This term we will be learning…
This half term the children will begin by looking at a variety of war poetry based around World War One and World War Two in order to immerse ourselves in the language used to describe the emotions and feelings experienced at the time. This will be a vital opportunity for the pupils to use We will then explore the video ‘Girl in the War’ which will give the children the opportunity to apply their vocabulary within another piece of writing. As part of our lessons, we are going to experiment with varied sentences and structures in order to create more cohesion within our work.
This learning will also ink closely with the Topic based around World War Two, ‘Brits in the Blitz’.
We will be continuing to learn a variety of spelling rules through exploration including rules for adding suffixes and prefixes to words, rules for where to apply an apostrophe and which homophone should be used (e.g. witch/which).
To develop as writers, we have given each child a magpie book to take home and bring back into school every day. The children will be using these to gather ideas, words, phrases and drawings that they will then be able to use in their writing. To help them with this, please encourage them to read every night and fill in their reading record and magpie book.
During the children’s time in year 6, we aim to further develop and deepen fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics, building on what the children have previously learnt. Through providing various opportunities, the pupils will be able to explore a variety of problems using their reasoning skills to help them confidently explain and solve different challenges. We hope that alongside our school vision, this will ensure each child will become a strong mathematical thinker.
After a great start to year 6 we have now moved from place value to the four main operations, which makes up a lot of the maths work at Key Stage 2: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. After a few sessions last half term on multiplication and division, we are now continuing to consolidate the pupil’s knowledge of factors and multiples. We will then push their knowledge even further by trying some mathematical concepts which may be new to them. These include: prime, squared and cubed numbers, as well as the order of operations, also known as BIDMAS. This leads us nicely into the work we will be doing on fractions later in the half term.
To support your child at home, please encourage your child to go on Times Tables Rockstar or practise their times tables alongside the division facts.
This half term, we will be increasing our knowledge of electrical circuits. We will do this through a variety of scientific enquiry techniques, in particular, seeking patterns and carrying out fair tests. When carrying out fair tests, we will focus on developing our skills of: planning enquiries, using an appropriate method; making justified predictions and recognising and controlling variables. We will link our newly developed skills to our DT project where we will design circuits to protect our Anderson shelters.
During this topic, we will be exploring the lives of British people during World War 2. Within this, we will be using primary and secondary sources to discover more about the home front and the role of the ‘everyday person.’
Our trip to Fort Nelson will allow us to find out more about the role of the home guard as well as give us an overview of how Portsmouth was affected during the war.
To complete the topic, we will be sharing our knowledge of one aspect of ‘life on the home front’ with students in Year 5. We will need to research our chosen subject and then choose how we will present the information. The aim is to inform, engage and present in a clear and attractive way so that Year 5 have a more in depth historical knowledge of this subject.
This half term to coincide with our WWII topic, the children will take inspiration from Strictly Come Dancing and will learn how to Jive! They will learn how to create sequences of jive moves, moving from the hips, with plenty of kicks and flicks and they may even include a lift! (Safely of course!)
RE – Prophecy
This half term the focus will be around the concept ‘Prophecy’ and how this concept applies to Christianity within the Christmas story. The children will begin to think about their own understanding of the concept as well as what people leading a religious life believe. Within this unit, they will be encouraged to express a personal response to the concept of prophecy.
This half term, we will link our French skills to our topic lessons. We are going to use grammatical skills such as adjectival agreement, structures expressing sentences as negatives and connectives to write letters in role of evacuees in WW2.
This half term we will be learning a variety of songs where the children will learn how to sing in harmony and perform as part of an ensemble. The children will learn about how lyrics often reflect the cultural context of music and have social meaning.
PSHE – Choices
This half term the children will be exploring and discussing making choices and peer pressure. We will be learning about different types of drugs – both good and bad and the choices people make around these.
This year, anti-bullying week takes place between 12th and 16th November. During this week, we will be looking at the concept of ‘respect’: what it looks like and how we can show it to others.
This half term, the children will explore programming our pet robots: Dash and Dot! This will be great fun and the children will learn many complex programming skills including how to use multiple variables which interact with each other!
Dates for the Diary!!!
6NB – 8th November 2018
6LW – 15th November 2018
6KM – 29th November 2018
6JP – 6th December 2018
Fairthorne Meeting – 8th November @ 3.30pm
SATs Meeting – 19th November @ 3.30pm
Trips, Workshops and Experiences
Tuesday 30th October 2018
World War One Day
Friday 9th November 2018
Fort Nelson WW2 Trip
6LW – Monday 12th November
6KM – Tuesday 13th November
6JP – Wednesday 14th November
6NB – Friday 16th November
Wb. Monday 19th November 2018
Year 6 Christmas Carols afternoon
Monday 10th December 2018
Wb. Monday 13th May 2019
Monday 17th – Friday 21st June 2019
Please look out for letters nearer the time to find out more information about these fantastic opportunities!
PE days vary depending on weather. If possible, please ensure your child always has a PE kit in school.
Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.
Please ensure that your child can either remove their earrings or provide tape to cover earrings to prevent any injuries occurring.
Year 6 – Project Homework
Our topic this term is ‘Brits in the Blitz’. We will be learning about the experiences of the Homefront in Britain. For homework this term, we would like you to research how Britain was effected by the war at home. For example:
- Bombing of Britain
- Women in the war (spies, factory work etc.)
- Air Raids
For this project, we would like you to study one area in depth. This could include:
- Photographs, drawings, diagrams
- Fact file written in your own words
- Diary in role
- Timeline of the war
- ‘Ask an expert’ interview questions
As this is an extended project, we expect a variety of activities to be done ready to present to the class. If you need any paper or resources, please ask your class teacher.
(Remember: Year 6 expectations – well-presented work with legible, joined handwriting!)
Half-way review: Monday 3rd December 2018
Due in: Thursday 13th December
Please practise your new spellings ready to be tested in class. It is important that you understand the definition of these words and can use them in a sentence. As well as practising any new words, you must continue to practise your Year 5 spellings as well.