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! 

Year 6 Spring Term 2

In Maths, Year 6 pupils will continue to follow the Power Maths Mastery Scheme. Initially, we will be looking at percentages. Children will then progress to developing strategies to find equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages. They will then apply these fluency methods to solving contextual word problems. Year 6 will then move on to developing an understanding of Algebra and solving Equations. 

For the first two weeks of English this term, Year 6 will continue to study Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick. The children will be exploring character development; discussing and creating their own free verse poetry as well as writing a sequel to the story.

Following on from this, Year 6 will be studying ‘The Highwayman’, written by Alfred Noyes and illustrated by Charles Keeping. We will begin by introducing the children to the historical context of the poem. We will look closely at unfamiliar language and investigate word meanings. Next, we will explore characters and the children will write in role. Finally, the children will focus on the language and rhythm of the poem in order to experiment with writing in a similar style.

In Science, we will be developing our children’s initial ideas about the main systems of the human body (skeletal, digestive and muscular). We will be learning about the main parts of the human circulatory system and describing the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. In addition, children will be developing their knowledge and understanding of the human skeleton as well as some of our major bones. Finally, they will use this knowledge to identify the similarities and differences between humans and other animals.

In our Topic lessons we will be completing our studies on the unit of work ‘Frozen Planet’. We will be deepening our understanding of our planet’s coldest lands, vast wilds and hostile territories. This term the children will be studying the infamous sinking of the Titanic; researching the impact of global warming and finally investigating the natural wonder of the Northern Lights.