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.
In this final half-term of Year 6 English we will be basing our writing and reading work around the genre of Horror. This will allow the children to flex their creative writing muscles by getting their teeth, fangs, and maybe even talons stuck into a good old-fashioned spooky story. We will be using a variety of texts, films and clips to help the children build their piece of writing over time. Our ambition is to create a collection of short stories in the style of the book ‘Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror’ which we will be dipping into in class. Reading work will also be based around Horror story extracts from texts such as ‘Room 13’ by Robert Swindells and Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’.
This half term in maths we will be focusing on revising the key topics that we have covered this year such as place value, number and fractions. This will mostly be done through a project based approach where children revise their skills through a number of fun and interesting tasks. We do this so the children feel as prepared as they can do moving up to high school and have a solid mathematical base to build on. We will still continue to do some problem solving and reasoning work alongside this.
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: ‘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.
In PE this half term, Year 6 will be continuing a unit of athletics learning which will focus on running, jumping and throwing. Alongside our athletics, we will be consolidating our batting and fielding skills using Rounders as a driver, as well as learning and performing dances for our end of year performance.
In PSHE this half term, Year 6 will be exploring rites of passage. Children will look at a variety of different rites of passage such as Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Amrits and promises made throughout the lives of different groups of people. Pupils will also explore rites of passage in their own lives.
Children will continue to use 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. We will also be recapping on our Python coding units throughout the half term.