Welcome to Year 6

Hello! My name is Mrs Henderson and I am delighted to be the Year Six teacher at Birklands. I cannot wait to share all of the exciting things that we have been getting up to in Year Six.

In Year 6 we have high expectations and it is fantastic to see each child rising to the challenge as they develop and grow! More importantly though, we also aim to have fun whilst we learn. Children are encouraged to participate in the learning, asking questions, sharing ideas and giving suggestions to their peers.

This half term, our topic is ‘Conservation: whose responsibility is it anyway?’. During English lessons, our learning will be based around the book and short film, 'Varmints'. We will be exploring the film together and using this to help us to create our own narrative. During reading lessons, we will be exploring the book in more detail. During this theme, we will be exploring a range of grammar and writing opportunities. During this topic, we will be exploring air pollution and it's impact. We will be considering whose responsibility it is and what can be done to lessen the impact of air pollution.
In maths, we will begin this term by applying our understanding to a multitude of topics. In addition to these daily morning sessions we are have mental arithmetic lessons for 20 minutes each afternoon to ensure fluency in each child’s number facts and times tables. It is vital that all children are secure in their knowledge of these number facts. We therefore strongly encourage children to continue to practise their times tables at home.
Homework will be set weekly and is due in on a Tuesday. However, it is also expected that children in Y6 read four times a week. We expect this because we believe that reading is essential. Children who read more develop their comprehension skills, reading, spelling and writing!

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to come and see us!
Mrs Henderson and Mrs Coverley.

March 2019

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