Welcome to Year 6
We have lots of exciting activities planned for our learning.
Our focus initially will be narrative writing. We will base our learning around “Weslandia” – the story of a child creating his own civilisation as a response to being an outsider. After half term, our focus is biography writing as we try and develop formal pieces based upon “Women in Science”. Using inspiring women as a theme, we will exploring ways of presenting information.
In addition to our daily spelling lessons, spellings will be given out weekly on a Friday to be practised and learnt at home. Please encourage your child to practise and learn the spellings – they will have been taught a number of different strategies for remembering spellings.
Please also read regularly at home with your child, talking about the text – the meaning, the authorial techniques and genre features.
Whilst we continue to use and develop all our number skills in counting, rounding and calculating, there will be particular emphasis on using formal and mental methods for all four operations, looking closely at the relationships between them. We will then use these skills to solve problems, tackle puzzles and embark upon investigations. We will secure our understanding of place value and numbers beyond one million, including decimal places and begin to use that knowledge when calculating in a variety of different contexts. Negative numbers will be investigated along with prime numbers and Roman numerals.
There will be a rapid recall multiplication challenge each week. It is vital the children know their multiplication tables and associated facts well. There are many free resources online to help support this learning.
In the first half of this term we will be studying Animal Reproduction, looking at different life cycles. In the second half of the term, we will be studying Properties of Materials, looking at the different states of matter and chemical reactions. Throughout the topics, we will be developing our scientific skills.
“How Our Country Is Changing’ will be our unit of study. We will look at specific regions in the UK that have experienced change and consider how and why those changes occurred. Using field work skills, the children will also learn about changes past, present and future in our local area.
We will be using historical enquiry skills to explore whether the Anglo-Saxon period deserves to be called the Dark Ages. Research will involve using a variety of sources and considering the evidence presented whilst appreciating the limitation of such evidence.
Our first unit of study will consider whether Jesus was the Messiah. We will be looking at different perspectives of Jesus as the Messiah and not just from a Christian view.
After half term, we will be discovering what is means to be a Muslim in Britain today. The children will be learning about the Five Pillars of Islam and how mosques reflect Muslim beliefs.
This term, our unit of study is “Health And Wellbeing’. We will be finding out what positively and negatively affects health and wellbeing; about making informed choices; about the benefits of a balanced diet; different influences on food; and what skills we need to make choices. British Values will be a continuing focus as we think about our school, our lives and living in a democratic society.
During the first half term, the children will be exploring E-Safety. We will be doing this whilst also looking at creating our own apps. They will design content and backgrounds, and create a working prototype, which they will develop further based on feedback they receive. For our second unit of study, we will learn more about communicating information securely through an introduction to cryptography (the science of keeping communication and information secret). We will also investigate what it means to be a project manager in a technological age and conduct projects whilst managing a group of friends.
At the start of this term we will be practising and applying the necessary skills needed to play invasion games. The children will develop their spacial awareness, decision making and tactical choices and begin to evaluate their own and others’ performance. After the half term break, we will start our gymnastics unit. The children will learn how to combine balances, transitions and rolls into thoughtful paired and group sequences and use a variety of different apparatus safely and responsibly. Throughout both our units of work, we will discuss the physiological impact of exercise and how physical activity affects us holistically.
The children will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated. They will continue to develop knowledge and skills in the seven inter-related dimensions of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure.
During the first half term we will focus on DT. The children will be thinking about bun making, carrying out sensory evaluations of a range of relevant products and ingredients. They will gain an understanding about seasonality in relation to foods and the sources of different food products. After half term, our focus will be drawing by studying the work of Patrick Caulfield. We will be using simple perspective in drawings and explore different techniques for different purposes such as shading and hatching to create still-life drawings.
The children will continue learning French. Reading and writing numbers will extend to 60, including sequencing skills, whilst revision of times, dates and birthdays will further be developed as written sentences from memory. The children will be learning to use a compass in French, as well as describe the weather- moving on to describing musical instruments in French.
We always welcome offers of help or skills to share with the children, so please feel free to contact us at any time.
If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
This Year’s Curriculum
If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.
This Term’s Topics
Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term. If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mr Turner.