Year 6

Beech Grove Primary School
Year 6
Spring Term 2022

Head Teacher Message
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to Spring term 2022. The time has flown since children started their new classes in September with lots of Covid related bumps along the way!

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Christmas break and hope that 2022 is a good one for our whole school community. Together we can get through anything!

As Head teacher of your school, I continue to be so proud of all of the children and the way they have started back since returning from the Christmas break. Their resilience and adaptability remain outstanding.

This term we hope to pick up where we left off before Christmas with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to the tremendous hard-working attitude of themselves and the dedicated staff team here at school.

Children’s classroom and corridor manners were amazing which continues to maintain a lovely atmosphere around school. I was immensely proud of all of the children. In fact, I was chuffed to bits!!

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely spring sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful spring flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!). Goodness knows we all need cheering up from the awful times that this new Omicron variant is giving us at the moment.

Our teachers have lots of interesting activities planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings/phone conversations, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

Please, please, please x10000 keep encouraging your child to read at home. Reading is the key to everything!

We also hope that every effort is made by you for every child to attend school regularly. It is so important for your child’s development. We can’t stress this enough. Especially as the children lost so much formal education time during their two lockdown periods. (96% and above is GOOD attendance)

Here’s to a really positive Spring term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term:

English
We are extending our writing skills, and looking at making our writing more complex and interesting for our reader. Using a variety of stimuli for writing, we will be writing a blog and two narratives. A big focus in our writing will be dialogue and how it moves the story along. We will also continue to build our skills reading skills in inference through our book talk in Guided Reading.

Maths
We are going to continue learning about decimals and then introduce percentages to the children. We will continue to relate this back to fractions and maintain our arithmetic skills through weekly quizzes. The children will explore the wonders of algebra, ratio and proportion. We will then learn about shape and space – with a focus on properties of shapes and angles inside and outside of them. We will recap statistics and as ever keep our times tables skills sharp.

Science
Science teaching this term will look at ways of classifying animals and the effects of climate change on our Polar regions and what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint.

Topic
In our first half term we will be learning about ‘Tomorrow’s World’ where we will look at key individuals in the world of technology as well as learning about how light travels and how shadows are cast in science.  After half term, our topic is Darwin’s Delights.  We will develop our knowledge of evolution and inheritance.  We will also conduct a Science investigation to investigate why different birds have different beaks.  We will also learn about the functions of the human eye.
We will also be planning two DT projects this term.  We will be making and designing a motion detection light and a hat to keep us safe in the sun.

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
We will continue to do Jigsaw as part of our PSHE teaching. During this term we will be looking into dreams and goals for the future and setting high aspirations for ourselves.
Over the term we will also be adopting techniques that will help us to keep calm during our SATs.

Dates for your Diary
Spring Term:  Tuesday 4th January 2022 – Friday 8th April 2022
Half Term:      Monday 21st February 2022 – Friday 25th February 2022