Year 6

Year 6 – Curriculum

Welcome back – we do hope that you have managed to enjoy a restful Easter break.

This term our read along is ‘Who Let The Gods Out’ by Maz Evans which is a story based on Ancient Greece, we will be reading this each day in class and it would be beneficial if your child had their own copy to read along with too. Alongside this, we will be learning about the Ancient Greeks through many areas of the curriculum. Please check your child’s Learning Diary regularly, as you will find important information such as: homework, progress updates, spelling rule challenges, important dates, and individual supplementary work to support learning. This will help your child to make the best progress possible. It is also important that you read and sign your child’s diary each week – this is also a requirement for secondary school too.  It is important that your child continues to arrive at school on time (8:45) and well-prepared with the necessary resources (learning diary, reading book, fruit-based snack and water bottle).

Homework will continue to be set online each week until further notice. However, it is important that your child carries out their own personal revision and also looks at the recommended websites to support them with their learning, particularly where further practise is required on a concept or method that has already been taught.

Recommended Websites

BBC Bitesize

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

This is a fantastic resource, which you and your child should use for support with homework, or to ensure their understanding of the concepts already taught.

Top Marks

www.topmarks.co.uk

This site has a variety of Maths and English games to support and develop understanding in both Maths and English.

Corbett Maths

Primary – Corbettmaths

This is a fabulous site for Maths revision with videos to support every area of Maths.

T Rockstars

www.ttrockstars.com

Quick recall of times tables is crucial for Mathematics both in Year 6 and in secondary school!

Downloads – Summer 1 and 2

Curriculum – Who Let the Gods Out?

English

As part of our English curriculum, we will continue to have daily reading, spelling, punctuation, and grammar sessions. These skills will then be applied and developed throughout all areas of the curriculum. We will continue to refine skills in both formal and informal styles using a range of text types. Our spelling focus will include the use of spellings from the statutory spelling lists. These lists can be found in the back of your child’s learning diary: to gain expected level in writing your child will need to show evidence of the correct spelling of all Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 words. Another focus for this term is the use of dialogue to move a story on. It would be incredibly useful if you could regularly talk about the purpose of dialogue (action, description, characterisation) whilst you are doing daily reading with your child. It is also really important to encourage your child to read aloud to you, this is when fluency (speed, accuracy and expression) and intonation (how the voice rises and falls) can be explored. The last area of development is punctuation and its correct use to enhance meaning within writing. With regard to reading, it is important that your child is reading at a speed of more than 110 words per minute to reach expected levels at reading. Daily reading is vital to the development of this speed as we work on our reading comprehension skills (including inference, retrieval and word meaning). Aim for 20 minutes per night. 

Mathematics

This term, a key fluency focus is ensuring children are confident with the written methods for the four operations. We also suggest using the recommended websites sent home at parents’ evening to revise these methods regularly and ensure 100% accuracy.

* Short division and long division (chunking): 3 digit divided by 1 and 2 digit, 4 digit divided by 2 digit questions.

* Formal multiplication (expanded or short column method): 3 digit multiplied by 2 digit, 4 digit multiplied by 2 digit.

* Multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100, 1000 (including decimals).

This term, we will continue to learn how to multiply and divide fractions, calculate and problem solve with fractions of amounts, representing decimals as fractions, multiplying and dividing decimals, finding percentages of amounts, calculating missing percentages and equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.

As part of our continuing work on Algebra, we will be finding and using rules as well as solving equations. We will also continue to learn about metric and imperial measures, which will include converting and problem solving. Finally, we will also include work on area, perimeter, volume, ratio and proportion.

ICT

In ICT, we will be learning about the internet including: its history, how digital systems represent data, the use of binary and how decimals are converted into binary. Alongside this we will be investigating the features of programming software; using the ‘when’ and ‘do’ instructions and creating and deconstructing code.

PSHE

This term we will research and discuss personal rights; the changes that take place during puberty; the human life cycle including how a baby is made; personal safety within the local environment and online and strategies for managing one’s own health and wellbeing.

PE

Please ensure your child comes to school in a full PE kit on their PE days. The children will be outside as much as possible this term so please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather. As we move towards warmer weather, please provide a filled water bottle; a hat and sun cream.  It is also helpful if all items of clothing are named so they do not end up in Lost Property. P.E. takes place every Monday and Friday with the occasional session on a Wednesday (parents will be notified of these sessions via learning diaries/Dojo).

Art and Design (or Design Technology)

We will focus on painting and printing skills this will also include shading, sketching, block and overprinting. Alongside this, we will look at similarities between art styles of different eras with a focus on the Parthenon. We will use sketching, 3d sculpture and painting within our own designs.

Humanities

As part of our Ancient Greeks Myths and Fables study, we will place events in chronological order; explain the different kinds of historical sources, devise questions, research and present findings regarding the Atlantis story. Our other area of focus will be: education and democracy. We will research the education of affluent boys growing up in Greece; find out about life in Athens and compare it to life in Sparta; and research democracy to that of modern times.

Science

In Living Things and their Habitats, we will classify animals based on their similarities and differences; describe how living things are grouped based on their characteristics; learn about helpful and harmful microorganisms and discover where they are found in the local environment.

Through our topic on Animals including Humans, we will research and describe the main parts of the circulatory system, explain how water and nutrients are transported within the body; describe how diet and exercise impact our bodies and explain the impact of drugs and alcohol on the body.