Welcome to Year 6
Firstly, we’d like to say a warm welcome back and how much we have enjoyed being able to teach your children in person again.
We are aware some of you may have concerns due to the extensive time away from School that the children have had due to COVID 19 and want to reassure you we are well planned and resourced in how we are going to close any gaps there might be, whilst moving forwards in a rich and varied curriculum.
We have listed below the themes for each subject area that we will be following this term which we hope you will find useful. Timetables and information will also be posted and updated on SeeSaw which we will continue to run and monitor.
Maths: We will begin the term looking at Place Value, before moving on to ensure that children can confidently solve mathematical questions using all four operations quickly and effectively. It is vital that all children practise their times tables and number bonds regularly so that they have rapid recall of these facts. As term progresses, the children will move on to applying their learned skills in solving real life problems and investigations.
English: We will focus on a variety of texts both fiction and non-fiction.
We will be ensuring that children build on the skills they already have and encouraging them to become more confident in using a variety of punctuation in their writing. There will also be regular handwriting lessons so that the actual process of writing does not delay putting thoughts down into words. There will be weekly spellings taken from the Spelling Curriculum ‘spelling shed’. There will also be regular extended writing sessions giving children more opportunities to practise the skills they learn in a timed setting.
Reading: There is a new reading curriculum which we have launched this term involving daily whole class guided reading lessons based around the class reader and other texts which have curriculum links to our topics. We have planned for progression, diversity and challenge usingcarefully planned texts that are exciting and relevant to the children’s learning whilst allowing theopportunity for development of key comprehension, inference and retrieval skills.
History and Geography:The first half of the term will be spent studying geographical skills andconcepts through the topic ‘South America’. After half-term, our focus will switch to History studying the Mayan Civilisation.
Science: We will be taking an in-depth look at ‘Biodiversity’ and the classification of animal and plant life– looking at the invaluable work of scientists such as Carl Linnaeus. The children will learn and understand specific concepts and be given the opportunity to apply this knowledge to a variety of situations. They will be encouraged to record their findings in a variety of ways.
Computing: This term in our computing curriculum we will look at Programming – Planning, writing and testing computer programs for digital devices through Python. After half-term we investigate Computational Thinking through algorithms, logical reasoning and decomposing problems into smaller parts in order to aid solving.
RE: This term we will be learning about Christianity with an enquiry question: Creation and Science: Conflicting or complementary? They will look at a text from Genesis in the Bible to learn how Christians believe the world was created and compare this to scientific views on cosmology and evolution.
PSHE: Everyone in the unit will be discussing and contemplating Healthy Lifestyles (what can positively and negatively affect our health and wellbeing), Mindfulness (strategies to help us keep mentally healthy) and Keeping Safe (online safety and making positive choices to keep themselves safe). This will be done through a variety of methods including circle time, whole class discussions and assemblies. We are also having extra PSHE sessions to help children transition back to school life after COVID 19 and supporting them to identify different strategies to help if they feel worried or anxious.
ART/DT: In Art the children are going to be looking at the British artist Zoom Rockman and practise their drawing skills using landscape with one-point perspective and tonal grading. In DT they will be celebrating culture and seasonality by learning about and baking Challah bread. I
Music: Whilst we are unable to sing as a whole class indoors we will not let this prevent us fromour learning. This term we will be listening to the song ‘Happy by Pharrell Williams’ where they will look at genre, structure and texture of the song and compare it to other songs with a similar theme. They will also have the opportunity to compose their own piece of music on software.
French: The children will be learning about school in French by labelling school items in French and building up their speaking skills by being able to say where things are in the classroom in French.
PE: For PE sessions this term we are asking children to arrive to school in their PE kit which they will remain in all day. Year 6 have PE on Mondays (there will also be extra sessions taken by Mr Jacobson throughout the term which will be sent out in a separate letter). PE this term will be taken from our new PE curriculum starting with the strand ‘cognitive’. Childrenwill focus on coordination, agility and control of ball skills in well-planned out lessons which follow government guidance.
Homework for both year groups will be given out on a Friday and expected back the following Friday. We thank you for your continued support with home learning however we are emphasising to the children that where possible these tasks are to be completed independently to prepare them for secondary school. It is also vital that children continue to practice their spellings, times tables and independent reading at home.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact school and we will organise a meeting with you.
Miss Murray and Miss Ramsden
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