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Term 1 The Mayans

Welcome back to a new and very exciting start of term. We are so pleased to have classrooms full of smiling children once again!

This term, our topic will be The Mayans with a number of interesting and interactive cross-curricular links. For a more detailed overview of the aspects of the curriculum we intend to cover, please see the topic web.

One of The Mayan’s first discoveries was the cocoa bean. So for this first term, we are going to be using the all-time-favourite novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ as a stimulus for our English and create some delicious descriptive and narrative writing. One of the most anticipated trips has historically been the trip to Cadbury which we will be going to on the 30th September.

As part of our study of chocolate, the children will design and create their own chocolate truffle. They will make the packaging for their product in DT where we are sure they will have fun carrying out their market research and evaluating their final products!

There will be lots of wonderful cross-curricular links to topics in maths. We will be looking at the Mayan’s numeric system, the Mayan calendar, astronomy and symmetry. Our maths lessons will also focus heavily on times tables, place value and addition and subtraction strategies. We will be working towards the year 6 objectives whilst also re-capping some of the year 5 objectives which may have been missed last year.

Homework will be set on DB Primary every Friday. These tasks must be completed by the following Thursday. If there are any problems with this set up, please let us know and we can provide a paper copy. All children will be going home with a maths and English homework book for them to complete any workings out in.

Our PE days are a Tuesday and a Friday. Children must come into school on those days wearing their school PE Kit (plain house team coloured t shirt, black leggings/shorts/joggers and their red jumper or cardigan – not a hoody).

As part of our exciting topics, we will be doing lots of creative activities.  In order to fund some of our extra activities, we are asking for a £4 topic contribution. With these donations, we will be able to enhance the children’s leaning over the course of the whole year. Please bring this in as soon as possible.

Should you need to contact the class teacher, please email the office with your number and suitable times that we can phone you back.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 6 Team

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