Welcome to Westminster
Class Teacher: Mr Bullivant
Learning Support Assistant: Ms Hannoway
Class Book: Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
In Westminster we are hardworking, conscientious and determined which is evident in our class motto ‘can’t do it yet!’ We strive to be kind, friendly and considerate to each other to ensure that the classroom is a positive and enjoyable environment.
This term we will be working hard to develop our Growth Mindsets and as a result adopt a positive approach to all our endeavours and learning. We will embed this mindset throughout Year 6, our time at Cherry Tree Academy and our lives.
In Maths, we will be learning to recognise and show equivalent fractions. We will also be using these skills to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions with different denominators. Additionally, we will also be applying our knowledge of fractions to recognise and write equivalent decimals to 1/4; 1/2; 3/4. Throughout the term, we will also deepen our understanding of fractions through learning to solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above.
In English, we will be focusing on the truly engaging ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas ’. Using this text as a hook, we will write some imaginative formal and informal letters. Throughout lessons, we will be learning a range of new skills to improve our writing, such as: punctuating speech, expanded noun phrases, planning writing and using a range subordinate conjunction.
In connected curriculum this term, we will continue using our building ‘Learning Powers’ to complete our projects. Specifically, we will embrace the four R’s of Reciprocity, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Resilience. These skills will enable us to work cooperatively to complete our PSHE projects where we will be focussing on diversity and reduce inequalities (Sustainable Development Goals). Our Art focus will be on creating detailed portraits of influential people who have fought for for social justice. In DT and Geography, we will be research Fairtrade/ Global trade products and using these to create smoothies. In RE, we will be researching the work of significant people in the fight for freedom and justice and creating fact files on their achievements. In History, we will be using a range of sources to research the formation of the British Empire and using this to create detailed timelines.
In Science this term, we will be learning about electricity. Specifically, we will be learning to associate the brightness of a lamp or volume of a buzzer with the number of voltages of cells within a circuit. Additionally, we will be using symbols to represent a simple circuit in a diagram. Using a child-lead approach to lessons, we will be answering our own questions through planning and conducting scientific investigations.
Children have a list of spellings to learn each week. The spellings are a combination of words from their year group list and words that children have chosen themselves from book checks. A weekly test takes place and records are kept to track improvement in spellings.
Children are encouraged to read daily and record comments in their Reading Diary. Pupils who have read at home and have had records signed by and adult will receive raffle tickets to be entered into a draw to win a prize each week.
It is really important for the children to know their times tables. Here at Cherry Tree Academy we have found a fun way to learn our times table. Times Table Rockstars! Children can have their own rockstar name, they can listen to rock music as they learn their tables All the children have been given usernames and passwords- if you’re unsure please ask the class teacher. Click the link below to access:
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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