Term 2 Overview

Our topic this term is storms and shipwrecks! We will be learning about why storms happen, the devastation they cause and we will be doing a case study about the Great Storm of 1987.

There have been a number of notorious shipwrecks and we will be researching and investigating a few of them including the Titanic, the Lusitania and the Mary Rose. In the year group, our three classrooms document the Titanic’s journey from a great ship of splendour, to seeing it as it sinks and finally as a wreck at the bottom of the ocean.

We will be basing the majority of our English work on our exciting topic for this term.

Maths

For Maths this term, we will be focusing on fractions before moving onto geometry- including position and direction. Arithmetic will be continually practised throughout the term to ensure confidence and fluidity.

Christmas

At the end of term, we will be doing some Christmas activities including some work linked to ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ by Dr Seuss. We will also be making some festive decorations to decorate the classroom and of course there will be the traditional Christmas party on the last day of term.

Term 1 Overview

Welcome to term one of year 6! In your last year at Grovelands, you will be responsible for showing the rest of the school how to behave. You have instantly become role models to the rest of the school and you have started the year fantastically! This year you will have some of your most memorable primary school experiences such as going to Blacklands and/or being part of the year 6 show.

Homework is an important part of year 6. Every week you will get times tables to practise, spellings to learn, an activity on Mymaths to complete and you will be able to choose an activity from a menu. Homework will be given out on the Friday and will need to be handed in on a Wednesday. If you don’t have access to a computer then you will be able to complete your Mymaths activity on the computers at school.

We have planned an exciting start to the year! We have begun swimming (which will continue every Monday this term), and in October will visit Butser Ancient Farm to experience some Viking crafts. We have begun reading our class text ‘How to Train your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell; we will be reading this text across the term and we’ll be completing pieces of writing inspired by our reading. We will also be spending our topic time finding out more about how the Vikings used to live.

We hope you have a very successful first term in year 6!

Term 6 Overview

Following 6 years and 5 terms of success, you have reached your last term at Grovelands Primary School! Exciting things await you all next year and beyond and we hope that you will take some long-lasting memories with you on your journey through life.

In this term at Grovelands, we hope that you will make some fabulous memories; memories of camp – that activity that you never thought you could achieve – or perhaps memories of the show or the leavers’ disco.

Please make sure that you are continuing to learn the songs for the show and your lines too if you have a speaking part! We are hoping that our performance of ‘Madagascar’ will be as spectacular as possible. Tickets for the show will come out closer to the time; please invite your family to come and see it!

Our residential at Blackland Farm is next week! Please make sure that you pack everything you need – only old clothes are necessary – ones that you don’t mind getting ruined! Please don’t bring mobile phones, electronic games or sweets!

If you are staying at school next week then you have some exciting things to look forward to as well, including some art activities and a trip to Drusillas!

You also have the leavers’ disco to look forward to. The theme for the disco is ‘Movies’ so please dress up as your favourite film star or character or simply come looking glam!

We hope that you will enjoy your last term and that when you leave us, you will be excited to start at secondary school. We will miss you but wish you all the very best for your futures. Remember that you are very welcome to pop back and visit us; we do love to hear about how you’re getting on!

Term 5 Overview

Although we can’t quite believe it, here we are in term 5 already! As you know, the children will be taking their SATs this term - during week 4. There is still lots of work to do to prepare for this! The children need to make sure that they are regularly practising their times tables and spellings as well as completing their revision booklets. The SATs will take place from the 8th – 11th May 2017. To celebrate the end of SATs and to tie in with our topic this term, we will be taking the children to the Natural History Museum on Friday 12th May 2017.

Our topic is evolution and we will be looking at the work of Charles Darwin as well as thinking about conflicting and supporting theories linked to both science and theology. We will particularly focus on the natural world and how both plants and animals have adapted to their environments: continually evolving to suit their challenges and habitats. Going to the Natural History Museum will allow the children to see fossils and bones up close – giving them a real insight into Darwin’s theories.

In English we will be reading ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ (this book was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2015). The book tells the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic adventure across Antarctica when his ship ‘Endurance’ became trapped in ice. The children will be reacting to the story by engaging in different pieces of empathetic writing, speaking, listening and drama. We hope that the Natural History Museum will give the children a glimpse at some of the animals that Shackleton might have encountered on his journey and to appreciate the enormity of them – for example whales.

We have already begun the preparations for our show (this will take place in term 6). Auditions are complete and we will be starting to learn the songs and dances during PPA.

Please support your children to learn the songs and any lines that they may have.

Term 4 Overview

This term our topic is ‘journey into the jungle!’

In English, we are reading ‘Amy Wild: Amazon Summer’ by Helen Skelton. We will follow Amy’s adventures as she helps her Auntie Marg to rediscover her love of photography deep in the rainforest of Peru. As both of these characters are somewhat scatty and clumsy, things are bound to take some unexpected twists along the way…

In science, we will be thinking about habitats. Rainforests provide a unique ecosystem, full of interesting flora and fauna and we will be discovering some of these:

In maths, as we move towards SATs, there is a real focus on arithmetic – using the four operations including with fractions. It is a must that the children know their times tables!

Term 3 Overview

We hope that you all had a great Christmas and a happy new year and that you’re ready to get back to learning ☺.

This term, our topic is ‘Revel in Rio!’ with a focus on Brazil, Rio and the Carnival! The children will be learning about the famous landmarks in Rio and across Brazil as well as thinking about the situation of Brazil in terms of its geography. We will focus particularly on learning geographical terms such as the Equator and Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

The children will also be making head dresses which they will be able to wear to our very own carnival procession, which will be happening at the end of term – the children will be able to put their dancing skills to practise in the samba at the carnival!

In English, we will be focusing on the book ‘Trash’ by Andy Mulligan. It follows three teenage boys who live in poverty and work to sift rubbish at a dump in a big city. They find something on the dump which changes the course of their lives, not always in a positive way.

In maths, there will be a strong focus on learning calculation strategies – both mental and written in preparation for the new calculation paper in the SAT this year. We will also be working on being able to reason mathematically to solve multi-step problems in preparation for the other two papers.

The SATs will come around faster than you think so please try to do as much reading and calculations practise as you can at home!

Term 2 Overview

We have reached term 2 of year 6 already! This term the children will be learning about storms and shipwrecks! We will be learning about why storms happen, the devastation they cause and we will be doing a case study about the 1987 hurricane.

There have been a number of notorious shipwrecks and we will be researching and investigating a few of them including the Titanic, the Lusitania and the Mary Rose. In the year group, our three classrooms document the Titanic’s journey from a great ship of splendour, to seeing it as it sinks and finally as a wreck at the bottom of the ocean.

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Anti-bullying week is the week commencing 14th November 2016 During this week, we will discuss what it means to be bullied and what bullying might look like, including cyber bullying, which has become very prevalent in this digital age. We will be finding ways to avoid conflict and using our mindful minutes techniques to stay calm. The theme for the week is ‘Power for Good’ and on the Friday (18th November) all of the children are invited to dress up as a superhero to celebrate the theme.

At the end of term, we will be doing some Christmas activities including some work linked to ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ by Dr Seuss and ‘’Twas the Night Before Christmas’ by Clement C. Moore. We will also be making some festive decorations to decorate the classroom and of course there will be the traditional Christmas party on the last day of term.

Term 1 Overview

Welcome to term one of year 6! In your last year at Grovelands, you will be responsible for showing the rest of the school how to behave. You have instantly become role models to the rest of the school and you have started the year fantastically! This year you will have some of your most memorable primary school experiences such as going to Blacklands and/or being part of the year 6 show.

Homework is an important part of year 6. Every week you will get times tables to practise, spellings to learn, an activity on Mymaths to complete and you will be able to choose an activity from a menu. Homework will be given out on the Friday and will need to be handed in on a Wednesday. If you don’t have access to a computer then you will be able to complete your Mymaths activity on the computers at school.

We have planned an exciting start to the year! We have begun swimming (which will continue every Monday this term), have already visited Butser Ancient Farm to experience some Viking crafts and we have begun reading our class text ‘How to Train your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell. We will be reading this text across the term and we’ll be completing pieces of writing inspired by our reading. We will also be spending our topic time finding out more about how the Vikings used to live.

We hope you have a very successful first term in year 6!  🙂