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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6

Spring Term 2021

Areas of study for Year 6*

           

Literacy

 

Kicking off the spring term, the children’s writing will be cross-curricular with their Victorians history unit. Their writing will include diary entries on the Titanic disaster and persuasive leaflets to encourage the poor and homeless to come to the workhouse. The children will also be looking at the short story Alma and writing a narrative using tension and suspense techniques. The children will also be writing biographies about an inventor, innovator or designer for science week.  After half term, the children’s writing will be inspired by
Private Peaceful. They will have the opportunity to write creatively in a range of styles, including poetry. They will consider the effectiveness of similes and metaphors in poetry and will compare the ways in which some poems reflected the true horrors of the war while others painted it as an adventure. They will also practise writing descriptively from the perspective of a soldier living in the trenches, trying to capture all the senses and to convey atmosphere. Inspired by the characters in the novel, the children will write both formal and informal letters. To end the term, the children will write a persuasive speech to encourage men to enlist in the war and they will perform these in front of the class.

Numeracy

 

During maths lessons this term, the children will be continuing to use their existing knowledge to support them with each new activity and skill. Using their knowledge of place value, the children will be ordering, comparing and sequencing numbers. They will revise how to read and write Roman numerals and how to count through negative numbers. The children will next be introduced to BIDMAS and how to apply this method in algebra to check the order in which they need to complete questions. The children will revise their knowledge of shapes, recapping the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, nets of 3D shapes and how to tell whether a 2D shape is regular or irregular by looking at its angles and the lengths of its sides. Over the course of this term, children will continue to practise reasoning and problem-solving activities to consolidate their learning and to apply what they have learnt.

Reading

 

This term, the children will be reading Private Peaceful as their class novel. Using this text in literacy lessons, the children will explore the language used. This will include discussions about the author’s choice of vocabulary and how he switches between the present and flashbacks from the past. The children will also have the opportunity to develop a range of reading skills by using the whole school approach of ‘APE’ (Answer it, Prove it, Explain It) and will not only look at fiction, but also non-fiction and poetry as well as a play version of Oliver Twist.

MFL

 

Le weekend is the topic for the first half term of French. The children will learn how to ask and tell the time in French before progressing to phrases to describe leisure activities. Finally, they will practise creating phrases in which they described, for example, at what times they might do different activities and for how long.

After the half term, the French topic aligns with what the children are learning in science – les habitats. Children are exposed to some technical language in this topic. They will learn how to describe habitats, examples of the different habitats and the geographical areas where they are located, the animals and plants that are found in particular habitats.

PSHE/RSHE

 

This term, the children will begin looking at New Year, finding out how different countries celebrate it and why people make resolutions. The children will then look at developing a growth mindset and why this is important to our learning. This will lead into our week on ‘what makes me unique’, using inspiration from the Disney film ‘Inside Out’ to create their own ‘personality islands’ that they think define them. Alongside our science week, the children will be learning how we can help to care for the planet with a focus on the ocean. The children will consider how recycling can help to clean the oceans.

In line with Internet Safety day, the children will analyse how images are altered online and discuss the concept of fake news before creating their own fake news story.

After half term, the children will then move on to age restrictions for social media; how images can be altered online; fake news and how to stay safe online. We then move on to the children thinking about prejudice and stereotypes and how these can be challenged.

RE

 

This term, children will be focused on the key question, ‘Why are festivals important to religious communities?’ They will begin looking at celebrations and reasons for them. They will then move on to the topic of communities and consider the relationships between communities as well as how the idea of community impacts on festivals and celebrations. Over the course of the term, the children will learn about festivals across the six world religions and consider why these are important. At the end of the term, children will also learn about the Easter story and its importance as part of the story of Jesus.

PE

 

During the first half of the term, children will develop their stamina and fitness levels as they participate in a range of activities, including HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Zumba, Yoga and Pound. They will learn co-ordination skills, moving in time to the music and how to look after their bodies.

 After half term, the children will be completing a unit on dance – performing the Charleston, Lambeth Walk and the Lindy Hop, all of which link to our history units this term. Children will be dancing individually to learn the steps, then in pairs before finally performing their new dances in groups. Each child will learn how to dance the Charleston step by step and will have the chance to add their own moves as well.

Geography

 

During Spring Term, both of our Humanities topics are history-based; however, during these topics, we will be looking at how the UK changed in terms of new transport (trains) and how the country was prepared for war.

History

 

This term, the children will be learning about two very exciting topics during history. Before half term, we will be learning about the Victorian Era. The children will consider: what type of Queen was Victoria; how was school different to modern times; the conditions in work factories; the differences between classes and how the invention and building of the railways impacted Britain past and present. During this topic, the children will have the opportunity to create many different pieces of work, including a fact file about the Victorian era writing about life in a Victorian factory.

After half term, the children will be learning about World War One, beginning with how and why the war started. Following this, the children will learn about propaganda, life in the trenches, the different weapons and technology used during the war, the role of women in WW1 and why we celebrate Remembrance Day. Throughout this topic, the children will have opportunities to produce writing about the war and will create posters and annotate images from the Great War.

Science

 

In the first half term, the topic is inheritance and evolution. The children will learn how living things have changed over time and will consider how fossils provide scientists with evidence of this. They will go on to learn about inherited characteristics and about how natural selection drives evolution. They will consider the ways in which variation and adaptation affect how living things interact with their environment. After half term, we will be learning about habitats. In particular, the children will learn about how living things of different species are classified and the reasons for this before going on to consider what characteristics make particular species suited to the habitat in which they are found.

Music

 

For the first half term, children will be participating in the Oak Academy unit: Rhythm 1. The children will learn the duration of different notes and be able to clap these by following a beat. The children will then create their own rhythms, using a range of notes, and perform these in front of their peers. By the end of the unit, the children will be able to perform the cup song, both accompanied and unaccompanied by music.

Starting after half term, the children will be studying the history of music, including medieval, renaissance, classical and blues. They will have the opportunity to critique music from different periods, learn about famous composers, create collages and identify the different instruments used and how these have changed over time. By studying each period in turn, the children can identify the similarities between them and how they draw on one another to create new music.

Computing

 

For the first half term, the children will be using code.org, using block-based programming to perform a variety of tasks. They will also have the opportunity to use their understanding of Python from the autumn term to create real-life ‘if’ statements and ‘while loops’ to play games with their peers. After half term, the children will be learning how to use Excel, inputting data, using simple formulae to add, subtract, multiply, divide and to find totals from data. Once secure, the children will be using their learning from the Victorians topic to research the number of children in workhouses so that they can create tables, pie charts and bar graphs.

Art, Design & Technology

 

This term in art the children will be creating collages using a variety of different materials to produce an image based on our World War One history unit. They will look at Kurt Schwitters, a German artist who specialises in collages. The children are recreating images from the trenches using either a realistic or abstract collage design.

The children will then begin researching different designers, comparing the range of textiles they use to make their designs unique in order to make a cushion for someone in their family. They will have the chance to carry out a design brief, asking the family member their cushion is made for what they would like from the product: for example, red and white stripes with 3 grey buttons sewn on. The children will be taught a range of stitches, including backstitch, cross-stich and running stitch and will be shown how to use each of these when making their cushion.

*If you require additional information relating to our school curriculum, please ask at the school office or the class teacher.