Curriculum Information: Spring 1 2022

 

Home Learning

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.

 

 Mathematics

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:

Measurements: In this chapter, 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 chapter considers metric conversions, time is challenging as it does not follow multiples of 10, 100 or 1000.

Word Problems: In this chapter, pupils solve complex word problems using the four operations and bar model diagrams. To start the unit, pupils learn that making bar models of the same size can be helpful, but that one must remember to change the information in the problem to match. The second lesson reinforces the idea that models of the same size can make solving word problems more simple. In the third lesson, pupils find common representations in each diagram and add or subtract time to solve for a unit's value. The fourth lesson is slightly different in that a traditional bar model will not be helpful. The In Focus task requires high-order reasoning and picture drawing. In the last two lessons, pupils create and solve word problems.

Percentage: In this chapter, 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.

Ratio: In this chapter, 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.

English

We are reading the book The Dam by David Almon and Levi Pinfold. The children will spend time exploring the setting of this book, Kielder Water, before putting forward arguments for and against the themes in the book. 

We will also spend time reading Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick.  Throughout this topic children will: engage with a story with which they will empathise, explore themes and issues, and develop and sustain ideas through discussion, develop creative responses to the text through drama, storytelling and artwork, write in role in order to explore and develop empathy for characters, and write with confidence for real purposes and audiences.

 

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!

 

RE

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 'sources' during this topic children will understand that the Bible is the story, spread over more than two thousand years, of God’s love and how God’s people responded to that love. There are all sorts of people – good, bad and indifferent – just as in the world today. God showed his love for them by wonderful deeds and each responded in a special way. There are all kinds of writings and the authors all wanted to tell us one thing: the truth about God. All of them were inspired by the Holy Spirit when they were writing. This is why the church family believes that the Holy Spirit is also the author of the Bible. 

 

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

January- Solidarity

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

July- Recap

Please ask your child what we have discussed.

  

The Wider Curriculum

History: Cradles of Civilisation

During this topic the children we explore the following areas:

1.The land of the two rivers 
2. Trade, building, writing 
3. The Epic of Gilgamesh P
4. Cradles of civilisation 
5. Similarities between civilisations 
6. Art in ancient civilisations

 

Science: Electricity

 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

 

Computing

This term we will be looking at Information Technology - 3D Modelling: SketchUp. In this unit the children extend their drawing skills to create 3D models based on using the software SketchUp. The free version of this is suitable for the unit, although the full version can also be used if the teacher already has access to this. Children will learn how to create simple and complex 3D models. They will be able to add detail and manipulate 3D models using a variety of tools. 

E-safety

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/DT

Art and DT this half term will be linked to our wider curriculum topic and we will explore Aztec Art. 

 

PE

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.

 

Music

Each class will have a have a weekly music lesson with Ms Edwards every Wednesday.

 

Useful sites:

 

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 fantatsic resources to support your child's learning:

https://www.thenational.academy/

SATS information

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-key-stage-2-tests