Welcome to Class 8!
In our geography-based Theme, the children will be developing key skills and continuing to build upon their knowledge of Manchester. The children will learn how to identify a range of physical and topographical features; comparing these to contrasting geographical settings around the world.
In reading lessons we will continue to read our class text - ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’, by Rick Riordan. We will be focusing on vocabulary development, retrieval and summarising techniques, as well as developing inference skills; including justifying answers with evidence from the text.
In our writing lessons, we will be writing setting descriptions and explanatory texts, inspired by the World of Pandora from the film Avatar.
Within grammar lessons, the children will be learning the difference between the active and passive voice, as well as a focus on prefixes and suffixes.
We will also be practising our cursive joined up writing each week.
In maths, we will be completing work on fractions, decimals and percentages. In addition to this, we will be improving our knowledge of measures and conversions. Each mathematical topic is introduced with a focus on fluency; this is then applied to problem-solving and reasoning activities. Year 6 will be introduced to algebra and ratio.
It is extremely important that the children have a secure understanding of their times tables up to 12 x 12. Please ensure that your child practices at home. Every child has a login for Times Tables Rockstars, which can be used to aid them with their times tables.
In P.S.H.E we will be exploring the question, ‘How can I keep myself safe?’ We will be discussing feelings about staying safe in the local environment – including road, fire, water and rail safety. We will then explore peer pressure and how to respond safely. This will then lead into safety on the internet as well as recognising the importance of keeping personal information/details safe. This links in with the school mantra... 'READY, RESPECTFUL, SAFE'
We will continue to focus on the CARE motto:
Consideration Aspiration Responsibility Enjoyment
Throughout the year we will be developing skills that help to promote a growth mindset: resilience, determination and understanding the importance of making mistakes.
In other areas of the curriculum we will be studying the following:
RE – Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?
PE – Invasion games
Computing – We are market researchers
Music – A study of the music of Bob Dylan
Science – Earth, Space and Magnetism
Homework supports the teaching and learning that takes place in school. We appreciate your support at home and if you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you in advance.
Homework will continue to be sent home on a Wednesday to be returned the following Monday morning.
Spelling words will be sent home on a Friday and the spelling test will be the following Friday. Spelling Shed can be used at home to support learning.
Children who do not complete their homework or hand it in on time will be asked to attend homework club which is available on Thursday lunchtimes.
It is expected that reading takes place daily. Children should be encouraged to read independently as well as being listened to read 2-3 times a week. Please sign your child's reading record book when you do hear them read.
Please find below a list of suggested links for your child:
Things to remember!
Bring reading book/bag into school everyday.
Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit (including a white t-shirt, burgundy shorts or leggings for girls and black pumps) in school. Also, it is important that the kit is labelled to avoid mix ups/loss. Please ensure all kits are in compact string PE bags. It is also essential for your child to have an outdoor PE kit in school including appropriate footwear e.g. trainers.
Every fortnight, the children spend time outdoors for ‘Woodland Wednesday’. As the weather gets colder, please ensure that your child has suitable clothing and footwear in school on the correct days.
Thank you in advance for all of your support at home with reading and homework. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!