Year 6 Autumn Term 2

In maths, our 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. The children will then learn how to create effective setting and character descriptions, diary entries and dialogue.

In Curriculum, 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 be looking at evolution. We will start the topic by writing a biography of Charles Darwin and find out how the theory was developed. 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 adaptation, including trying out different beaks to eat a variety of foods.

Year 6 Autumn Term 1

Maths

We will be using a new scheme called Power Maths. In this term, Year 6 pupils will read, write and compare 6-digit numbers and know what each digit represents; round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy; use negative numbers in context and calculate intervals across zero; solve addition and subtraction multistep problems in context; multiply and divide multi-digit numbers by a two digit number; identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers; recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers; use order of operations to carry out calculations and perform mental calculations with mixed operations and large numbers.

In English, Year 6 will begin the term by creating work based on a short film called, ‘Dreamgiver.’  The children will focus on key points in the film to write short pieces which will introduce them to the writing expectations in Year 6. These include a variety of vocabulary and high-level punctuation.

We will then move on to read ‘Street Child,’ by Berlie Doherty. This historical adventure story is set during the reign of Queen Victoria. The main character, Jim finds himself with no family and thrown into the workhouse. Jim manages to escape but his problems are just beginning…

We will write diary entries from Jim’s point of view as well as persuasive letters and articles about conditions for children during the Victorian era, linking to our curriculum topic for the term.

 In our Topic learning, Year 6 will be studying a unit of work called, ‘Revolution.’

During this topic, the children will learn how Great Britain was transformed by the Industrial Revolution. They will discover a time when ingenious inventors created so many things we take for granted today: the electric light bulb, the telephone and even the first flushing toilet. They will imagine a trip to the Great Exhibition and write letters to a friend describing how they marvelled at some of these wonderful inventions. Additionally, they will write about taking a ride on the very first steam engine.

In Science, children will learn about light and that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes, or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. They will discover that shiny or reflective surfaces alter the direction in which light travels. Children will have the opportunity to solve problems related to everyday life about how light travels and how we see. Children will also investigate and explain the shapes of shadows, and relate this to light travelling in straight lines.

Working Scientifically, children will have the opportunity to plan and carry out investigations around light which will include making a working periscope and observing how the length of shadows can be manipulated.