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Welcome to Kestrel Class 2020
Welcome to Kestrel class, Year 6, taught by Miss Kay and Miss Walker. Please take your time to find out what we've covered so far this year, and what is still to come.
This half term, as part of our topic on Vikings, we are reading 'How to Train your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell. It is a story of a young Viking boy called Hiccup, who is feeling the pressure of growing up as the son of Chief Stoik the Vast. Feeling a failure in almost of every part of his adolescent Viking life, he eventually shows what he is made of, by saving the future of the Hairy Hooligan Tribe.
Kestrel will be composing a newspaper report of Hiccup's first failure in the Dragon Initiation Programme, followed by a non-chronological report on Dragons.
Were the Vikings always Victorious and Vicious?
This topic covers Britain during the period of Viking invasion and settlement. Kestrel will compare the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings, comparing their cultures, their relationship over the years and what they each brought to Britain. The children will also look in detail at Viking culture and beliefs, examining why they changed from sea-faring invaders to eventual settlers in Britain. A trip to Jorvik will give the children an opportunity to see evidence from that time period, which helps us to build up a picture of Viking life.
Jorvik Centre, York
Miss Kay will be focusing on decimals, percentages and the link between fractions, decimals and percentages.
Miss Walker will be focusing on measuring angles, recognising angles in a triangle, quadrilateral, vertically opposite angles and angles on a straight line. The children will then move onto algebra.
Please Note: In Year 6, it is assumed that all children have a good knowledge of all times tables up to 12X12. Therefore, we do not spend time on tables practice. It is important that any children in Year 6 who are not secure in their times tables practise regularly at home on times Tables Rockstars. This will help secure their knowledge, which is extremely important this year. Please see below for link to TTRockstars.
As requested from parents meeting, a comprehensive and current set of recommendations
Expectations for Reading at home in Year 6
Reading at home in an essential part of your Primary School Education and frequent studies have shown that not only does it improve your fluency in reading but also improves spellings and broadens your vocabulary for writing.
It is expected that you read a minimum of 4 times a week, in Year 6, for at least 30-45 minutes each time. However you’re more than welcome and encouraged to read more and for a longer duration. You need to record the date, number of pages read and book on each occasion, this can be done independently. Your record should then be signed by an adult to confirm these entries. You must bring your reading book and record to school every day and present it to Miss Kay or Miss Walker on your given day.
We will continue with our reading raffle this year, and a child will be selected at the end of each half term. It is expected you will read 10 times, in order to receive a raffle ticket and take part in the draw.
Reading club will continue this year on a Friday, during lunch from 12:30-1:00, for pupils who haven’t read or had their records signed. However, Year 6 doors will be open from 8:30 onwards for children to come in early and complete homework or read independently.
If you have any queries, questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to speak to Miss Kay or Miss Walker, our door is always open.
Recommended Reads for Year 6 for higher level vocabulary opportunities:
- The Hobbit
- Harry Potter
- The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- How to train your dragon
- Little Women
- Percy Jackson and the lightening thief (any of the series)
- Boy - Tales of childhood (Roald Dahl autobiography)
- The secret garden
- Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
- Journey to the centre of the earth
- Stig of the Dump
- Boy in the striped pajamas
- Wizard of Oz
Check your Text Here! Ideally you should be reading texts between 900 - 1000+ lexile rated. This is measured taking into consideration the vocabulary and complexity of the sentence structures within the text. However you should also read texts you enjoy so don't worry too much if every book you read doesn't reach this level.
Homework Spring 1
Homework is set on Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday. If you're struggling to complete your homework at home please feel free to come in to school from 8:30 onwards and ask for support.
- Spellings for test
- CGP punctuation
- CGP spelling
- Maths (Year 5 level till half term to review previous concepts)
Struggling with Fractions?
Here is some useful youtube videos to support you: