Luther King Class
Welcome to Luther King’s class page. I am Mrs Preston and I am looking forward to teaching year 6 this year. Donna is our class TA and in the mornings we are lucky to have Mrs Garofalo (literacy) and Mr Weston (maths and reading) teaching small groups in the Bosco room.
In Year 6 we have homework in maths and literacy every day and it is important for children to read, practise their times tables and spellings every day as well.
Spring term is upon us and in the first half term, we will be learning some vital topics. Mornings will still be a combination of literacy, creative writing, comprehensions, maths, spellings and vocabulary. In literacy, we are moving on to studying balanced reports, based on our work last half term on World War 2. In maths, we will be having an increased focus on using and applying, as well as our resilience when faced with a difficult problem that might seem impossible - but isn’t!
In the afternoons, we are starting a Geography based project called ‘Are we damaging our world?’. The children will be learning about minerals, energy sources as well as problems faced by the world’s oceans. We will also be working on our research skills, and the children will be in charge of discovering about endangered animals in the UK, different types of energy sources as well as plastic pollution in oceans. This will lead to us looking at school and if there is anything we can do to improve our environmental footprint.
In Science, we will be learning about humans, specifically the heart and functions of our blood as well as why water is so important for our bodies. Again, we will be ending this topic with the children researching about how we can keep healthy and fit and presenting this information in a way that our juniors can understand.
Wednesday will still be our day for PE. This half term we will be doing an indoor/outdoor PE session on athletics (depending on the weatherl). We are also covering our first DT topic; we have a couple of challenges for the children, the first to design a floating garden. The second will be to design a wind turbine (linking with our Geography topic). It should be really exciting to see what the children create!
Our RE topic that we are starting with is learning all about the Bible: the New and Old Testament and its importance in our daily lives.
As usual, the children will have literacy and numeracy homework every day. We have purchased maths and grammar books for them to complete and I will be giving them the pages to complete every day They should be able to do this by themselves. If they finding it difficult, it is important for them to attempt the task, to build up their resilience. They should be practising their spellings and times tables every day, as well as reading for at least half an hour: this should especially help with their vocabulary.
In January, we will be having an afternoon trip to the Old Kent Road fire station to take part in an afternoon for Junior Citizenship and we will also have an afternoon’s workshop aimed at road safety.
If you have any questions or any concerns, please come and speak to me. I am looking forward to a good year!