Welcome to our class page for p6/7.
We are all back and ready to learn after our Christmas holidays and it looks like it’ll be another busy term!
Literacy – We will be doing a whole school Talk for Writing block this term. We will be learning how to write a journey story and learning the story of ‘Little Charlie’. In keeping with our Scottish theme for January our stories will have a Scottish twist with our characters visiting landmarks, meeting Scottish animals and trying Scottish food along the way. As last term, all groups will continue to practise their spelling through the Active Literacy programme. The red group will continue to practise their phonemes and common words using elkonin boxes and diacritical marking and will work on deepening their understanding of strategies to help with common words. The purple and orange group will continue work on homophones, affixes, spelling rules and common words and the orange group will also focus on high school specific vocabulary for different subjects. We will continue to use the Active Literacy strategies to analyse our reading group novels.
Maths – We will be focussing on data handling this term, learning about collecting, recording and analysing data. We will then move onto fractions, decimals and percentages and finally money before the Easter holidays. As before, we will continue to work on our understanding of word problems daily and increase confidence with mental strategies for the four operations through number talks. All groups will continue individual and group problem solving tasks weekly as well.
Health and Wellbeing – Our health and wellbeing indicators this term are ‘achieving’, ‘responsible’ and ‘active’. Emotion Works will continue to be embedded into our class routines and discussion, reflecting on scenarios and using the cogs to analyse characters feelings in our books. We will be learning about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and thinking about people who inspire us. Furthermore we will have a focus on ‘food and the consumer’ learning about food miles and where certain foods are grown and imported from. We will be learning about internet safety and cyber-bullying this term too. In P.E. we will be focussing on hockey this term and with Mrs Goodwin we will be doing gymnastics.
Social Studies/IDL – In January our IDL focus will be Scotland. We will be learning about different places and landmarks, food, animals and Scottish words. After that, we will be learning about Mary Queen of Scots. We will be learning about her life and major events which took place during her reign.
Science –Mrs Goodwin will cover science this term.
Expressive Arts – Our drama will mainly be through our Talk for Writing block and our topic. As part of the Scottish celebration we will be reciting a Robert Burns poem and singing a song by Skipinnish in front of an audience. We will continue to use Fischy music and ABC music to support our learning.
R.M.E. – Our topic this term is ‘The Prodigal Son’. We will explore the story and consider why Christians believe it has significance for their actions towards others.
Technologies – We will be focussing on food technology as part of our HWB topic on food and the consumer. The children will have opportunities to taste and cook with fruits and vegetables from around the world. The children will also be working in groups to design a new breakfast cereal and will use the computer to generate a logo and advertisements for their product. We will continue using the iPads in class to support our learning throughout the curriculum and to conduct topic research.
Term 2 looks to be a busy one with lots of new learning happening in class and numerous other exciting events ahead. P7 will be visiting Lockerbie Manor during the first week of the new term and I’m sure they’ll love the adventure! P6 will continue their swimming this term and everyone is looking forward to sharing our class assembly ‘Mindset Matters’ with our families and friends on Friday 8th November.
Literacy – All groups will continue to practise their spelling through the Active Literacy programme. The red group will continue to practise their phonemes and common words using elkonin boxes and diacritical marking and will work on deepening their understanding of strategies to help with common words. The purple and orange group will continue work on homophones, affixes, spelling rules and common words and the orange group will also focus on high school specific vocabulary for different subjects. We will continue to use the Active Literacy strategies to analyse our reading group novels. Our focus for writing this term will be functional, including opportunities to create letters and persuasive pieces of writing linked to our IDL topic.
Maths – This term all groups will finish off multiplication and division topics before moving on to multiples, factors and primes, time and probability. We will continue to work on our understanding of word problems daily and increase confidence with mental strategies for the four operations through number talks. We have also started ‘speed challenges’ to help recall basic number facts. All groups will continue to complete individual and group problem solving tasks weekly as well.
