Welcome back to a very exciting term, with a brand new topic to Year 6: Be Extraordinary.
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.
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.
Within our PSCHE 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 protest art work.
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.
Infinity and Beyond
What an exciting topic our last one is going to be! What is our Solar system really made up of? What is our place in the Universe? How has technology improved and developed to where we are today in 2019? Can you think of any other questions you might want to ask?
For English, we’ll be continuing our cross-curricular link with Geography, learning all things ‘Tsunami’. We look forward to reporting about such events in journalistic styles and as if we had been there (fortunately none of us have!)
In Reading, we will be looking at our book choices and how we can explain our choices to others through our Reading World Cup. In addition, we will be looking at comparing newspapers and useful resources for our school.
In Maths we will be revising a range of topics before SATS. Afterwards, we will be completing investigations and looking at real life uses for Maths in STEM.
Computing’s a good one, with all things animation and film being taught – do we have any Steven Spielberg’s in our midst I wonder? The humanities subjects will cover the Space Race (looking at how different countries competed to get to Space first), alongside discussions around Fair Trade and our moral role.
We will be becoming entrepreneurs in PSHCE and STEM. This will include researching renewable energy sources and looking at how we can play our part in developing a sustainable world.
Finally, this is Year 6’s last term with us and we are looking forward to a term of exciting events and opportunities such as going to Portsmouth University, our trip to Canoe Lake, the Y6 Sleepover as well as all the 6+ trips that will be coming up in July.
Reminder that the Leavers Assembly will be on the 12th of July at 10am.
This term, as part of our topic in Year 6, we will be investigating the planet we live on.
Our main focus for this topic will be Geography where we will be studying the impact of weather and natural disasters, specifically focusing on real life situations where these events have occurred
In our English lessons, we will be looking at a range of genres this term. Beginning with our own plastic pollution speeches before creating our own David Attenborough-style voice overs. We will then use our learning in Geography to write newspapers and personal recounts about these events.
In Design Technology, we will be looking at how bridges are structured and creating our own bridge prototypes. In STEM we will be looking at how to make a box waterproof and watertight so that we can appreciate those who have to have such items in case of a natural disaster.
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 an after-school booster session on Monday, covering Reading, Grammar and Maths (you will be informed if your child is invited to these).
Homework will be set weekly with a Reading and Maths task being set. If there are any problems with the homework please see your child’s class teacher. With classrooms opening at 8:30am, children are welcome to come with their homework for additional support.
Finally, we are excited to offer a trip to the Marwell Zoo in February and to the STEM Fair in March. More information about these will follow.
We hope you enjoy the term!
The Year 6 Team.