Year 6 Autumn Term 1

We are really looking forward to welcoming our Year 6 pupils back to school. In order to help everyone settle back into school life, we have chosen to begin our learning by completing a unit of work based the text, ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. This book provides a powerful vehicle for children to reflect on and make sense of the world we are living in. The words and pictures work together to help children to understand their place in the world and to move forward together in a positive and constructive way.

Maths

During this term, we will continue to use our Power Maths scheme of work and will also be focussing on closing any gaps in learning. 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, Year 6 will be engaging in outdoor activities where the children will learn about light and how we see things. Through this, they will gain an understanding of how light travels and enters our eyes.

Working Scientifically, the children will discover that shiny or reflective surfaces alter the direction in which light travels. They will have the opportunity to a plan and carry out investigations around light which will include making a working periscope and building a light maze.

Our pupils will also be learning about Darwin’s theory of evolution through reading, art and drama activities.