Y6 Curriculum Information
Term: Autumn 1 2023
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 should be practised via Spelling Shed, and a paper copy will also be sent home at the start of each half term.
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.
This term children will be learning about:
Number to 1 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 place-value counters, numerals and words. 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-digit 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-digit 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.
To start the half term children will be looking at the story book 'Rose Blanche' a story set in World War II. Children will develop their inference skills, describe settings and characters and retell narratives. Throughout the topic children will explore and clarify a wide range of new vocabulary.
Next, the children will complete a short biography on Noor Inayat Khan, a British espionage agent.
Later on in the half term, children will explore an animated clip 'The Piano'. By visually reading this text, children will explore the feelings of different characters before writing letters in role and their own narratives based on the clip.
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.
Topic 1 : Loving - To know and understand:
• The love and care of people – Explore
• God’s love is unconditional and never ending – Reveal
Topic 2: Vocation and commitment - To know and understand:
• Commitment in life – Explore
• The vocation to the priesthood and religious life – Reveal
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
During this topic, children will learn to:
- associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit
- compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches
- use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram
Children will explore who the Maya people were, the city of the twelve-year-old kind, chocolate:the food of gods, how they Maya loved maths and what happened to them
Energy and Climate Change
Children will explore the energy used currently in the UK, form opinions about onshore wind power and nuclear power. The will also find out what the causes of climate change are, the effect it has and what can be done.
Art & Design
During this topic children will:
- apply an understanding of composition to create an effective photomontage
- apply an understanding of abstract art through photography.
- demonstrate an understanding of design choices using digital photography techniques.
- apply an understanding of photography to design and recreate a famous painting.
- demonstrate observation and proportion to create art in a photorealistic style.
Computer Networks and Systems: Communication and collaboration
In this unit learners explore how data is transferred over the internet. Learners initially focus on addressing, before they move on to the makeup and structure of data packets. Learners then look at how the internet facilitates online communication and collaboration; they complete shared projects online and evaluate different methods of communication. Finally, they learn how to communicate responsibly by considering what should and should not be shared on the internet.
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.
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 week.
The BBC Bitesize website is worth having a look at for interactive games to support your child's learning: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Oak National Academy also has some fantastic resources to support your child's learning: https://www.thenational.academy/