Year 6 Home Learning Statements

Term Three

Writing

In writing this term, we are focusing on Memoirs. Students will be planning, drafting, editing and publishing a piece of writing for the Year 6 graduation book, where they will reflect on a memorable time at primary school. In class, we have been analysing different memoirs so students can get an understanding of the different elements and structures that authors use.

 

Students have developed individual writing goals with their teacher and will focus on achieving these throughout the unit. Some of these goals are; developing a clear writer’s voice, embedding emotion via showing not telling, and being able to articulate what they learnt from the experience.

 

What you could do at home to support learning:

  • Discuss memorable events that have happened at primary school, and the lesson your child has learnt.
  • Describe different ‘snapshots’ from your life using a clear writer’s voice with embedded emotion.
  • Photo talk: as a family, look through old photos and discuss the events and the emotions felt.
  • Have a conversation with your child about their writing goal.
  • Discuss emotions and how these emotions affect them.

 

Mathematics

In mathematics this term, we have been focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. We have been looking at the links between them. In this unit, we are exploring:

  • Equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • Fractions of a collection and linking in our knowledge of division (e.g. ¼ of 20= 5. Think 20 divided by the denominator).
  • How to order and represent these on a number line.
  • The application of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division when working with fractions and decimals.
  • Providing opportunities for students to apply their percentage understanding in real life situations.

 

Alongside this, students have been exploring how to read and interpret timetables. Students have been planning a mock excursion where they must use public transport, manage time and calculate elapsed time.

 

What you could do at home to support learning:

  • Cooking using fraction knowledge e.g. 1 ¼ cup
  • Roll a dice to create addition and subtraction fraction equations.
  • Discussions of temperature, money, time and measurement linking with decimals.
  • Challenging your child to calculate percentage discounts when you are shopping.
  • Ask your child to read time tables for public transport and work out time spent travelling.

 

Term Two

Writing

In writing this term, we are focusing on Science Fiction narratives. Students will be planning, drafting, editing and publishing a sci-fi story that includes a ‘what if’ and theme. In class, we have been analysing different texts so students can get an understanding of the different elements and structures that authors use.

 

Students have developed individual goals with their teacher, and will focus on improving these throughout the unit. Some of these goals are to use a complex sentence structure, paragraphing and punctuation including commas, sentence boundaries and quotation marks.

 

What you could do at home to support learning:

  • Create different ‘what if’ scenarios e.g. what if we could time travel, where would you go? What if teachers were robots? What if we continued to pollute the earth?
  • Create responses to ‘what if’ scenarios.
  • Have a conversation with your child about their writing goal.
  • List and apply descriptive words that relate to science fiction.

 

Mathematics

In mathematics this term, we have been focusing on different multiplication strategies when solving 2/3 digit by 2/3 digit problems. Some of these included the split method e.g. 42 x 4 / (40 x 4) + (2 x 4) and the lattice method.

 

Building on this we are focusing on multiplicative thinking e.g. 4+4+4+4+6+6+6+6 is the same as (4×4) + (6×4).

 

What you could do at home to support learning:

  • Practise times table facts and related division up to 10×10.
  • Fill in blank multiplication grids (your child will know how to do this).
  • Apply the split and lattice method when multiplying numbers.
  • Use division when checking multiplication facts.

 

Term One

Reading 
This term students have been focusing on establishing a reading community. They have been discussing their roles as readers, describing their reading strengths and areas for improvement. Following these lessons, they have been setting individual goals with their teachers and strengthening their knowledge of reading strategies.

 

How to help:

  • Ask your child what their reading goal is and discuss ways to achieve it.
  • Listen to your child read aloud for 20 minutes and supervise how they monitor their accuracy (Do they self-correct? Do they re-read? Are they having multiple attempts at working out the word?)
  • Reinforce re-reading if a word doesn’t sound right, look right or make sense.
  • Discuss the characters and why they have reacted to certain events.
  • Encourage your child to read non-fiction texts at home, noticing the structures and features.
  • Encourage your child to document their thinking as they read.

 

Mathematics 
This term in Number we have been focusing on place value and beginning to discuss operations (addition and subtraction). During place value, we have explored how to rename both whole and decimal numbers in multiple ways (for example 308 can be seen as 3 hundreds and 8 ones, 308 ones or 30 tens and 8 ones.)  We are exploring different mental strategies to assist us in solving addition and subtraction problems efficiently. Also in Measurement, we are exploring area and perimeter and finding formulas to assist calculations.

 

How to help:

  • Practise renaming numbers at home.
  • Asking your child when you are doing the shopping to add the prices together to get used to mentally adding different amounts.
  • Ask your child to teach you the games they have been playing in class.
  • Order items around the home by their weight, their size, etc.
  • Convert between different units of measurement.