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 S Chapman, Miss S Craig and Miss Brayshay
Learning Challenge: Am I ready for High School?
The learning challenge this half term for Year 6 will act as a transition unit between Springbank and High School. During this topic we will be covering things such as peer pressure/ influence, behaviour systems, homework, how to read timetables and support in meeting new people. We will also be having visitors coming in from the local high schools to talk to the children about their new schools and the expectations as well as a visit from David Jackson, an ex-police officer, who will be doing some work around his involvement at high schools.
Our English this half term will involve revision of the key aspects of this year’s learning with a focus on allowing the children to independently use their skills to produce writing of their own choice. We will look at planning and developing longer story formats to allow the children to write fiction which excites and interests them. Playscripts will form the majority of our reading work where we will look at texts from a variety of different authors and produce performances in small groups based upon those texts.
This half term in maths we will be focusing on revising the key topics that we have covered this year such as place value and number. We do this so the children feel as prepared as they can do moving up to high school and have a solid mathematical base to build on. We will still continue to do some problem solving and reasoning work alongside this.
The science topic this half term focuses on the ‘animals including humans’ aspect of the curriculum. Once again we will be presenting this as we do with the learning challenge, therefore we have given it the question, ‘What makes us tick?’ During science lessons the children will be learning about the human circulatory system, naming and locating the main organs in the human body and finding out about the gaseous exchange system. As part of this topic children will also touch on the impacts of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.
This half term the children will be continuing with their topic, ‘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.
Over the summer term the children will be doing two separate art projects. One of these will be taking in the work of the artist Clarice Cliff – the children will be designing their own pottery range in the style of Cliff’s work. There will also be a unit of art work based around the linked history and RE themes.
Outdoor PE will be covering athletics, striking and fielding (rounders, cricket, baseball). As usual we will be keeping up the fitness aspect of the sessions and, because 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.
This half term the children will be continuing with their transitions topic, allowing them time to share their thoughts and feelings about their transition to high school. Alongside this the children will do some work around the resource, ‘Alright Charlie’ which was shared at the safeguarding parents’ meeting. They will also be doing a unit about respecting different viewpoints and making the right choices relating to the PREVENT agenda.
In music this half-term, the children will be learning a variety of songs to perform in the leavers’ assembly. They will also listen to, appraise and take part in activities relating to music of the 90s.
This half-term in French, the children will revise what they know and will learn some new vocabulary related to clothing. They will create sentences using the knowledge they have of verbs, colours and connectives. They will learn about schools in France and about differences and similarities between France and England.
This half term in computing we will be continuing our work on coding and researching concepts of computational thinking. We will also be working on our end of Year 6 films using iMovie on the iPads. These videos will be about all of our favourite memories of our time in Springbank.