Curriculum Information September 2018 (Autumn 1)
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 cover common multiples and factors, 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).
MyMaths and Manga High will be set every other week.
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.
Children will be expected to be very confident in all their times tables (up to the 12 times table). Children should be able to answer related questions quickly and fluently.
We will be studying a rich variety of texts this term – we are starting with a picture book called The Arrival by Shaun Tan. We will focus on inference, writing in role and setting descriptions. Children will continue to focus on the Y6 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 ‘Vocation and Commitment’. The children will gain an understanding about the vocation of priesthood and religious life. Children will learn about Ordination and study different related scripture from God's Story 3.
This term we will also undertake a study of Judaism which will involve a trip to the local synagogue.
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 the computer programme Kodu. Children will learn to:
- Open Kodu and navigate the programming environment using keyboard or mouse.
- Add objects to a world and program them using When and Do instructions.
- Plan and design the features of an original virtual environment.
- Program a character to move around a track.
- Create a path for a character to follow
We will also link computing to our art topic – designing a font.
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 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
For this term we will be learning about the human body and animals. Children will investigate how the heart, lungs and circulatory system work and there will be a focus on healthy living. They will conduct a range of practical investigations into how the heart rate changes under different conditions.
Our continuing focus will be WWII. We will begin the topic by learning about the Blitz and using historical imagination to think about what it might have been live to experience it. We will also learn about the evacuee experience and the role of Winston Churchill and women during the war.
Art and Design
Our new topic is design. Children will study different architectural feats and focus on a specific architect. The children will plan, make and evaluate their own Anderson shelters using a range of different tools. Children will work together in groups to design their shelters. Children will work to answer the question: "How can we shelter form the storm?"
Each class has a weekly music lesson with Ms Edwards.
The children have a weekly French lesson with Mme Lauzanne. They have been working on expanding their vocabulary.
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: