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Year 6

Autumn Term 2018

Who let the Gods out?

We are excited to start our Greek topic for the Autumn term. Within it we will be looking at the book "Who let the Gods out!?" which is a hilarious book written by Maz Evans and is available at all good book stores.

In English, our writing will be focused on looking at a variety of ancient myths, the beasts and heroes of Ancient Greece and the adventures of famous faces like Hercules and Theseus. 

Our Maths focus will be on place value, addition and subtraction as we slowly prepare for the SATS tests.

In Art, our focus will be on Greek pottery and within our design and technology lessons, we will be looking at creating a variety of famous Greek dishes.

Our Science topic will focus on the wonder of reversible and irreversible changes wherein we will be looking at a series of experiments and theories.

We are also excited to see YolanDa Brown in concert as part of our Music topic and creating our very own Olympic games.


Summer 2018

Is it right to fight? (cont.)

The initial few weeks of term will be spent focusing on revision for the upcoming Age Expectation Tests (SATS). We will be covering all topics previously taught this year to ensure the children have a good understanding of the different elements of Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) and Mathematics. We will also be continuing to expand the children’s writing looking at different topics.

Once SATs are complete, we will begin our learning on our Festivals (#Glastonbury not Christmas). As part of this topic we will be investigating different types of festivals, using our geography skills to understand suitable locations and map skills to be able to identify appropriate terrain. Using our PSHCE and ROB learning, we will develop our understanding of how festivals began and look at different types of festivals celebrated around the world.

By the end of term, we will be putting on our festival as a celebration of our learning. This will incorporate the digital music learning we will be doing to create our own festival soundtracks as well as our design and technology work.

In our maths lessons, as well as covering the usual broad range of learning: we will set some fun challenges and investigations that will allow the children to deepen their understanding of mathematics and the different areas they have learnt about throughout the year, applying this knowledge to different contexts.

In DT, we will be looking at food with some children being able to create their own restaurant menu as well as building our trebuchets.

We will use our Computing lessons to continue to learn more about how to conduct thorough research as well as using different skills to improve our coding.

As Scientists, we will be investigating different questions around the idea of forces. We will also be looking at previous science units to revise our understanding of other concepts such as plant life, sound and physics.

As this is the last term for our Year 6’s, we will be working on our Leavers Assembly as well as working on PSHCE units on relationships and sex education. The children will finish the year as Year 6+ with many wonderful, exciting activities to participate in. More information will follow on this nearer the time.


Spring 2018

Is it right to fight?

This term, as part of our topic in Year 6, we will be investigating the question ‘Is it right to fight?’

During our History lessons we will be studying major conflicts including World War 1 and World War 2 and the impact of conflicts on the world we know today. We will be looking at what life was like during these wars, not only for those people fighting, but also for those who did not go to war. We are going to be researching and reading about various key events and people involved in these conflicts and we will be producing many interesting pieces of writing based on our research. Finally, we will be researching the effect of the war on our local area.

Geography – we will be studying the impact of war on human and physical geography through the study of aerial photographs taken during the war and acting as a ‘War Cabinet’ to decide upon suitable sites for invasions and bombing raids, based on maps and photographs.

In our English lessons this we will be looking at various recounts from the World Wars and using these as inspiration to write in a range of genres. We will also be writing our own recounts of famous events in History alongside creating our own newspaper articles.

Please can we take this opportunity to remind you that it is vital in the build-up to SATS, that your child is reading at least 5 times per week at home (minimum) and this is being signed in their home reading diaries (orange booklets). All Year 6 classrooms are open from 8:30am for children to come in and read with an adult. This is highly encouraged as reading is shown to be the number one way to improve your child’s learning.

We are offering after-school booster sessions in Reading, Grammar and Maths (you will be informed if your child is invited to these). Homework will mostly be in the form of revision books, which target the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the SATS- these resources have cost a significant amount of money, so please support your child to complete any work set and ensure that the books are brought to school daily.

Finally, we are excited to offer a trip to the STEM Fair in February/March. More information about these will follow.

We hope you enjoy the term!

The Year 6 Team.

 


Autumn Term 2017

Extraordinary Earth

Welcome back to a very exciting term, with a brand new topic to Year 6: Extraordinary Earth.

Over the course of this term we will be covering a range of learning all about our Earth and the people that live on it.

In Geography, we will be learning about rivers and how they are formed. By the end of our learning journey the children will know the various features of a river, will have had the opportunity to build their own river as a class, have visited a real life river and completed experiments on it.

