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Welcome to our Year 6!

Spring Term 1 2020

We hope you had a fantastic break and are looking forward to the year ahead. We have some very exciting learning in this term that will take us on a journey with Odysseus.

This half term our topic is: Ancient Greece

We will use our research skills to find out more about this great topic, apply our knowledge of map reading to locate places in Greece and compare different locations. We will also explore Ancient Greek beliefs and examine what everyday life was like.

English

Our book this half term is The Adventures of Odysseus.

As Odysseus fights to find his way back home after the long and brutal Trojan War, he has to endure harrowing ordeals and adventures, and come to terms with devastating losses. Even when he returns to Ithaca, his troubles are far from over. Storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden’s graphic retelling breathes new life into this great classic.

Acclaimed storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden bring the poetry of Homer to life, and illustrator Christina Balit’s stylised paintings give life to mortals and immortals alike. We will use drama to further understand the story; use it as a basis for practicing elements of story writing and use reading techniques to understand the stories of Odysseus.

We will also be reading ‘The Landlady’ by Roald Dahl.  This is a story full of suspense and tension, which we will use to help write our own short stories.

 

 

 

 

 

Maths

As the children are taught in different sets in Year 6, the mathematical topics covered vary dependent on the areas of need for each of the classes. However, there will be a focus on application of skills this term. The children will be applying these skills to the different areas of maths including the application of number and place value, solving multi-step word puzzles and challenges, using the four operations and solving puzzles involving fractions, decimals, percentages, measures, statistics, ratio and proportion.

Take a look at the helpful websites sections. Scroll down to the bottom of this term’s page, to help you improve your maths.

Computing

As part of our Computing lessons we will learn about the capabilities of a smart phone and how location services work. We’ll also discuss, design and present a pitch for a new smartphone app!

We will also be using Crumble computing kit to programme a workable traffic light system, which will be taught by a professional computing engineer.

Science

During the following term the children will investigate how living things (plants and animals) are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics.

We will also investigate classification and its uses including the pioneering work of Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus, and research and classify animals and plants around the world.

Click on this link to play a BBC plants and animals habitat activity.

Physical Activity

Indoor PE

This half term, our focus is on gymnastics skills, learning how to perform a variety of movements on the floor and apparatus. We will also be developing our understanding of the necessary flexibility, strength and control needed to perform the movements successfully.

Shipra’s class will be having Dance lessons with an external coach.

Outdoor PE

Tag rugby (also known as flag rugby) is a non-contact team game based on the game rugby league. The children will learn to tag, pass, dodge and intercept in this game.

PE is a very important area of the curriculum, therefore it is really important that your child is prepared for their lessons, with what they wear, including all hair being tied up and jewellery removed. Children will be expected to have the appropriate kit for every lesson; only children with a note from their parents will be excused from the lessons.

Children must wear a kit appropriate to our changeable weather!

RE: Rules and Responsibilities

Through this unit, pupils will consider the implications of rules and responsibilities for belonging to communities and in particular of belonging to a faith community. Children will consider rules in religions and other sources of authority. This unit contains work on rules, laws and responsibilities in society and in Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Art: Landscapes

Our Art focus for this term will be landscapes. We will improve our awareness of composition, experiment with creating light effects through use of colour. We will also work on critically evaluating our work, and that of our peers whilst identifying how to improve our work.

As part of our Ancient Greek project we will be researching, designing and creating 3D models of traditional Greek artefacts.

Forest School

Please help your child to remember their outdoor boots when it is their turn. Further information about Forest School can be found at the following link:

Forest Schools

 

 

 

 

Homework

Homework will be given out on Thursday to be returned the following Tuesday. Please encourage your child to look over their homework on Thursday, so any questions can be answered by their teacher on Friday.

Handing homework in on time will help children with the preparation for secondary school.

Helpful websites to support your home learning:

Spelling, grammar and punctuation will be an important area of learning this year. Try out these interactive games to improve your knowledge.

Practice your spelling and grammar.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

Learn more about the different parts of a sentence.

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/grammar_tutorial.htm

Loads of resources to help with writing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/

Recommended websites for finding interesting books to read:

http://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

For extending your French learning: https://www.duolingo.com/

General Maths games on lots of topics:

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/

For a Maths challenge: http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

Games to help you practise your times tables facts:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm

Times tables songs – learn the fun way:

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Fractions: Everything you need to know about fractions – Maths is fun website:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions-menu.html

Percentages: Everything you need to know about percentages – Maths is fun website:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/percentage-menu.html

Decimals: Everything you need to know about decimals – Maths is fun website:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/decimals.html

Interactive games – various Games:

http://www.mathplayground.com/mobile_index.html

Fractions interactive games:

https://phet.colorado.edu/sims/html/fraction-matcher/latest/fraction-matcher_en.html

Simplify fractions soccer gamer:

http://www.math-play.com/simplifying-fractions-game/simplifying-fractions-soccer-game_html5.html

 

Autumn Term 2 2019

Welcome back – we hope you enjoyed your half term holiday and are ready to start on some exciting new learning for Autumn 2.

Our English learning links to the Extreme Earth topic as we will be studying the book Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick, the tale of a girl living in a near-future Britain which is covered with water. This award-winning book will be the basis for our main writing focuses this half term, story writing and newspaper articles.

This half term in Maths, we will be focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. We will continue to use a range of methods to solve problems. Each group will cover similar topics but some areas and content may be different from group to group.

