Year 6 Autumn Term 1

We have really enjoyed welcoming our Year 6 pupils back to school. In order to help everyone settle back into school life, we have chosen to begin our learning by completing a whole school unit of work based on the text, The Promise by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin. The story centres around a girl who is hardened by the harsh urban environment that surrounds her. She is transformed into a guerrilla gardener by unexpected events. The burgeoning wildlife opens up people’s hearts and minds, and the girl moves on to multiply the magic. This text focuses on a child’s desire to impact on the natural world around them through rewilding, and on building a sense of community through interacting with nature in shared spaces.
Each section will build children’s knowledge of the importance of plants, trees and flowers to people and wildlife in the local community and will engage children in positive acts of change to support rewilding in their local area. As part of their learning, the children will analyse and create poetry. They will also develop their use of descriptive techniques and complete pieces of non-fiction writing.

In Maths during this term, we will continue to use our Power Maths scheme of work and will focus on closing any gaps in learning. Year 6 pupils will read, write and compare 6-digit numbers and know what each digit represents; round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy; use negative numbers in context and calculate intervals across zero; solve addition and subtraction multistep problems in context; multiply and divide multi-digit numbers by a two digit number; identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers; recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers; use order of operations to carry out calculations and perform mental calculations with mixed operations and large numbers.

In English Year 6, we will be studying the text, Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne. This story begins on the day the First World War broke out. Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor...
As part of this teaching sequence, the children will discuss, and interpret poetry; they will explore the story themes and character through role-play and through writing in role; they will write for a range of purposes including to advise, to inform, to persuade and to describe.

In Topic during the autumn term, Year 6 will be studying a unit of work called ‘Hola Mexico.’ During this time, the children will be introduced to one of the World’s most vibrant countries. The children will begin by using world maps, atlases and digital mapping to locate Mexico in relation to the equator and surrounding countries. They will then learn how to identify and describe aspects of human and physical geography. Our pupils will use the eight points of a compass, grid references and keys to build their knowledge of the wider world. Our year 6 children also have the opportunity to investigate traditional Mexican patterns and will use a range of materials to create a 3D Day of the Dead skull.

In Science, children will learn about light 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 discover 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 investigations around light. This will include making a working periscope and observing how the length of shadows can be manipulated.

Year 6 Curriculum Information