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Year 6: 6LA, 6JT, 6DP, 6LP

Welcome to Year 6

The War Years

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This half term we begin our work on the war years. Year 6 children will start their studies considering how WW1 started and what life was like for the soldiers in the trenches. Through our work in English, we discover how soldiers shared their feelings through poetry. We look at Remembrance Day and begin to understand why this date is significant in British History. As we move into our research on WW2, we look at the circumstances that led to the promotion of Hitler and how his tyrannical rule contrasted the democracy that the people in Britain fought to protect.

 

Our lead text this half term is Machine Gunners by Westall.

 

 

This is one of our favourite topics of the year with a highlight certainly being the children dancing the Jitterbug next to our school Christmas tree. It really is magical!

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Key dates for your diaries

(Letters will be sent out during the first week back with further details)

 

Tuesday 10th December 2019 – Trip to Bovington Tank Museum

 

Monday 16th December 2019 and Tuesday 17th December – Year 6 Assembly to parents

Talking Point

Take a look at this photograph of a milkman. How do we know that the people of Britain had RESILIENCE during WW2? How much do you agree with the argument that British spirit helped win the war?

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Top 10 facts

  1. World War II lasted from 1939 to 1945.
  2. World War II began when German troops invaded Poland on 1 September 1939.
  3. The UK declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939. It was announced by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
  4. While many countries were involved in the war, they each took sides – either with the Allies, or the Axis.
  5. The main Axis countries were Germany, Italy and Japan.
  6. The main Allied countries were Great Britain, the United States, France and the Soviet Union (Russia).
  7. British Prime Ministers during World War II were Neville Chamberlain until 1940, then Winston Churchill.
  8. The Battle of Britain, between the German Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force, was the first ever battle to be fought only in the air. It was made up of lots of air battles that lasted from 10 July to 31 October 1940.
  9. World War II ended in Europe on 8 May 1945 – this is also known as VE Day (Victory in Europe Day).
  10. World War II carried on for a few months after it ended in Europe, and officially ended when Japan formally surrendered to the Allies on 2 September 1945 (also called VJ Day).

Doodle Spell Revision Year 6

Here is a list of the spellings that we ‘dropped’ into the extras session of Doodle Spell this term. All of these words are based on the Y6 spelling patterns that we have been learning about in school.

 

 

_ible and _able

Week 2 ible/able

Year Group:

Year 6

1.

incredible

2.

sensible

3.

audible

4.

dependable

5.

renewable

6.

predictable

7.

achievable

8.

describable

9.

edible

10.

horrible

 

_ibly and _ably

Group:

Year 6

1.

comfortably

2.

sensibly

3.

dependably

4.

possibly

5.

terribly

6.

horribly

7.

incredibly

8.

noticeably

9.

understandably

10.

adorably

 

_fer

Year Group:

Year 6

1.

transfer

2.

transferred

3.

transferring

4.

transference

5.

prefer

6.

preferred

7.

preferring

8.

preference

9.

refer

10.

referred

11.

referring

12.

reference

 

 

_fer with a suffix

Year Group:

Year 6

1.

infer

2.

inferred

3.

inferring

4.

inference

5.

defer

6.

deferred

7.

deferring

8.

deference

9.

confer

10.

conferred

11.

conferring

12.

conference

 

 

The first 10 statutory Y6 Key Words

Year Group:

Year 6

1.

accommodate

2.

accompany

3.

according

4.

achieve

5.

aggressive

6.

amateur

7.

ancient

8.

apparent

9.

appreciate

10.

attached

11.

available

12.

average

 

 

The next 10 statutory Y6 Key Words

1.

category

2.

cemetery

3.

committee

4.

communicate

5.

community

6.

competition

7.

conscience

8.

conscious

9.

controversy

10.

convenience

11.

correspond

12.

criticise

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Year 6 trip to Brownsea Island

 

We went on a wonderful and surprisingly dry trip to the renowned Brownsea Island in Poole harbour, home to red squirrels and the start of the Scouts.

 

In addition to seeing deer, cockerels, ducks, peacocks and the famous red squirrels up close, we enjoyed the shelter building challenge and treasure map orienteering. Mr Andrews even read us a passage from Treasure Island whilst we perched on mossy trunks in middle of the forest!

 

For many children, this was their first time visiting an island (other than Great Britain, of course) - for some it was their first time on a boat!

 

Many thanks to all the adults who made this happen.

Year 6 Information Meeting

 

It was delightful to see so many parents in attendance last night for our meeting. We do hope that you enjoyed the evening and came away with a clearer understanding of what 'goes on' in Y6.

 

If you were unable to attend, the PowerPoint and handouts are attached below.

Homework

 

Red folders came home today (and need to be returned next Monday).

We will talk about expectations for homework on Wednesday’s meeting at 6pm but rest assured that the expectations are manageable, appropriate and take into account a healthy balance of work and fun. We want our children to get the most out of the year by developing positive work ethics (that you get out what you put in) but also the necessity of achieving the right balance for their mental health too.

We would like children to gain:

50 Doodle Stars in maths

40 Doodle Stars in English

10 Doodle Stars in spelling (and to try the ‘extra’ section)

 

We estimate that these stars will take no longer than an hour over the whole week.

 

Doodle provides us with a more focused homework experience and we hope that it will take less time to complete than the previous homework format.

Welcome Back!

 

With the first few days under our belt, we are now back in the learning zone! Children have settled extremely well this week and understand the routines and classroom rules. They are very proud to now be the oldest in the school and are starting to understand the responsibility that comes with this. The new shirt and tie has certainly helped them and seeing Y6 move around the school has made us feel very proud too.

We completed some maths and reading assessments this week! Let’s be honest, they weren’t the most fun thing to do… But, as we explained to the children, assessments are an important aspect of Y6. All of the children tried hard – they showed resilience and were keen to show off their existing skills. We can now push forwards and build on their prior knowledge to achieve excellent things.

Now we’ve settled in, we’re ready to get cracking on with learning. Next week we look forward to working in our learning groups, which may involve working with different adults in Y6!

 

Homework:

Homework will be set on Monday. We have explained to the children that there is not an expectation to complete any extra homework this weekend, but they may wish to download Doodle Spell and Doodle English (which ONLY work on smart devices – not on a desktop computer) and have a try before homework starts after the weekend.

 

Don’t forget:

Wednesday 11th September at 6pm is our Welcome to Y6 Information Evening. During the meeting, a representative from Fairthorne Manor will present to parents. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions about the residential trip.

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