As always, times tables are key for all areas of maths, so if yours need brushing up on, go to the following site:

https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student

Understanding the World

In Science, we will improve our overall knowledge of electricity by investigating circuits, understanding the role of conductors and insulators in electrical circuits and obtain a deeper understanding of the function of a switch.

We will also be extending our scientific knowledge with links to Computing as we will have an expert visiting us to use our exciting Crumble programming software, where we will design complex circuits to control a series of lights.

In RE, we will look at Hinduism, including Hindu worship, storytelling and the idea of karma.

At Forest School, Year 6 have been enjoying their Forest School sessions so far, including exploring the site, Wildcat Wilderness, which is located just behind the Elm Lane playing fields. Look at the website to find out what is going on there outside school hours!  https://www.forestschools.com

 

French will focus on learning vocabulary for times of day, reading and understanding a short story, and learning a French carol just in time for Christmas.

Mental and physical well-being

In PE, we will be developing our fitness through a series of circuits, games and activities, building up to designing our own fitness routines.

In outdoor PE, we will be developing our coordination and skills in basketball to practice principles of attack and defence in small competitive games.

Anti-Bullying Week is coming (11th -15th November). The theme this year is: Choose Respect

The idea is to urge children to choose respect over bullying.  A top priority has been to show that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.

Expressive arts and design

In Art we will be creating landscape paintings, using inspiration from our local area.

Links to websites to support your learning at home:

Loads of resources to help with writing:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/writing/

Lots of games to help with spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) on this website:

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2literacy.html

Recommended websites for finding interesting books to read:

http://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

General Maths games on lots of topics:

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/index.html

For a Maths challenge: http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

For extending your French learning: https://www.duolingo.com/

Some useful information about our Science topic, ‘Evolution and inheritance’:

http://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-adaptation-and-evolution

https://scienceforthekids.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/what-is-evolution/

And finally, lots of links to information about our Extreme Earth topic:

http://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/volcanoes

http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/mountains/volcanoes.htm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/find_out/guides/tech/earthquakes/newsid_1894000/1894934.stm

http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-earthquakes/

The Bug Club

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held at the school Reception desk.

BUG CLUB

The Year 6 Team

Autumn Term 1 2019

Hopefully you’ve all had a fantastic summer break and are now refreshed and ready for the exciting year ahead.  We’re sure you will love the fantastic learning we have lined up for you this year – read on for a preview of what we are studying this half term.

The Windrush

This half term our topic is The Windrush.  We will explore how migration from the Caribbean has contributed to how Britain looks today.  When the Empire Windrush passengers’ ship docked at Tilbury from Jamaica on 22 June 1948, it marked the start of the post-war immigration boom which was to change British society. We will examine the stories of some of the people who left their own country to come and live in England, identify reasons why they left and discover what it was like once they got to Britain.

Passengers on the Windrush were told that they were headed for the ‘mother country’ and that they were all welcome. What did they experience after their arrival in Britain? Check out seven Windrush passengers’ stories HERE

English: The Arrival

Our English learning is also linked to immigration, as we will be studying the book The Arrival, by Shaun Tan. The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long-forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages.

 

 

 

 

Maths: Number and Place Value

The children will be in groups according to their needs and will be taught by Kate, Maria, Conor, Shipra and Shona. The curriculum will be planned according to the individual groups, however, we are focusing on number and calculation for this half term.

 

As always times tables are key for all areas of maths, so if yours need brushing up on, go to the following site: https://tablestest.com

Science: Animals Including Humans

Our Science topic this term is Animals Including Humans. Building upon our knowledge of how the human body works, we will focus on the circulatory and digestive systems and investigate the impact diet, drugs and exercise can have on a healthy lifestyle.  How much do you know already?  Test your knowledge at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/quiz/q58851412

 

Computing: Internet Safety

The Internet is a great place to learn and develop rewarding relationships, but with this comes great responsibility. We will explore how to stay safe on the internet and the consequences of revealing private information to a person you know only online.

 

 

French

Our French will build on the grammar and vocabulary you have already learned. We will continue to say and write simple sentences, learn new vocabulary and practise short conversations.

 

 

 

R.E.

The RE topic this half term is The Journey of Life and Death. Considering the human response to loss and bereavement, we will examine how different religions explain what happens after death

 

 

 

 

 

Forest School

What happens at Forest School?

Forest Schools focus on developing personal, social and emotional life skills through learner led, nature-based learning. Please help your child to remember their outdoor boots/old trainers when it is their turn. This learning activity takes place in a site near the Elm Lane playing fields. If you are interested in visiting the site, have a look at the Wildcat Wilderness webpage for upcoming events: http://wildcatwilderness.org

Further information about Forest School can be found at the following link: https://www.forestschools.com

Homework

Homework will be given out on Thursday to be returned the following Tuesday. Please encourage your child to look over their homework on Thursday so any questions can be answered and help can be given by their teacher on Friday, if needed.

Reading Books

Children are expected to read every day and can bring a book from home or choose a book from their class book corner.  Each child has a Reading Journal to record their progress, which they are expected to bring to school each day.  Perhaps your child could write a review when they have completed a book to add to our reading area. This might encourage someone else to pick up a new read!

MATHS

For a maths challenge: http://nrich.maths.org/primary-upper

FRENCH:

For extending your French learning: https://www.duolingo.com/

SCIENCE:

Some useful information about our Science topic, ‘Animals including humans’:

http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/heart.html

http://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/human-circulatory-system

The Year 6 Team

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