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.
Curriculum Information Summer Term 1 2021
Every Wednesday, children will be set weekly homework on Google Classroom.
Children 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 Geometry. Pupils will be investigating angles on their own, in word problems and in shapes. The chapter begins with pupils looking at vertically opposite angles before solving word problems involving angles. They will then be looking at angles in triangles and quadrilaterals, using that information to complete a lesson on word problems. Next, pupils will be investigating the parts of a circle before solving word problems about angles in a circle. They will spend some time drawing quadrilaterals before moving onto triangles. At the end of the chapter, pupils will be required to draw the nets of 3-D shapes.
Learning about Position and Movement. Pupils will differentiate between translation and reflection before moving on to express movement using algebra. In the first lesson, pupils review negative numbers on horizontal and vertical axes. They then learn to describe the position of objects in relation to a common starting point. Pupils begin to use a coordinates grid from different starting points and recode the coordinates of the points. The coordinate grids become more complex as the chapter progresses, using all four quadrants and translating and reflecting objects. The chapter ends by describing movement (translation and reflection) on a grid using algebra.
We will be studying a rich variety of texts this term – we are continuing with to read a novel called The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. This book is a wonderful adventure set in modern day London. First published in 2007, it tells the story of how Ted, a boy with Asperger syndrome, and his sister Kat, solve the mystery of how their cousin, Salim, seemingly vanishes from inside a sealed capsule on the London Eye. 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 ‘Witnesses'.
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.
Children will 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.
The Wider Curriculum
This term we will be looking at Information Technology with a focus on Data Handling,. They will begin to use and combine a variety of software (including internet
services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data.
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 Wednesday and Friday mornings in Y6M and a Thursday and Friday 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.
Science: Evolution and Inheritance
Children will learn to:
• recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
• recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
•identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
Geography and History
In Geography, children will be exploring the topic: "Why is California so thirsty?" They will explore why water is so important to the region and the geographical struggles the people of California face.
In History, children will be exploring the topic: "The round city: Baghdad." Children will learn the story of how the building of Baghdad began, They will discuss ideas about impact and legacy whilst exploring cultures over time.
Each class will have a have a fortnightly music lesson with Ms Edwards every other Tuesday.
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: