Year 6 Summer 2

In Maths, we will introduce the children to the concept of ratio and proportion. Children will learn to recognise, describe and compare ratios and will represent them in different ways. They will learn how to use ratio notation to record and interpret ratios and will develop an understanding of how ratios relate to fractions. Additionally, our children will be introduced to the concept of scale factors.

We will then move onto geometry futher developing their understanding of properties of shapes, drawing of a range of skills including using a protractor, angles in shapes, and applying knowledge of shape properties to accurately draw them.

Following on from this, we will use the extensive range of skills and knowledge acquired by children during year 6 to solve problems about number, measurement and geometry.

Finally, we will move onto statistics which includes learning about the mean, pie-charts and interpreting line graphs.

In English, we will be studying Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. The story is about a neglected child from a deprived home in London. Willie Beech is evacuated to the country during the Second World War to live with Tom Oakley, an old widower. With Tom, Willie flourishes, develops friendships and finds real happiness and security for the first time. Then he has to return to London to his mother where he has to return to his old life. This is an accessible, but emotionally charged novel which explores themes like safety and trust, parenting, fear and loss.

As part of their learning, our Year 6 pupils will explore themes and issues, and develop and sustain ideas through discussion, enabling them to make connections with their own lives. Through drama, storytelling and artwork, children will develop creative responses to the text; they will compose poetry and write in role in order to explore and develop empathy for characters.

In Science, the children will be continuing to investigate the power of electricity They will develop questions that will deepen their understanding of voltage and electrical efficiency. The children will then move on to finding out about the physical changes that they will be going through as they grow older. This will include a session with Coram Life Education covering puberty and reproduction. We will also discuss emotional changes that the children may experience, and discuss how they can deal with these, especially during the transition to senior school.  

Year 6 Summer Term 1

In Maths this coming term, Year 6 children will consolidate and apply understanding of units of measure both metric and imperial.  Children will practise converting between units and apply conversions to problem solving contexts.  They will use reasoning to describe when a number should be multiplied or divided to convert and by how much. 

We will then move onto exploring the relationship between area and perimeter of different 2D shapes.  Children will generate the formulae for the area of triangles and parallelograms and the volume of cubes and cuboids and use them to calculate areas, volumes and missing lengths.  Children will apply their knowledge of perimeter, area and volume to solve problems.

Finally, we will move onto the concept of ratio and proportion.

In English this term, we will look at the book ‘Rose Blanche’, a moving story of a girl’s life at the outbreak of the Second World War, 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 online learning with an educator from The National Holocaust Centre and Museum (Beth Shalom) in May, they will hear many courageous stories and they will use these as a stimulus for their own writing. 

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 when we will look 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!