Year 6

 Autumn 2020 – Year 6 Curriculum 


The Year 6 teachers are Miss Wolfe, Mrs Baker and Mrs Sheldon. Miss Wolfe wil teach 6A on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Mrs Baker will teach the class on Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Sheldon is the full time teacher of class 6B. The teaching assistants working in Year 6 are Mrs Oxby, Mrs Prior, Mrs Lees and Miss Goodey. Premier Sports will teach PE to both Year 6 classes on Thursday afternoons and Mrs Hillier will teach PSHE in Year 6 on Monday afternoons.


We have an interesting and exciting curriculum planned for our first term in Year 6. In English we are looking forward to following the school’s Talk For Writing scheme – building on the work we carried out in Year 5. The first half term will concentrate on writing fiction. Our first weeks will be based on Suspense Stories. Class reading texts will be Skellig by David Almond, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and The Island by Armin Greder. All of these books will help the children identify what makes good suspense writing. We will then move on to Adventure Stories, linking our writing to Strom Breaker by Anthony Horowitz.


We will have two Reciprocal Reading sessions each week where children will share a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts in a small group with an adult. Written reading comprehension activities will occur very Thursday. We will have one spelling lesson a week on a Wednesday- we have a lot of spellings to cover in Year 6 as we have spelling patterns to learn from our Rising Stars spelling programme, along with making sure we can spell the statutory words expected to be known by all pupils in Years 5 and 6. Your child will bring home more spelling lists to be learnt than in previous years – please do support them to help master these tricky spellings. This half term we will look at ei/ie words, fer words and suffixes and their meanings.


In Maths we will start the Autumn term by looking at place value – comparing, ordering and rounding numbers up to 10 million and solving problems using these skills. We will work with negative numbers and revise methods of long multiplication and long division. We convert between fractions, decimals and percentages and revise adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions, as well as starting to divide fractions. Pupils will classify and sort 2D and 3D shapes by describing their properties. We will begin to look at the mean as an average and constructing and interpreting pie charts and line graphs in work on handling data.


Our Science this term is based on animal and plant classification – looking at how animals are classified in kingdoms, as well as naming groups within the vertebrates and invertebrates. We shall look at the growth of micro organisms and debate whether these are useful or not. We shall use keys and tree diagrams to name plants and seeds and look at how living things are adapted to the environment in which they live in. We will discuss the threat of extinction.


Work in Humanities all links nicely together. Our History project will be a study of the ancient civilisation of The Mayans. Children will find out about the role of Spanish explorers and learn when and where the Mayans lived. We will use different sources to find out about the religious beliefs of the Mayans – looking at their myths, Gods and architecture. Children will learn about daily life – looking at crops and food, studying the Mayan calendar and finally debating why the Mayan civilisation disappeared. Our Geography focus is on South America. Children will look at the human and physical geography of the countries in this continent – in particular, population density and the river and mountains of the Andes region. They will look at the natural environment – the weather, climate and biomes of South America, together with the natural resources found in these places.


Our Art lessons start with topic called Make My Voice Heard – all about how artists express their feelings and opinions. We will begin by looking at street art and design our own “tag.” We will then move on to the emotive portraits of Kathe Kollwitz and the striking and graphic work by Pablo Picasso based on the battle of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War. We will create a small clay sculpture which will capture an emotion. The second half term will focus on different Art skills – firstly colour mixing inspired by French Impressionist painters and then ink and line patterns and printing techniques.


Music lessons will be based on Jazz and Blues. Children will look at the origins of Jazz and enjoy the work of James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. They will work on improvising rhythms and melodies and devising lyrics. Spanish lessons start with pronunciation and phonics and then move onto the the language of the classroom and the naming of animals, colours and foods. RE lessons this term are based on The Church – looking at the practices and symbolism of buildings of worship and the events which occur inside them.


PE will be taught on Thursdays and Fridays. Lessons will frequently take place outside so make sure as the term progresses that you have tracksuit bottoms or leggings – in dark, plain colours only. 


Spellings and homework will be set Google Classroom. We shall only be using the Google Classroom platform to set all homework tasks – paper copies will not be sent home so children and parents need to make sure they can access this online. We shall also use Google Classroom to post all information about learning and events that you need to know. 


We expect Year 6 pupils to be reading every day. We want them to be reading a wide range of good quality fiction with a rich and challenging use of vocabulary. The more the children are exposed to good fiction, the better their writing will become. We are sending home a sheet with suggested fiction books recommended for Year 6 – there are many excellent, thought-provoking books on the list. We want your child to push themselves to read as many of these as possible this year – they can tick them off when they have read them.


We shall also continue to use MYON and Accelerated Reader. Please do try to see if the book you have chosen to read has a quiz on Accelerated Reader – it is a good way to practise understanding and comprehension of the text.


We will be electing House Captains and all Year 6 pupils will be a buddy to a new Year 3 pupil. We shall not be having prefects this year but there will hopefully be many opportunities for Year 6 pupils to take on a position of responsibility – Lunchtime Servers, Librarians, Sports Champions and Peer Mentors. Different responsibilities  will also be allocated within both classrooms.


For the foreseeable future we will not be organising the children into Maths sets. This is because pupils must stay within their class bubbles. However, we will set up groupings within our class Maths lessons.




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