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.

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.

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