Welcome to Year 6
Miss Warmington and Mr Brown
Ms Malik, Mrs Gurney and Miss Flint
Mr Jarret and Mrs James
Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope that you all had a wonderful break over Christmas. Spring Term is a very busy and important term for our Year 6 children and we have so much to look forward to this half-term! We will also start preparations for the SATS assessments, which Year 6 will take in the Summer Term.
Half Termly Topics
• Autumn 1- Tomorrow’s World
• Autumn 2- Frozen Kingdom
• Spring 1- A Child’s War
• Spring 2- A Child's War
• Summer 1- Darwin's Delight
Summer 2- Lake District & Moving On
This half term we will begin our topic
A Child's War
This foundation topic primarily has a history and geography focus.
As part of this topic children will learn to:
- Understand the major events of the Second World War and complete a timeline of the events of WWII.
- Identify the countries involved in WWII and use world maps to identify the Allies and Axis powers.
- Locate the cities and towns bombed during the Blitz on a map of the UK. Look in detail at surrounding areas, considering why these places were vulnerable to bombing.
- Consider the impact of evacuation on children and write a letter in role as an evacuee
- Contrast the lives of Jewish and German children
- Consider why rationing was introduced and its impact on the UK
We will also have the opportunity to visit the National Holocaust Museum, where children will have the opportunity to start to learn about the Holocaust through a child’s eye. Further details of this trip will be added to the website soon.
What else will Year 6 be doing this half term?
Children will read ‘Once’ by Morris Gletizman, to link their learning in topic. ‘Once’ is a fantastic book, written from the perspective of nine year-old Felix, who escapes an orphanage. We follow his journey throughout Poland and into the Warsaw Ghetto. Children are given Felix’s unique perspective of the horrors around him as he slowly starts to understand what the Nazi’s are doing in Poland.
As part of this work children will learn to:
- write in role as Felix
- write a newspaper report of the conditions of the Warsaw Ghetto
- write in the style of Morris Gleitzman, by writing their own final chapter
We will also start the year by doing a unit of work on poetry. We will write our own narrative based on the narrative poem ‘A Tale of Two Friends,’ by Karl Nova.
We will start the year by looking at decimals. Children should have an understanding of place value in numbers with up to 3 decimal places. We will practise using the formal written methods for multiplication and division involving decimals. Children will start to have an understanding of the equivalence between decimals and fractions. They will then apply this knowledge to working on percentages. Children should be able to find a percentage of an amount and solve multi-step word problems involving percentages.
We are now using Times Tables Rockstars: children will complete a paper-based exercise in lessons but have the opportunity to develop their times table and related division facts by using the TT Rockstars. Each child has their own individual log on and password. Please encourage the children to use this resource as much as possible - instant recall of these number facts is extremely beneficial.
The pupils will also be set regular challenges on the Manga High and ActiveLearn websites. The challenges help the children to practise and consolidate maths concepts, which are being covered during lessons. Last year, it had a very positive impact on the progress of the children who regularly completed the challenges, so please encourage your child to log onto their account at home.
Science this half term will focus on ‘Animals including Humans.’
The children will continue to develop their scientific ability to carry out observations and investigations.
Children will also learn to:
- identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
- recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
- describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.
This half term, we will focus on Hinduism. We look at the Hindu belief in re-incarnation and the Cycle of Samsara. Children will also have an understanding of the Hindu concept of Karma. We will write an agony aunt letter, advising how Hindu’s believe one should live their life.
This half term, both year 6 classes will continue to have a weekly PE lesson on a Thursday afternoon. This half term's lessons will focus on developing gymnastic skills.
Dates and Events
Homework is to be handed in every Wednesday