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.

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.