Phoenixes (Year 6)

September 2017


Newsletter Autumn 1st half term

Dear Parents / Carers,


Welcome back to school! I love this time of year as I get to meet and know my new class.


In English this half term, Year 6 will focus their written work on planning and writing recounts and looking at book reviews and Historical Stories. To further enhance our English skills, History and Science will allow us to investigate and write about World War One and Two.


In Maths, we will be reinforcing our calculation methods for all four mathematical operations and use these skills to solve multi-step word problems involving reasoning. We will also be looking at fractions, decimals and percentages and the relationships between them and how to manipulate them. It is essential that your children keep getting as many opportunities as possible to practise their mathematical skill through activities such as working out change when shopping or perhaps weighing and measuring when cooking or baking.


During Science will be investigating light and using these skills to write a ‘Survival Guide for Tommies’ to link in with our topic.


P.E. lessons will continue to be with Mr Bode on Thursday afternoons. Please can you ensure children have the correct PE kit with them on these days, including a pair of outdoor trainers and warm clothing. Weather permitting we will practise our athletic skills and fine tune our tactical awareness.


Our PSHCE focus this half term will be on peace and what living in a peaceful would feel like. Within RE we will look at religious symbols and their importance within the six major word religions. In French this term we will be learning words and phrases which will help us talk about holidays.


In ICT, the children will continue to develop their skills and reinforce the ways that we can stay safe whilst on the internet and also use our flourishing skills to handle data and information on a variety of platforms. You may find the following website helpful as it contains lots of fun games and information around ways you can stay safe on line at home.


This term for homework we will be sending weekly spelling alongside Maths Learn It tasks. I remind children to take homework home and of the day it is due, please endeavour to ensure they return completed homework in on the correct days. Handwriting and presentation, at the same standard of class work, is a given expectation. I also expect all children to be reading at home on a regular basis, filling in their reading journals as the do so. Spelling tests  and X table tests will be on random days throughout the week (just to keep the children on their toes)and I will expect all spelling packs returned on that day to ensure your child has been fulfilling their home reading obligation. 


Year six, it is a very demanding time where we make the most out of every learning second we can, it is therefore essential that your child attends school every day and on time. I look forward to a successful and fun year and would like you to know I am always available to answer any questions you may have; I look forward to speaking with you and seeing you for reading in the morning sessions.



Yours sincerely


Mr Waddington and the Phoenix team

literacy fun and games
Welcome back to school. Here's hoping this will be a fun and successful year, I'm sure it will!
I just wanted to take this opportunity to reintroduce myself and reiterate how welcome you are to come and find me to discuss anything what's so ever regarding your child.
My door is always open and I will help whenever I can.
See you soon Mr Waddington.