Year 6 Autumn Term 1

Maths

In Maths, pupils will:

  • Read, write and compare 6-digit numbers and know what each digit represents;
  • read, write and compare 1-, 2- and 3-place decimal numbers;
  • multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000;
  • round decimals to nearest tenth and whole number and place on a number line;
  • convert decimals (up to 3 places) to fractions and vice-versa.
  • Use mental addition strategies to solve additions including decimal numbers;
  • use column addition to add 5-digit numbers, decimal numbers and amounts of money;
  • solve problems involving number up to 3 decimal places, choose an appropriate method to solve decimal addition.
  • Express missing number problems algebraically and find pairs of numbers that satisfy equations involving two unknowns;
  • find missing lengths and angles;
  • understand how brackets can be used in calculation problems;
  • use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations, solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems using knowledge of the order of operations.
  • Convert between grams and kilograms, millilitres and litres, millimetres and centimetres, centimetres and metres, metres and kilometres, and miles and kilometres;
  • revise reading the 24-hour clock and convert 12-hour times to 24-hour;
  • read and write Roman numerals; find time intervals using the 24-hour clock.

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 Curriculum, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic 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, including making a working periscope and seeing how the length of shadows can be manipulated.

Year 6 Summer Term 2

In the Summer term, Year 6 will be preparing for the transition to their new secondary schools.

In English, Year 6 will be creating work based on a short film called, ‘The Piano.’ Year 6 will use key points in the film to discuss features and themes. They will explore approaches made by the film maker to create moods, pace and viewpoint. The Piano will develop children's film metalanguage by identifying how colour, light, sound and camera angles have been used to tell the narrative.

Year 6 will also be studying ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio. The story is about a boy called August. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a severe facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past his extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include the perspectives of his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These voices converge to portray a community as it struggles with differences, and challenges readers, both young and old, to wonder about the true nature of empathy, compassion, acceptance, friendship, and—ultimately—kindness. Auggie is a hero for the ages, one who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

In Maths, Year 6 will be continuing their work on all four operations, adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, multiplying and dividing fractions by whole numbers and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa. They will continue to develop their understanding of place value, algebraic equations, ratio, proportion and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

In Curriculum, Year 6 will be continuing their new topic on WW2. A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory.

During this topic, children will learn about the reasons behind WW2 starting, as well as finding out about significant moments from WW2 including D-Day and Dunkirk. Year 6 will be learning about the war from a child’s point of view.

On June 7th and 8th, Year 6 will be taking a trip to Beth Shalom (National Holocaust Centre and Museum) which will enable the children to extend their learning within both our RE topic of ‘tolerance’ and our curriculum topic about the Second World War. During the visit, the children will be afforded the unique privilege of listening to the testimony of a survivor. Following the talk, the children will be able to formulate and ask the speaker questions to extend their knowledge and deepen their understanding.

In Science, children will be reviewing what they have learnt in science throughout Key Stage 2.  It is important for children to have an opportunity to revisit all aspects of the science they have learnt before moving on to senior school. Some areas such as rocks in Year 3 and sound in Year 4 will not have been taught for 3 years or more so it is important to give children an opportunity to reflect on their learning in these areas so that they go forward feeling confident in all aspects of science. This unit also encourages children to celebrate what they have learnt and to identify their stand-out moments and successes.

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