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Year 6 Autumn term letter

22 September 2017

Dear Parent/Carer

Welcome to Year 6! We hope everybody has had a great summer and is ready for the new academic year. We are sure that you are aware that this year is an incredibly busy and important one for your child therefore it is vitally important that your child comes to school every day and arrives on time. All non-emergency appointments should be booked outside of school hours.

Unit of Inquiry

Our central idea for the first half term is:

Finding peaceful solutions to conflict leads to a better quality of human life

To gain an understanding of this central idea we will be focusing on the following lines of inquiry:

• Causes of conflict
• Conflict resolution and management


We have begun the year studying significant authors, focusing particularly David Almond’s ‘Skellig’. We will then move onto looking at reading and writing biographies and autobiographies. The texts that we study will include: Anne Frank, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela to link to our unit of inquiry.


We will be covering all aspects of Numeracy this term, building on and introducing new skills and strategies to the children. It is vitally important that children are confident and competent at their times tables. Please ensure that your child continues to practise their times tables at home and makes good use of the subscription to Mathletics to consolidate the work covered in school. 


This term we will be learning about Sacraments and Rites of Passage. We will begin by studying the Christian sacraments baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, marriage, reconciliation, ordination and anointing the sick. We will then find out about Rites of Passage in Hinduism.


The children will be taking part in P.E. lessons during P.P.A. time. The subjects being covered this half term will be football and tag rugby. This will be on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school with their P.E. kits and trainers on Monday, to be taken home and washed every Friday.


All children are expected to practise their times tables and learn their spellings every week. Spellings will be sent home on Friday, with a test the following Friday. There will soon be a piece of Literacy and Numeracy homework sent out every Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. In addition to this the children may be asked to complete homework related to our unit of inquiry; however this will not be weekly.

We would like you to continue to ensure that your child reads for 10-15 minutes every day, with you listening to them read at least twice a week.

There will be times throughout the year when we may need additional adult support, either on trips or during classroom activities (such as cooking). Please can you let us know if you would be happy to be called upon in these instances!

Dates for your diary

• Friday 6 October Class Assembly
• Friday 13 October individual school photos
• Friday 13 October Harvest Service in MPF in Secondary
• Tuesday & Wednesday 17/18 October Parents evening
• Thursday 19 October break up for Half-term
• Friday 20 October Inset day
• Tuesday 7 November Year 5 & 6 Millfield Theatre 11.00 - 1.00pm
• Friday 1 December Church Service
• Thursday 14 December Christmas Show in school Cinderella

If you have any questions or concerns about your child and their learning please do not hesitate to come and speak to us.

Many thanks

Mr J Spencer
Year 6: Class Teacher




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