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St Michael With St John Church of England Primary School

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What are we learning this half term?

Summer 1


This half term, we are learning...


Collective Worship

Our values are Respect, Love, Forgiveness, Service, Friendship and Peace.


Throughout this half term, we will be learning about what each value means and how we can promote them through our daily actions to make a positive contribution to society. We will also be reading, listening to and responding to bible stories, which teach Christians about the importance of our values.


Don't forget to complete your values task at home - it could be included on our next newsletter!



This half term, we will be learning about 'What do Religions say to us when life gets hard? and Loss, death and Christian hope.'


We will also be answering 'Big Questions', which give us the opportunity to discuss and debate open-ended questions that have many possible answers.  These questions broaden our thinking, acting as a springboard to new ideas and opinions. 



This half term, we will be studying the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes in our Narrative Poem unit. Following this, we will be studying a range of Stories with Flashbacks from different authors. We will be applying our inference skills to these texts to better understand the characters, events and key vocabulary, alongside the author’s intentions. There will also be several writing opportunities across different genres throughout this unit, where we will be showcasing our depth of understanding of this text and of a range of grammatical devices to create our own detective and crime fiction.


Reading Plus

This half term, we will be accessing Reading Plus on a weekly basis. The aim is for every child to complete a minimum of 5 reading sessions per week.  Most of these sessions will be completed in school, however it would be extremely beneficial for children to be accessing it from home on a weekly basis as well.  The aim of this programme is to improve children's reading and comprehension skills, by quickly adapting to meet the exact needs of every learner. 



In our daily maths lessons, we will be focusing on Statistics. We will also be recapping prior learning in preparation for the SATs assessments.


This knowledge will be underpinned by a weekly arithmetic lesson. Please ensure that your child has secure knowledge of the times-tables up to twelve multiplied by twelve, alongside the corresponding division facts. These should be practised at home on a regular basis through Times Tables Rockstars.  


In addition to this, it is also essential that children can quickly and accurately recall other basic maths facts:

- properties of 2D and 3D shapes

- conversions between different units e.g. grams to kilograms

- conversions between equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages

- properties of different angles

- roman numerals

- cube and square numbers

- prime numbers

- multiples and factors of different numbers

- how to calculate the area, perimeter and volume of shapes

- the meaning of mathematical vocabulary e.g. unit fraction, composite number etc.

The maths knowledge organisers and fact sheets are a great way of learning the knowledge that is required of our Year 6 pupils. 



In Science this half term we are learning about 'Electricity'. Please make sure that your child learns all the vocabulary definitions and facts that are listed on their Knowledge Organiser, so that they are fully prepared for their Science lessons. This knowledge will be tested in a quick quiz at the beginning of each lesson. A copy of this document is available on our class page and will be stuck in your child's Homework Book at the beginning of each half term.



This half term, we are continuing to study ‘Health and Wellbeing’.


SATs Boosters

SATs are taking place this half term. Therefore, we will be continuing our SATs boosters for Maths and English. These will take place on a Monday and Tuesday from 3:15 - 4:00. If we feel that your child will benefit from these additional sessions, you will receive a letter. We will need this letter to be returned to us before your child can start attending these sessions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.