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Y6 Spring 1 2018

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

Miss Brayshay, Mr Chapman and Mrs Grime


Learning Challenge: ‘What is the Earth’s deadliest hazard?’

This half term our learning challenge is based around geography with the overarching question ‘What is the Earth’s deadliest hazard?’ We will start this topic by introducing children to the types of natural disasters that happen on Earth and ask them to discuss in groups which they think is the most and least destructive. This will be revisited at the end of the topic, where we will discuss whether they still have the same opinion following six weeks of learning. During this topic children will be using atlases alongside digital mapping to locate important features on a world map such as the Equator and the Tropics. Children will also be using a key to show the locations of different types of natural disasters on a world map. We will then move on to finding out if there is any relationship between the locations of earthquakes and volcanoes and answer the question ‘Where am I safest?’ Following this we will move more scientifically looking at why the natural disasters happen; at this time the children will use apparatus to show the causes and effects of Earthquakes. Other parts of the topic will include a focus into natural disasters in North America and experiencing an Earthquake drill.



Our writing this half-term will be focused around the Geography topic of natural disasters. We will be writing adventure stories which brings in the children’s knowledge of the features of disasters and mixing that with their ability to write narrative stories which are dramatic and could one day become a Hollywood blockbuster! Other units of writing include discursive texts where the children will be creating balanced arguments. Grammar will be taught both in writing lessons and as a discreet separate lesson, ongoing throughout the week, alongside spellings which will be done on a weekly basis and will come home to be practised in the children’s log books. Reading lessons will be happening twice a week to target comprehension skills both through written answers to questions and verbal reasoning. Guided reading will be focusing on the text ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar (which all children in Year 6 will be reading) and the children will be looking to make links between this text and other texts they have read by different authors and the same author during the year.



The children cover a huge amount this term as we are nearing the SATs and will be revising all aspects of maths in both half terms. It is extremely important that children become fluent in all areas of maths and can apply their knowledge to a variety of different problems when presented in different ways, looking for the most efficient solutions. The areas of maths covered this term include: revising all number, calculations and fractions, decimals and percentages work covered in the Autumn term, along with new learning focused on geometry (properties of 2d and 3D shapes, circles, co-ordinates, position and direction and angles) measurement (area, perimeter, volume and conversions), ratio and proportion, algebra (using formula and generating number sequences) and statistics (interpreting pie charts, line graphs and calculating the mean average). As always children will be practising their times tables which really does help them in many aspects of number and we would appreciate your continued support at practicing them at home.



The topic of electricity will be taught this half term and will involve the children constructing and drawing circuits, recognising and drawing correct electronic symbols and investigating how components function including the brightness of bulbs, loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches.



This half term our PE focus is the ‘creative cog’ of the Real PE Scheme. This looks at how children can adapt and adjust their movements; respond imaginatively to different situations alongside being able to change tactics, rules or tasks to make activities more fun or more challenging. A significant part of their PE will be Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA) taught at Robinwood.



Our RE topic for this half-term will continue with ‘what is compassion and how can it be shown?’ The children will be describing and responding thoughtfully to range of different religious teachings on compassion and conflict.



A unit of work on keeping safe and managing risk where the children will learn about feelings of being out and about in the local area with increasing independence, recognising and responding to peer pressure and about the consequences of anti-social behaviour.



In Music this half-term, the children will be introduced to the minim (half note) rhythm value in addition to crotchets and quavers which they have worked with previously. They will be composing rhythms and using percussion instruments to practice and perform these compositions. They will learn to perform two-part music: song melody and melodic ostinato. They will use a variety of notes to sing song phrases, read rhythms, to use memory and recall and to improvise.



This half-term in French, the children will learn the names of rooms in a house. They will go on to create paragraphs about their ideal home, using adjectives and following grammatical rules relating to gender. They will be learning some occupations and will be writing sentences using this vocabulary, including some new grammatical concepts. They will revise the words for members of the family and will be taking part in some listening activities, as well as practicing their French speaking through a range of games and activities.



Will be taught through the Learning Challenge.



This half term the focus for computing in Year 6 will be computer science and specifically cryptology or the art of encryption. The children will be looking at historical attempts to create codes that could hide messages or information. They will then begin writing their own secret codes and researching how modern public key encryption works. We will also be looking at the app Garageband and working on songs and compositions linked to different styles of music.