We are studying Shakespeare's Macbeth and will be debating who is most responsible for the murder of King Duncan. We will also be doing some art work relating to the play. The children are enjoying the class novel of Benjamin Zephaniah's Refugee Boy and the very topical issues that it raises. As the year draws to a close we will be reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio and writing around the themes of acceptance and difference. We will also be producing an anthology of short stories that the children can share with their buddies.
In maths lessons we will be studying circles, sequences, algebra and word problems linking to all of these topics. You can help your child by regularly practising times tables facts, doing additional tasks on My Maths and encouraging your child to use Manga High to gain points and medals. We are continuing to use rapid number recall to help the children recall number facts quickly, we are testing these skills weekly and the children are enjoying the challenge of these.
This term we will be continuing with the poetry anthology for Year 6 that was introduced in the Autumn term. As part of their English home learning children will be expected to choose a poem from the anthology and learn it by heart. Children will also be expected to learn lines and songs for the end of year production. Maths home learning on My Maths is given out on alternate Wednesdays and is due back the following Wednesday. Children should also be working on their mental maths target.
Y6MR and Y6ML have PE on Wednesdays and Thursdays taught by PE specialists. They will be focusing on athletics and cricket this term. Please do make sure your child’s kit is in line with the school uniform policy.
At OLM we follow the 'Come and See' scheme of work. Our topic this term is Healing; we will look closely at the sacrament of the sick. We will also be studying Islam and hope to welcome a young practising Muslim to talk to the children about her faith. Our final unit of study for the year will be based on lessons from CAFOD and closely linked to Catholic Social Teaching. The Catholic Social Teaching (CST) theme we will be studying is Rights and Dignity of Workers.
This term our History topic is the Maya Civilisation. We will be looking at; Who were the Maya and where did they live? The creation of Maya myths, the story of the Hero Twins from the Popol Vuh and the origin of humankind. Maya calendars, including the Long Count, the Maya counting system Maya houses and temples; the three sacred hearthstones at the centre of every Maya home
Our science topic this term will be 'evolution' we will be looking at the different theorists Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace and discussing the positives and negatives of each. We will also be looking at how characteristics are passed on through parent to child and why certain characteristics are more favourable than others.
This term the children will be continuing to look at cyber bulling during their E-safety lessons; discussing how to stay safe and report incidents of bulling online. We will be using some of our ICT sessions create virtual images using the app 'Aurasma'
Art and Design and Technology
Our topic is ‘Textiles’. The children will be working on using a variety of different textiles to create Maya Art. The topic is linked to our learning of the Maya culture in History. The children will also be building props and stage designs for the end of year play.
Each class has a weekly music lesson with Mrs Bensley.
The children have a weekly French lesson with Mme Lauzanne. They have been working on expanding their vocabulary.
SATs week beg. 14th May
International night 17th May
Jumble sale 19th May
Class photo 8th June
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 and encouraging your child to use Manga High to gain points and medals.
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: