It has been lovely to welcome your children back after the holidays into Oak Class. It will be an exciting and busy time for them, with lots of opportunities to shine. Our topic this half term will be connected to our class book – ‘Why The Whales Came ‘by Michael Morpurgo. We will be learning all about the United Kingdom and in particular the Isles of Scilly. After that we will move onto learning about Earthquakes and Volcanoes including the events of Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Homework tasks will continue to have a slightly different emphasis this year, focusing on a more creative curriculum. I would like the children to choose a self-directed, home learning project from a given list and I expect that they will be able to complete at least three projects per half term. They were given a homework book to cover over the holiday and all homework should be completed in their book where possible; they will be encouraged to try their best with content and presentation using a black handwriting pen [not biro]. Spellings and the occasional maths or English sheet will be given out on a Friday, to be returned the following Friday [or before if completed…and placed in the homework tray in class.]
Homework tasks will usually follow the pattern set out below and should not last more than 30 minutes in any one night, following government recommendations. If your child is experiencing difficulties, they should not sit worrying, but come to ask for help at school the next day.
a] Home learning project [at least 3 to be completed over the half term]
b] Tables practice.
c] Reading [aim for 20 mins a night] It is beneficial for children to hear an adult read, so they can hear expression in a voice, so may I suggest that you also read aloud for a short while. Remember to ask questions about the characters, setting, action or the meaning of particular words to check that your child has understood what they have read.
d] Spelling list [2/3 words a night should be learned, rather than the whole list in one go]
e] An occasional maths or English practice sheet [children are always prepared for the work on the sheet and told what to do.]
PE/GAMES kits for everyone will be needed on Tuesday and Thursdays. May I remind you that earrings/jewellery must be removed for all activities.
As always, if you ever have any concerns about your child’s schoolwork, homework, or general welfare, please don’t hesitate to ring or pop in for a chat. I am very happy to have help in school, regularly or for the odd hour every now and again. If you feel you are able to offer any help, please let me know.
Here is a link to the Year 6 Curriculum Map outlining our learning for the year.