Year 6 Summer 2

In English, we will be studying Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. The text is about a neglected child from a deprived home in London. Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside during the Second World War to live with Tom Oakley, an old widower. With Tom, Willie flourishes, develops friendships and finds real happiness and security for the first time. Then he has to return to London, to his mother and to his old life. This is an accessible, but emotionally charged novel which explores themes such as safety and trust, parenting, fear and loss. As part of their learning, our Year 6 pupils will explore themes and issues. They will develop and sustain ideas through discussion, enabling them to make connections with their own lives. Through drama, storytelling and artwork, children will develop creative responses to the text; they will compose poetry and write in role in order to explore and develop empathy for the characters in the story.

In Maths, we will introduce the children to the concept of ratio and proportion. Children will learn to recognise, describe and compare ratios and will represent them in different ways.  They will learn how to use ratio notation to record and interpret ratios and will develop an understanding of how ratios relate to fractions.  Additionally, our children will be introduced to the concept of scale factors. Our children will then move onto geometry, further developing their understanding of properties of shapes by drawing on a range of skills including using a protractor, and calculating angles in shapes. Children will then apply their knowledge of shape properties to accurately draw them.  Following this, our children will use the extensive range of skills and knowledge acquired during year 6 to solve problems about number, measurement and geometry.

In Science, the children will be continuing to investigate the human body and they will assess their new understanding of how the human circulatory system works. We will also be looking forward to a very special Science day during this term. The children will then move on to finding out about the physical changes that they will be going through, as they grow older.  This will include a session with Coram Life Education covering puberty and reproduction.  We will also discuss emotional changes that the children may experience, and discuss how they can deal with these, especially during the transition to senior school.  The children will also have an opportunity to review and celebrate the Science units that they have completed across Key Stage 2.

In History, we will be completing our studies for the unit of work, ‘A Child’s War’. We will be identifying the key events that led to the outbreak of the Second World War and how life in Great Britain was affected. The children will then explore the experiences of those involved in evacuation and will be able to make comparisons to their previous learning about the Kindertransport.

In DT, our Year 6 children will look at ways in which to recycle and repurpose old clothes and materials.  This will involve using a range of simple sewing stitches.

They will begin by developing design criteria for a functional and appealing product that is fit for purpose, and by communicating their ideas clearly in a range of ways. They will learn how to use the running stitch, whip stitch and blanket stitch in sewing. Finally, they will work with a partner to discuss and compare their final products before completing a product evaluation. 

Year 6 Summer Term 1

In English this term, we will continue to look at the book ‘Rose Blanche’, a moving story of a girl’s life at the outbreak of the Second World War, written by Robert Innocenti and illustrated by Ian McEwan. Using the book as a stimulus, the children will develop creative responses to the text through drama, storytelling and artwork; they will write in role in order to explore and develop empathy for characters and they will learn how to write with confidence for real purposes and audiences.

Linked to their work on ‘Rose Blanche,’ Year 6 will be looking at the real-life stories of children fleeing persecution during the Second World War. As part of their learning at The National Holocaust Centre and Museum (Beth Shalom) in May, our children will hear many courageous stories and they will use these as a stimulus for their own writing.

In Maths this coming term, Year 6 will be developing an understanding of Algebra and solving Equations. The children will then consolidate and apply their understanding of units of measure - both metric and imperial. The children will practise converting between units and apply conversions to problem solving contexts. They will use reasoning to describe when a number should be multiplied or divided to convert and by how much.

In Science, children will work towards answering the question, ‘How can we stay healthy?’ They will learn about the impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle choices on the human body. Children will learn that there are many 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 to measure the impact of exercise on their bodies. They will then create graphs that they will use to interpret their results.

In Geography this term, Year 6 will find out about the London Blitz starting from the first day of bombing on 7th September 1940. They will be using a selection of historical source materials, including photographs and first-hand accounts in order to find out what happened, and the destinations used for evacuation. They will then look at UK maps to find the locations on their evacuation labels. This will be followed by finding out more about their destinations using maps, online research, books and other sources. After this, the pupils will locate the cities and ports that were bombed during the Blitz on a map of the UK. They will look closely at surrounding areas, considering why these places were vulnerable to bombing.  

In Art this term, the children will be developing their understanding of the seven elements of Art: Colour, Form, Shape, Line, Tone, Space and Texture. Year 6 will then use a combination of these skills to produce a piece of artwork depicting life during the ‘Blitz’ in celebration of our topic ‘A Child’s War’.

Year 6 Curriculum Information