Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter for Summer 1 2021
Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject 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.
Mrs Pugh, Mr Chapman and Miss Brayshay
Our topic for the summer term is a history driven topic based on the Viking Era of Britain. Children will discover how the Viking Era came to be, looking at the initial invasions of Lindisfarne and the reasons behind these invasions. We will also study how life changed in Britain, what life was like under Danelaw and focus on the city of Jorvik. During this topic, we will explore Viking religion looking at different gods and goddesses and Viking belief systems. Towards the end of the topic, children will be able to choose an area of interest which they will then spend time investigating, producing an essay on their chosen area. Our focus in this topic will be historical enquiry and the skills needed to investigate areas of interest in depth.
Reading lessons will be happening twice a week to target comprehension skills both through written answers to questions and verbal reasoning. 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 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. Grammar will be taught both in writing lessons and as a discreet separate lesson, ongoing throughout the week.
We will complete the Year 6 curriculum by learning about statistics and the property of shape. We will then be revising all elements of the maths curriculum. The focus this half term will be for children to become confident in applying all the mathematical knowledge required in the year 6 curriculum. As a result of this, children will be presented with a variety of ‘mixed’ tasks enabling them to practice the skill of moving between different methods and processes and applying these to a variety of concepts. Arithmetic will be practiced every day.
In this topic we will be focusing on ‘How does growing up bring responsibility and commitment?’ By the end of the topic children will be able to describe and understand rights and responsibilities, explore and describe rites of passage and reflect on their own beliefs, principles and values reasonably.
This half term we will be continuing with the learning challenge: ‘Whose planet is it anyway?’. We will be continuing to focus on evolution and inheritance and looking at specific Scientists – Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin – where we look at their contribution to evolutionary science and how their initial work has influenced modern day thinking. We will also be recapping learning on the Circulatory System which took place in lockdown.
In PE this half term, Year 6 will be completing a unit of athletics learning which will focus on running, jumping and throwing. Alongside our athletics, we will be working on a dance unit where children will be developing more complex motifs and exploring different styles of dance.
In PSHE this half term, Year 6 will be exploring the world of work. Children will look at a variety of different careers and begin to think about what careers they might want in the future. Pupils will also learn about what a day in the life of a variety of jobs look like.
We will be using the ‘iMovie’ app on the iPads to create a short film. The children will learn different film making components such as shot type and transition and how to combine them to create a successful finished product.