Year 6 Autumn Term 2

Year 6 will be reading ‘Shackleton’s Journey,’ by William Grill. Shackleton's Journey is a unique visual re-telling Ernest Shackleton's landmark expedition crossing the Antarctic from one pole to the other. If focuses on the historic exploration by Shackelton and his crew on Endurance. Children will explore the exploded diagrams and the fascinating details of this landmark voyage.

They will also be reading, ‘The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey,’ by Susan Wojciechowski. This is the poignant tale of Jonathan Toomey. Although Jonathan is the best woodcarver in the valley, he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request – a request which leads to a joyful miracle. This moving, lyrical tale which unfolds with mastery, humour and emotional force,

In Maths, Year 6 will:

  • Understand negative numbers;
  • Calculate small differences between negative numbers and negative and positive numbers;
  • Add and subtract negative numbers;
  • Compare fractions with unlike, but related, denominators;
  • Correctly use the terms fraction, denominator and numerator;
  • Understand what improper fractions and mixed numbers are and add fractions with the same denominator, writing the answer as a mixed number
  • Calculate the perimeter, area and volume of shapes, and know their units of measurement;
  • Understand that shapes can have the same perimeters but different areas and vice versa;
  • Calculate the area of a triangle using the formula A = 1/2 b × h ;
  • Find the area of parallelograms using the formula A = b × h ;
  • Name and describe properties of 3D shapes;
  • Systematically find and compare nets for different 3D shapes.

In Curriculum, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic called, ‘Frozen Planet.’ During this topic, the children will be introduced to the planet’s coldest lands... vast wilds, hostile territories, incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. Through the topic, they will learn about sheltering from the elements and icy winds. They will be learning about the treacherous terrain at the ends of the Earth.

In Science, children will work towards answering the Quest question, ‘How can we stay healthy?’ They will present their findings in the form of a ‘health roadshow’ incorporating multi-media presentations which show that they will have recognised the impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle choices on the way their bodies function. Children will learn that there are many different but related aspects to keeping healthy. They will investigate the functions of the heart and circulatory system and will describe how nutrients and water are transported in human and animal bodies

Working Scientifically, children will have the opportunity to plan and carry out an investigation in the context of finding a reflective material for children’s clothing. They will have the opportunity to use light sensors and data logging equipment to measure and record their observations and they will write a report detailing what they have concluded.

Year 6 - Autumn Term 1 2017

In the Autumn term, Year 6 will be reading ‘Way Home,’ by Libby Hathorn. The story starts as night falls in the city. A boy called Shane runs through the alleys and back streets. On a fence he finds an abandoned kitten. Tucking the kitten into his jacket, Shane sets off home. Past trash bins, stores, and a threatening street gang, to an unexpected ending in which readers will discover how much boy and cat have in common. The pupils will developing their persuasive writing, speech and presenting skills as they design and create a new product. Our budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to the ‘Dragons.’ After each pitch, the Dragons have the opportunity to ask questions about the venture. The entrepreneurs don't always have to answer, but of course what they choose not to address could very well affect the outcome.

In Maths, Year 6 will:

  •  read, write and compare 6-digit numbers and know what each digit represents.
  • read, write and compare 1-, 2- and 3-place decimal numbers;

  • multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000;

  • round decimals to nearest tenth and whole number and place on a number line;

  • convert decimals (up to 3 places) to fractions and vice-versa.

  • use mental addition strategies to solve additions including decimal numbers;

  • use column addition to add 5-digit numbers, decimal numbers and amounts of money;

  • solve problems involving number up to 3 decimal places;

  • choose an appropriate method to solve decimal addition.

  • express missing number problems algebraically and find pairs of numbers that satisfy equations involving two unknowns;

  • find missing lengths and angles; understand how brackets can be used in calculation problems;

  • use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations, solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems using knowledge of the order of operations.

  • convert between grams and kilograms, millilitres and litres, millimetres and centimetres, centimetres and metres, metres and kilometres, and miles and kilometres;

  • revise reading the 24-hour clock and convert 12-hour times to 24-hour;

  • read and write Roman numerals; find time intervals using the 24-hour clock.

In Curriculum, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic called, ‘Gallery Rebels.’ During this topic, colours collide, melting together on the canvas: an impression of light, a rage of red, a lobster perched on a telephone… Our pupils will find out about the bizarre and eccentric minds of the gallery rebels! Art can be an act of rebellion. We challenge the pupils to change the world with a paintbrush, a thought, or an idea?

In Science, children will learn about how light travels and that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes, or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. They will learn that shiny or reflective surfaces alter the direction in which light travels. Children will have the opportunity to solve problems related to everyday life about how light travels and how we see. Children will also investigate and explain the shapes of shadows, and relate this to light travelling in straight lines.

Working Scientifically, children will have the opportunity to plan and carry out an investigation in the context of finding a reflective material for children’s clothing. They will have the opportunity to use light sensors and data logging equipment to measure and record their observations and they will write a report detailing what they have concluded.

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