Curriculum Information Autumn Term 2020

 

Google Classroom

 Every Wednesday, children will be set weekly homework on Google Classroom.

They must log in weekly and 'turn in' their English homework assignment.

Children also need to complete their MyMaths online every week.

 

 

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.

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: exploring how to simplify fractions using their knowledge of common factors. For example, 8/12 can be simplified to 2/3 because 4 is a factor of both 8 and 12. Children will compare fractions and put them in size order.

Children will be able to do this with proper fractions (i.e. fractions less than one) and fractions that are greater than one (i.e. improper fractions or mixed numbers). For example:

3/8 is greater than 1/4

 

9/7 is greater than 8/7

Year 6 will also learn to add and subtract fractions with different denominators (bottom numbers). Children will do this by finding equivalent fractions that have the same denominator. For example:

1/3 + 3/5 = 5/15 + 9/15 = 14/15

Your child will also add and subtract mixed numbers. A mixed number is a number written as a whole number and a fraction (for example, 1 1/2). They will use objects, diagrams, and symbols to solve problems with mixed numbers and fractions, and to explain how they have solved a problem.

Your child will be able to multiply pairs of proper fractions (i.e. fractions smaller than 1) together, and then write the answer in its simplest form.

6/8 × 1/2 = 6/16 = 3/8

Your child will use objects, diagrams, and symbols in their calculations.

Proper fractions are fractions with a value of less than 1. Your child will be able to divide these kinds of fractions by whole numbers. For example:

1/3 ÷ 2 = 1/6

Your child will do this using objects, diagrams, and symbols.

By Year 6, it is very important that children understand the relationship between fractions and multiplication/division. For example:

To find 1/4 of 36cm, you would divide 36 by 4 (36cm ÷ 4 = 9 cm).

 If you know 1/4 of an unknown length is 36cm and you want to find the whole length, you would multiply 36 by 4 (36cm × 4 = 144cm).

English

We will be studying a rich variety of texts this term – we are continuing with The Arrival by Shaun Tan. This picture book explores the issue of immigration and the reasons why people have to flee countries and seek asylum. It explore characters, emotions, different points of view and the challenges faced by the main character and some of the other characters who have made their way to a new land. Children will write diary entries of the father and of the little girl left behind. There will also be opportunities to write short scripts for scenes and narrative passages to describe what is happening at certain points in the book. 

This will be followed by a novel called Trash by Andy Mulligan which will link 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. 

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!

 

RE

Our new half-term begins with the topic ‘Vocation and Commitment’. 

Children will be able to make links to show how feelings and beliefs affect behaviour in relation to commitment.

They will be able to compare their own and other people’s ideas concerning the questions raised about what it means to be committed.

Children will be able to show how their own and others’ commitment to service and care of others are influenced by beliefs and values.

Some children will be able to compare their own and other people’s ideas concerning why some people are very committed to service of others and to realise that these questions are often difficult to answer.

 

 

 

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.

 

Computing

This term we will be looking at Coding using kodu. In these lessons children learn to: investigate and evaluate the features of programming software, program kodu using when and do instructions, use tools and features to create an original landscape in kodu, analyse and deconstruct code and program a character to follow a path in a game.

 

 

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.

 

PE

PE is taught on a Wednesday morning and alternative Friday afternoons. Children may wear their PE kit and trainers on PE days only. 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.

 

 

The Wider Curriculum

Science: Have you ever wondered what your blood gets up to inside your body? 

In the autumn term, children will be continuing to learn about the circulatory system. Children will:

Science Objectives
i) Identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.

ii) Describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

Working Scientifically

1. Identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.

 

World War Two

 

Children will continue to learn about the significant events of World War Two. They will learn all about the Second World War in Europe and why the Battle of Britain was such a significant turning point in British History. Children will find out about the timeline of events such as the outbreak of the war, the Battle of Britain, the heroic rescue at Dunkirk, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the liberation of the concentration camps and the celebrations of VE Day. Children will also learn about 'unsung' heroes such as the Tuskegee airmen.  They will link their learning in Art, English and Destination Reader to the events of WWII. 

 

Music

Each class will have a have a fortnightly music lesson with Ms Edwards. 

 

 

Special Events:

 

 

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:

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