Welcome back to the summer term and Year 6's last term at Castlefield School. The term has started well with Dino Girl visiting during the first week and engaging the children with an abundance of 'dino' facts. This is feeding into some fantastic writing across the year group. We have written information pages on dinosaurs; we are writing dinosaur related stories with plenty more to follow.
Our year group text is Kensuke's Kingdom, which the children are fully engaged with. Towards the end of the story, the children will find out more about World War 2 and the impact of the war on Japan and America.
The children are really enjoying Learning for Life on a Wednesday afternoon. Last term, the children built dens in the woodland; created woodland art and roasted marshmallows over a campfire - lots of smiles all around (including teachers!). This term, we have already completed two weeks on road safety and looked at the impact of graffiti as an art form, with the children designing their own positive examples to display around the school.
As a reminder, each child will have a Maths and Reading challenge: they are expected to complete this daily. As well as this, they will be given English, Maths and Topic homework every Wednesday to be handed in on the following Tuesday. Every Monday, they will be given a ‘100-word challenge’ which we will enjoy reading on Fridays: this will greatly improve their creative writing. The majority of their homework will be set online using Google Classroom. Please ask your child to explain how they are using 'Eedi' and 'Read Theory' to help with their learning. We would encourage children to use their blue journals to help them stay on top of and organise their outstanding homework; this will prove good practice when they transition to secondary school in September. We are delighted that so many children are attending homework club, where they are ably supported by Miss Goldswain and Mrs Nawaz.
Please remember PE kits are required on Monday and Tuesday; we advise that they should be taken home and washed every weekend and kept in school for the entirety of the week. Extra PE sessions may happen on some days.
This term, we are studying 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo. We have taken part in an experience day on dinosaurs, which will inform our writing for the rest of this term. Already we have seen some great pieces of writing and we look forward to more.
As we approach the end of the summer term, we will be revising topics as necessary. Over the next couple of weeks, we are focusing on shape, space and angles. Please support your children as necessary with their homework and Maths challenges.
In the afternoons, children will be focusing on a variety of topics and completing a daily Maths countdown.
In PE, children are enjoying cricket and rounders. We look forward to having some inter-class competitions as the term continues.