Wandsworth Schools Music 2018
Click on this link for children in year 6 to access the resources (words and music) so they can practice at home.
Download the Year 6 welcome meeting presentation
Dear Parents /Carers,
Welcome back! The new school year is here and we hope you had a good break and are well rested. This is a crucial year for your children and we expect them to be punctual, focused and hard working so that we can all help them achieve their full potential. We look to Upper Key Stage 2 to set an excellent example for the entire school and we are sure they will rise to the challenges that are put before them. We hope you will find the information below useful.
Topics and Curriculum Areas being covered in Year 6
Please find attached a guide to all of the objectives being taught in Year 6 this year in English and maths lessons. The words in italics are written in children's language to make it easier for them to understand and the ones in bold font are key objectives (the most important) for the year group. We hope you will find this useful in supporting your child at home.
This term we shall be focusing on units including: historical fiction, discussion, poetry and autobiography/biography which will be supported by a number of key texts. A great deal of this work will also incorporate drama, speaking and listening and link with our history topic. The children will continue to develop their use of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
We have time set aside to read a novel to the class. Our book this term is ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ which links with our World War II topic. It is a thoughtful and amazing book which we hope will help inspire and inform the children.
In all classes we will be developing the children’s mental agility with number and problem solving. They will also be focusing on place value and numbers to 10 million, extending written methods of multiplication and division and finding common factors of numbers. The children will develop their ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, as well as simplify and compare fractions. Later in the term, the children will tackle work on decimal place value; multiplying and dividing with decimal numbers as well as complete a unit on measurement.
We begin the term with a topic on ‘The Nature Library’. The children will build knowledge of living things and deepen their understanding of why and how organisms are classified. After half term children will study living things and how they adapt and evolve through natural selection in the unit ‘Everything Changes’. During all of these lessons children will develop their enquiry and investigative skills.
During this term we will be exploring World War II through a variety of primary and secondary sources shedding light on the mixed experiences of evacuated children. Throughout the unit we will also touch upon other ways in which Britain was affected during the war such as rationing and the varied roles of both men and women. This topic will also be extended into elements of English, ICT, RE (Religious Education) and DT (Design Technology). We would encourage the children to carry out their own extra research at home – this could be on the internet, in books, in libraries or through speaking to relatives or friends who may have had first-hand experience.
Design and Technology
The children will be designing and making shelters, linking with our history topic. They will examine the features of different shelters and use some of these features to create their own. After completion we will evaluate how effective they are and consider how they could be improved.
Making links to their history topic, children will be using iMovie and garage band on the iPads to a video presentation of a WW2 poem using images and vice recordings to make it engaging as well as emotive.
With Ms Hughes, children will be exploring classical music this year in relation to the BBC ten Pieces. Each term children will explore in depth a piece of classical music. This will involve, listening, evaluating and researching the piece and the composer. Children will also be re-creating a small section of the piece using their voices and instruments and start to understand how the inter-related dimensions of music are used in this piece. Children will gain an understanding of how to read simple scores and parts in music and use their knowledge to compose their own section to this music. This term we focus on the: The Hall of the Mountain King and The Nut Cracker.
Outdoor games will initially focus on Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, with an emphasis on team building, problem solving, communication and decision making through a variety of tasks. After half term we will build on team work through invasion games, focusing on fundamental movement skills for attack, defence, dodging and spatial awareness. They will improve their skills of passing, receiving, aiming and tactics. They will work in small groups both cooperatively and competitively, with an emphasis on team skills, fair play and good sportsmanship.
All classes will have a weekly gymnastics lesson with our gymnastics coaches.
Thursday period 1
Thursday period 2
Friday period 3
Monday period 3
Tuesday period 2
Wednesday period 3
It is essential that the children bring a change of t-shirt, shorts/jogging bottoms in the school colours of light blue, navy blue or white and suitable footwear. Your child can come to school dressed in their PE kit if they have PE in period 1 or 2 if you wish but they must bring their school uniform to change into after their PE lesson for hygiene reasons. Could you please ensure all kits and school uniform are clearly marked with your child’s full name. Children are allowed to bring in a roll on deodorant if they wish (no sprays please).
