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.

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Here are the objectives we will be covering:

  • Use mental addition, column subtraction and counting up to solve subtractions of amounts of money and word problems;

  • Use mental multiplication strategies to multiply by numbers such as 4, 8, 5, 25, 19, 29 and 99;

  • Revise using short multiplication to multiply 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers and use this to multiply amounts of money;

  • Solve word problems involving multiplication including two-step problems and finding change;

  • Use long multiplication to multiply 3-digit and 4-digit numbers by teens numbers;

  • Understand negative numbers;

  • Calculate small differences between negative numbers and negative and positive numbers;

  • Add and subtract negative numbers;

  • Compare fractions with unlike, but related, denominators; correctly use the terms fraction, denominator and numerator;

  • Understand what improper fractions and mixed numbers are and add fractions with the same denominator, writing the answer as a mixed number

  • Calculate the perimeter, area and volume of shapes, and know their units of measurement;

  • Understand that shapes can have the same perimeters but different areas and vice versa;

  • Calculate the area of a triangle using the formula A = 1/2 b × h;

  • Find the area of parallelograms using the formula A = b × h ;

  • Name and describe properties of 3D shapes;

  • Systematically find and compare nets for different 3D shapes;

  • Express a remainder as a fraction, simplifying where possible;

  • Use short division to divide 3- and 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers, including those which leave a remainder;

  • Find non-unit fractions of amounts;

  • Use mental strategies to divide by 2, 4, 8, 5, 20 and 25;

  • Use mental strategies to find simple percentages of amounts, including money;

  • Add and subtract unit fractions with different denominators including mixed numbers;

  • Multiply fractions less than 1 by whole numbers, converting improper fractions to whole numbers;

  • Use commutativity to efficiently multiply fractions by whole numbers;

  • Divide unit and non-unit fractions by whole numbers;

  • Solve word problems involving fractions;

In English, Year 6 will begin the term by studying a book linked to our curriculum topic called ‘War Games’. The book tells the story of a group of soldiers during the First World War who find common ground through a game of football. Children will write diary entries and letters based on the text. We will then move on to look at some war poetry and write verses of our own. We finish the term by reading ‘The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey’ an uplifting story of family and friendship.

In Curriculum, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic – a study of the First World War.

During this topic, the children will learn how the war started and will explore the hopes and fears of the nation as the conflict broke out. We will then look at propaganda that was created to encourage civilian participation in the war effort, and from this we will design our own poster. We will then move on to a local study, focussing on Walter Tull. We will investigate his life story, and discover how he is remembered in Northamptonshire.

In Science, children will be looking at evolution. We will start the topic by writing a biography of Charles Darwin and find out how his theory was developed. We will then research how plants and animals are adapted to suit their environment in different ways.

Working scientifically, children will have the opportunity to plan and carry out investigations around adaptation. This will include trying out different beaks to eat a variety of foods.

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