Welcome to Year 6
Listed below are the themes for each subject area that we will be following this term which we hope you will find useful.
Maths: Key topics covered this term are: Decimals, Percentages, Algebra, Measurement, Ratio and Statistics. Throughout the term, we will consolidate our understanding of solving mathematical questions using all four operations quickly and effectively by building on the skills that we already have. It is vital that everyone practises their times tables and number bonds regularly so that they have rapid recall of these facts.
English: We will focus on a variety of different texts both fiction and non-fiction. To start with we will study ‘The Chronicles of Harris Burdick’ by Chris Van Allsburg which consists of a series of short stories by some of today’s most imaginative story tellers inspired by the illustrations of the enigmatic artist Harris Burdick. Then we will look at Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life by Mick Manning and Brita where the children will produce a hybrid text with three distinct styles.
We will be building on the skills we already have and becoming more confident in using a variety of punctuation and grammar in our writing. Handwriting should be correctly joined and legible. Weekly spellings will be taken from our new spelling scheme, and while these will get more challenging, it is important to remember that we are looking at specific spelling patterns as well as the statutory word list for year 5 and 6.
Reading: Our class reader for Spring 1 is ‘Where the World turns Wild’ by Nicola Penfold a brilliant adventure booked linked to our Geography topic – Protecting the Planet. For Spring 2 we have linked our book to our history topic on the ‘Greeks’ and will be reading ‘Who let the Gods out? by Maz Evans. Alongside this, our Guided Reading lessons will be using a wide range of carefully chosen texts and even songs, which link to our curriculum topics to ensure we are building a wide range of reading skills (VIPERS) to improve our comprehension of texts.
History and Geography:
The first half of the term will be spent studying geographical skills and concepts through the topic ‘Protecting the Planet’ – Global Warming and Climate change – are we damaging our world? After half-term, our focus will switch to History where we will look at one of my favourite Ancient Civilisations ‘The Ancient Greeks’.
Science: We will be taking an in-depth look at ‘Light’ including different light sources and shadows. Then we will be looking at ‘Electricity’ building on learning from Year 4, we will look in more depth at circuits and into electrical safety. Children will be encouraged to record their findings in a variety of ways.
Computing: This term in our computing curriculum we will look at being ‘Advertisers’ where we will analyse digital content and use this to plan and design our own advert which will need shooting and editing.
RE: This term we will be looking at Hinduism and exploring why Hindus try to be good in relation to their belief in Karma, Moksha, Dharma and Samsara.
PSHE: We will be looking at ‘Healthy Relationships’ where we learn the importance of valuing difference and learn how to have and manage positive relationships and manage our feelings and emotions.
ART/DT: Art will be looking at the skill ‘Print Making’ looking at the work of Andy Warhol for our inspiration. DT will be looking at baking breads across different cultures.
French: Year 6 will be learning all numbers up to 1000 both orally and written down. They will also look at shops by labelling them in French and building up their speaking skills and starting to use different tenses and noticing the difference between masculine and feminine words.
PE: For PE sessions this term we are looking at Dance.
Unfortunately, we have had a rather quick U-turn to the beginning of our Spring Term with home learning now in place again due to COVID 19. The government recommend between 3-5 hours of work per day (dependent of school age) this will keep minds active and also enthusiastic. Work is uploaded on SeeSaw which we are all familiar with now, but please feel free to use this time to explore other subjects/ hobbies on top of this learning if you so wish. It is vital that children continue to practice their spellings, times tables and independent reading at home on top of maintaining Maths and English skills to ensure the transition to secondary school is as fully prepared as can be in these circumstances.
Please do get in touch if you have any concerns at all. I am contactable through SeeSaw and School and will be doing well-being, check-in phone calls if there is anything you need help with or want to discuss
Take care of yourselves – with best wishes,
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 Miss Murray and Miss Ramsden