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 Pugh 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?’.
We have been holding off starting our new text during lockdown so we will do it in Spring 2 instead. Reading lessons will take place three times a week to target comprehension skills both through written answers to questions and verbal reasoning. Our reading will be moving onto the 1897 classic 'War of the Worlds' by H.G. Wells (which all children in Year 6 will be reading). Some of the vocabulary in this is extremely challenging but we coped very well with 'A Christmas Carol' so there is no reason why this story won't be just as successful. Our writing this half term will see us producing some stellar 19th century narrative Sci-Fi writing in the style of H.G. Wells and some more modern interpretations. Grammar and spelling will be taught both in writing lessons and as a discreet separate lesson, ongoing throughout the week.
This half term, Year 6 will be revisiting the work done during lockdown and focussing on area, perimeter, volume, ratio and statistics. 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. These units of work will run during daily lessons, however, there will also be accumulative revision sessions involving the whole spectrum of maths on most days. Arithmetic will be practiced on most days. Times tables continue to be an essential aspect of every lesson and must be practiced at home alongside other homework.
This half term we will be continuing our work surrounding important events within the Christian calendar.
Our science topic this half term is evolution and we will explore Charles Darwin's influence over our knowledge of evolution. We will look at inherited and acquired characteristics, how fossils are formed and how we can use fossils to understand the geographical history of the world and adaptation and mutations in science.
PE will focus on team-building skills through a range of sports already taught. We will also be revisiting our cricket unit and embedding our fielding and batting skills, incorporating batting tactics into a small game.
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.