Curriculum Information January 2019 (Spring 1)

 

Mathematics

Maths No Problem will be used throughout Year 6 and the children will be continuing to use Rapid Recall to develop and consolidate mental maths skills. This half-term we will be: solving complex word problems using the four operations and bar model, multiplying and dividing decimals and converting units of measurement using fractions and decimals. All Maths No Problem chapters include problem solving activities where children will be consolidating and extending their use and understanding of bar modelling method.

Rapid Recall will be given out on Mondays (to be tested the following Monday).Rapid Recall is very important to practise as an arithmetic paper is included as part of the SATs tests at the end of the year.

MyMaths and Manga High will be set every other week.

Work will often be sent home to consolidate learning during lesson time. 

Children will be expected to be very confident in all their times tables (up to the 12 times table). Children must be able to answer related questions quickly and fluently. 

 

English

We will be studying a rich variety of texts this term – we are starting with a book called The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd.  We will focus on persuasive writing, diary entries, reports and character descriptions . Children will continue to focus on the Year 6 writing targets below:

 

Pupils should be taught to and develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by:

  • recognising vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for formal speech and writing, including subjunctive forms
  • using passive verbs to affect the presentation of information in a sentence
  • using the perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time and cause
  • using expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely
  • using modal verbs or adverbs to indicate degrees of possibility
  • using relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or with an implied (i.e. omitted) relative pronoun
  • learning the grammar for years 5 and 6 in English Appendix 2
  • indicate grammatical and other features by: § using commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing
  • using hyphens to avoid ambiguity
  • using brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis
  • using semi-colons, colons or dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses
  • using a colon to introduce a list
  • punctuating bullet points consistently
  • use and understand the grammatical terminology in English Appendix 2 accurately and appropriately in discussing their writing and reading.

English home learning is given out on Mondays (returned on Thursdays) and will alternate between a task in the home learning book, learning a poem from a class anthology to recite and exercises in a CGP book to support spelling. Spellings to learn and practise are given out at the beginning of each half term. Please do take the time to practise these with your children and make sure they know meaning of the words they are being asked to spell. It would be beneficial for your children to practise their spelling in their English home learning books by writing a number of sentences using their spellings.

 

We cannot emphasise enough how important reading is to your child’s development. It links to every other area of the curriculum and is fundamental in supporting the development of spelling and vocabulary. Please do use our brilliant local libraries and ensure your child always has a book on the go!

 

RE

Our year continues with the topic 'Sources'. The children will know and understand: 

  • A wide variety of books and the purpose for which they were written – Explore
  • The Bible as the story of God’s love, told by the People of God – Reveal
  •  Acquire the skills of assimilation, celebration and application of the above – Respond

 

Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST).

Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means both in class and during assembly times:

 

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

Please ask your child what we have discussed.

 

 

Computing

This term we will be looking at Information and technology. Children will learn to:

  • Create Notebooks
  • Create PowerPoints and add effects

 

E-safety

The popularity of social networking sites is growing. It is important for children to know how to protect themselves and behave responsibly when they are part of an online community. Their profile is who they are online. When they choose a nickname and profile picture it is important to remember it will be viewed by strangers. Online, it is not safe to give personal information away because even friends might not be who they say they are.

 

PE

PE is taught on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. It is important for children to have their PE kits in school at all times. Please do provide a pair of jogging bottoms for the kit as some sessions will be outside. Please do make sure your child’s kit is in line with the school uniform policy.

 

 

The Wider Curriculum

Science

For this term we will be learning about electricity. Children will learn about the appearance and function of different electrical components, including switches, bulbs, buzzers, motors, cells and wires. They will create  circuits, attempt to draw the circuit diagrams, and explain what they observed. They will attempt to place the circuits in order of brightness and explain why.

 

Geography

The Amazing Americas! Children will first find out about the continents of North and South America, and the countries that form them. They will also look in more detail at some of the contrasting regions of the Americas, finding out about the landscape, climate and locations of each area. There is the opportunity to carry out a detailed fieldwork study of the children’s local area to help them to identify the similarities and differences between a region of the Americas and where they live. Children will also develop their map and atlas skills and practise reading and writing coordinates.
They will learn about the ancient and new wonders of the world, specifically those of the Americas, and they will research a natural wonder of the Americas and create their own presentations to teach others what they learn.

 

Art and Design

Our new question is : 'What would that map look like in 3D?'. In this topic children will learn about 3D modelling- layering, pulping and construction of paper structures.

Children will learn to understand the scale of features on a map's terrain and use local maps to create their own 3D maps. 

 

Music

Each class has a weekly music lesson with Ms Edwards. 

 

French

The children have a weekly French lesson with Mme Lauzanne. They have been working on expanding their vocabulary.

 

 

Special Events:

Hilltops meeting Tuesday 8th January 2018

 

How you can help your children:

In maths you can help your child by regularly practising times tables facts, doing additional tasks on My Maths, Rapid Recall targets and work with your child on any additional work sent home for consolidation. 

 

Please continue to encourage your child to read a variety of authors and genres of writing - reading underpins all areas of the curriculum. If you need advice about books and authors please contact one of the Y6 team. 

 

The BBC Bitesize website is worth having a look at for interactive games to support your child's learning:

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zv48q6f