We are writing to make you aware that there has been a rise in the number incidents at school, amongst some children, as a result of social media and message communications they have had after school. We have become increasingly concerned about the name and content of some of the Whatsapp group chats that are being used, especially by some children in Year 5 and 6.
Although we cannot control the children’s use of technology when they are not in school, it is something that we cannot ignore when it is on occasion resulting in inappropriate behaviour transferring into the school day.
We, as a school, wanted to bring this to your attention, and make you aware of what the children could potentially be exposed to. We would request your continued support in monitoring closely the content of what your children are accessing.
We have added some useful information to the school website and Facebook Page to support you with guidance on E-Safety and social media (http://www.williambellamy.co.uk/online-safety-2/).
We thank you for your support, and look forward to our continued partnership in safeguarding your children.
In Science this half term the children will be building on their knowledge of electricity. This will involve building more complex circuits and conducting their own experiments.
Year 6 Christmas Performance
Some photos from our Christmas Performance
In English for the second half term we will be studying War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. The children will learn about the historical background to the novel and will be writing letters from different perspectives.
In Science for the second half term the children will be learning about the heart and the circulatory system.
Here are some photos from our Creative Curriculum topic of Mayans.
The Viewer by Shaun Tan and Gary Crew
We will be reading the multi-modal text The Viewer and doing a range of activities around it including writing Newspaper Reports and Narratives.
Werewolf Club Rules
We will also be reading the poetry book Werewolf Club Rules by Joseph Coehlo.
The children will have the opportunity to write their own poetry and discuss the themes and images of the poems read.
In Science we will be learning about Light. The children will have the opportunity to conduct a range of investigations and solve a mystery.
In English our learning will be focussed on the following genres, which will reflect a variety of writing styles.
We will be studying the book Goodnight Mister Tom and discussing the themes involved. The children will be writing poems based on themes identified and empathising with the characters.
The children will be writing their own narratives based around the events of Goodnight Mister Tom.
This will involve identifying feelings and emotions of characters and using ambitious vocabulary.
In Maths we learn through a range of activities. We focus on the 4 operations (+, -, x and ÷) and how to apply them in real life contexts and to solve problems. We also develop mental maths skills. The focus of learning will be as follows:
Fractions, decimals and percentages : This will involve converting fractions, decimals and percentages across each other. We will also be calculating a range of different question types in this area.
Algebra : We will also be working on algebra. Finding values represented by letters.
There will also be a focus throughout the year on accessing the wide variety of questions children are likely to see when they sit their SATs in May.
In Creative Curriculum this half term, children will be learning about The Second World War. They will learn about the major events and some of the people who were involved. The children will also learn about the children who were evacuated and some of the experiences they had.
In Science, children will build on their knowledge of Electricity. They will revisit electrical circuits and how to build more complex examples. They will also look at different uses of electricity and real life examples.
Science lessons will be practical based and will encourage the children to plan investigations of their own and analyse their findings.
The children will represent their results in a variety of different ways thus encouraging cross-curricular links with maths.
PSHE: The PSHE topic this term is Rights. The children will be learning about the UN charter for the Rights of the Child and how it applies to them..
Outdoor- Active sport with Mrs D. Rose
With our P.E. Specialists, the children will be:
Developing their skills and knowledge of team games, their rules and strategies, personal fitness and well-being.
Modern Foreign Language: In French we will be learning about the history of France. The children will be structuring sentences in French and learning new words to describe historical places.
RE: Beliefs and questions. Learning how questioning things is a big part of people’s beliefs.