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Barn Owl Class

Welcome to Barn Owls class!

Autumn 2017

Class Teacher: Miss Broadbent

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Courtnell

Year 6 Interventions: Mrs Blake

PPA Teacher: Mrs Holt

In the first half of the Spring Term we will be covering Persuasive Writing and Balanced Arguments as well as Stories with Flashbacks.  After Half Term our units will be Diary and Recounts, and we will also be looking at the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah. Throughout our Literacy units and other cross curricular subjects we will increasing our focus on extended writing to build up the children's writing stamina to help produce quality pieces of writing and work towards building up a writing portfolio for SATs.  Spelling and Grammar lessons will take place weekly to prepare the children for their SATs.

This Half Term in Maths we will be recapping our knowledge of Place Value (looking at 8-digit numbers, numbers up to 3 decimal places, negative numbers) using key skills such as rounding and ordering. We shall then focus on multiplication and division (using a formal written method) and Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Properties of Shapes and Position and Direction. Many of these skills will be taught with practical or real life contexts in mind.

This term we will be studying Classification.  We will research the scientists who are famous for  shaping and creating this field and what they have contributed to modern thinking.  We will look at the Linnean Classification System which is used to help identify all living things and apply this to hands on tasks.  Our second unit of science will be Light, Shadow and the Eye. 




In ICT, we will be refining our digital literacy skills and learning how to make sure that we research subjects linked with our topic safely and accurately.


In RE we will explore how the Christian faith and the world of Science can complement one another.


Homework is sent home each Tuesday, and is due back the following Monday. The children are expected to practise their spellings and times tables (which are tested each week) and complete an English and Maths focused task.


PE lessons are on Monday and Swimming is on Wednesday. PE kits need to remain in school during the week. Outdoor kit, including trainers, will be needed.

Please note – children should not be wearing any jewellery for P.E. lessons. If children are unable to remove their earrings, they will not be able to take part in P.E.lessons. We are not permitted to remove a child’s earrings, the children need to be able to do this independently. Long hair must be tied back.