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.
S Chapman, S Grime and L Brayshay
Learning Challenge: ‘Does history repeat itself?’
This half term our big question of ‘Does history repeat itself?’ continues. This focusses on World War Two and the events surrounding this period of British history. This question always raises many excellent points for discussion and is one that the children are extremely enthusiastic about. We will begin the topic with a WW2 classroom experience and Home Front at Armley Mills where the children will be in the character of a child in the 1940’s. We will then 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.
Our writing this half-term will continue to focus around the topic of WW2. The children will be writing extended stories and producing some non-fiction pieces relating to the events of The Holocaust. We are also beginning a ‘New to Year 6’ book this term, ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman. This text will form the basis of the majority of pieces of writing. The children finish the half-term by doing some spectacularly, spooky descriptive writing that links in with the classic tale of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and looks in depth at the tormented character of Jacob Marley’s ghost. In reading we will be continuing to focus on inference (reading between the lines) which is something that can also be worked on through home reading too. Reading work in class will then move to ‘A Christmas Carol’ where we will be having ‘atmospheric readings’ by candlelight in the school cellar and working around the text. Grammar and spelling will take place on a weekly basis, as will regular handwriting practice.
In maths this half term we will be continuing to cover elements of number including place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These will be covered in arithmetic lessons. During main lessons we will be focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. This includes working with equivalent fractions; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions; associating fractions with decimal fraction equivalents and comparing and ordering fractions. Alongside this, we will continue to work on reasoning and number sense through the use of problems and real life examples.
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.
Our RE topic for this half-term looks at how Jews remember Kings and Prophets in worship and life? We will look who King David was and why he was important as well as some of the Jewish festivals.
Our PE this half term will focus on Gymnastics and Handball. Within handball lessons, children will focus on teamwork, learning and implementing tactics, co-ordination and agility. In Gymnastics, we will be focussing on agility, balance and co-ordination whilst working collaboratively to devise a routine using the skills they have developed over the weeks.
In PSHE this half term the children will be learning about sex and relationships education. This will include learning about puberty and the changes which occur in both girls and boys during this time; the menstrual cycle; what healthy relationships are; how babies are made and how babies are born.
In Music this half-term, the children will be continuing with their work on notation and will also be learning about pitch in relation to notation. They will work with selected notes to improvise, memorise and read music. They will also be learning about bar lines and time signatures.
This half-term in French, the children will be learning how to express likes and dislikes based on the vocabulary they learnt last half-term. They will learn the names of some occupations and will be writing sentences using this vocabulary, including some new grammatical concepts. They will learn about Christmas in France and will complete a range of activities based on this work.
This half term, the whole school will be focusing on online safety. In Year 6 this will focus on the amount of time children spend on activities such as gaming as well as what information is ok to be shared online and what should remain private.