Dear Parents,

I am extremely delighted to provide you with the first Parent Overview of the academic year 2018/19. A very warm welcome to all Year 6 students and their families.

This year is a very special year – the children are now at the top of the Prep School and with that comes greater responsibility, opportunities to lead and a real sense of growing independence.

We will begin our learning with the topic of Rivers; following the journey of the Chao Phraya from source to mouth. This is an excellent opportunity to develop students’ geography skills, but of course, we will use the topic to develop new skills and knowledge across the curriculum.

For home learning, we will be asking the children to one activity per week to complete and share with their teacher. Below I will outline some areas of learning we will be completing this half-term.

Literacy:

We will use the Talk for Writing programme to develop students’ writing, both fiction and non-fiction. This half-term, we will explore journalistic writing focusing on the lives of people who live on the Chao Phraya River and how the floods of Bangkok in 2011 affected their lives and businesses.

We will link with a Senior School Drama teacher in each 10-day cycle. Our Guided Reading sessions will also build in analysis of non-fiction and fiction texts.

Maths:

In Term 1a we will follow a Maths Mastery approach to our learning in our new Maths classes. Each lesson will challenge the students to gain a greater understanding of the Year 6 Curriculum objectives. We will develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving, with a focus upon ‘the language of Maths’ being used in the classroom to explain and justify our calculations. Our objectives begin with learning about the Number system, then using the 4 operations and we will end Term 1a by focusing on fractions. We will be expecting all students to develop a quick recall of times tables and their division counterparts, the use of formal written methods and application of the inverse to check working out.

Topic:

We will be focusing on the journey of a river, identifying its stages and looking at their impact on the environment. We will also look at the uses of the Chao Phraya and other world rivers by humans and wildlife alike. Our trip to Chulachomklao Fort will give us the ideal vantage point for observing the river delta and understanding the vital role played by mangroves in protecting the land from flooding.

Science:

After establishing some clear guidelines for Safety in the Science lab, students will begin to develop their ability to design and carry out investigations. They will then learn how micro-organisms can be harmful and beneficial by carrying out their own practical investigations.

Art:

Students will develop their painting skills this half term with a focus upon vocabulary and techniques. They will use a range of paints (watercolour and poster paint) to improve blending, mixing and creating textures.

Computing:

This half term students will use Microsoft Excel to extend their spreadsheet skills through a series of modelling activities. Where possible, we will collect data linked to the Chao Phraya to investigate pollution and water flow.

Learning for Life:

We will develop students’ personal and social well-being in a range of ways. We will empower them to set their learning targets, to be excellent team-players and to care for those in the school community, for example as play leaders. We will also challenge the students to apply for roles of responsibility. This year, our school values are now ‘Character Strengths’ and will be focused upon for a whole half-term. Our first is ‘Respect’ and we will be exploring what it means to be respectful and how we can ensure that people respect us.

The Year 6 team is looking forward to getting to know all the students and their families. Do come and see us if you have any questions about any aspect of your child’s learning.

With thanks and very best regards,

Mr. J. Bilinkewycz

Year 6 Team Leader