Hello and welcome to Year 6!
SATS - click here to access our recent parents SATS meeting: SATS presentation
If you were unable to make it to our curriculum meeting, please click on the link to access the presentation used: Curriculum Presentation to Parents
We are really excited to welcome you to our Year 6 page. Here you will find lots of information about the curriculum, our learning in Year 6 and our expectations. As part of the curriculum, children in Year Six are expected to be able to confidently spell a range of words including all of the Year 5/6 spellings. Each week, your child will receive their weekly spellings on Friday and will be tested on these on the following Friday. Please ensure your child is dedicating time to this at home.
Your child’s reading skills are key to their success in school and reading for at least 10 minutes every night – whether this is your child reading independently or through shared experiences – is important. Please sign their reading diary noting what they have read, any comments and perhaps any words that they found difficult.
Homework will also be sent out weekly every Friday and will be expected to be returned the following Thursday. This will be a piece of English and Maths which will help consolidate their learning from that week. The children should be able to complete this independently, but of course support can be given if required.
Children in 6M and 6CH have PE on a Tuesday afternoon.
Children in 6H and 6V have PE on a Thursday afternoon.
Children are expected to come to school in their PE kits on the day they have PE.
Reading – We will be reading ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q. Raúf.
‘When a new boy joins their class, a group of children try to befriend him. They soon learn that Ahmet is a refugee and has been separated from his family. None of the grown-ups seem to be able to help him, so the friends come up with a daring plan, embarking on an extraordinary adventure.’
We will be reading ‘Skellig’ by David Almond.
‘When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then, exploring a ramshackle garage with new-found friend Mina, he finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive.’
English – We firstly look at biographical writing and use inspirational figures from history and the present day to create a biography to showcase their remarkable achievements and contributions to our wonderful world.
We then look to our History unit on the ‘Baghdad - Early Islamic Civilisation’ to provide inspiration for the creation of a non-chronological report about the city situated between two rivers at the centre of the world's great trade routes and the caliph.
Finally, we finish the term by exploring a selection of personification poetry to inspire the creation of our own poems filled with imagery and description.
History – We take a chronological journey back in time to learn about how the city of Baghdad rose to become the powerful Islamic Empire it was in 900AD. By tracking the development of the great Islamic city including trading practices and everyday life, we compare it with contemporary cities in Western Europe at concurrent timescales. We also learn about the spread of Islam through the Middle East and beyond and the legacy of and continuing influences of early Islam.
Geography – We are off to Russia, the world’s largest country! This huge expanse boasts an abundance of natural resources as well as a plethora of biomes. Our pupils will immerse themselves in this fascinating country and understand its significance on the world stage.
Everything Changes. In this unit we build on pupils’ knowledge of living things and how they are adapted to particular environments. They are introduced to the idea that variation in organisms can result in the species becoming better adapted to its environment and that the process of natural selection, over a long period of time, leads to evolution.
Danger, Low Voltage. In this module children develop their understanding of electrical circuits. They construct circuits with an increasing number of components and contrast the effects this has on the function of the components. They role play the flow of electricity through a basic circuit and one that includes fuse wire, to model the effect that this has on other components.
Art – We take a look into the history of tie-dye textiles and create our own tie-dye garment. We will explore colour looking at symbolism and complementary colours as well as learning how textiles can be embellished in different ways.
DT – In design and technology this term we will be looking at a range of structures. We will take inspiration from some well-known structures and architects, including Dame Zaha Hadid. The children will follow the full design process, from investigations, to initial designs, prototypes, and then finally making and creating their own 3-D structure.
RE – ‘An enquiry into visiting places of worship’. We will be exploring places of worship from a variety of religions and discussing the features and practices which make them sacred.
‘For Christians, what kind of king was Jesus?’
PSHE – IIn PSHE, Year 6 are discussing Belonging to a Community (to include the subjects of: valuing diversity, challenging discrimination and stereotypes), Media Literacy and Digital Resilience (evaluating media sources and how to safely share content online) and Money and Work (considering influences and attitudes towards money and financial risks involved when dealing with money).
Computing – Blogging. We will be learning the basic principles of creating and maintaining a blog in a controlled and safe environment. This will give children a basic understanding of how to plan, create and present their own blog.