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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

 

Welcome back to the new school year. We are looking forward to going on a fantastic learning journey together. Please find below some useful information about Year 6.

 

The teachers in Year 6 are: Mrs Marriott and Miss Jackson.
The main adults who support teaching and learning in Year 6 are: Mrs Truman and Mrs Bloomfield

 

Home-learning:  

  • Maths, English and spelling homework will be sent home weekly.
  • Homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in the following Wednesday. Spellings will be given on a Monday and tested on a Friday - the children will have chance to practise their spellings every day in school as well.
  • KIRFs - your child came home with a KIRFs activity pack to help them improve their KIRF scores at the end of this half term. This doesn't need to be brought back into school.
  • Reading: Please try to encourage/listen to your child read at least 3 times a week

 

Our Learning Challenge topic for this half term is all about the Mayan Civilisation and we have a very exciting Mayan experience day planned for the 27th September.

 

If you have any questions about your child's time in Year 6 then please don't hesitate to come in and see us.

 

The Year 6 Team

Our English Focus for this term...

TRASH

 

Image result for trash book cover

 

In year 6 we are reading the recommended read, TRASH, - all of our reading and writing is based on this fantastic story. We will be delving into the text and picking it apart by answering questions using the 6 main skills of readers (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise. Our writing will focus on lots of different genres including narratives and balanced arguments.

 

Below is an outline of the story your children will be immersing themselves in. Please ask them questions about it at home.

 

Raphael is fourteen years old and living in an unnamed, third-world country in Andy Mulligan's book, Trash. He and his friend Gardo spend most of their days picking through the huge trash pile looking for everyday items and food. and Gardo know that when the trash is dumped from the wealthy part of town they will have a heyday. Most of the children in Raphael's village drop out of school to spend their day sifting through the trash to help support their families. Families see school as a waste of time when their children could be helping out in a more productive manner with the trash picking.

One day while Raphael and Gardo are going through the trash pile, they come across a bag that triggers a life-altering chain of events. An elaborate and mysterious journey begins with a message found in the bag, which reveals the government's extreme political corruption. Gardo and Raphael travel far beyond their familiar town and trash pile. With the help of teachers, priests, and social workers the young men search for answers as they attempt to do the right thing, but they are never sure whom to trust. The plot thickens and they begin to unravel the mystery and cover-up, which is more far-reaching than anything they have ever experienced.

Trash takes place where there is an extreme juxtaposition of the "haves" and the "have nots." The story is told in the alternating voices of Raphael, Gardo, and Rat. The character of Rat lives in a shelter that is buried beneath and surrounded by trash. This is a compelling story with enough plot twists to keep the reader hungry for the next clue. The politcal corruption and extreme poverty are vividly depicted by Mulligan as we follow along the journey taken by Raphael and Gardo.

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