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Year 6 Autumn Curriculum – 2017
This term in English we will be looking at autobiographies and biographies, taking a look at those written on or by famous people before writing our own. We will also be reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty and a variety of World War 2 texts such as Little Ships. Using these, we will be writing letters, diary entries and descriptions of how lives were affected. After half term we will be writing balanced arguments and voicing our opinions on some controversial issues.
This term, across four groups, we will be looking at place value and securing our understanding of the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. In our data handling units, we will be working out different averages of data and interpreting line graphs and pie charts, before constructing our own based on a murder mystery! Lastly we will learn how to convert between different units of measurement such as weight, length and capacity. Each group will be taking part in exciting weekly investigations, with one group partaking in ‘Jaguar Maths in Motion’
Our year of Science kicks off with our unit ‘Living things and their habitats.’ Throughout this unit we will be looking at the work and discoveries of Aristotle and Linneaus, before learning about the three types of microorganisms and creating our very own one with plasticine. We will also be creating our own classification keys based on leaves and plants, involving the school grounds. Lastly, we will be designing our own animals to adapt in a special new environment discovered by the WWF.
We have bought back WW2 into the curriculum for Year 6 which is very exciting. We will be learning about the different leaders, the role Hitler played in the war, evacuation and how it affected thousands of children, the battle of Dunkirk and the final solution. As part of this topic, we will be embarking on a wonderful trip to the Lincolnsfield Centre where the children (all dressed up) can go into a bunker, hear an air raid siren and experience the different types of shelters!
Our topic of Planet Protectors begins this term, looking at the current concerns people have in the world and how we can help to combat global warming and climate change. This includes learning about recycling, energy reduction, eco-footprints and which countries conserve the most energy. We will also debate the use of the plastic bag, and learn about where our food comes from and how far it has travelled.
Art and Design
This term we will be learning about composition. The children will organise a chosen selection of objects to create an artistic effect. Using the skill of sketching, they will use observation and sketch their design using shape and line. They will then use complementary colours and enhance their painting skills to produce a finished piece.
PSHE will address resilience, self-esteem, confidence and ways in which to deal with different emotions. We will be looking at goals for the coming year, facing adversity, global issues, friendships and conflict resolutions.
Year 6 will be learning how algorithms can be used to solve problems in programming. They will be using Scratch to design and write programs for a specific purpose and will use logical reasoning to detect and correct errors within them. In E-Safety, the children will be looking at sensible choices about online gaming, mobile phones and the internet. The children will also be using different software to create presentations in our multimedia unit, specifically using Prezi. Lastly, the children will be learning how to use search engines, such as google, effectively.
Year 6 weekly Spanish lesson will be taught by our expert Modern Foreign Languages teacher. She will cover a mixture of written and oral work in preparation for their secondary school lessons.
The children will be learning about the importance of pilgrimage to believers.
PE is taught by outside specialist PE teachers – ‘Premier Sports’. PE sessions will be Monday and Friday. It is really important to have indoor and outdoor equipment ready for both sessions.
Maths and English homework is given out every Thursday, and is due in on the following Tuesday. Each piece of homework should take 30-40 minutes to complete. On top of this, we expect the children to be learning their statutory spellings for year 6, completing their spelling sentences and learning their times tables.
This term we will be focusing on the statutory spelling lists for Year 6. Your child will bring home some words they have learnt and will be expected to write a minimum of 5 sentences using those spellings to show understanding of the world. The test will be based on the selection of words for that week from the list.
Home School Books are checked every Monday; with the expectation that there are at least 4 pieces of reading logged for every week and that a parent has signed that week’s page.