Curriculum Information Autumn 1 2021
Home Learning is set twice a week. Tasks will be posted on Google Classroom.
Mondays: Maths is set and submitted by Wednesday.
Thursdays: English is set and submitted by Monday.
You should be practising your spellings, rapid recall target and times tables daily, as well as reading for at least 10 minutes.
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.
Spellings can practised via Spelling Shed, and a paper copy will also be sent home at the start of each half term.
Times Tables Rockstars should be accessed regularly by the children at home.
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.
Times Tables Rockstars should be accessed regularly by the children at home.
This half-term children will be learning about:
Number to 10 million: In this first unit of Year 6, pupils are refining their knowledge of place value, working with numbers between 1 000 000 and 10 000 000. They begin the chapter reading and writing numbers to 10 000 000 using number discs, numerals and words. An additional lesson using an abacus is provided to deepen and extend their sense of number and place value. Pupils are then asked to round and compare numbers to 10 000 000, followed by placing them in order from smallest to greatest. The unit ends with pupils rounding numbers to various values and determining when it is appropriate to round numbers.
Four operations on whole numbers: In this unit, pupils will be exploring the four operations, in combination and in isolation. The unit begins with lessons on creating and solving expressions involving brackets, exponents, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. Pupils are then multiplying 3- and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using number bonds and column multiplication as the key methods. After this, they are estimating the product of multiplication sentences before moving on to division. Pupils are dividing 3- and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using a variety of methods, including number bonds and long division. Pupils then begin solving more complex word problems involving multiple operations, including multiplication and division, with bar models being a main heuristic in addition to other pictorial methods. Pupils are then challenged by finding common multiples and common factors before ending the unit exploring prime numbers.
We are reading the book Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti. Rose Blanche was the name of a group of young German citizens who, at their peril, protested against the war. Like them, Rose observes all the changes going on around her which others choose to ignore. She watches as the streets of her small German town fill with soldiers. One day she sees a little boy escaping from the back of a truck, only to be captured by the mayor and shoved back into it. During this topic, children will write diaries and narratives, and explore the actions of characters.
We will also be reading another picture book called The Arrival by Shaun Tan. A beautifully illustrated graphic novel about a man who leaves his wife and daughter, and boards a steamship to cross the ocean. He's embarking on the most painful yet important journey of his life- he's leaving home to build a better future for his family.
This half term our biography unit will focus on the life of Noor Inayat Khan, a British spy in World War II who served in the Special Operations Executive.
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!
We follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work. Each topic usually lasts for four weeks. We begin by exploring what each topic means to us before moving on to how it relates to religion and the gospels.
Our first topic is called 'loving' during this topic children will:
make links between the story of the prodigal son and the Christian’s belief in God’s forgiveness, give reasons for a Christian’s love and care, describe and show understanding of the scripture, beliefs, feelings and experience of God’s unconditional love and make links between them.
Children will also show understanding of how religious belief in God’s unconditional love shapes life and begin to engage with and respond to questions about loving, in the light of religious teaching.
Our second topic is called 'loving' during this topic children will:
develop religious vocabulary, to give reasons for the signs and symbols used in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, give reasons why Christians fulfil their baptismal promises by answering God’s call through their chosen vocation in various ways, including the religious life and use religious terms to show an understanding of prayers of consecration and vows made at ordination and profession.
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.
The Wider Curriculum
History: The Roman Empire
The children will find out about: The Roman Army, Julius Caesar, Augustus: the first Emperor, Emperors Claudius and Nero, Pompeii and the eruption of Vesuvius and
The Jewish-Roman War.
During this topic we will look at: The mighty River Indus, The changing River Indus, How rivers get their water, How a river shapes the land: the young river, How a river shapes the land: the mature river, and Britain’s longest river: the River Severn.
Science: The Circulatory System
During this topic, children will learn to:
- identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
- recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
- describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including human
This term we will be looking at coding. Children will solve problems they identify themselves, designing and writing programs to address this. Work confidently with sequence, selection, and repetition; work with variables and various forms of input and output. They will also develop their debugging skills and alter and improve their own and others’ programs, explaining why, and predicting and/or describing the effect.
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.
Art and DT this half term will be linked to our wider curriculum topics.
PE is taught on Wednesdays and alternate Friday mornings. 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.
Each class will have a have a weekly music lesson with Ms Edwards every Wednesday.
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: