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Violet - Year 6

Autumn 1 Newsletter

Literacy and Maths

This half term our topic is called ‘This is us!’ In Literacy we will continue to build on the reading and writing skills already learnt, developing extended writing, extending use of grammar and perfecting our joined handwriting skills. Our unit focuses on learning how to show emotions in our writing, so we will be studying scary stories, love stories and poetry. This will involve studying campfire ghost stories followed by three weeks of work on Shakespeare.

In Numeracy, Violet class will build on their knowledge of place value. They will learn how to order and calculate with decimal numbers to three decimal places, multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000 and investigate prime and square numbers. Your child will develop their understanding of multiplication and division and learn the correct written method for these calculations.

Wider curriculum

As part of our Science topic about the body, part of our work will involve dissecting a heart and lungs. If you have any concerns regarding this activity please contact me by Wednesday 14th September but please be reassured that no child will be made to touch the heart if they prefer not to, the experience of seeing the organs is the key objective of the lesson.

This half term our topic is called ‘This is us!’ and our subject focus in each area are as follows:

Subject Unit of work
RE What do religions say to us when life gets hard?
Science What would a journey around our body be like?
Geography Manchester today
Computing Podcasts and Google classroom
PE Outdoor orienteering/Forest school
PSHE Growth Mindset
DT Sculpture
Music West Side Story - BBC Ten pieces
French Greetings


Additional information

Now that they are in Year 6, it is very important the children are confident with their times tables. Please ensure your child practises these regularly and can quickly recall them.

We will be enriching our curriculum this half term through a drama workshop with ‘West End in Schools’. They will be helping us to explore Romeo and Juliet linked to our Literacy work. We will also be visiting The Whitworth Art Gallery, working with an artist to explore sculpture. Look out for the class letter.

P.E. is usually on a Monday and Friday. Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on both occasions.

The children will continue to bring home reading books each day. It does make a real difference if the children have the opportunity to enjoy and share their books with their parents. Each week, Violet class will have to opportunity to visit the school library.

Dates for your diary

Monday 11th September - Freddy Fit