Curriculum Information Summer Term 2019
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: continuing to solve complex word problems using the four operations and bar model, investigating data and how it is presented (mean, pie chart, line graphs etc). 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 are now 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.
We will be studying a rich variety of texts this term – we are starting with 'The Piano' which is a short film narrative . We will explore approaches made by the film maker to create moods, pace and viewpoint, develop children's film metalanguage by identifying how colour, light, sound and camera angles have been used to tell the narrative and explore relationships between characters. 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!
Our year continues with the topic 'Witnesses'. The children will know and understand:
The children will be able to make links to show how feelings and beliefs affect their behaviour and that of others when it comes to making a decision about being a witness. They will be able to compare their own and other people’s ideas about questions that are difficult to answer about having the courage to witness. They will also be able to show how their own and others’ decisions about witnessing are informed by beliefs and values.
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
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
Please ask your child what we have discussed.
This term we will be looking at Multimedia. This aim of this unit is to allow children to explore various aspects of film-making. In doing so, they must choose and use appropriate software in order to complete tasks such as writing a script, researching information, filming and editing. As well as using digital devices for recording (video camera or tablet), children work through pre- and post-production stages, planning good-quality interviews for a documentary and completing the process with use of video editing software such as Windows Movie Maker.
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 is taught on a Wednesday and alternative Thursday afternoons. It is very 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- plimsolls or plain white trainers with no branding please.
The Wider Curriculum
Children will learn about ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’. They will learn about the classification of living things, including micro-organisms. They will build on their work in Year 4 by sorting animals into groups based on their similarities and differences. They will extend their learning to find out about the standard system of classification first developed by Carl Linnaeus, choosing an animal and researching its classification. The children will have the opportunity to design their own ‘curious creature’ and classify it based on its characteristics.
They will learn about micro-organisms, and conduct an investigation into the growth of mould on bread. Furthermore, the children will use play dough to create a new single celled micro-organism and explain how it is classified and why. Finally, the children will put their learning into practice by creating a field guide to the living things in their local area, showing how and why each one is classified.
In their continuing unit about the Amazing Americas, children will now 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
Children will begin to think about prop design for their end of year production.
Each class has a weekly music lesson with Ms Edwards.
The children have a weekly French lesson with Madame Lauzanne. They have been working on expanding their vocabulary and writing to their pen pals.
Monday 13 May English grammar, punctuation and spelling
Tuesday 14 May English reading
Wednesday 15 May Mathematics Arithmetic and Mathematical reasoning
Thursday 16 May Mathematical reasoning
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: