Welcome to Year 6
‘Blackberry Blue’ by Jamila Gavin is a short story – a modern magical fairy tale – that we will be looking at together. We shall look at the elements of a fairy tale, explore writerly techniques and use this learning to produce our own short story. For our non-fiction text, we will be using ‘The Lost Book of Adventure’, information writing about outdoor pursuits. Spellings will be set each week to be learned and practised daily. Reading should be daily and cover a variety of genres.
During the course of this term, we will revisit and secure our knowledge and understanding in the following areas of maths: 2D and 3D shapes, finding area and perimeter, converting metric and common imperial measures, position and direction of shapes in the coordinate grid, calculating volume and measuring, time and problem solving in a variety of contexts, as well as finding angles in shape. The children will be set times tables to learn each week. As well as learning the multiplication facts, the children should be able to recall associated multiplication and division facts. A regular challenge will be ’35 in 30’- an arithmetic task each week, extending pupils rapid recall and practise of calculation methods.
To begin with, we will be studying gravity within our earth and space topic. We will also be looking at seasons. Then we will move on to properties of materials and think about why certain materials are chosen for specific jobs; for example, why nappies are fit for their purpose.
‘We are bloggers” is our unit of study, where we will be sharing experiences and opinions, developing our communication and collaboration skills. “We are architects” will investigate how to create virtual space and consider productivity.
Through our topic ‘Alpine Regions’, we will be trying to answer the question: ‘Where should we go on holiday’. By looking at geographical location, climate, temperature and landscape, we will be exploring the phenomenon of the Alps and how it came to be, as well as its location across Europe.
Continuing the theme of ‘Journeys’, we will be trying to answer the question: ‘What makes people go on a journey?’ We will learn about the voyages of Francis Drake from the Elizabethan era to the voyage of third-class passengers on The Titanic. We should recognise the differences between journeys made by choice and those made for survival.
Summer is a great time to develop our athletic skills. We will be encouraging development of coordination skills, sending and receiving balls and also agility skills through ball chasing. Our own health and fitness will be developed whilst being creative and by exercising our cognitive skills.
“Living In The Wider World” will be our focus. We will consider health and wellbeing issues, rules and laws; anti-social behaviour; respecting and resolving differences. We will try to gain some understanding of the importance of finance in peoples’ lives; being a critical consumer; and management of money.
By exploring teaching and beliefs, we shall consider the question: “What would Jesus do?” and compare our own ideas with those of Christians. We will also think about the question: “What matters most to Christians and Humanists?’ This will explore why some people find their faith can help celebrate the good times in life but also cope with the difficult.
Art and Design Technology
Photography skills will be practised this term in art. We will look at collaging and how we can use digital media to enhance our artistry. For design technology, we will be investigating electrical systems and thinking about how important the electrical elements in a lighthouse are.
An appreciation of music will be developed by gaining greater understanding into musical genres and culture. We will also be looking at the influence of women in historical music and how important figures have helped to lay the foundations in music.
The children will continue developing and extending their basic vocabulary and composition. We will continue with our French phonics lessons as well as continuing to practise simple sentence building through topics such as ‘the classroom’ and ‘the weekend’.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or questions. Thanks for your continued support with learning at home.
This Year’s Curriculum
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