Welcome to Shackleton Class! My name is Mrs Radcliffe and I am the class teacher. We have fantastic support from Mrs Barker and Mrs Batchelor. Shackleton are also lucky enough to have the added experience of Mrs Parker (Grammar and Arithmetic), Mrs Holder (PSHE and PE), Mrs Pinnock (Maths and ILP), Miss Blunt (RE) and Mr Cinato (PE) teaching them for certain lessons during the week.
In Shackleton we aim not only to do our best and reach our full potential by following the school values, but also to encourage the children to take increased responsibility, both for their learning, in preparation for secondary school, and by being excellent role models to the rest of the school.
Term 4’s Learning
Our ILP this term is Darwin’s Delights. Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle. During this half term, we’re going to investigate a range of animal specimens, describing the characteristics of the creatures, and labelling their body parts. We’ll use a range of non-fiction books to investigate adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. After examining letters and journal entries written by Darwin, we’ll write our own examples. We’ll retrace Darwin’s steps using maps and create sketchbooks to record the plants, flowers and trees we encounter. Using maps and globes, we’ll plan an expedition. What will the weather be like and what physical and man-made features might we encounter? At the end of the ILP, we’ll think about why the Galapagos Islands developed such diverse animal life, and why they might be under threat. We’ll also think about what Darwin would have worked on if he were alive today. How would he use our technology?
We will be researching the life of Charles Darwin this week in preparation for writing a biography.
Year 6 are given weekly homework that is set on a Monday and handed back in for marking on Thursday. This consists of an English activity and a Maths activity. The children are also given weekly spellings to learn, which are tested on a Wednesday. Children are expected to read every day and make a comment in their reading diary. This should be handed in every day.
How you can help
Please continue to support your child by encouraging them to read widely and frequently. They should also be discussing their reading with an adult on a regular basis.
Ensuring that your child is fluent with their multiplication tables is also incredibly beneficial for them. There are lots of ways that these facts can be practised; chanting, singing, games, apps, web sites or simply writing them out.