Year 6 Spring 1

In Maths this term, Year 6 will continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding of fractions. Children will be extending their fluency skills through learning how to solve fraction calculations involving the four operations. They will then apply these skills to reasoning and problem-solving tasks. Children will then move on to plotting coordinates for translations and reflections in all four quadrants.

In English this term, Year 6 will be reading ‘Shackleton’s Journey,’ by William Grill. This informative text is a unique visual re-telling of Ernest Shackleton's landmark expedition when he crossed the Antarctic from one pole to the other. The book focuses on the historic exploration by Shackleton and his crew on Endurance. Children will explore the exploded diagrams and the fascinating details of this epic voyage.

We will also be studying Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick. This book is set in an all too believable near future when many parts of England are submerged in water and people drift into gangs, divided due to the scarcity of resources. Over a period of four weeks, the dilemmas and challenges experienced by the protagonists allow children to explore character development, emotional response and setting in narrative fiction.

In Science, we will continue to look at ‘Living Things’. Following in the footsteps of Louis Pasteur, children will work scientifically to investigate what yeast, as a living organism, needs to grow. In outdoor learning, we will be exploring the school environment to find and draw living and non-living things and will be answering the question ‘What makes something living?’ Children will also be learning about how plants have evolved to exploit the behaviour of animals in order to disperse their seeds and ensure their survival.

In our Topic lessons we will be completing our studies on the First World War before moving onto a local study about Walter Tull. Children will develop their historical understanding by identifying the key events of his life and they will then go on to design an appropriate memorial for this local hero.

We will then begin a new unit of work called, ‘Frozen Planet.’ During this topic, the children will be introduced to the planet’s coldest lands, vast wilds and hostile territories which can be incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. Throughout the topic, they will learn about the following: the properties of ice; Inuit artwork; Polar climates; the infamous sinking of the Titanic and global warming.

Year 6 Autumn 2

Maths

In maths Year 6 pupils will continue to follow the Power Maths Mastery Scheme. We will be looking at the four operations with the children to allow them to develop fluency with efficient columnar written methods. Children will also make links to methods that they have met before and apply new learning to contextual word problems. They will also learn to recognise and find common factors and multiples before looking at prime numbers. Next, they will investigate the effects of squaring and cubing; order of operations and strategies for solving mental calculations. They will then move on to understanding of 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 finish the term by reading ‘The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey’ an uplifting story of friendship.

In Topic, 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 explore people’s hopes and fears as the conflict broke out. We will then look at propaganda that was created to encourage people’s participation in the war effort, and we will design our own poster. We will then move on to a study, focussing on a local man named Walter Tull. We will investigate his life story, and discover how he is remembered in Northamptonshire.

In Science, children will continue to learn about evolution and inheritance. 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 micro-organisms, including how mould grows.