## Year 6 Spring Term 2

**Maths**

In Maths, pupils will:

- Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in shopping contexts, and add and subtract money using column addition and counting up;
- Add and subtract decimal numbers choosing an appropriate strategy, and add decimal numbers with different numbers of places using column addition;
- Use mathematical reasoning to investigate and solve problems, and solve subtractions of decimal numbers with different numbers of places (2-places) using counting up
- Calculate and understand the mean average; construct and interpret distance/time line graphs where intermediate points have meaning, including conversion line graphs;
- Understand pie charts are a way of representing data using percentages, interpret and construct pie charts
- Read and plot coordinates in all four quadrants, draw and translate simple polygons using coordinates and find missing coordinates for a vertex on a polygon;
- Draw and reflect simple polygons in both the x-axis and y-axis using coordinates;
- Find unknown angles around a point, on a line, in a triangle or vertically opposite and in polygons where diagonals intersect
- Multiply 4-digit numbers including those with two decimal places by 1-digit numbers; use long multiplication to multiply 4-digit numbers by numbers between 10 and 30, including those with two decimal places;
- Revise using short division to divide 4-digit by 1-digit and 2-digit numbers including those which leave a remainder, and divide the remainder by the divisor to give a fraction, simplifying where possible, and make approximations;
- Use long division to divide 4-digit by 2-digit numbers, and use a systematic approach to solve problems
- Generalise a relationship between pairs of numbers, express simple formulae in words, then using letters;
- Describe and continue sequences, generalise to predict the tenth term, begin to generalise a term in a sequence using
*n*to stand for the number of the term in a sequence; - Describe ratio and use ratio to solve problems;
- Find fractions and simplify ratios

**English**

In the Spring term 2, Year 6 will be reading ‘The Highwayman’. The 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.

Year 6 will also be studying, ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. The story starts as Victor Frankenstein is dying, and shares a tale of gruesome terror with a sea captain. Viktor, using previous experiments by a brilliant scientist, was able to bring a creature to life, grown in a tank of chemicals. Once he realized how destructive his experiments had become, he abandoned the creature and tried to live a normal life with his fiancé. However, the lonely creature seeks out Viktor and demands one of two things: a bride or revenge.

In **Curriculum**, Year 6 will be continuing their new topic called, ‘Revolution.’

They will be studying about super-strict schools by travelling back in time to a Victorian classroom. They will be learning about Victorian punishments were unquestionably terrible. They will be discovering a time when great minds thought new thoughts and ingenious inventors created so many things we take for granted today: the electric light bulb, the telephone and even the first flushing toilet.

Pupils will learn about great artists, architects and designers in history as well as appreciating a wide variety of high quality musical performances, drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.

**In Science**, children will work towards answering the Quest question, ‘How can we fix a broken score board?’ They will recognise and use accepted scientific symbols in circuit diagrams. They will learn that altering the brightness of bulbs and the volume of a buzzer can be achieved in different ways, including changing the number of components, battery voltage, or the properties of the wires in the circuits. They will apply their knowledge of complete circuits to make quiz cards and provide a solution to the score board Quest question.

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**Working Scientifically**, children will have the opportunity to choose to investigate altering the brightness of bulbs and the volume of a buzzer in different ways, possibly including changing the number and/or type of components, battery voltage, or the properties of the wires in the circuits. They will predict outcomes relating to the arrangement in electrical circuits and record their results.

## Year 6 Spring Term 1

**Maths**

In Maths, pupils will:

- Read and write numbers with up to 7-digits, understanding what each digit represents; work systematically to find out how many numbers round to 5000000; solve subtraction of 5- and 6-digit numbers using written column method (decomposition).
- Multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000; compare and order numbers with up to three decimal places; know common fraction / decimal equivalents; multiply pairs of unit fractions and multiply unit fractions by non-unit fractions
- Use partitioning to mentally multiply 2-digit numbers with one decimal place by whole 1-digit numbers; multiply numbers with two decimal places; use short multiplication to multiply amounts of money; use estimation to check answers to calculations; use long multiplication to multiply 3-digit and 4-digit numbers by numbers between 10 and 30.
- Name, classify and identify properties of quadrilaterals; explore how diagonal lines can bisect quadrilaterals; understand what an angle is and that it is measured in degrees; know what the angles of triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and octagons add to and use these facts and mathematical reasoning to calculate missing angles; recognise and identify the properties of circles and name their parts; draw circles using pairs of compasses; draw polygons using a ruler and a protractor
- Add and subtract numbers using mental strategies; solve addition of 4- to 7-digit numbers using written column addition; identify patterns in the number of steps required to generate palindromic numbers; solve subtraction of 5-, 6- and 7-digit numbers using written column method (decomposition); solve additions and subtractions choosing mental strategies or written procedures as appropriate; read, understand and solve word problems
- Identity common factors and common multiples; understand that a prime number has exactly two factors and find prime numbers less than 100; understand what a composite (non-prime) number is; use long division to divide 3- and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers, giving remainders as a fraction, simplifying where possible

**English**

In the Spring term, Year 6 will be reading ‘Treason,’ by Berlie Doherty. This historical adventure story is set during the reign of Henry VIII. William Montague finds himself sent to the court of the King where he is chosen to be companion to the King’s infant son Edward. A royal favourite for a short while, William begins to find himself in danger as his father’s unwillingness to accept the king as head of the Church of England leads to his arrest for treason. William runs away and seeks to save his father with the help of Nick, a poor boy who befriends him.

Following on from ‘Treason,’ Year 6 will be reading ‘The Highwayman’. The 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.

In **Curriculum**, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic called, ‘Revolution.’

They will be studying about super-strict schools by travelling back in time to a Victorian classroom. They will be learning about Victorian punishments were unquestionably terrible. They will be discovering a time when great minds thought new thoughts and ingenious inventors created so many things we take for granted today: the electric light bulb, the telephone and even the first flushing toilet.

Pupils will learn about great artists, architects and designers in history as well as appreciating a wide variety of high quality musical performances, drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.

**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. They will use evidence from their investigation to predict and investigate how to accelerate the rate of decay in a mini-composter.

**Working Scientifically**, children will carry out investigations to observe how moulds grow over time. They will use the evidence from previous investigations to investigate how to accelerate decomposition in a mini-composter. Children will use and construct classification keys to identify plants within their locality. They will identify specific species of buttercup and earthworm by closely observing the similarities and differences within each group.