Year 6 Spring Term
In the Spring term, Year 6 will be reading ‘Treason,’ by Berlie Doherty. This historical adventure story is set during the reign of Henry VIII. William Montague finds himself sent to the court of the King where he is chosen to be companion to the King’s infant son Edward. A royal favourite for a short while, William begins to find himself in danger as his father’s unwillingness to accept the king as head of the Church of England leads to his arrest for treason. William runs away and seeks to save his father with the help of Nick, a poor boy who befriends him.
Following on from ‘Treason,’ Year 6 will be reading ‘The Highwayman’. The poem, set in 18th century rural England, tells the story of an unnamed highwayman who is in love with Bess, a landlord's daughter. Betrayed to the authorities by Tim, a jealous ostler, the highwayman escapes ambush when Bess sacrifices her life to warn him.
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, ‘Off with her head.’ They will be studying key individuals during the time of the Tudors, including why Henry VIII married so many times. They will be looking at how the artists of the time used symbolism in their paintings, and creating their own compositions. Through this topic, they will be learning about various locations both in the UK and around the world. Finally, they will be listening to, appraising and arranging their own pieces of music.
In Science, children will learn how to classify living things using the major classification kingdoms defined by Carl Linnaeus. They will identify and describe the observable characteristics of a range of classification groups including micro-organisms, plants and animals. They will compare the similarities and differences between different species of buttercup and earthworm. Children will make careful observations to identify the characteristics that help scientists classify all living things, such as whether a living thing has a backbone and how they reproduce. Children will also be able to use their observations to construct classification keys of increasing complexity. They will use evidence from their investigation to predict and investigate how to accelerate the rate of decay in a mini-composter.
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.