Curriculum Information Spring Term 2020
Every Wednesday, children will be set weekly homework on Google Classroom.
They must log in weekly and 'turn in' their English homework assignment.
Children also need to complete their MyMaths online every week.
Children should all now 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. Please practise these at home with your child on a daily basis.
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.
Most Maths No Problem chapters include problem solving activities where children will be consolidating and extending their use and understanding of bar modelling method. All children will be expected to complete reasoning challenges related to the topic of study.
Rapid Recall will be given out weekly. 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 will be set every other week. Times Tables Rockstars should be accessed regularly by the children at home.
This half-term children will be:
Learning about measurements: Conversions. The focus is on converting units of measurement using fractions and decimals. Pupils begin by converting units of length and distance followed by exploring units of mass, volume and time. While most of the work considers metric conversions, time is challenging as it does not follow multiples of 10, 100 or 1000.
Learning about Percentage. Pupils will be exploring how to calculate percentage of numbers and quantities. They will be learning about how to solve for percentage change and use percentage to compare amounts. In the first lesson, pupils will be finding the percentage of a whole number. This will involve both division and multiplication skills. They will then move on to finding the percentage of a quantity, measured in amounts such as litres and millilitres. In the third lesson, pupils will be looking at difference and percentage change before finally moving on to using percentage as a way to compare numbers and amounts.
Learning about Ratio. Pupils will be comparing quantities, including numbers, objects, fractions and mass before moving on to solving word problems. In the first six lessons, pupils will use bar models and concrete materials to compare amounts. They will be using both pictorial and abstract multiplication and division to support their learning while simplifying and comparing ratios. In the final three lessons, pupils will be solving word problems involving ratio by constructing bar models to support their understanding.
We will be studying a rich variety of texts this term – we are continuing with a novel called Trash by Andy Mulligan which will link to our learning in Geography. This book is a wonderful adventure set in an unnamed South American country and features "dumpsite" children who earn their living by sorting through rubbish. Moving and thought-provoking and ever-so-slightly whimsical, it combines a mystery story and social comment to wonderful effect. Children will be: developing narrative, investigating characters, exploring different points of view and planning and writing their own alternative endings to the novel. Inference plays a vital role when reading and this will continue to be a point of focus.
Year 5/6 spellings have been sent home. 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.
Children will begin 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.
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 new half-term begins with the topic ‘Sources’.
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 Information Technology with a focus on Google. Children will learn about working collaboratively on Google Documents by researching and adding to a document together. They will also learn to create Google Slides all about their Geography topic- South America. Children will also learn how to create Google Forms so that they can make quizzes to share with the class.
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.
Children must use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
PE is taught on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in Y6M and a Wednesday and Thursday morning in Y6HP. Children may wear their PE kit and trainers on PE days only. Please do provide a pair of warm jogging bottoms for the kit as most sessions will be outside. Please do make sure your child’s kit is in line with the school uniform policy.
The Wider Curriculum
Science: Light: What can you see?
Geography: South America
Children will learn to locate South American countries and cities on a map, understand the population and climate and identify human and physical features of South America. This will link to our class text Trash.
Each class will have a have a fortnightly music lesson with Ms Edwards.
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 EVERY DAY and access 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:
Oak National Academy also has some fantatsic resources to support your child's learning: