research facts about World War 1 and 2, as well as looking at what conflicts, if any, are taking place presently in the world. We will use our mapping skills to plot the countries we encounter on our world maps.
The children will continue to learn German with a weekly lesson provided by Mrs Judge.
In PSHCE we will be exploring the Heartsmart units - 'Get Heartsmart', 'Don't forget to let love in' and 'Too Much Selfie is not healthy'. We will also continue to have lots of debates in our P4C lessons so please ask us about the questions on our stickers! Toucans will have a variety of No Outsiders lessons, which we will share with you on Twitter.
In RE we will begin this year by looking at the unit 'Diversity'. This is a great topic to start the new academic year together as it reminds us to celebrate differences and introduces us to different religions.
PE for this term will be on Wednesdays (Cricket) and Fridays (Mr Ault - Invasion Games e.g. tag rugby, football and Gymanstics).
Music we are delighted to be able to continue with the Cello and Violin lessons that your child started in Year 5.
This term in Maths we will be focusing on Multiplying and Dividing Decimals, Finding Fractions of Amounts, solving problems involving fractions and Geometry (Coordinates and Translations)
Our Writing this term will be based on the book Star of Fear, Star of Hope by Jo Hoestlandt. Our writing outcome will be to write a story with a flashback from another character's point of view.
We will also be reading our class novel, An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo.
In Science we will be covering the following objectives as part of our Light topic this term.
Sc6/4.1a recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
Sc6/4.1b use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
Sc6/4.1c explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
Sc6/4.1d use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them
Reading for 20mins every night. Children can record their own reading in their diaries and then ask an adult to sign it for them.
Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday. These will be stuck in homework diaries and also available online on our weekly class blog. The spellings will match the key rule or words that we will be working on in class for that week.
Maths - please keep revising times tables by using Times Tables Rockstars. The children all have their log in details in the front of their homework diaries. We will also set 2 pages of Maths Homework from the CGP books that your child has been given. Again we will aim to match these topics with what we will be doing in class to reinforce knowledge and understanding. Maths homework will be set on a Thursday and due in the following Wednesday for us to check. The children can self mark their own work and please come and see us if they find anything difficult. Weekly Maths homework will be explained to the children in class and will also be recorded online on our weekly class blog.
It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to teach your child this year and we are very excited to embark on our learning journey together. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.
Mrs Downing, Mrs Whittingham, Mr Beswick, Mr Corkill