Year 6 Spring Term 2

In Maths this term, we will be continuing to revise gaps in knowledge and understanding for the SATs in May. We will also be completing the 2018 Maths SATs papers for further revision. In addition, we will be covering the following areas: solving multi-step problems; calculating averages; constructing distance/line graphs and pie charts; reading and plotting co-ordinates in all four quadrants and exploring ratios.

In English this term, we will look at the book ‘Way Home’, a modern story of a boy’s friendship with his cat, written by Libby Hathorne and illustrated by Gregory Rogers. Using the book as a stimulus, we will write a range of genres including the following: poems, character descriptions and diary entries.

Following on from ‘Way Home,’ Year 6 will be reading ‘The Highwayman’, written by Alfred Noyes and illustrated by Charles Keeping. The narrative 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. The children will be involved in drama techniques and discussions which will enable them to predict story events and write using figurative language.

In Science, our topic is ‘Changing Circuits’. We will be building electrical circuits and using the correct symbols to create circuit diagrams. We will learn the function of different components, and see how they work in different configurations.

Working scientifically, children will carry out investigations to observe how a bulb can be made brighter within a circuit and how this is effected by adding or removing different components. We will also ‘fault find’ when circuits are not working, and create a diagram to check all possibilities and hopefully fix the issue.

In Curriculum, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic called, ‘Hola Mexico.’ During the next few weeks, the children will be introduced to one of the World’s most vibrant countries. We will begin by studying the ancient Mayan civilisation, looking at their culture and beliefs. We will then be coming up-to-date looking at Mexico’s geography, particularly its desert landscapes. We will be reading how authors have written about these and will create our own descriptions. We will finish by looking at modern Mexican festivals and music in all their colourful and noisy splendour!

Year 6 Spring Term 1

In Maths this term we will be studying the perimeter and area of shapes including triangles and parallelograms. We will name and describe 3d shapes and compare their nets. In addition, we will improve our understanding of angles within shapes which will enable us to draw different polygons accurately. We will also develop our knowledge of circles, ultimately drawing different examples with compasses and labelling their parts.

We will continue to develop our reasoning and applying skills to solve word problems involving the four operations and by the end of this term we will have a good understanding of multiples, factors and prime numbers.

 

In English this term, 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.

We will also look at the book ‘Way Home’ by Gregory Rogers, a modern story of a boy’s friendship with a cat. Using the book as a stimulus we will write a range of genres including the following: poems, newspaper reports, character descriptions and diary entries.

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.

Working Scientifically, children will carry out investigations to observe how moulds grow over time. Children will use and construct classification keys to identify plants within their locality. They will identify specific species by closely observing the similarities and differences within each group.

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.