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Kingstone & Thruxton Primary School

Kingstone & Thruxton Primary School

Year 6

Autumn Term in Year 6

The Year 6 Team are:

Mrs O’Callaghan-James (Mrs OJ for short) – Class teacher

Mrs Boyd - Teaching Assistant

Miss Evans – Teaching Assistant

In Year 6 we are focused on becoming independent learners who seek out new challenges…

Welcome to Year 6. We have such an exciting time ahead of us this term jam-packed with as much learning as possible. This term our topic is:

‘The Life of Maya’

Here we will be discovering the life in the Mayan times, where Maya would have been located as well as what animals may have lived in their environment.

In Literacy this half term, we will be exploring information texts and the organisation of a text as well as descriptive writing.

In Numeracy this half term, we will be exploring place number and moving into the four operations while applying our reasoning skills.

In R.E we will be exploring the important life lessons for Christians and Humanist as well as considering life after death. 

We will also be exploring a text called MiddleWorld in the aim to develop our reading skills but also enjoying a class novel where we can discussion and interpret what is occurring and sharing opinions. This will be set as our weekly Read and Respond Homework,

For Spelling, we have our graffiti spelling books that we practise in. Lists go out every Wednesday and these are stuck in our graffiti book as well as issued via SpellingShed. The children have regular weekly slots they can rehearse these and can and should be accessing them at home.  Our spelling test day is the following Wednesday - they have a week to learn them. Any words we are still struggling on are highlighted in our graffiti book so people at home can see how we are getting on. There are rewards for the top 10 spellers (this is decided via the amount of time they are practising the words via SpellingShed).

We also understand the importance of reading in Year 6 and know that they should be reading for approximately 20 minutes per day as this length of time makes the biggest impact. The children have MiddleWorld Read and Respond lessons every Friday were we read and discuss the book and then they have homework and copies of the text to re-read at home. This Homework is due in on Thursdays and we go over the answers in the Friday session.

In addition, in Year 6 we also have weekly Maths homework which is also issued on a Friday and due in Thursday. This homework reinforces the skills taught in lessons which gives you an insight to what they might be finding difficult.The class get weekly Dojo rewards for the more people who complete their homework.

 Our PE day is Wednesday and is Swimming. They will need to bring in Swimming kits for this day however in Year 6 we often have outside lessons or have a class break of football or another playground game therefore I advise they bring in some trainers or outside shoes for these times and keep them in their lockers.

As always, if you have any questions at all or need to get in touch with Mrs O’Callaghan-James please arrange an appointment via the school office, pop in and see her or contact her via email: