Harris Academies
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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6:
Warhol Class & Hockney Class


Ms Johnson is teaching Warhol this year and Ms Roberts is the class teacher in Hockney.

Welcome

Welcome to Year 6! We hope you find the information below useful as your child continues the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home.
 

Key Times

Homework

Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn.

PE

In Year 6, the PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on these days.

Trips

In Autumn term we will be visiting the cinema in Beckenham. We would welcome parent/carer helpers who hold Kent House DBS checks, or for parents/carers to apply for a DBS check, so please contact the class teacher about this.

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop this term will be Spelling and Grammar. We would welcome parent involvement in this, and look forward to seeing you then.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning and by 8:50 children should be on the playground ready for the bell at 8:50.

In KS2, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:25.

 

Homework

Read it

Research it

Make it

Read a fantasy book of your choice and compare it to our Power of Reading text which is ‘Skellig’ by David Almond.

What similarities or differences do you notice?

Write a book review for our book corner.

Take inspiration from the mysterious creature Skellig in our class reading book this term.

Research other winged creatures. Think outside the box in terms of your choice! Consider unusual winged creatures such an owl, dragon or even an Archaeopteryx!

Explore the origins and any legends associated with the creature.

Make a 3D representation of your winged creature. Choose carefully the materials that you use in order to make it as life like as possible.

 

Materials that would work well are things such as twigs, old metal coat hangers, straws and plastic bags.

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Practise your times tables -especially 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12.

Remember to practise your spellings each week.

Try the ‘Look, Cover, Say’ method or try practising your handwriting with the words!

Practice multiplying and divided by powers of 10,

e.g. 25 x 100 = 2500

Describe your chosen winged creature in detail. Be creative with your writing, describe its appearance, movements, sounds and eating habits. Refer to the five senses (see, hear, touch, taste, smell).

Include an annotated diagram with your description similar to the scientific annotated diagrams of the human body that we are looking at in class.

Design your own winged creature influenced and inspired by your research. Consider the anatomy of the creature e.g. how will its skeleton support the wings? What type of wings will your creature have? How have they evolved in order to allow your creature to survive in their natural habitat?

A note to parents, over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.

The homework will be due in on the second-to-last week of half term, which begins 11.12.17


What are we learning?

In Literacy we will begin by reading ‘Skellig’. This is an exciting story about ten-year-old Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house with his family. After his baby sister becomes ill, his family life becomes more and more frantic. Michael feels totally helpless, though when he stumbles upon a strange and mysterious creature living in a dark corner of his garage, his world changes forever.

In Maths, we will be focusing on multiplication and division, then moving on to shape and geometry before Christmas. We focus on these for a term so that children have a good foundation of number skills before moving on to other areas of mathematics.

Our Topic learning will be ‘The Art of Being Human’.
 

How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that their child is at school every day and on time. You can also help us by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 25 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own. It is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Children have a ‘Mathletics’ login – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts. They are also given a login to ‘Word mania’ which can be used regularly to help develop spelling and fluency.


With kind regards,
Ms Johnson and Ms Roberts