Year 6 learning newsletters
Additional Year 6 information
- PE is on Mondays and Thursdays
- Homework is given out on Friday and should be returned on Tuesdays
- Rainbow maths and spelling tests are on Fridays.
- British Museum on Thursday 26th January
- Tate Britain tbc
- PGL residential trip from Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd March
In our maths lessons, we will continue with number before revising measurement:
- Fractions, decimals and percentages
- Area, perimeter and volume
We will be exploring, learning the features and writing our own versions of the following genres:
- City Jungle poem by Pie Corbett
- A formal explanation text
- A discussion text
- The River's Story poem by Brian Patten
- An invasion story
- A persuasive letter
Understanding the World:
In Spring 1, we will be learning about the Early Islamic Civilisation:
- Why it was significant and how far it spread
- The importance of Baghdad
- The great advances in medicine, mathematics and science
- A comparison between London and Baghdad circa 900CE
In Spring 2, we will be doing a country study of India
In Spring 1, we will be learning about light:
- Light travels in straight lines
- Objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
- We see things because light travels from sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
- Shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.
In Spring 2, we will be learning about Living things and their habitats.
In Spring 1, we will be learning about what religions teach us when things are hard:
- Ask questions about life, death, suffering, and what matters most in life
Explore ways in which religions help people to live, even when times are tough
Introduce the idea that most religious traditions teach about some form of life after death, which can bring comfort to people as they face suffering, or if they are bereaved
Learn some key concepts about life after death in Christianity, Hinduism and Humanism
Look at examples of ‘art of heaven’ in which religious believers imagine the afterlife
In our French lessons, we will be learning about:
- The town
- Traditional French food
- Conjugation of être, avoir and aller
In our art lessons, we will be learning about and emulating the work of the artist Kumari Burman who specialises in collage.
Design and Technology:
In our DT lessons, we will be learning about mechanisms. In particular, that gears, pulleys and cams can be used to speed up, slow down or change the direction of movement.
In our music lessons, we will be learning how to play the recorder.
In our RHE lessons, we will be revising Computer Safety:
I can list apps which I may use now and in future.
I know and understand why some apps have an age restriction.
I know some ways to keep myself and others save online and offline.
Know that some people may not be who they say they are online.
In our PE lessons, the children will be learning about gymnastics and dance.
In our IT lessons, as well as their coding lessons, the children will be learning about data collection and analysis.
- Imperial War Museum on Tuesday 27th September
- National Army Museum on Wednesday 16th November
- Meeting about PGL residential trip at 5pm on 19th October
- PGL residential trip 20th - 22nd March 2023
We will be focussing on Place Value and number in this half term. The children will be learning how to:
read and write numbers up to at least 1 000 000; understand the relationship between powers of 10 from 1 hundredth to 10 million; order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000.
estimate on a number line; round numbers to a required degree of accuracy; use negative numbers in context.
solve calculations to read and write numbers up to 10 000 000; compare and order numbers; explaining the difference between numbers - solve trickier reasoning problems involving place value, rounding and negative numbers.
solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts; perform mental calculations, including mixed operations; use estimation to check answers to calculations
multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit; divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two digit; use short and long methods; use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations; use estimation to check answers to calculations
- At the beginning of the half term, Year 6 are researching facts and writing fact files about Nelson Mandela and Emmeline Pankhurst.
- Afterwards, we will be reading, performing, learning about and writing their own nonsense poetry based on the classic poem "Jaberwocky" by Lewis Carroll.
- In the latter half of the half term, we will be combining Black History Month and our World War 1 topic by learning and writing about the life and achievements of Walter Tull.
Understanding the World:
This half term, our history topic is World War 1. This is a fascinating topic, which is very engaging for the children. They will learn about:
- the events that lead to the outbreak of war
- the circumstances and impact of the Battle of the Somme
- the impact of the Suffragist and Suffragette movements
- pre and post-war Britain
In addition, we will go on a school trip to the Imperial War Museum, which will help to bring the topic to life for the children.
In Science we will learn about Animals including humans.. The lessons will include:
- identifying and naming the main parts of the human circulatory system
- describing the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.
- recognising the impact that diet, exercise and drugs have on our lifestyle and on our bodies
- comparing the differences between animals and humans and describing ways in which nutrients and water are transported.
In RE, the children will learn about:
- Christians and humanists - their differences as well as their similarities
- the different ways of expressing art through architecture and charity and generosity.
In our French lessons, the learning will focus on:
- the time
- written grammar
During out art lessons, the children will learn about and emulate the styles of these two exceptional artists:
- Lynette Yiadom-Boakye - a contemporary and inspirational British artist.
- Paul Nash - the war artist, photographer, writer and painter.
Our RHE lessons will focus on Being Responsible. The lessons will touch on:
explaining what ‘consent’ means.
understanding the importance of being honest and not stealing.
the importance of having trusting relationships between friends and family.
knowing why making some choices can impact on our lives and the lives of others in a negative way.
During our PE lessons, the children will be learning the skills necessary for tennis.
As well as their computing lessons, the children will be developing a multimedia presentation.
Using our music programme, Charanga, the children will explore how music brings us together while developing melodic phrases.