Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter for Spring 2
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 Chapman, Mrs Grime and Miss Brayshay
Learning Challenge: ‘Why didn’t the world end in 2012?’
As we move in to Spring 2, Year 6 will be continuing to work on their learning challenge surrounding The Maya.
As the children work towards their final SATs assessment we will be concentrating on the skills required to produce quality writing. Story writing is a genre the children always show particular enthusiasm for and we feel it allows them to display their skills at their very best – therefore, later in the half-term, we will be paying close attention to narrative. Key skills will include the use of metaphor and simile, using senses for description, balance of short and complex sentences and using engaging vocabulary (choosing the best word or phrase for the job!). To begin with however, the children will be using the written word to respond to their time on residential by writing a job application to work at Robinwood and a persuasive leaflet advertising the residential. There will be three reading lessons per week and regular group intervention reading sessions – these will include a mixture of comprehension and guided reading activities which will continue to link to a variety of texts. Grammar lessons will continue to take place with two full lessons and daily ‘mini’ lessons while there will be weekly spelling tests involving learnt and unlearnt words to prepare the children for their Spelling and Grammar test.
This half term, Year 6 will be focussing on geometry, shape, space and measure. We will cover the drawing and measuring of angles, as well as finding missing angles in 2D shapes. After this we will cover conversion between different units of measure. We will also spend time looking at area, perimeter and volume. These units of work will run during daily lessons, however, there will also be accumulative SATs practice involving the whole spectrum of maths on most days. Arithmetic will be practiced on most days with tests being undertaken at least once a week, if not more often. Times tables continue to be an essential aspect of every lesson and must be practised at home alongside other homework.
This half term we will be focussing on compassion and how it can be shown. In this unit, children will compare and contrast a range of religious and moral teachings about conflict and compassion. Children will take part in ethical discussions and have chance to explore issues in the world around them. They will also discuss how diverse communities live together, responding with ideas of their own.
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.
PE will continue to focus on creative skills alongside balance. The balance work will look at both seated and static balance whereas the creative element will continue to look at how games can be adapted to suit different situations. In every lesson the children will complete a warm up, a skill, a small sided game and a competitive element.
A unit of work on personal safety where children will be able to discuss a variety of problems and understand the difference between a tactful reply and a deliberate untruth; recognise situations which might make them feel uncomfortable and know what to do about it; understand that sharing problems can help.
This half term the focus for computing in Year 6 will be coding and online safety. Using the Espresso Coding app we will be working on developing our coding creativity by using the challenge mode and free code sections of the site. We will also be having e-safety lessons looking at what constitutes appropriate online interaction and how to ensure that we always stay safe online.