## What are Year Six doing in the Spring Term?

The Curriculum: Our topic this half term is 'Energy.' It is a science-based topic with plenty of opportunities to research and experiment with different energy sources.

In English, we will be studying persuasive texts and the children will focus on a chosen energy source providing a persuasive argument for why it is a viable energy source.

We will move on to write letters to utility providers asking for research information.

We will end the term with a narrative, linked, not to our topic but the 2017 Eisteddfod i.e. with a Welsh theme!

In maths, our initial focus will be on ratio and proportion. We will use the 'Singapore Maths Bar Method,' to calculate ratios/solve ratio problems. We will then move on to basic probability.

In the second part of the half term, we will study negative numbers, in the context of temperature, before moving on to angles and co-ordinates.

Our maths week is split as follows:

Monday/Tuesday - 'Skill and drill,' focus on key maths skill.

Tuesday Evening - Homework to practise skill.

Wednesday - Mental Maths tests (Big Maths Beat That) and CLIC tests (monthly) and review of homework sharing different ways of working answers out and looking for misconceptions.

Thursday/Friday - Applying the skill - Problem solving linked to topic/real life problems.

After half term, we will change topic to 'Beast Creator.'

**Homework**

The children will be expected to read a book of their choosing at home each week. It would be a great help if you would listen to your child read on a weekly basis.

Maths homework will be sent home each Tuesday night to be completed by the following morning.

**London Trip 2017**

The London trip will take place over three days in the Summer Term (Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th July).

I have discussed different options with the children for the London trip 2017. A rough outline is:

Wednesday 12th - Trip to Chessington World of Adventures.

Thursday 13th - Sightseeing in London followed by West End show 'The Lion King.'

Friday 14th - Ripley's Believe it or Not (or other)

Early though it may seem, we're going to start fund raising for the trip as soon as possible.

The cost of the trip will be approximately £150 per child (versus the actual cost of the trip which is approximately £270 per child). We hope to raise the rest of the money by holding different fund raising events:

**Film Club** - Will be run monthly.

**LP Triathlon!** I think it's very important that the children raise some of the money for the trip themselves. Last year, each child raised £30 spending money by completing the 'LP Three Peaks Challenge.' This year the children have suggested that we attempt a swim, cycle and mountain walk to raise money for the trip. I think this is a great idea and propose that we walk to the top of one of the local mountains, do a sponsored swim and cycle along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from Abergavenny to Llangynidr. I think such activities are great for building confidence/team building as well as being good for general fitness. I will send out sponsorship forms as soon as possible.

**2017 Sleepover** - Usually the last Friday of Summer Half Term.