Welcome to Year 6

What a brilliant start to the year! Our new Year 6's have been a credit to themsevles and our school. In our first half-term of eight weeks, we have managed to fit lots in! This is just some of it...

In English, we started the year reading Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo and studied each chapter of the book. This lead to some wonderful descriptive writing of a desert island. We produced pencil sketches based on the work of the Japanese artist Hokusai, who featured in the book.

After watching snippets of a short film called La Luna, we used what we saw to use different types of words and write sentences with a varierty of structure.

We read a newspaper report based on a well known fairy tale, and after studying features of news reports, produced our own piece of work.

We have investigated spelling patterns: -fer, -ible, -able, as well as practicing spelling words on the Y5/6 list.

In Grammar, we have studied nouns, verbs, model verbs, adjectives, pronouns and conjunctions.

We have also worked to improve presentation of our written work.

Maths has mainly focussed on place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and 2-D and 3-D shape. We have also improved our reasoning and arithmetic skills. Many of our children have been teaching others by explaining their working out on the walls.

Through our georgraphy topic - North America - the children have become familiar with the counties which make up North America and have identified and described famous landmarks. They have researched the past, becoming familiar with Native Americans and their way of life, including the importance of the buffalo to their survival. In addition, children have learned how tornadoes are formed and know where they occure the most, known as Tornado Alley.

In R.E. we have looked at the Hindu religion and had in-depth discussions about creating and reincarnation.

Next half-term begins with some children going on a JCA activity holiday. Those who are remaining in school have a fun filled week organised for them. Amongst other things, we will be studying The Maya in our topic lessons. In maths we will be studying fractions, percentages, ratio and proportions, angles, pie-charts and measurement. In English we will be reading and writing biographies and autobiographies, explanations, recounts, as well as writing our 500 workd stories for BBC radio 2's competition. We will be visiting by a representative from Parliament in November, where we will learn how we got the right to vote and have a House of Commons style debate.

So there is plenty to look forward to in the lead up to Christmas.