Health and Wellbeing – Our health and wellbeing indicators this term are ‘included’ and ‘safe’. We will continue to use Emotion Works this term, working more on the ‘influences’ and ‘intensity’ cogs as well as continuing work with all other cogs too. Our assembly ‘Mindset Matters’ will focus on Growth Mindset and we look forward to sharing our learning about this. We will continue our learning about healthy eating and kitchen safety this term too. In P.E. we will be focussing on netball this term and with Mrs Goodwin we will be learning dance. We will also be learning yoga this term and mindfulness techniques to help positively impact our health and wellbeing.
Social Studies/IDL – Inspired by our Global Goal ‘Life under Water’ from last term our topic will be ‘Blue Planet’. We will be learning all about the world’s oceans. We will use our mapping skills to locate oceans and we will continue our learning on ocean pollution. We will look at explorers and modes of transport linked to the ocean and will research living things that use the ocean as their habitat.
Science – Mrs Goodwin will cover science this term.
Expressive Arts – Our focus for drama and music will be performing our class assembly. Each child has at least two lines to learn and we will sing four songs. We will also be creating and performing our own winter themed drama scenes later in the term. We will use ‘Fischy Music’ to support our learning and will also be creating our own beats of 8 in music. Mrs Goodwin will cover dance this term and we will practise Scottish Ceilidh dancing for our Christmas party.
R.M.E. – We will be learning about Christmas traditions from around the world and from the olden days. We will compare these to our own traditions and discuss how different families celebrate. The children will work in pairs to research and present a fact file on a country of their choice.
Technologies- We will continue using the iPads in class to support our learning throughout the curriculum. We will carry out topic research and present our findings using PowerPoints, fact files and posters. As part of our Oceans topic the children will be tasked with constructing a boat to float on water and hold a certain amount of coins.
We all had a great summer and are back at school working hard.
*Important Diary Date – Class Assembly – Friday 8th November*
Literacy and English – Our class novel for this term is Divided City. We will be exploring the characters, main themes and the plot together through the Active Literacy strategies. We will then move onto our group reading books and novels and will continue to use strategies such as inference, visualisation, prior knowledge, metalinguistics and summarising to help our understanding of the stories. Our ‘Talk for Writing’ focus this term will be ‘beating the monster tales’ and we will also be learning how to write diary entries and personal recounts this term.
Numeracy and Maths – We will be completing daily number talks and number of the day tasks to help with our mental maths and will be given the choice of a ‘mild’ or ‘hot’ word problem each day to help with our understanding of mathematical vocabulary. All groups will start with the topic of place value this term and will move onto estimating and rounding and the four operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing) as the term goes on. We will be using Easimaths and other websites and apps to support our learning and we will be completing problem solving tasks throughout the term.
Health and Wellbeing – Our health and wellbeing indicators for this term are ‘respected’ and ‘nurtured’. We will be using Emotion Works throughout the term to help support our understand our own and others’ emotions. We will explore each of the 7 cogs in detail using real life examples, books and film clips. We will have a focus on Growth Mindset this term and as part of this will be learning about famous people who have had to overcome challenges. We will also be learning about the importance of a healthy diet. In P.E. this term we will be focussing on team work and will be working on team games and team building activities. Some P6 children will be going swimming this term on a Monday afternoon. In P.E. with Mrs Goodwin the children will be learning ball skills.
Social Studies/IDL – Our topic this term is Glasgow, which links in well with our book study. We will be researching the most famous landmarks in Glasgow and finding out about famous Glaswegians. We will explore the history of Glasgow’s shipyards and find out about The River Clyde. This topic provides lots of opportunities for interdisciplinary learning in areas such as art, drama and technologies.
Science – Mrs Goodwin will cover Science this term. Update to follow.
Expressive Arts – Drama opportunities will be linked to our book study and near the end of term we will start to prepare for our class assembly (see date above). We will be learning about perspective in art and using our sketching skills to practise creating perspective in our drawings. We will be focussing on establishing beat and rhythm in music and will be creating our own bars of music outdoors this term.
R.M.E. – This term we will be focussing on the values of respect, thankfulness and kindness. The children will also investigate why and how Jews observe Yom Kippur.
Technologies – We will continue to enhance our research skills this term through our topic and will explore Microsoft office programmes to present and display information. We will be creating junk models of famous landmarks in Glasgow linked with our topic and will be making use of the iPads to support our learning in class across the curriculum.