Year Six 2017-18

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a restful half term break and that pupils are ready for another half term of hard work.

In reading this term, we will be continuing to study Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, along with detailed reading of some other challenging texts; writing lessons will see us producing a leaflet inspired by our exciting residential trip to Kingwood and some work on Shakespeare, including a visit to school from a production of Macbeth! We will continue to look at the technical aspects of writing during SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) lessons.

Maths will see us developing skills in place value, calculation, fractions and statistics. Please ensure your child continues to practise multiplication tables on a daily basis if they do not yet know them by heart.

Our topic this term is ‘A Study of Baghdad c. 900CE’ in which we will explore the importance of the city of Baghdad during the ‘golden age of Islam’ and how it became the centre for many significant achievements in science, technology and the arts.

In science, year 6 will be studying ‘The Heart and Circulation’ and discovering how our amazing circulatory systems work.

During RE, year 6 pupils will reflect on Creating Unity and Harmony, looking at how world religions view the concept of differences. In computing, children will be creating their own stop-motion animations and will also continue to learn Spanish, including a Christmas themed unit and some work revising everything they have covered in Spanish so far.

In PE, we will be continuing with a cycle of invasion games, gymnastics and dance. Pupils will require PE kit on Wednesdays. This should consist of: a plain white polo shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms, trainers (for outdoor) and pumps (for indoor). As the weather gets colder, pupils may bring a plain black sweatshirt (no hood).

Homework

In year 6, pupils are expected to complete the following homework on a weekly basis:

  • Reading (should be a minimum of 30 minutes daily) – journals must be returned on Wednesdays with a minimum of 5 comments completed.
  • Spellings (set on a weekly basis)
  • English and maths homework (Friday – Wednesday)
  • Handwriting practice when needed
  • Research tasks when needed
  • Talk Homework

All pupils at Park Hill also have access to Spellodrome, Reading Eggs and Mathletics, interactive learning platforms, available on PC or tablet from home.

We are looking forward to your continuing support this half term.

Regards.

 

The Year 6 team.

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Year 6 Recommended Reading List

Parents often ask us for suggested books for their children to read so we have put together a list of fiction books which are recommended for children in Year 6. It is by no means an exhaustive list but represents a cross section of books suitable for your child to read with you. Many of these books are available to borrow from school but please do take your child to borrow books from their local library. (They can take TEN books out at a time for free!) Please also encourage your child to read as often as possible as it will impact hugely on their writing ability and general learning.

Fiction

Anything by Michael Morpurgo as he is Year 6’s special author. eg Private Peaceful, Why the Whales, Twist of Gold, The Last Wolf, Private Peaceful, Born to Run, The Butterfly Lion, Alone on A Wide, Wide Sea, Dear Olly

We ask for your support in insisting the children read for a minimum of 20 minutes each day and that they bring their reading diaries into school.

Watership Down                                                                Richard Adams

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase/A Necklace of      Joan Aitken

Raindrops/Midnight is a Place

Skellig/Heaven Eyes                                                          David Almond

The Peculiar                                                                         Stefan Bachmann

Carrie’s War                                                                       Nina Bawden

Coming to England                                                            Floella Benjamin

Tell me no Lies/Hacker                                                     Malorie Blackman

Super Fudge                                                                                    Judy Bloom

Noah Barleywater runs away                                         John Boyne

Heroes and Villains                                                            Tony Bradman

The Midnight Fox                                                               Betsy Byars

Heap House                                                                         Edward Carey

Artemis Fowl/Half Moon Investigations                     Eoin Colfer

Over Sea, under Stone                                                     Susan Cooper

The Lion Boy                                                                        Zizou Corder

Millions/Broccoli Boy/Unforgotten Coat                     Frank Cottrell Boyce

How to train your Dragon                                               Cressida Cowell

The Dark Ground/After Tomorrow                              Gillian Cross

Going Solo                                                                            Roald Dahl

The Animals of Farthing Wood                                      Colin Dann

Five Thief series                                                                  Terry Deary

Toby Alone/Toby and the Secrets of the Tree           Timothee de Fombelle

The Village by the Sea                                                       Anita Desai

The Weathermonger                                                        Peter Dickinson

Street Child                                                                          Berlie Dougherty

The Letter for the King                                                      Tonke Dragt

The Neverending Story                                                    Michael Ende