Art will be taught by Mrs ter Averst. The children will be looking at the idea of culture and identity through the work of contemporary artist Mona Hatoum. They will be designing and making their own textile weaving. Next half term we will be looking at fantasy cityscapes using mixed media, drawing and painting. We will be looking at Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster.
RE (Religious Education)
In RE they will be studying Judaism, linking this work with our World War II topic. This will take place throughout the Autumn term and will include a visit to a local synagogue to further the children’s understanding of the Jewish faith and practices.
PSCHE (Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education)
The whole school focus for the first half term is Excellent Learners. In these lessons we will discuss ten qualities and skills that enable children to create a lifelong love of learning and help them to become an excellent learner. Later in the term we will be looking at friendship, self-esteem and tackling bullying.
This term the children will work hard to develop their language skills to be able to write a paragraph about themselves and their family. They will also cover topics on hobbies, numbers 1 – 30, days of the week and months of the year, domestic animals, Halloween and Christmas. After building up their knowledge and confidence in Spanish, they will write and perform a poem about Christmas in Spain. Through practising the four key skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing they will:
- Develop their intercultural understanding through learning about traditional festivals and religious celebrations in Spain and Mexico.
- Develop basic grammar and sentence structure including understanding of gender noun and adjective agreement and word order.
- Learn about punctuation in Spanish and how this differs to English.
- Identify common verbs in their infinitive form and present tense for first, second and third person.
English and Maths homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by Monday. English and Maths homework will start the week after next on Wednesday 20th September.
Children will also be given a list of spellings in their reading records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home using a range of strategies (attached). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class. Please note that this will replace the spelling journals which have been sent home in previous years.
Every pupil will be given a new reading record. In the reading record, the children can record and complete their reading homework as well as using it to record their independent reading both at home and at school. We will note your child’s reading targets for that half term in the record and comment on their reading and comprehension skills every two weeks. We recommend that all children spend 30 minutes each day reading independently at home to improve fluency, vocabulary and confidence. We will also write specific notes to parents should the need arise. If you wish to write to your child’s class teacher, please use the record to do so. Children will need to bring their record with them every day. Please sign the record each week, as this is an essential form of parent/teacher communication.
Healthy Eating at Playtime
As you are aware, we monitor the children’s snacks. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich. We would encourage the children to bring a small bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day.
Communication between home and school
In Year 6, many children already come to school by themselves and this increases over the year as they start to get ready for travelling to secondary school. If you would like your child to walk home alone, please give permission to your child’s class teacher or directly to the office, either face to face or in writing.
It is important for your child’s safety that the school has accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please can you check that home and any mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and up to date.
We aim to work in partnership with families to make your child’s time at school successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, on the playground or through the office, and we will be glad to discuss your concerns with you.
Simon Hudd (6H) Shona Anne McTernan & Clare Trotter (6MT) Noemi Suarez (6S) Djaffer Ziriat (6Z) Becky Gulliver (Year 6 Leader)
Common questions and answers
Q: What are the relevance of SATs?
A: The purpose of the SATs tests is to assess the attainment of pupils at the end of their primary education. This information is passed on to secondary schools, and may be used to place your child in appropriate ability groups or classes. Secondary schools are also judged on how much progress children make in their school based on Key Satge 2 SATs.
Q: How long should homework take?
A: 45mins - 1hr of English and 45mins -1hr of Maths each week. Reading homework is sent home weekly and children are expected to continue to read every night. If children don’t understand, they have an opportunity to check with their teacher on Friday or Monday, before it is handed in on Tuesday. If you find your child is spending more than 1 hour on the work, speak to your child’s teacher.
Q: Are all children in the same groups and tables?
A: Children will be in different seats and may sit at different tables for different subjects. This is decided by the individual teacher. Groups may/may not be ability based and are fluid because children’s skills are varied and will change as they year goes on.
Q: Can parents get a copy of the maths curriculum?
A: The maths curriculum and content can be found online at: