Year 6 Summer Term 1
In Maths this term, we will be continuing to revise gaps in knowledge and understanding for the SATs in May. In addition, we will be covering the following areas: calculating the volume of shapes; solving problems involving the circumference, radius and diameter of circles; simple missing number and algebraic calculations; conversion of measurements of length, mass and capacity; interpreting data from graphs and timetables.
In English this term, we will look at the book ‘Rose Blanche’ written by Robert Innocenti and illustrated by Ian McEwan. This is a moving story of a girl’s life in Germany at the outbreak of The Second World War. Using the book as a stimulus, the children will write a range of genres including the following: diary entry, setting description, an alternative ending to the story. The children will also be investigating the author’s use of language and will develop the skill of being able to infer and deduce from texts.
During their trip to Beth Shalom in May, the children will learn about the real life experiences of children who were forced to flee persecution during The Second World War. They will follow the story of ‘Leo’ and read his diary as they move though the museum and explore numerous artefacts. Our children are fortunate enough to be able to listen to testimonies of Kinder Transport survivors and use these as a stimulus for their own writing on their return to school. This will include creating their own diary entries and poetry. The children will also engage in non-fiction wiring in conjunction with our curriculum topic on The Second World War.
In Science, children will work towards answering the question, ‘How can we stay healthy?’ They will present their findings in the form of a ‘health roadshow’ incorporating multi-media presentations which show that they will have recognised the impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle choices on the way their bodies function. Children will learn that there are many different but related 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 as well as creating graphs to show and interpret their results.
In Curriculum, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic looking at the key events of the Second World War. We will use atlases to map the countries involved in the conflict, as well as creating a detailed timeline. Examining how life was affected for ordinary people, we will cook recipes using ingredients available at the time and create games using simple equipment. Finally, we will practise our DT skills, building WWII vehicles and models of 1940’s houses which utilise electrical circuits.
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!