2018 - 2019
Year 6 PE days are:
Aspen - Thursday
Birch - Thursday
Hawthorn - Thursday
Please ensure that children have a white t-shirt, black shorts and suitable footwear.
In English, we are reading the text ‘A Boy and a Bear in a Boat’ by Dave Shelton. The book tells the story of a boy and a bear travelling together on what should be a simple journey. However, their voyage soon takes an unexpected twist. We will be writing and performing our own poems. We will also be looking at comic strips within the text and will be building our own narrative around these ideas. This will help us to consolidate and apply everything we have learnt in our writing this year. Throughout our guided reading sessions, we will be exploring the different characters within the text and discussing the writer’s choice of vocabulary and text structure.
In Maths, we will be developing our knowledge of 3D shapes, including how to draw nets and how to build different shapes. We will examine their properties and use this to compare them. We will also be looking at algebra, learning how to use simple formulae to solve problems and equations. We will consolidate our knowledge and revisit problems involving a range of operations in different contexts. In addition to this , we will develop our knowledge of different measurements, and apply this practically and theoretically.
Within Science, we will be exploring the question ‘Have we always looked like this?’ Throughout this unit, we will investigate the theory of evolution, starting with a study on ‘The Big Bang Theory’. We will also learn about Charles Darwin and his theories. Following on form this, we will explore fossils and how they develop our knowledge of how things have changed. Our unit will also allow to find out more about the human skeleton and how it is suited to our lifestyle.
In Topic, our learning will be based around the question, ‘How will I succeed on my Journey Through Life?’. We will start by looking at what we think success is and how it can be measured. We will then apply this to our own journeys through life and think about what we each need to do to be successful in our own right. This will involve investigating and exploring the options available to us after we leave school. In addition to this we will conduct our own research to find out about how famous people have responded to failure and consider what we can learn from this.
This half term, we will consolidate the reading skills that we have learnt throughout the year. We will retrieve information from a range of text types, make inferences about thoughts, feelings and motives and return to our text to justify these. In addition to this, we will deepen our knowledge by exploring the impact of an author’s choice of vocabulary and structure on the reader.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
We have worked really hard this year to develop and apply our knowledge of SPaG concepts. This half term, we will continue apply these skills across a range of contexts to ensure that we have a secure understanding of areas such as active and passive voice, different word classes, use of the correct tense and a range of clauses.
To finish off this half term, we will spend some time designing and developing our own superhero. We will consider elements such as our superhero’s name, costume and arch nemesis. Following this, our characters will be used as inspiration for our own superhero narratives, where we will have the opportunity to show off our fantastic writing skills.
In Maths, we will consolidate our learning around formal written methods, problem solving and fractions, decimals and percentages. We will develop our understanding of different question types and ensure that we can choose and apply the correct method in the correct context. Furthermore, we aim to develop and improve our mental maths skills and become more efficient when working with larger numbers. There will be an emphasis on checking that our calculations are correct and that we have completed all the required steps in a multi-step problem.
In English, we are continuing reading the text ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Margarian. We will make links with other texts about WW2 and use a range of genres as inspiration for our writing. To develop our characterisation skills, we will focus on dialogue within narrative and will be working hard to convey a character's thoughts and feelings using direct speech. In our Guided Reading sessions, we will continue to develop our retrieval and inference skills using a range of interesting and exciting texts. We will focus on proving what we have said using the evidence available and also think about why the author has used certain words, phrases and punctuation and the impact of these on the reader.
In Maths, we will consolidate our learning around formal written methods, focussing specifically on multiplication and division. Following this, we will apply these arithmetic skills to problems that involve more reasoning. We will develop our ability to pick out the key information and numbers from a written problem and work on choosing the most efficient method to calculate the answer. This half-term we will be asked to prove our answers and to explain why we are correct and why we chose particular strategies in order to develop a deeper understanding of all aspects of this subject.
Within Science, we will be exploring the question ‘Could Spiderman really exist?’ Throughout this unit, we will use the outside learning space to investigate the plants and animals that live in our school grounds. We will consider how different species have adapted to survive in the places where they live and how these adaptations differ from place to place. We will drive our own learning, choosing animals that we find interesting and researching their features to make links with their habitats. Our topic will end with us developing our own way of presenting what we have found out, just like a real scientist would.
