Year 6 - Summer Term 2

In the Summer term, Year 6 will be preparing for the transition to their new secondary schools.

In English, Year 6 will be studying, ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. The story starts as Victor Frankenstein is dying, and shares a tale of gruesome terror with a sea captain. Viktor, using previous experiments by a brilliant scientist, was able to bring a creature to life, grown in a tank of chemicals. Once he realized how destructive his experiments had become, he abandoned the creature and tried to live a normal life with his fiancé. However, the lonely creature seeks out Viktor and demands one of two things: a bride or revenge.

They will also be ‘taking part’ in the Dragons’ Den. During this project they will be creating a new product, which they will have to create advertisements for and write a persuasive speech ready to face the ‘Dragons’.

In Maths, Year 6 will be continuing their work on all four operations, adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, multiplying and dividing fractions by whole numbers and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa. They will continue to develop their understanding of place value, algebraic equations, ratio, proportion and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

In Curriculum, Year 6 will be continuing their topic called, ‘Revolution.’  They will be looking at ‘super-strict’ schools by travelling back in time to a Victorian classroom. They will be learning about how Victorian punishments were unquestionably terrible and will be discovering a time when great minds thought new thoughts and ingenious inventors created so many things we take for granted today: the electric light bulb, the telephone and even the first flushing toilet.

Year 6 will learn about great artists, architects and designers in history as well as appreciating a wide variety of high quality musical performances, drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.

On July 12th and 13th, Year 6 will be taking a trip to Holdenby House to experience life as a Victorian servant.

In Science, children will be reviewing what they have learnt in science throughout Key Stage 2.  It is important for children to have an opportunity to revisit all aspects of the science they have learnt before moving on to senior school. Some areas such as rocks in Year 3 and sound in Year 4 will not have been taught for 3 years or more so it is important to give children an opportunity to reflect on their learning in these areas so that they go forward feeling confident in all aspects of science. This unit also encourages children to celebrate what they have learnt and to identify their stand-out moments and successes.

Year 6 - Summer 1

In the Summer term, Year 6 will be reading preparing for the SATs, which commence on Monday 8th May 2017.

English

In English, Year 6 will be studying two texts. The first, ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. The story starts as Viktor Frankensteing is dying, and shares a tale of gruesome terror with a sea captain. Viktor, using previous experiments by a brilliant scientist, was able to bring a creature to life, grown in a tank of chemicals. Once he realized how destructive his experiments had become, he abandoned the creature and tried to live a normal life with his fiancé. However, the lonely creature seeks out Viktor and demands one of two things: a bride or revenge.

The second text is ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doughty. This is a story based on Jim Jarvis’ mother dies, Jim Jarvis is left all alone in London. He is sent to the workhouse but quickly escapes, choosing a hard life on the streets of the city over the confines of the workhouse walls. Struggling to survive, Jim finally finds some friends...only to be snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe. Street Child is based on the story of a real person whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to open his first home in Stepney in 1870.

In Maths, Year 6 will be continuing their work on all four operations, adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, multiplying and dividing fractions by whole numbers and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa. They will continue to develop their understanding of place value, algebraic equations, ratio, proportion and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

In Curriculum, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic called, ‘Revolution.’

They will be studying about super-strict schools by travelling back in time to a Victorian classroom. They will be learning about Victorian punishments were unquestionably terrible. They will be discovering a time when great minds thought new thoughts and ingenious inventors created so many things we take for granted today: the electric light bulb, the telephone and even the first flushing toilet.

Pupils will learn about great artists, architects and designers in history as well as appreciating a wide variety of high quality musical performances, drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.

In Science, children will learn how to learn how to answer the Quest question, ‘How can we fix a broken score board?’ They will recognise and use accepted scientific symbols in circuit diagrams. They will learn that altering the brightness of bulbs and the volume of a buzzer can be achieved in different ways, including changing the number of components, battery voltage, or the properties of the wires in the circuits. They will apply their knowledge of complete circuits to make quiz cards and provide a solution to the score board Quest question.

Working Scientifically, children will have the opportunity to choose to investigate altering the brightness of bulbs and the volume of a buzzer in different ways, possibly including changing the number and/or type of components, battery voltage, or the properties of the wires in the circuits. They will predict outcomes relating to the arrangement in electrical circuits and record their results.

Working Scientifically, children will carry out investigations to observe how moulds grow over time. They will use the evidence from previous investigations to investigate how to accelerate decomposition in a mini-composter. Children will use and construct classification keys to identify plants within their locality. They will identify specific species of buttercup and earthworm by closely observing the similarities and differences within each group.

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