REMINDER – YEAR 6 RIVER BUILDING PARENT DAY – 21st OF SEPTEMBER – COME TO GET MESSY

6C – 9-11

6E – 10-12

6P – 1-3

REMINDER – RIVER TRIP – 25TH OF SEPTEMBER – 6C and ½ of 6E

REMINDER - RIVER TRIP – 26TH OF SEPTEMBER – 6P and ½ of 6E

In Science we will begin the year by learning about evolution and inheritance: how we have evolved as a species and what we inherit from our parents. After half term we will be moving on to learn about the Circulatory System. This is a very exciting part of our term as we will be making our own blood, investigating how our heart works and even dissecting animal hearts to better our own understanding.

REMINDER – YEAR 6 CIRCULATORY SYSTEM – PARENT DAY – 30TH OCTOBER

Within our PSHCE lessons we will be learning about Body Image, how the media alters images, how to love ourselves and be accepting of all body types.

The artist BANKSY will lead our Rebel Artist unit: looking at the differences between graffiti and street art, creating our own tags and using BANKSY as our inspiration to create our own prints.

In our History learning we will be taking inspiration from our staff to look at people who have had an impact on our planet.

It would be great if at home families can talk about who they consider to have had an impact on the planet – this might be inventors, leaders, scientists, painters, musicians – and why they have had such an effect.

We will be covering many more elements in our curriculum with Reading, Writing and Maths being affected by this non-core learning so that the subjects link together where possible.

All classrooms will be open from 8:35 every morning for children to come and be heard reading, with ERIC continuing on Thursday mornings, 8:35-9:15. During this time, class teachers and teaching assistants will be checking reading logs.

PE Days will be:

Monday – 6C and 6E – Indoor

Wednesday – All of Year 6 – Outdoor – please ensure warm clothes are packed in the winter

Thursday – 6P - Indoor


Summer Term 2017

Is it Right to Fight?

The initial few weeks of term will be spent focusing on revision for the upcoming Age Expectation Tests (SATS). We will be covering all topics previously taught this year to ensure the children have a good understanding of the different elements of Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPaS) and Mathematics. We will also be continuing to expand the children’s writing looking at different topics.

Once SATs are complete we will continue our topic on Is It Right to Fight? Looking in more detail at the different events that took place as part of this interesting question. This will take up some of our afternoon sessions and will involve the children exploring artefacts and different stories around these events.

In our Maths lessons, as well as covering the usual broad range of learning, we will set some fun challenges and investigations that will allow the children to deepen their understanding of mathematics and the different areas they have learnt about throughout the year, applying this knowledge to different contexts.

In DT we will be looking at food with some children being able to create their own restaurant menu.

We will use our Computing lessons to continue to learn more about how to conduct thorough research as well as using different skills to improve our coding.

As Scientists, we will be investigating different questions around the idea of forces. We will also be looking at previous science units to revise our understanding of other concepts such as plant life, sound and physics.

As this is the last term for our Year 6’s, we will be working on our Leavers Assembly as well as working on PSHCE units on relationships and sex education. The children will finish the year as Year 6+ with many wonderful exciting activities to participate in. More information will follow on this nearer the time.


Spring 2017

Is it right to fight?

This term, as part of our topic in Year 6, we will be investigating the question ‘Is it right to fight?’

During our History lessons we will be studying major conflicts including World War 1 and World War 2 and the impact of conflicts on the world we know today. We will be looking at what life was like during these wars, not only for those people fighting, but also for those who did not go to war. We are going to be researching and reading about various key events and people involved in these conflicts and we will be producing many interesting pieces of writing based on our research. Finally we will be researching the effect of the war on our local area.

Geography – we will be studying the impact of war on human and physical geography through the study of aerial photographs taken during the war and acting as a ‘War Cabinet’ to decide upon suitable sites for invasions and bombing raids, based on maps and photographs.

In our English lessons, we will be looking at various recounts from the World Wars and using these as inspiration to write in a range of genres. We will also be writing our own recounts of famous events in History alongside creating our own newspaper articles.

Please can we take this opportunity to remind you that it is vital in the build-up to SATS, that your child is reading regularly (we recommended 5 times a week for the greatest impact) and this is being signed in their home reading diaries (orange booklets). All Year 6 classrooms are open from 8:30am for children to come in and read with an adult. This is highly encouraged as reading is shown to be the number one way to improve your child’s learning.

We are planning to offer after-school booster sessions in both Reading, Grammar and Maths (you will be informed if your child is invited to these). Homework will mostly be in the form of revision books, which target the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the SATS- these resources have cost a significant amount of money, so please support your child to complete any work set and ensure that the books are brought to school daily.

Finally, we are excited to offer two trips this term – Running Wild on the 16th of February in Chichester and the STEM Fair in March. More information about these will follow.

We hope you enjoy the term!

The Year 6 Team.