Welcome to Class 6 with Miss Summerfield!
Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands…
Vast winds and hostile territories – incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and the deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or be pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.
Be alert, for magnificent mammals roam these lands, sometimes hungry or fresh for a fight. Perhaps a hungry polar bear or an arctic fox is hunting rodents, as swift as the wind!
Research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and ecosystems.
Become part of a historic research team, braving the elements to rescue terrified passengers from a ship struck by a deadly iceberg that hides deep beneath the ocean.
So wrap up well everyone and settle by the fire. I’m just going outside and may be some time…
A big welcome back to school and I hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday. I am looking forward to a new year, in a brand new classroom, with lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead of us.
During this autumn term our topic is Frozen Kingdom. We will cover lots of areas including the similarities and differences between the Arctic and the Antarctic, the Inuit people, how to survive an Arctic expedition, the race to the South Pole and the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic. The children will create their own igloos, learn about Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and find out all there is to know about the most fearsome Arctic mammal – the Polar Bear.
In Maths, we will spend this term looking at place value and calculation. We will also look at fractions, decimals and percentages and focus on consolidating the links between them. The children will have chance to practise and master their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. Please ask your child what they have been learning and encourage them to share this with you.
In Literacy, we will be writing an adventure narrative, a non-chronological report about polar bears, a diary entry from the perspective of Captain Scott and a newspaper report about the sinking of the Titanic.
Don’t forget that the children can access Active Learn at home where they can play games and complete activities on Bug Club, Spelling and Grammar bug, and Abacus! They can also access ‘Times Table Rockstars’ from home to practice and improve upon their times table knowledge. This is a really good tool to use if your child doesn’t yet have quick recall and can be played for just a couple of minutes each day. I will give DoJo points out in class when children have accessed this home learning.
Our PE days will change for this year. PE will now be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please ensure correct kits are in school on these days. Kits should consist of a t-shirt, shorts/ jogging bottoms and trainers or a change of shoes. I will lead Invasion Games on Tuesday and Miss Wilson will lead Gymnastics on Wednesday.
We will be continuing with our creative homework approach. Last year was a huge success with many pupils bringing in projects that they had completed at home and which were displayed in the school hall. Thank you for all your support with this. Our exhibition will be at the end of this term. I would love for your quality home learning to be displayed here so it is a great opportunity to show what you can do.
Maths Fluency homework will go out on a Friday and is due in the following Wednesday. This will generally be focussed on times tables, knowing fraction, decimal and percentages equivalents, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000 or converting between different measures (grams to kilograms, centimetres to metres etc.). Concentrating on these questions and ensuring that all children have a good understand of the methods, will mean they will be better able to tackle other areas of maths. I would encourage that the children have a go at it as soon as possible and then come to see me if they have any concerns.
In school, children access Cracking Comprehension to enhance their reading comprehension skills. Ideally, children should be listened to read every day. We ask that children read at least three times a week. Please write a comment in your child's reading diary where they can earn DoJo points in class. Any child who has not read at home will spend some of their choosing time reading with an adult.
I am very much looking forward to the term ahead and I would like to thank you all for your support and hard work thus far.
Kind regards, Miss Summerfield.