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Y6 Spring 1 2019

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

Miss Brayshay and Mr Chapman 


Learning Challenge: ‘Why didn’t the world end in 2012?’

This half term, Year 6 will be studying a brand new topic based on the ancient civilisation of the Mayans. During this topic, children will look at both historical and geographical aspects of South America. A large part of the topic will be based on investigating what life was like in Mayan cities. We will look at how the Mayan people adapted to the environment around them, what life was like for children from different social strands, what the Mayans believed in and why the civilisation came to an end.



Reading lessons will be happening twice a week to target comprehension skills both through written answers to questions and verbal reasoning. Guided reading will be focusing on the text ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar (which all children in Year 6 will be reading) and the children will be looking to make links between this text and other texts they have read by different authors and the same author during the year. Our writing this half-term will be focused around the text. Other units of writing include discursive texts where the children will be creating balanced arguments and there will also be writing linked to the science topic of evolution and the new learning challenge topic of the Mayans.  Grammar will be taught both in writing lessons and as a discreet separate lesson, ongoing throughout the week, alongside spellings which will be done on a weekly basis and will come home to be practised.



The children will cover a huge amount in maths this half term. We will begin with calculating with percentages and then move on to focus on shape, space and measure, ratio and proportion and algebra. This will include properties of 2D and 3D shapes, co-ordinates, angles, area and perimeter, volume pie charts and line graphs. Alongside this new learning, we will also spend time revising number, fractions and decimals. It is extremely important that children become fluent in all areas of maths and can apply their knowledge to a variety of different problems when presented in different ways, looking for the most efficient solutions. As always children will be practising their times tables which really does help them in many aspects of number and we would appreciate your continued support at practicing them at home.



Our Science topic for this half term is Evolution and the learning challenge question in relation to this is, ‘Whose planet is it anyway?’ This will include learning about the process of evolution; what information we can find out from fossils; who Charles Darwin was and what his work involved; the adaptation of animals to their environments which happens over a number of years; why we look similar but not identical to our parents and whether humans could have descended from apes. We are also visiting Yorkshire Wildlife Park in order to see a range of different animals and look at how they have adapted to live in their natural habitats. Children will also take part in a workshop based around Darwin’s Finches and how they have adapted to meet the needs of the environment.



During this half term, the children will learn to apply basic tactics and strategies to invasion games, using tag rugby as a driver. Children will work on attack and defence as well as analysing their own and their team’s performances in order to improve their play. Children will also build on their gymnastics skills from Autumn 2, working on teamwork, leadership and rhythmic elements of the sport. Children will lead warm ups specific to gymnastics and work in small groups to learn and perform increasingly complex routines with the addition of music. A significant part of their PE will be Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA) taught at Robinwood.



Our RE topic for this half-term will be looking at the question, ‘What is compassion and how can it be shown?’ The children will be describing and responding thoughtfully to range of different religious teachings on compassion and conflict.



A unit of work on keeping safe and managing risk where the children will learn about feelings of being out and about in the local area with increasing independence, recognising and responding to peer pressure and about the consequences of anti-social behaviour.



In Music this half-term, the children will be introduced to the minim (half note) rhythm value in addition to crotchets and quavers which they have worked with previously. They will be composing rhythms and using percussion instruments to practice and perform these compositions. They will learn to perform two-part music: song melody and melodic ostinato. They will also learn about music from Australia and will look at how a didgeridoo is made and how it works.



This half-term in French, the children will learn the names of rooms in a house. They will go on to create paragraphs about their ideal home, using adjectives and following grammatical rules relating to gender. They will be learning some occupations and will be writing sentences using this vocabulary, including some new grammatical concepts. They will revise the words for members of the family and will be taking part in some listening activities, as well as practicing their French speaking through a range of games and activities.



Will be taught through the Learning Challenge.



This half term the focus for computing in Year 6 will be computer science and specifically cryptology or the art of encryption. The children will be looking at historical attempts to create codes that could hide messages or information. They will then begin writing their own secret codes and researching how modern public key encryption works. We will also be looking at the app Garageband and working on songs and compositions linked to different styles of music.