Welcome to Year 6
This term we will be
Topic – Turf wars
During this half term, we will be focusing on a history themed topic looking at World War Two. We will be starting our topic by exploring a variety of artefacts and asking our own questions. Then we will focus on developing our own lines of enquiry and researching in depth an area of interest around the topic. Using what we have learnt, we will be able to use chronology to order artefacts and analyse data from our information.
In art and DT, we will be using hacksaws to accurately cut wood to create a frame for our own Anderson shelter model. We will plan, create, evaluate and improve our work.
Our final aim is to write in role as a character from one of these eras in history using all of the facts we have discovered to help us.
This half term we will be consolidating our understanding of efficient methods to multiply and divide. We will be focusing on short and long multiplication and short and long division. Within this we will be working on our fluency being able to quickly recall all our times tables and corresponding division facts.
We will then be looking at fractions, decimals and percentages. Within this we will look at the concepts of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions as well as finding fractions of amounts, comparing and ordering them.
To support your child at home, please work with them on quickly recalling all their times tables including division facts.
Using the music video ‘Titanium’ as a stimulus, we will investigate recount writing. Within this we will look at the conventions of newspapers and diaries as forms of recounts and analyse the language and structural features of these. We will explore writing direct and indirect speech and writing facts and opinions.
Over the half term, we will also be using our class reader ‘Carrie’s War’ as inspiration for our writing. As a historical fiction book, this links with our topic, Turf Wars. The children will be able to apply what they have learnt about sentences to a fictional piece of writing. They will also be able to develop their descriptive writing, incorporating features such as creating atmosphere which will have looked at in our reading.
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.
We are expecting children to continue to practise their year 5 exception words this year alongside learning the year 6 spelling words they are given.
This terms spelling words to learn are:
recommend relevant restaurant signature sincere
immediately soldier stomach sufficient suggest
twelfth variety vegetable vehicle yacht
It is important that they understand the definition of these words and can use them in a sentence.
Science – Evolution and inheritance.
This term, we will be exploring evolution, inheritance and adaptation. We will start by looking at fossils and exploring what we can learn about the past and present from them before learning how different fossils are formed. Then we will explore how both animals and humans inherit features from our parents. As part of our learning, we are lucky enough to visit Winchester Science Museum where we will take part in a workshop about evolution. Finally, we will learn about evolution and inheritance through exploring the anthropologist Charles Darwin and his impact on our understanding of this topic.
In R.E., we will be exploring the concept of ‘The Birth Narrative’ through the religion of Christianity.
In the teacher led PE sessions, we will be developing our ball handling skills applying these to football. The children will also have the opportunity to take part in swimming lessons.
Finally in Music, we will be exploring song cycle performances. Children will be learning about song cycles, pitch and dynamics. It focuses on songs that can be sung in different combinations. The theme of challenging journeys in life resonates through this selection of songs with thoughts of change and transition, and binds them in an optimistic and uplifting song-cycle performance.
Dates for the diary:
6NB – Thursday 11th January 2018
6KW – Thursday 18th January 2018
6JP – Thursday 25th January 2018
6CS – Thursday 1st February 2018
Trips and Workshops:
Tuesday 14th November 2017 – Home Front Experience at Portsmouth Museum
6JP – 10.15am
6KW – 1.00pm
Wednesday 15th November 2017 – Home Front Experience at Portsmouth Museum
6CS – 10.15am
6NB – 1.00pm
6NB – Tuesday 21st November 2017 – Winchester Science Museum + workshop
6CS – Wednesday 22nd November 2017 – Winchester Science Museum + workshop
6KW – Thursday 23rd November 2017 – Winchester Science Museum + workshop
6JP – Friday 24th November 2017 – Winchester Science Museum + workshop
Wednesday 10th January 2018 – Big Foot Fair Trade Workshop
We will provide more information nearer the time about each of these. If there are any further dates, we will post them on our website and let the children know.
PE days are Monday and Friday
Children should all have a full PE kit which includes: black shorts / tracksuit bottoms (for colder weather), white t shirt and suitable footwear.
- Homework will be set when the children return.
As you may remember from last year, our school is using Lumio! This is an interactive maths resource that you children can access from home.
The website can be accessed from: https://web.lumioeducation.com/app/signin.html
There is also a free Apple app that can be downloaded on IPads, IPhones and IPods. The app is called ‘Lumio – maths resources for schools’.
Class teacher’s will provide children with their login details and will be monitoring their use of Lumio on a regular basis. We are looking forward to seeing how they use this to support their own learning as well as the impact this has on pupil’s learning in class.
In addition to this, the teachers will be assigning activities that link to the learning that has taken place in the children’s maths lessons. Please ensure your child is checking Lumio on a regular basis to ensure that the tasks are completed.