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.

Our focus for the summer term is Shipwrecked! We will be predominantly focussing on geography, exploring oceans, locating counties, identifying human and geographical features and map reading. During the summer term, we will also explore light. In English, we will be focussing on the book, Kensuke’s Kingdom. This book will give us lots of opportunities to explore writing creatively. During reading lessons, we will explore the book in great detail, exploring different features within the book.

In maths, we will revisit each maths area from the national curriculum in order to consolidate our understanding. We will spend the second part of the term applying our learning though reasoning style challenges. 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.

May 2019

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