Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. Year 6’s Learning Challenge topic will begin in earnest after the KS2 SATs. 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 Brayshay and Miss Craig
Learning Challenge: What made the Islamic Golden Age shine?
We will be continuing with this topic which 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.
Reading work and grammar will take the priority for the first three weeks of the half-term as we look to consolidate key skills ahead of the SATs. We will be focussing on classical texts and the type of language they use. Through this we will be attempting to formulate strategies for how to deal with unknown vocabulary within our reading. Writing this half-term will kick-start after week three when we will be focussing on narrative and the art of storytelling. We will spend two weeks writing some quality horror stories, looking to make sure that we are incorporating all the key skills which we have been developing over Year 6. Further pieces of storytelling, including a post-apocalyptic first-person account, will complete our portfolio of writing ahead of the final moderation of writing.
We will be revising all elements of the maths curriculum. The particular focus this half term will be for children to become confident in applying all the mathematical knowledge required in the year 6 curriculum. As a result of this, children will be presented with a variety of ‘mixed’ tasks enabling them to practice the skill of moving between different methods and processes and applying these to a variety of concepts. Arithmetic will be practiced on most days with short tests being undertaken at least once a week, if not more often at this stage.
In this topic we will be focusing on ‘How does growing up bring responsibility and commitment?’ By the end of the topic children will be able to describe and understand rights and responsibilities, explore and describe rites of passage and reflect on their own beliefs, principles and values reasonably.
This half term we will be continuing with the learning challenge: ‘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.
Outdoor PE will be covering striking and fielding (Rounders, cricket, Danish Longball) alongside focusing on the REAL PE Scheme. As we will be afforded a little more time after the SATs, it would be helpful if all children had their PE kits in school all week. We will also be looking at the idea of a ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ during Health Week.
This half- term in French, the children will be singing songs, playing games and completing a range of activities to help them to learn vocabulary and sentence structures related to clothing, likes and dislikes and family.
This half term the children will be completing work on the effects of alcohol and use of Illegal/legal drugs. They will be putting together a piece of work which will persuade people to do the right thing and not get involved in illegal drugs.
We will be using the ‘iMovie’ app on the iPads to create a film. The children will learn different film making components such as shot type and transition and how to combine them to create a successful finished product.
Over the summer term the children will be improving their printing skills. This will include different methods of printing including mono printing, cardboard relief, block printing and stencil making. This work will link to the learning challenge.
In Music this half-term, the children will be singing songs and taking part in activities to revise and embed the following elements: rhythm, dynamics, melody, pitch, tempo and timbre.