Tulip Touch                                                                          Anne Fine

The Thief Lord                                                                     Cornelia Funke

Smith                                                                                     Leon Garfield

Elidor                                                                                     Alan Garner

The Wheel of Surya, Out of India                                  Jamila Gavin

Once                                                                                      Morris Gleitzman

Marley and Me                                                                   John Grogan

Granny                                                                                  Anthony Horowitz

Rubies in the Snow                                                            Eva Ibbotson

The Dragonfly Pool                                                            Pete Johnson

Lady Daisy/The Crow Starver                                         Dick King Smith

Oranges in No Man’s Land                                              Elizabeth Laird

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe                       C S Lewis

The Ship that fell like a Star                                             Anne Lewis

The Fib and other Stories                                                George Layton

Call of the Wild                                                                   Jack London

When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit                                        Judith Kerr

Goodnight Mr Tom                                                            Michelle Magorian

The Haunting                                                                       Margaret Mahy

The Kite Rider                                                                      Geraldine McCaughrean

The Other Side of the Truth/Journey to Jo’burg       Beverley Naidoo

Five Children and It/                                                         E Nesbit

The Snow Spider Trilogy                                                  Jenny Nimmo

The Borrowers                                                                    Mary Norton

Tom’s Midnight Garden                                                   Philippa Pearce

The Firework Maker’s Daughter/Northern Lights   Philip Pullman

The Indian in the Cupboard                                            Lynne Reid Banks

Holes                                                                                     Louis Sachar

The Silver Sword                                                                Ian Serrallier

Black Beauty                                                                        Anna Sewell

Endymion Spring                                                                Matt Skelton

Eagle of the Ninth                                                              Rosemary Sutcliffe

Abomination                                                                       Robert Swindells

The Hobbit                                                                           J R R Tolkien

The Dark Wild                                                                     Piers Torday

Around the World in 80 Days                                        Jules Verne

Sword in the Stone                                                                        T H White

The Boy who sailed the Ocean in an Armchair          Lara Williamson

The Clockwork Sparrow/Mystery of the                    Katherine Woodfine

Jewelled Moth

 

Or any book connected with a topic which is being studied in school or which interests your child. What is most important is that your child is reading and developing a love for reading.

Happy reading!

 

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Year 6 Kingswood 9th October to 13th October

 

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Dear Parents,

We hope you had a restful and enjoyable summer break! We are now looking forward to another exciting year at Park Hill. There are lots of challenges and opportunities ahead for pupils in year 6 and we are sure all the pupils will work hard to achieve their potential this year.

In reading this term, we will be studying Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse; writing lessons will see us producing a narrative based on the short story Mac, a leaflet inspired by our exciting residential trip to Kingwood and a biography linked to Black History Week. We will also be looking at the technical aspects of writing during SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) lessons.

Maths will see us developing skills in place value, calculation, fractions and statistics. Please ensure your child continues to practise multiplication tables on a daily basis if they do not yet know them by heart.

Our topic this term is The Impact of the Railways in which we will explore how the arrival of steam travel during the 19th century changed the history of Britain and the wider world.

In science, year 6 will be looking through the microscope for our Habitats and Micro-organisms topic and discovering how animals are adapted to their differing habitats.

During RE, year 6 pupils will reflect on Living by Rules, looking at how world religions view the concept of rules in society. In computing, children will be creating their own e-books using their iPad and will also continue to learn Spanish, starting with classroom instructions and describing the weather.

In outdoor PE, we will be learning some new skills in field hockey and indoor PE will see us developing techniques in gymnastics and dance. Pupils will require PE kit on Wednesdays. This should consist of: a plain white polo shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms, trainers (for outdoor) and pumps (for indoor). As the weather gets colder, pupils may bring a plain black sweatshirt (no hood).

Homework

In year 6, pupils are expected to complete the following homework on a weekly basis:

  • Reading (should be a minimum of 30 minutes daily)
  • Spellings (set on a weekly basis)
  • English and maths homework (Friday – Wednesday)
  • Handwriting practice when needed
  • Research tasks when needed
  • Talk Homework

All pupils at Park Hill also have access to Spellodrome, Reading Eggs and Mathletics, interactive learning platforms, available on PC/Mac or tablet from home.

We are looking forward to your support over the course of this year.

Regards.

The Year 6 team.

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