Class 6 Summer Newsletter
Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry. Blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system. Now, surgeons, don’t be squeamish as we dissect an animal heart and examine the veins, arteries and chambers up close. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies. William Harvey was fascinated with anatomy, and made groundbreaking discoveries about valves. I wonder what we might uncover? Why do people give blood? Find out how to keep your heart happy with cardiovascular exercise and healthy food. Kickstart a campaign to spread the word about the damage caused to the lungs and heart by smoking. Hearts pound, flutter and maybe skip a beat. What makes your heart race? Is it a secret? Cross my heart, I won’t tell.
A big welcome back and I hope you have all had a lovely Easter break. I am looking forward to getting back into routine and starting our new topic. We are in the summer term; I am looking forward to the term ahead with lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead of us. I can’t believe this will be the last term for our Year 6 children at Trinity but we have lots of exciting things planned that will be shared soon.
During this summer term our topic will be Blood Heart, which is all about the heart and circulatory system. We will cover lots of different things: looking at different parts of the heart, making a life sized model, creating healthy recipes, researching medical breakthroughs plus lots more. We will be carrying out lots of science and DT work including creating our own science enquiry and making large scale models of the heart. We will also be running a SATs week during this term, which won’t be until near the end of the year.
In Maths, we will spend this term looking at place value, the four operations, fractions, shape and graphs. We will also start work on long division and ratio. The children will have chance to use TT Rockstars and Numbots to practise and master their 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 a formal information text all about the heart, a story with a strong setting and a discussion.
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 of multiplication and division facts and can be played for just a couple of minutes each day.
Our PE days this term. PE days are on Thursday’s and Friday’s. Please ensure children bring a change of shoes suitable to do PE in. Due to the current situation children will not be getting changed. I will be leading the PE session on Thursday, but we are lucky to have Rotherham United coming in to work with the Year 6 children on Friday afternoons to carry out PE and look at healthy lifestyles.
Homework: Maths and spelling homework will go out on a Friday and is due in the following Friday. This will generally be focussed on times tables or revising what we have been doing in class that week. Concentrating on these arithmetic types of questions will help to ensure that all children have a good understanding of the methods. 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. Any child who does not complete and hand in their homework will spend a break time completing it in class.
Ideally, children should be listened to read 3 times a week. Please write a comment in your child's reading diary. Reading will be checked on a Wednesday every week. In school, children do Guided Reading daily, sometimes with an adult but sometimes accessing some independent learning. Myself or Mrs Hales will listen to every child read at least once a week during school time and this will be recorded in their school diaries. Children need to have their school diaries with them every day. Any child who has not read at home will spend some of their break time reading with an adult.
This term we will continue with booster sessions during the afternoons to help children fill the gaps from the missed work from Year 5 and Year 6. These will either be carried out by myself or Mrs Hales. Each booster group will last for about 20 minutes so children can still enjoy the afternoon lessons.
I am very much looking forward to the term ahead and I know Class 6 will work hard. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call school and arrange a phone call or meeting.
Kind regards, Miss Platts
Below is the link to home learning ideas for this term. Children have been given a copy at school too.
Links for home learning:
Active Learn: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?e=-1&c=0#abacus
TT Rockstars: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/undefined/password
Read Theory: https://readtheory.org/auth/login