Year 6 Curriculum Map

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Welcome to Kestrels Class - Year 6

Happy New Year! The Spring Term is an incredibly busy and important one for the children in Year 6. You may notice a little increase in the homework as we head towards the SATs in May. 

As in every year, there are high expectations of all children in Year 6 and we try to get them 'High School' ready over the course of the year.  All children will continue to receive daily homework, in readiness for the Key Stage 2 SAT tests,which Kestrels will be working towards (wb 14th May 2018 - save the date!). They are also expected to learn spellings, read daily and record it. All homework should be written in their homework diary - if it is not, please contact us! Any concerns or worries, please do not hesitate to contact us. At the end of the Autumn Term, there were still a few children who were not reading or keeping up-to-date with their homework. Please check their bags and homework diary. They will have something most evenings and weekends.

Important Information

PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child has a clean kit in every week!

Spellings are handed out on Friday and tested on the following Friday.

Children will have daily homework. All homework is written in a homework diary. 

Children are expected to read daily.

All pupils should bring a water bottle into school.

Pencil cases are permitted, but please make sure all items are labelled.

Spring Term Learning

We are most excited to announce that the English theme for the Spring Term is Harry Potter! We will be reading the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, fully immersing ourselves in every aspect of all things Harry. The planning is cleverly designed to hit all elements children will be tested on in May, so we will be revising, without really realising it! Hooray!

The children will also be creating Animated Stories using Scratch in Computing. Hopefully we will be able to combine the learning in English with Computing. Maths will focus on Decimals, to begin with. We had great success with learning timestables before Christmas and hopefully all will have remembered them and continued to learn them over the holidays! We will be going over them daily.

It's looking like it's going to be a fun term in Kestrel's Class! 

Kestrels at the Royal Opera House

On Wednesday, 27th September, Kestrels headed down to London, to Covent Garden, for the coveted opportunity to watch The Royal Ballet perform 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.We have been fortunate to obtain highly subsidised tickets (£7.50 instead of over £100!) in order to have this thrilling cultural experience. In fact, none of the teachers accompanying Kestrels had ever been to the Royal Opera House and, for this class, it was their second opportunity!

The ballet was beautiful, accompanied by a full orchestra. Although, perhaps, not necessarily something the children would choose to watch, I am certain, when they are older, they will appreciate it! We were all blown away by the building, actors pre-show and the ballet itself. We will look forward to further opportunities in the future.

Have you heard about our Reading League yet? Reading is an extremely important life skill and opens access to so many areas of the curriculum and the wider world. Year Six are expected to read every night - yes, that's 7 times in a week. Children record all reading in their reading record book, whether they read to themselves or an adult. Mrs Lara collects all reading records on Friday morning to see how many reads the children have done in a week. This information is then put into the Reading League: an excel programme which pitches children against children (and staff!). Scores are added up and we are then given player of  the week and an overall winner is declared. Kestrels class are extremely motivated by the league, which is then displayed after lunch on Friday. That's what's happening in the picture above! Excited children: finding out who is in gold position;  who they are up against next week; was Mrs Lara beaten?! It's all great fun. Please encourage your child to read. We have a couple of children not reading at home! Give them a friendly reminder or else it'll be lunchtime reading instead!