Welcome to Y6. This class is a job share and therefore the children are lucky enough to have two teachers!
PE kit needs to be kept in school and should include: trainers, tracksuit bottoms or leggings during winter time, pale blue T-shirt and navy shorts. It should be kept in a PE bag. All items should be named.
Topics for this year are:
Terms 1 and 2 - Out of Africa
So many aspects of our lives originate from Africa – evolution, food, music, art, to name a few. Over the 2 terms, we will be exploring: African myths and legends, apartheid, ancient Egypt, war in the Sudan during the 1980’s, climate, geographical features, djembe drumming,
The books we will be studying during these two terms are:
Mufaro’s Beautiful daughters – an African folktale; Myths and legends of Ancient Egypt by Marcia Williams; Journey to Jo’bury by Beverley Naidoo and A long walk to water by Linda Sue Park.
Terms 3 and 4 - Planes, trains and automobiles
Planes: exploring the Blitz during WW2, life of an evacuee and the effects of WW2 on everyday people in Bristol. Trains: finding out about the Victorian railways and their impact on Britain. Looking at bridges and structures built through the Victorian period and of course, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Automobiles: 21 century travel goes electric. Investigating electricity in science, the invention of electricity and the impact that electric cars can have to reduce environmental problems.
Terms 5 and 6 - Stars in their eyes.
This term is dominated by revision for SATs tests but recharging mental batteries through art, music and literature is vital for the children. This will be achieved through a book called ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio. We can’t give much away as the title of our end of year performance is never revealed until after SAT’s! However rest assured that the children will be, among other things: understanding the background to the play; learning lines; making costumes; singing and probably dancing; preparing props and painting scenery - all in preparation for a performance to remember!
Of course, they will also be working hard, preparing themselves for Transition to Y7.
Reading and homework:
We expect children to read for 20 minutes every day and to read to an adult once per week aloud. Books can be taken home from our class library. Homework: maths and literacy is given every week. We expect children to do this work by themselves, carefully at home. Any problems can then be addressed by the class teachers. Please support your child by giving them a quiet space in which to work - thank you.
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