Year 6

In Year 6 we teach in link groups. Mrs Vickers is in Ark Royal, Miss Beese is in Invincible and Mr Howells is in Terra Nova. Everyone is working really hard and we are looking forward to a very exciting year! Below you will find information about our units of work, as well as termly updates showing examples of what the children have produced.
Important Information

Children will be dismissed from the gate to the Key Stage 2 playground at 3.20pm daily. Year 6 have P.E. lessons on a Thursday and Friday, please ensure kit is left in school on a Thursday but taken home over the weekend to be washed. It is important to note that Thursday’s lesson will usually take place outside and as the winter sets in, children will need to bring warmer clothes.

Spelling tests will no longer be a list of spellings, but instead spellings will be integrated into a number of sentences. On Fridays they will be tested in class as a dictation, as per the new National Curriculum. Any extra support you can give your children to learn these spellings and then continue to spell the words correctly moving forwards will be greatly appreciated. As little as two minutes at a time is still hugely beneficial.

Homework will be set on Mondays and is expected in on Fridays. It will often follow the themes of grammar or times tables, two fundamental areas. There will also be longer term homework projects.
 
How can I help my child at home?

Listening to your child read at home as often as possible continues to be essential to their progress. Children are to borrow books from the class library or from the school library. Please continue to practice spellings and times tables on a weekly basis. Please also see the website links at the top left-hand corner of this page.

Below are the topics we will be learning about this year, along with example of the work produced.

English

We start terms 1 & 2 by learning the skill of journalistic writing creating a variety of news reports including those which are current affairs. Children then look at how to write persuasively for magazine articles, letters and leaflets. During text base week we study, ‘The Hobbit’ where children write detailed descriptions and diary entries. Finally we move onto writing formally and informally studying classic fiction and poetry.

Within terms 3 & 4 narrative forms are predominate with children learning to build suspense, write flashback stories and immerse themselves in classic fiction. In addition they analyse a poem by Ted Hughes: ‘The warm and the cold’ looking at the use of imagery.

Finally during terms 5 & 6 children have the opportunity to study two texts: Under the Quilt of Night, which is a picture book that links to our slave trade topic, whereby children have the opportunity to link their written work and ICT to create freeze frame PowerPoints; and Kensuke’s Kingdom (by Michael Morpurgo) where children have the opportunity to cover a variety of writing styles, create emotive poems to show how the characters would be feeling and write a detailed book review.
Maths

This year we will be revising the written methods for all four number operations. We will also have the opportunity to apply these skills, through interesting and engaging problem solving activities and contextualised maths lessons. We will be working hard to develop our mental maths strategies; in particular ensuring children all know their times tables and we will be taking tests on a weekly basis. Below are examples of the methods we use in Year 6:
In terms 1 & 2 children will revise the four written methods (shown above) with a key focus on: place value, multiples, factors, prime numbers and knowledge of times tables. Children will then move on to look at fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion and position and direction (co-ordinates).

Within terms 3 & 4 children have the opportunity to find the area and perimeter of shapes (including circles), measure and construct angles, study statistics, pie charts and solve algebraic problems.

Finally during terms 5 & 6 there will be an opportunity to investigate shapes and patterns, find averages and solve a variety of problems involving areas covered throughout the year.

Science

Environmental week starts our year off, which allows us to start our first Science unit revising the lifecycle of flowering and non-flowering plants, including the different ways in which they reproduce. Children create explanations of each stage of the lifecycle, fact pages about sexual and asexual reproduction and create their own investigation of the effect of light on pond weed. We then begin to study forces and magnetism, looking at how they affect us.

In term 3 and 4, children move on to looking at the 5 kingdoms of living things, adaptation and interdependence and study Charles Darwin’s theory of Evolution which will lead them to create a Google Slides document to show how the human skeleton has evolved. Finally, pupils look at the properties of light and how shadows are formed. 

In term 5 we will begin with a revision of Electricity, focusing on symbols, the speed of motors and voltage. We will then be looking at the human body specifically looking at the changes in humans from birth to old age and will revisit the human body systems. Finally we study the impact of: diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the body.
 
The Tudors

In terms 3&4 we meet the ever popular Tudors to find out why Henry VIII married six times. Children study primary evidence and why the Tudors were so influential. Our study will culminate with a trip to Montecute House.
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Slavery

In term 5 we study the slave trade particularly looking at what life was like on the plantations and studying the life of Olaudah Equiano, who was captured and sold to a slave ship. During this topic children will get the opportunity to: write interviews, weigh up evidence and write accounts as if they were working on the plantations. We begin by looking at the problem of slavery today, especially for children, then follow the journey of the slaves from Africa to the West Indies. Finally we learn how the slave trade was abolished through the dedication of William Wilberforce.
What Makes a City Sustainable

During term 6 we begin our sustainability topic, which begins with children creating survival maps to show how to survive if stranded at school. We then go into more detail looking at maps, suggesting reasons why people choose to settle in certain areas. Within this topic children will also think about saving fossil fuels and will focus on studying Bristol, discussing whether it is a sustainable city.