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Y6 Autumn 1 2017

Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas.  The Learning Challenge focus usually encompasses several curriculum areas.   If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.


Best wishes

Mr S Chapman, Mrs S Grime and Miss L Brayshay


Learning Challenge: ‘Does history repeat itself?’

This half term our big question is ‘Does history repeat itself?’ which focuses on World War Two and the events surrounding this period of British history. This question always raises many excellent points for discussion and is one that the children are extremely enthusiastic about. We will begin the topic with a WW2 classroom experience at Armley Mills where the children will be in the character of a child in the 1940’s. We will then look at where WW2 falls in context of other time periods in world history before discussing the reasons behind the outbreak of the war. After this we will spend time learning about the leaders in the war and their influence on their countries, as well as the idea of the country pulling together to win the war. The children have also shown a keen interest in learning about the experiences of different people in the war and we will therefore be covering the topics of evacuees, kindertransport and rationing. We will then look at how the world changed at the end of the war, as well as discussing any similarities in times post-1945, helping the children to relate their own life experiences to those of British people in the war years.



This half-term the children will be focusing their writing and reading work around the topic work of World War II and, specifically, a series of picture books which look at real-life stories relating to concentration camps and the life of Jewish people at the time of the war. These include stories such as ‘Rose Blanche’ and ‘Anne Frank.’ A variety of different written styles will be incorporated including letters, diaries and newspapers as well as narrative story writing. Reading work in class will centre around the picture books ‘Rose Blanche’. There will be a strong focus on reading for inference, or reading between the lines which is something that can be worked on through home reading too. Grammar and spelling lessons will take place on a weekly basis, as well as regular handwriting practice as handwriting will remain an important focus throughout the year. The grammar for this half term will focus on, defining and identifying nouns, verbs and adjectives; the different types of noun; conjunctions; first, second and third person; prepositions and pronouns.



Maths this half-term will initially be centred on number and place value. This includes being able to read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000, including numbers with up to 3 decimal places. The children will work on rounding to whole numbers, tens, hundreds and thousands in addition to rounding numbers to either 1, 2 or 3 decimal places. We will recap on both mental and written methods for the four rules of number where children will now need to multiply and divide 4 digits by 2 digits. We are focusing on children being fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics alongside being able to reason mathematically therefore a lot of our maths lessons will be delivered through the use of problem solving activities allowing children to apply their knowledge by deciding which operations to use and why.  Arithmetic tests will take place, mostly, on a weekly basis but there will also be testing of times tables’ knowledge and other crucial skills within class time.



This half term our art work will link with our topic. We will begin with looking at the work of ‘Esher’ where the children will have chance to research and comment upon some of his most popular pieces which include reflection. They will then move onto recreating these pieces using pencil and watercolour working on the following skills:

  • Use a number of brush techniques using thick and thin brushes to produce shapes, textures, patterns and lines.
  • Mix colours effectively.
  • Use watercolour paint to produce washes for backgrounds then add detail.

Following this the children will look at illustrations in the Rose Blanche (WW2) book where there is also the theme of reflection.  At the end of the half term the children will produce a final piece which will show off all the skills they have learnt.



This half term our over-arching topic title is ‘How do Christians express their beliefs?’ Within this unit of work we will be looking for answers to questions such as ‘Why do Christians go to Church?’, ‘How do Christians worship?’ and ‘Is church a building or a community?’ Through these questions we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the part that Christianity plays in our culture and society both on a national level and more closely to home in the community of Farsley.



This half term we will be continuing previous years’ work on the RealPE scheme. Our RealPE focus will be on building our floor pattern work, as well as developing our social and cognitive skills. Children will also be working on their agility, balance and co-ordination skills whilst learning to compete in a variety of indoor athletics events.



Children will be focusing on mental health and emotional wellbeing, thinking about what is a ‘healthy mind’. They will complete lessons on what the term ‘mental health’ means; about what can affect mental health and some ways of dealing with this; about some everyday ways to look after mental health and about the stigma and discrimination that can surround mental health.



In Music this half-term, the children will learn how to perform two-part music. Following on from the work they did last year on notation, they will learn to read and perform rhythm notation using noteheads. They will then be combining rhythm and pitch symbols to produce melodic notation. They will learn about the history of hip hop music and about some famous artists during Black History week.



This half-term in French, the children will revise what they have learnt over the last three years through a range of songs and activities. They will learn how to conjugate the verb avoir in the context of classroom equipment, eg. J’ai un stylo; tu as un stylo. They will go on to learn about school in France and will learn some vocabulary for clothing and how to write sentences using this new vocabulary. They will learn how to express likes and dislikes.



This half term in Coomputing we will be looking at coding, using the expresso coding programme and the apps A.L.E.X and Cargo-Bot.  This will involve the children learning how to design and create their own games and develop puzzles for their learning partners to solve. The focus during these sessions will be on developing precise computational thinking skills and learning key vocabulary.  We will also be looking at some of the other fundamentals of computing- algorithms, compression and encryption.