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Birch Class - Mr Maloney - Year 6



Tymor y 
Gwanwyn/Spring Term

Welcome to the Spring term!  I hope you are ready for the new term ahead and eager to learn and achieve! We have lots of hard work to do this term and as we are approaching the end of our time at Maesglas Primary School we will also have the opportunity to undertake transition activities with John Frost High School. Here is a summary of some the exciting tasks we have planned for the term ahead.



Over the course of this term we will be focusing on Narrative Poetry and Journalistic Writing. Our Narrative Poem is an exciting and engaging poem that has many themes running through it. We will be; sequencing the poem, identifying it’s features, comparing versions of the poem, delving into the characters and even making our own Imovie Trailer for it. Our Journalistic Writing will see us writing Newspaper Articles and creating videoing our own Newscasts.


We will be starting the term focusing on area and perimeter which will allow us to consolidate our multiplication skills learnt last term. We will be working hard on the four operations of maths, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. We will also be looking at a variety of different shapes in order to rotate, translate and reflect them and using coordinates to solve problems. Alongside all this we will have lots of opportunities to develop our reasoning and problem solving skills.



Our topic for this term will be Exploration and we will focus on the exploration of Space. We will be looking a how to train to become and astronaut; learning about the different planets, writing about exploring a new planet, creating our own space stations and getting ready for a mission to space. We will also focus on the artist Peter Thorpe who paints interesting abstract paintings with the theme of space. Look out for your child coming home with lots of delicious facts soon.



In Science we will be focusing on the topic of ‘Infinity & Beyond’. Our approach to science is very hands on so we have lots of practical experiments planned where we can develop our understanding of the world around us. Here we will learn about; the different types of planets, how craters are formed, how the surface of Mars is formed, how the different planets orbit the sun and what type of protection astronauts need from UV rays when working in space.



We have PE twice weekly so please make sure your child has their kit so that they can participate. We have outdoor PE on a Friday afternoon. As the weather is quite chilly this term we suggest your child has a tracksuit to make sure legs and arms are covered from the cold. Thursday Morning is our Indoor PE session, this term we are focusing on gymnastic sequences. The children will video each others performances and evaluate their work. Please ensure that kit is in school labelled correctly with names. Year 6 will also have other opportunities so kit should always be in school.


Outdoor Games Kit: Tracksuit, white t-shirt and trainers

Indoor PE Kit: Shorts and a white t-shirt



This term the children have been set a number of tasks on MyMaths, rather than one a week, they should work through these at their own pace (there are extras to keep them going) but should have completed 7 tasks by the end of the term. Homework will generally focus on either maths skills that will support class work or a project to support topic work and we all have our own login and password. Please ensure that your child is given time to complete this homework, it will be valuable not only in support of class work but in preparation for High School.


This year we are using Nessy to develop our spelling skills, please encorage your child to use the Nessy website as often as possible. We have our own personalised log in which tracks individual spelling patterns that they need to be practising.


I am always here to help so please don’t hesitate to ask if you have some queries.

 

Thank you for your support

Kind Regards

Mr Maloney



Our topic in the Autumn term will be Industrial Wales in the 19th Century. We have got a planned trip to Big Pit, and will be studying what life was like for children who had to work for a living in those times. We will be reading 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty as a class book and producing lots of literacy work from that.
Mr Maloney will be available to speak to, with an appointment, whenever you have questions. It is important that we build up good relationships.



9.00-9:20

9:20-9:50

9:20-10:40

BREAKTIME

11:00-12:00

12:00-12:20

LUNCH  TIME

1:15-2:15

2:15-3:15

Monday

Whole School

Assembly

Literacy

Guided
Reading


Maths

Welsh

Science


Tuesday


KS2 Assembly

Literacy


Guided
Reading

Maths


Welsh

PE Dance


Wednesday


KS2

Assembly

Literacy


Guided
Reading

Maths


Welsh

RE/Music


IT


Thursday


Spelling


Literacy


Guided
Reading

Outdoor PE

Welsh

Topic

Geography skills, Reading and Maths

Friday

Handwriting/

SEAL


Welsh


TOPIC Maths

1:15-2:40

DT/ART

ASSEMBLY

2:40-3:15


We will be working on our previous skills in the build up to the national tests. 
Good advice on the national tests can be found here: