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.
Mr Chapman, Miss Craig and Miss Brayshay
Learning Challenge: What made the Islamic Golden Age shine?
This topic centres round early civilizations in history by looking at the Islamic Golden Age (Baghdad AD900) and finding out why this was such an important and influential time as well as its impact on the world today. We explore this period of history by initially looking at how and why the city of Baghdad (also known as the round city) was created. We learn why the round city was created in this way and with its mosque at the centre and its 4 straight roads leading out towards the city’s edge. We look at who was in charge in Baghdad at the time and who the Abbasids were. We then focus on some of the advancements that were made at this time, particularly in relation to literature and translation of important text into other languages; mathematical discoveries such as algebra and the development of healthcare for all people including ideas of quarantine and diseases being spread through the air. Ultimately we learn how the demise of the Golden Age occurred and the unfortunate ending the city of Baghdad came to in 1258. Alongside this history topic we will look at different styles of Islamic art and will recreate pieces in the style of the intricate patterns which were created in the past. We will also look at the religion of Islam so this will also run alongside our learning challenge topic as we learn about the different features of the religion where it originated from.
As the children work towards their final SATs assessment we will be concentrating on the skills required to produce quality writing. Story writing is a genre the children always show particular enthusiasm for and we feel it allows them to display their skills at their very best – therefore, later in the half-term, we will be paying close attention to this. Key skills will include the use of metaphor and simile, using senses for description, balance of short and complex sentences and using engaging vocabulary (choosing the best word or phrase for the job!). To begin with however, the children will be using the written word to respond to their time on residential by writing a job application to work at Robinwood and a persuasive leaflet advertising the residential. There will be two full reading lessons per week and regular group intervention reading sessions – these will include a mixture of comprehension and guided reading activities which will continue to link to the class text ‘Holes’. Grammar lessons will continue to take place with two full lessons and daily ‘mini’ lessons while there will be weekly spelling tests involving learnt and unlearnt words to prepare the children for their Spelling and Grammar test.
Blocked units of work to include: Algebra, Statistics, Geometry and Measurements including length, mass and capacity. These units of work will run during daily lessons, however, there will also be accumulative SATs practice involving the whole spectrum of maths on most days. Arithmetic will be practiced on most days with tests being undertaken at least once a week, if not more often. Times tables continue to be an essential aspect of every lesson and must be practised at home alongside other homework.
Year 6 will be following their Spring Unit on Islam. The children will be learning about symbols and religious expression, religion of the individual, family and community and beliefs and actions within the world.
This half term the learning challenge for Year 6 science is ‘Zombies – fact or fiction?’ which is all about living things. In this topic we will be learning about the different classification groups that animals and plants are sorted into from invertebrates to vertebrates and mammals to insects. The children will look to build a solid understanding of why different animals appear in different groups and the impact that has on their lives. We will also learn about the specific aspects of different organisms lives from birth to reproduction to death. It is a hugely interesting topic full of questions and we look forward to seeing the children's knowledge progress over the coming weeks.
PE will continue to focus on creative skills alongside balance. The balance work will look at both seated and static balance whereas the creative element will continue to look at how games can be adapted to suit different situations. In every lesson the children will complete a warm up, a skill, a small sided game and a competitive element.
A unit of work on personal safety where children will be able to discuss a variety of problems and understand the difference between a tactful reply and a deliberate untruth; recognise situations which might make them feel uncomfortable and know what to do about it; understand that sharing problems can help.
Will be taught through the Learning Challenge.
Will be taught through the Learning Challenge.
This half-term, the children will be exploring a range of musical skills in their singing sessions, including part-singing and singing in canon. They will also learn a range of new songs. They will be using the iPad to compose their own music.
In French this half-term, the children will revise the work they did last half-term about clothing. They will be writing paragraphs to express opinions about clothing. They will complete listening exercises based on this vocabulary.
This half term the focus for computing in Year 6 will be coding and online safety. Using the Espresso Coding app we will be working on developing our coding creativity by using the challenge mode and free code sections of the site. We will also be having e-safety lessons looking at what constitutes appropriate online interaction and how to ensure that we always stay safe online.