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Y6 Spring 2 2020

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.

Yours sincerely,


Mr Chapman, Mrs Grime and Miss Brayshay


Learning Challenge: ‘‘What is the Earth’s deadliest hazard?’’

This half term, Year 6 will be continuing their work on our Geography based learning challenge ‘What is the Earth’s deadliest hazard?’.



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 continuing our work surrounding important events within the Christian calendar. 



The topic of electricity will be taught this half term and will involve the children constructing and drawing circuits, recognising and drawing correct electronic symbols and investigating how components function including the brightness of bulbs, loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches.



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. 



This half term the children will be completing work on the effects of alcohol and use of illegal/legal drugs.  They will be putting together a piece of work which will persuade people to do the right thing and not get involved in illegal drugs.



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.



This half term the children will be completing a DT project linked to the learning challenge as well as their science topic of electricity.  They will initially research electronic games that are currently on the market before starting to plan and design their own making sure they are focusing on a set brief.  These games will be on display for parents to play at the end of show topic.