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Y6 Autumn 1 2021

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, Miss L Brayshay & Mrs L Pugh


Learning Challenge: ‘How did WW2 impact Britain?’

This half term our big question is ‘How did WW2 impact Britain?’ which focusses on World War Two and the events surrounding this period of British and World history. This question always raises many excellent points for discussion and is one that the children are extremely enthusiastic about. We will 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 focussing their writing and reading work around the topic work of World War II and, specifically, a series of 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’ and our class novel ‘Once’. A variety of different written styles will be incorporated including letters, diaries and newspapers as well as narrative story writing. 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, children will be focussing on graphic design and the work of artist Morag Myerscough. Throughout the project, children will be building their typography skills in order to create their own typeface. At the end of the topic, children will have created a poster using their own unique typeface to promote growth mind set around school.



The topic for this half-term is ‘Light’. This recaps work done earlier on in KS2 and develops it further by looking in detail at the eye, and how we see. We also investigate colour by looking at the spectrum and how we recognise the different colours. Optical illusions and shadows are also part of this unit of work.



This half term our over-arching topic title is ‘How do Jews remember kings and prophets?’ It builds on previous learning about the covenant with God and how Jewish people live and celebrate their faith today. This unit focuses on what it is like to be Jewish and the covenant with God, exploring beliefs about God; about how ideas of God are expressed in stories, celebration, ritual and action; about David as a key leader in the Jewish tradition; about the prophets, about the great festivals of Rosh Hashanah, Purim and Hanukah, illustrating how Jewish people try to live.  This unit gives the children opportunities to explore how religious artefacts and texts can be a source for learning and for beliefs. The lessons offer experiences of looking at and examining artefacts and texts from within the Jewish tradition, so that children develop their enquiry skills, asking and reflecting on a range of questions. 



This half-term children will be spending their time developing teamwork and problem solving skills through outdoor adventurous activity. This will include map-reading and compass point work. Children will also be building on their dance skills and exploring the terms movement, dynamics and phrasing.



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 Year 6 we will begin our computing curriculum with an internet safety unit. Children will recap their knowledge of how to keep themselves and others safe online, how to ensure their information stays private and where to go if they need help with online issues.