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Term 2 Overview

Our Classes

This year your child is in either 6HJ with Mrs Jenkins or 6KJ with Miss Jarman.

We are supported in 6KJ by Mrs Chatterton and 6HJ by Mrs Etherton.

Topics this term

World War 2 (History, English)

Our work in English is based on two books this term – ‘Rose Blanche’ by Ian McEwan and ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ by Shirley Hughes.  The two books follow the lives of children during WW2 – one living in Germany and one in London.  We also listen to a class story called ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’, which was shortlisted for the East Sussex Book Awards last year.

In History, we look at the beginning of the war from its outbreak to its culmination and make comparisons between the experiences of soldiers and families during WW1 and WW2.  We also look at how life changed for people in Germany.

In Art this term, we will be using clay to create poppies which will then form part of our WW1 Centenary display in the library.  We will also combine our Outdoor Learning with DT in designing and building air-raid shelters, using materials found in our woodland.

Fractions (Maths)

The majority of our maths learning this term focuses on fractions.  We look at how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions and the conversion needed to work with improper fractions and mixed numbers.

Electricity (Science)

We will build upon our investigative skills from Term 1, by planning and carrying out investigations involving circuits, bulbs, motors and batteries.  We will also consider how best to record and present results and conclusions that can be drawn from data.

Outdoor Learning and PE

Will continue to alternate each Monday afternoon, taught by either Mr Anderson or Mrs Dyke.  Children will need separate clothes / PE kit in school on Mondays as appropriate.

Reading at home

Thank you to those of you who are hearing your child read regularly at home.  Reading cards are collected in every day and merits awarded for every time the children have read. Additionally, for every week they read at least 3 times at home, they are given a stamp towards a new book of their choosing and the opportunity to earn bookworm badges.  We now run a whole-school competition too, which allows the classes in KS1 and KS2 who earn the most stickers for reading three times per week the chance to choose a collection of books to buy for their class.

In Year 6, children are encouraged to complete some of their own Reading Record entries as long as these are initialled by a parent or carer.

Water Bottles

Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school each day. These can stay in the classroom and be filled up in school.

SATs & Assessment

SATs tests will take place in May, however we will be preparing your child to take their SATs throughout Year 6. During SATs week, most children will sit arithmetic and reasoning maths papers, a reading paper and a spelling & grammar test. Your child’s writing will also be continually assessed throughout the year. Please ensure that your child is in school every day so that they maximise their potential to learn!=

Year Six Trip

Further information to come.

The children have made a wonderful start to Year 6 and lots of progress in writing and maths is evident already!  We are really looking forward to Term 2 and all the exciting events leading up to the Christmas break.

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