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.

Year 6 Summer Term 1

In the Summer term, Year 6 will be reading preparing for the SATs, which commence on Monday 14th May 2018.

English

In English, Year 6 will be continuing to study, ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. The story starts as Viktor Frankensteing is dying, and shares a tale of gruesome terror with a sea captain. Viktor, using previous experiments by a brilliant scientist, was able to bring a creature to life, grown in a tank of chemicals. Once he realized how destructive his experiments had become, he abandoned the creature and tried to live a normal life with his fiancé. However, the lonely creature seeks out Viktor and demands one of two things: a bride or revenge.

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 be beginning their study of, ‘Rose Blanche’ by Ian McEwan. Rose Blanche was the name of a group of young German citizens who, at their peril, protested against the war. Like them, Rose observes all the changes going on around her which others choose to ignore. She watches as the streets of her small German town fill with soldiers. One day she sees a little boy escaping from the back of a truck, only to be captured by the mayor and shoved back into it. Rose follows the truck to a desolate place out of town, where she discovers many other children, staring hungrily from behind an electric barbed wire fence. She starts bringing the children food, instinctively sensing the need for secrecy, even with her mother. Until the tide of the war turns and soldiers in different uniforms stream in from the East, and Rose and the imprisoned children disappear forever . . .

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 beginning 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.

In Science, children will work towards answering the Quest 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 investigate how exercise and heart rate are related, and also to find out how scientific ideas about health have developed over time. They will plan an investigation and will take measurements with accuracy and precision. Children will present their findings in a number of ways, and will explain causal relationships emerging from their own data.

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