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Leighton Primary School

Year 6

Autumn Term 2020:

A huge welcome back to all the children in year 6; we all look forward to an enjoyable and successful term. After such an extended period away from school, I must say we are all incredibly impressed by the positive and mature attitude that the children have returned with.

During the Autumn Term, year 6 will be studying an ancient civilisation: The Ancient Greeks. Ancient civilisations provide a fascinating journey into the development of the modern world and the legacies left by those cultures. The children will have plenty of opportunities to develop their geographical skills through studies of how countries have changed over the centuries. These studies will enhance the children’s understanding of historical events and will allow them to appreciate how we know so much about these ancient civilisations. There will be ample chances to create some outstanding pieces of Art linked to Ancient Greece.

In English lessons, the children will continue to enhance their understanding of the writing techniques learnt in Year 5 and applying the rules of English grammar to write creative, entertaining and informative texts across a range of genres. We will begin the year focusing on narrative - writing to entertain - through myth writing. The children will create their own myths which will enable them to demonstrate an array of writing skills to entertain the reader.

The focus in maths will be to reinforce the children’s understanding of the main concepts and applying these to more complex problems which require reasoning skills to solve. A main area of teaching will concentrate on children learning to reason and explain their answers. In maths lessons, children will investigate the relationship between numbers, in particular place value.

Our Science topics are Light and Electricity for the Autumn term. The science curriculum has two main areas: knowledge and working scientifically. Therefore, the children will learn all the facts and figures related to both areas and have opportunities to apply this knowledge to a range of investigations and experiments. What is the colour of Light? How fast does Light travel? Can you explain how we see? What is electricity? Why does electricity flow? Who discovered electricity? Where does electricity come from?

Some reminders:

Homework is sent home on Thursday and then children have a week and a half to complete. The homework is project based and will have a different focus each time. Children have a few options on how to complete their project. Children can use their blue homework books to complete the work or they can email their work into: year6@leightonprimary.net Homework books must be returned on the deadline date.

Spellings are handed out every Monday to learn throughout the week; children are tested on Friday. There a different spellings for different groups. I will upload a copy each week, so if your child loses their copy they can find them on the website.

PE is on a Thursday; please ensure your child has kit suitable for all weather conditions. Where possible, we will endeavour to take the children outside for PE lessons. Currently, your child should attend school on Thursday already dressed in their PE kit, please.

Your child will have a reading book to take home each day; we expect children in Year 6 to be reading daily at home and recording their comments. It is really important that you find time to read with your child as often as possible - it has such an important role in developing their language and vocabulary.