Year 6 Summer Term 2
In our Maths lessons we will use mathematical reasoning to investigate and solve problems, and improve our estimating and predicting skills. We will find out about famous mathematicians including Brahmagupta and John Napier and use their different methods to multiply. In addition we will use lattice multiplication to solve multiplications of 2-, 3- and 4-digit numbers and begin to compare historical multiplication methods.
We will also explore binary numbers; solve mathematical puzzles; find digital roots and look for patterns; and explore Fibonacci sequences and Pythagoras’ theorem
In English this term, we will be creating diary entries, based on the information we learnt about the changes to the life of a Jewish child during Nazi rule at the National Holocaust Centre and Museum (Beth Shalom). We will think about what it must have been like for children who travelled on the Kinder Transport and we will write about the range of emotions that the children must have experienced during their hazardous journeys to escape persecution.
Following on from this we will look at a modern story further exploring discrimination called Wonder. We will think about character profiles and explore character viewpoints. We will think about how the plot may develop and make predictions about events in the story. After reading the novel, we will finally write a book review where we will summarise and share our views about the text.
In Science, children will be finding out about the physical changes that they will be going through as they grow older, which will include a visit from the school nurse. We will also discuss emotional changes that they may experience, and discuss how they can deal with these, especially during the transition to senior school.
In Curriculum, Year 6 will be continue their topic looking at the Second World War. We will be finding out how people kept their spirits up as the conflict continued, learning songs from the period as well as writing our own verses. We will look at how people managed to feed and clothe themselves using increasingly scarce resources, for example look at the ‘make do and mend’ campaign as well as finding out about how people used every spare space to grow food.
Year 6 Summer Term 1
In Maths this term, we will be continuing to revise gaps in knowledge and understanding for the SATs in May. In addition, we will be covering the following areas: calculating the volume of shapes; solving problems involving the circumference, radius and diameter of circles; simple missing number and algebraic calculations; conversion of measurements of length, mass and capacity; interpreting data from graphs and timetables.
In English this term, we will look at the book ‘Rose Blanche’ written by Robert Innocenti and illustrated by Ian McEwan. This is a moving story of a girl’s life in Germany at the outbreak of The Second World War. Using the book as a stimulus, the children will write a range of genres including the following: diary entry, setting description, an alternative ending to the story. The children will also be investigating the author’s use of language and will develop the skill of being able to infer and deduce from texts.
During their trip to Beth Shalom in May, the children will learn about the real life experiences of children who were forced to flee persecution during The Second World War. They will follow the story of ‘Leo’ and read his diary as they move though the museum and explore numerous artefacts. Our children are fortunate enough to be able to listen to testimonies of Kinder Transport survivors and use these as a stimulus for their own writing on their return to school. This will include creating their own diary entries and poetry. The children will also engage in non-fiction wiring in conjunction with our curriculum topic on The Second World War.
In Science, children will work towards answering the question, ‘How can we stay healthy?’ They will present their findings in the form of a ‘health roadshow’ incorporating multi-media presentations which show that they will have recognised the impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle choices on the way their bodies function. Children will learn that there are many different but related aspects to keeping healthy. They will investigate the functions of the heart and circulatory system and will describe how nutrients and water are transported in human and animal bodies
Working Scientifically, children will have the opportunity to plan and carry out an investigation to measure the impact of exercise on their bodies as well as creating graphs to show and interpret their results.
In Curriculum, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic looking at the key events of the Second World War. We will use atlases to map the countries involved in the conflict, as well as creating a detailed timeline. Examining how life was affected for ordinary people, we will cook recipes using ingredients available at the time and create games using simple equipment. Finally, we will practise our DT skills, building WWII vehicles and models of 1940’s houses which utilise electrical circuits.