In Topic, our learning will continue to be about our main question ‘How did World War 2 impact on the lives of different people?’ This half-term, we will look in detail at the influential figures involved and piece together their lives to write biographies about the ones that we find the most interesting. We will consider the involvement of America and Japan in WW2 and then chose our own lines of enquiry to further our learning.
In English, we are reading the text ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian. Within this unit, we will be exploring the character development, emotional response and the changes of a setting in narrative fiction. This will give us the opportunity to further our reading skills by participating in discussions about books, building on our own and others' ideas and challenging views. We will also be drawing inferences and justifying these with evidence from the text. In writing, we will begin by focusing on describing settings, characters and atmosphere. We will then begin integrating dialogue to convey character and advance action in our own writing. We will also be using spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, imagining and exploring ideas.
In Maths, we will continue to secure our knowledge of calculation using the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by recapping each of the methods. We will also begin to develop our knowledge of geometry by learning how to draw and translate shapes in co-ordinate planes and by also comparing and classifying shapes based on their properties to find missing angles.
Within Science, we will be exploring the question ‘How can you light up your life?’ Throughout this unit, we will learn about the key concepts of light, dark and sound. We will investigate a number of subsidiary questions such as ‘How can you set up an experiment to show that light travels in straight lines?’ and ‘How can you use mirrors to see around blind corners?’ In finding these answers, by the end of this unit of work, we will be able to explain key scientific elements such as how light travels and also how the human eye sees objects.
In Topic, our learning will stem from our main question ‘How did World War 2 impact on the lives of different people’ Within this unit we will be learning about who were the most influential figures in World War 2, what places were most affected by the war and also why did the Jewish people get treated so badly? In doing so, we will use a range of evidence from different sources to produce information texts and biographies.
In English, we are reading the text ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna. Within this unit, we will be exploring a short, yet challenging and emotive text which is packed full of beautiful illustrations. This will give us the opportunity to further our reading skills by discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination and by really unpicking the impact that the illustrations have on the reader. We will also be drawing inferences and justifying these with evidence from the text; Year 6 have been working hard to develop this skill in our shared reading sessions. In writing, we will focus on selecting appropriate vocabulary, developing initial ideas and using punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
In Maths, we will continue to secure our knowledge of calculations including those involving fractions, decimals and percentages. We will begin by learning how to convert fractions, decimals and percentages and then advance to multiplying and dividing decimal numbers. We will revisit the formal written method of calculation for multiplication, long division, addition and subtraction and strive to improve our ability to perform mental calculations with increasingly large numbers.
Within Science, we will be exploring the focus of ‘Could you be the next Nintendo/ PlayStation apprentice?’ Throughout this unit, we will make links with Design Technology. We will begin by evaluating a range of board games which include an electrical element. We will learn about how electrical circuits work and the role of each component and then use this knowledge to design and make a game of our own, showcasing our new knowledge and showing off our design skills.
In Topic, our learning will stem from our main question ‘I'm a Y6 pupil, can you get me out of here?’ Within this unit we will be learning about the area directly surrounding our school, including what a bird’s eye view of Woodland would look like. We will extend this to using maps and atlases to explore areas further afield and develop of geographical knowledge of what lies beyond Heywood and how to get there.
In English, we are reading the text ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson. Within this unit, we will be exploring a longer, character driven narrative. We will also be developing and sharing opinions based on the characters in the text. This will give us the opportunity to further our writing skills by drafting and writing character and setting descriptions and by integrating dialogue within longer pieces of writing.
In Maths, our main focus will be securing our knowledge of calculations. We will begin by reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000. We will then move onto using our knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Mental calculations including mixed numbers and large numbers will also be covered.
Within Science, we will be exploring the focus of ‘What would a journey through your body be like?’ Throughout this unit, we will name and locate the major organs in the human body; use a graph to answer scientific questions and make a diagram that outlines the main parts of the body.
In Topic, our learning will stem from our main question ‘Will your ever see the water you drink again?’ Within this unit we will be learning to describe how some places are similar and others are different in relation to their human and physical features and to recognise key symbols using ordnance survey maps.