Welcome to Year 6 with Mrs Buckley and Mrs Calcutt!
We are so excited to welcome you back to school and hope you are ready for your final year at St Oswald's! It's going to be an exciting year with plenty of hard work - and fun!
Check back often to see what we have been learning...
The basis for all good learning is to secure fluent and expressive reading. Children should read for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, preferably aloud to another person, but if not, by themselves. Reading records are checked by staff on a daily basis to ensure children are completing this as it is essential for children to be able to read fluently in order to access the rest of the curriculum. (The Reading SATs paper requires children to read at roughly 120 words per minute in order to access the highest levels of achievement.)
This term homework will take the form of a maths task or reading comprehension task on alternate weeks. The children will also be expected to learn their spellings, practise their times tables and read every day. As the year goes on, the amount of homework may increase in order to give children the opportunity to practise SATs style questions.
If your child is not yet secure in their times tables they will need to practise these regularly in order to catch up and become "secondary ready". Tables form the bedrock of much of the maths encountered in Year Six and beyond. Times Table Rockstars is a fun way to practise times tables and the children are expected to access this regularly from home.
Spelling Shed will be updated each week so that the children can play games that will practise their current spelling list. This should be accessed regularly from home. They will also be provided with a paper copy of their spelling list to allow written practise of these words.
PE - Your child should have their PE kit in school every day as sessions are sometimes subject to change, although currently our PE days are Wednesday and Friday.
PE kit should consist of:
In the winter children may bring tracksuit tops and or bottoms as well if it is cold - unless it's pouring down we continue to use the outdoor facilities where possible.
Our topic is 'The Tudors' and we will be learning about the chronology of the Tudor dynasty; Henry VIII and his decision to dissolve the monasteries (as well as the impact this had on Britain for centuries to come) and life during the Tudor period.
In English, we will be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, from which we will learn about narrative writing techniques in English lessons, as well as using the text to complete guided reading lessons.
As well as the craft of writing, we will look to improve our knowledge of spelling patterns through the Spelling Shed programme.
Our Maths lessons will focus on the areas of Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, using the Maths No Problem scheme that the children are familiar with.
We look forward to sharing our learning with you via this page, and also via Twitter: @stoswalds01562