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!

Year 6 Spring Term 1

In Maths this term, our Year 6 pupils will continue to develop their understanding of fractions.  This will include the following:  comparing and ordering fractions; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions as well as solving problems involving fractions and amounts. 

Next, we will move onto Geometry where the children will plot coordinates, translations and reflections.  They will also extend their ability to reason about shapes based on their properties in order to solve problems that involve coordinates in all four quadrants.

We will then move onto a unit of work based on decimals and percentages.

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 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 in a range of genres including the following: poetry, informal letter, newspaper report 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. 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. They will then use and construct classification keys to identify plants within their locality. Lastly, pupils will identify specific species by closely observing the similarities and differences within each group.

In our Topic lessons, Year 6 will 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.