Year 6 Summer Term 1

In Maths this coming term, we will be consolidating our learning for the SATs week beginning the 11th May. 

This will include looking in more depth at representing concepts and problems algebraically as expressions, formulae and equations. Pupils will find rules that govern number patterns and represent these using pictures. They will also record, using letters to represent variables within a sequence.

Once children can find a rule, they will follow a number pattern; find outputs from a given input number and use a rule to find a specific value and answer. Following this, children will investigate and record formulae for finding values linked to mathematical concepts such as the perimeter and area of 2D shapes. Finally, children will solve equations using algebraic notation. They will begin with one-step equations; move on to two-step equations where there is one solution and then solve equations with multiple solutions.

This unit will be followed by one which will consolidate and apply understanding of units of measure, both metric and imperial.

In English this term, we will look at the book ‘Rose Blanche’, a moving story of a girl’s life at the outbreak of WWII written by Robert Innocenti and illustrated by Ian McEwan. Using the book as a stimulus, we will write a range of genres including the following: diary entries, setting description and a balanced argument followed by a class debate.

Linked to their work on ‘Rose Blanche,’ Year 6 will be looking at the real-life stories of children fleeing persecution during the war. During their trip to Beth Shalom in May, they will hear many of these stories, and use these as a stimulus for their writing when they return to school.

In Science, children will work towards answering the question, ‘How can we stay healthy?’ They will learn about the impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle choices on the human body. Children will learn that there are many 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. They will then create graphs which they will use to interpret their results.

In Topic, Year 6 will be looking at the key events of the Second World War. We will use atlases to map the countries involved in the conflict and create a detailed timeline of events. After investigating 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, by building Second World War vehicles.

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: position and direction in Geometry including plotting co-ordinates, translations, reflection and shape. We will also be furthering our understanding of decimals, percentages, algebra, measure and ratio and proportion.

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 build electrical circuits and use the correct symbols to create circuit diagrams. We will learn the function of electrical components, and see how they work in different configurations.

Working scientifically, children will carry out investigations and fair tests to observe how a bulb can be made brighter within a circuit and how this is affected by adding or removing various components. We will also ‘fault find’ when circuits are not working and create a diagram to check all possibilities in order to solve the problem.

In Topic, Year 6 will be studying a unit of work called ‘Hola Mexico.’ During this time, 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 look at Mexico’s geography, particularly its desert landscapes. We will finish by investigating modern Mexican festivals and music in all their colourful and noisy splendour!