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Teacher: Mrs H Heaton Cooper

Teaching assistants: Mrs Watson, Mrs Hollis


Welcome back to school after the Christmas break! Happy New Year! I hope you are all ready for a busy term ahead! This term, our theme will be Revolution and will include work on the English Civil War, the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution. In Year 6 we will be learning about this topic through the various curriculum areas to develop our skills.



We aim to use our topic work to complement our writing units this term. A priority will be to develop our higher level vocabulary. We will be covering journalistic styles of writing, narrative, shifts in formality and juxtaposition, diaries and persuasive and non-chronological reports.


In maths, we will be extending our knowledge of the number system. This term, we will be focusing on: arithmetic (use of the 4 operations), money, time, statistics, algebra and shape and space - with a deeper focus being problem solving and reasoning. Please could you ensure that your child knows their multiplication tables as this will make a massive difference to their self-confidence in a lot of these areas.


Our topic work aims to extend across the additional curriculum areas. We are going to study the idea of Revolution concentrating on the English Civil War, the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution.


All children will read their individual books in school and at home. They will also have daily guided reading sessions, aimed at developing comprehension skills in preparation for Year 6 SATs. Grinshill class will completing Reading Journals once they have completed each reading book. We are aiming for the children to read as many different books of various genres throughout the year!



Don’t forget!

· Reading books and diaries (every day)

· Spelling to be learnt for a test on Fridays

· PE is on Tuesday and Friday

· Forest School is on Thursday but will not start until after half term.

Gardening sessions

Please ensure your child has an outdoor learning kit for any gardening sessions

prior to half term. Mrs Heaton Cooper will let you know on a weekly basis when these will be.



Key dates

7.1.19 PD day

8.1.19 New year lunch

1.2.19 Year 6 assembly

5.2.19 Chinese New Year lunch

14.2.19 Parent’s Evening

15.2.19 Non-Uniform – charity fundraising


18.2.19 Half term


7.3.19 World Book day (dress up as book character)

20.3.18 Year 6 Residential

5.5.19 Ramadan begins

12.4.19 Easter lunch


15.4.19 Easter holidays

29.4.19 Children return to school

13.5.19 SATS WEEK


Please continue to support your child with their weekly spellings and reading diaries—we aim for reading at least 3 times per week. Reading will be a major focus in Grinshill this term.

MyMaths and Times Tables Rockstars are active and we encourage frequent use of both. Please speak to us if you have problems accessing either.

Please continue to encourage your child to practise their multiplication and division facts (at least) to 12 x 12 frequently.

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