Curriculum Information Spring Term 2020
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.
This half-term we will be: exploring how to calculate percentage of numbers and quantities, learning about ratios (comparing quantities), learning some of the conventions of algebra in the context of patterns and real-life problems and exploring how to calculate the area of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms.
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 on a Thursday/ Friday (to be tested the following Thursday). 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 and Manga High will be set every other week. Times Tables Rockstars should be accessed regularly by the children at home.
Work will often be sent home to consolidate learning during lesson time- please ensure this is done with children.
We will be studying a rich variety of texts this term – we are starting with Trash by Andy Mulligan which links to our learning in Geography. This book is a wonderful adventure set in an unnamed South American country and features "dumpsite" children who earn their living by sorting through rubbish. Moving and thought-provoking and ever-so-slightly whimsical, it combines a mystery story and social comment to wonderful effect. 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. This will be followed by a narrative theme with Eye of the Wolf and The London Eye Mystery.
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 year begins with the topic ‘Sources’. This topic focuses on books- the Bible, the special book for the church,
Children will be able to compare their own and other people’s ideas about how books enrich our lives and take us beyond ourselves and realise these questions are difficult to answer. They will be able to show how their own and others’ decisions are informed by beliefs and values which may be influenced by what they have read.
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.
This term we will be looking at Information Technology: PowerPoint and Notebook. Children will select, 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 specific goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
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 a Wednesday and alternative Friday afternoons. It is very important for children to have their PE kits in school at all times. Please do provide a pair of jogging bottoms for the kit as some sessions will be outside. Please do make sure your child’s kit is in line with the school uniform policy- plimsolls or plain white trainers with no branding please.
The Wider Curriculum
In the spring term, children will be learning about Electricity. Children will construct simple series circuits, to help them to answer questions about what happens when they try different components, for example, switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors. They will learn how to represent a simple circuit in a diagram using recognised symbols.
Our focus will be South America: Brazil We will introduce the topic by linking it to our class novel in English. Children will learn all about different aspects of this amazing country. They will begin by using map skills to locate the counties in South America and then focus on the human geography of Brazil. Children will also find out why Rio de Janeiro is often known as a 'city of two halves' through an in depth look at life in the favelas.
Art and Design
Our focus will be on 3D mapping- understanding the scale of features on Brazil's differing terrains. Children will link their learning in English and Geography to their learning in art and dt. Skills covered will be: 3D modelling- layering, pulping and construction of paper and clay structures.
Each class has a weekly music lesson with Ms Edwards.
The children have a weekly French lesson with Madame Lauzanne. They have been working on expanding their vocabulary and writing to their pen pals.
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 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: