Y6 Curriculum Information

Term: Spring 2023

 

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 should be practised via Spelling Shed, and a paper copy will also be sent home at the start of each half term.

 

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.

 

This 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.

Percentages : 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.

AlgebraIn this chapter, pupils will learn some of the conventions of algebra in the context of patterns and real-life problems. The chapter begins with lessons describing patterns and using a letter to denote a variable. Pupils then move on to write expressions using the four operations and fractions, while continuing to look for patterns and determine rules. Throughout the chapter, the expressions become more complex, including more than one variable with multiple steps. Pupils write and evaluate algebraic expressions and use formulae to solve problems in real-life contexts. The chapter ends with pupils using word problems to write equations with two unknown values solving a range of equations.


English

We are reading the book Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick. Imagine that England is covered by water, and Norwich is an island... Zoe, a young girl left behind in the confusion, survives as best she can. Thanks to a derelict mud found in the mud, Zoe manages to escape to Eels Island. But this island is full of danger too. The children will explore this text and have a range of writing oppurtunies: Diary entries, flashbacks, speeches, setting descriptions, and balanced arguments. 

 We will also be reading Trash by Andy Mulligan. In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city. One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat—boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money—to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong.

 

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 'sources' explores the Bible. The children will learn the different books that make up the bible as well as exploring gospel readings from the New Testament. Children will be able to: make links between scripture and Christian beliefs, give reasons for when and how Christians use the Bible,  describe and show an understanding of the Bible, the beliefs, ideas, feelings and experiences of the Christian and make links between them. They will also be able to show understanding of how the Bible shapes the lives of Christians and engage with the question, ‘What is God like?’ or ‘What is Jesus like?’ in the light of religious teaching.

 Our next topic will be exploring how the Eucharist enables people to live in communion. Children will be able to:make links between scripture and the Eucharist, give reasons for the actions and symbols of the Communion Rite, give reasons why Christians gather together in ‘communion’ and receive ‘Holy Communion’. They will also be able to show understanding of the links between a range of Scripture texts and some parts of the Mass which express communion with Jesus and the feelings that communion with others brings.

 

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

Science

Animals Including Humans - 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 humans

History

 Cordoba: The City of Light

 We will explore the following chapters in our HEP curriculum booklets:

1.Islam bursts out of Arabia
2. Why did Islam spread so far, so fast? 
3. The homesick ruler and the hall of light 
4. City of learning, city of art 
5. City of three religions

 

Geography

 

Art & Design

Drawing Skills - Make my voice Heard

During this topic children will:

  • Make relevant comparisons between different styles of art.
  • Use tools effectively to explore a range of effects.
  • Apply chiaroscuro to create light and form through a tonal drawing.
  • Understand the impact of using techniques for effect.
  • Understand artist choices to convey a message.
  • Review sketchbook and creative work to develop a drawn image.
  • Review and revisit ideas to develop their work.

Computing:

Data Handling - Spreadsheets

This unit introduces children to spreadsheets. They will be supported in organising data into columns and rows to create their own data set, taught the importance of formatting data to support calculations, while also being introduced to formulas and will begin to understand how they can be used to produce calculated data. The children will be taught how to apply formulas that include a range of cells, and apply formulas to multiple cells by duplicating them.

Online-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.

PE

PE is taught on Tuesdays (Y6M), Thursdays (Y6O) and 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 week.

 

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 fantastic 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