Welcome back for your final year of primary school, Year 6!
In English this term we will be focusing on the text Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman and writing biographies and autobiographies. We will also be learning how to use a range of sentences structures and introducing colons and semi colons.
In maths we will focus on building a secure understanding of our place value in numbers to ten million. This will include being able to read, write, order and compare numbers, including decimals, as well as being able to round them. Following this, we will be looking at addition and subtraction, multiplication and division; solving multi step problems in context, deciding which operations to use and why. Throughout all of these, there will be a strong emphasis on independent and group reasoning and problem solving.
Our enquiry this term is all based on the big question "What makes a species successful?" This question links together two science units: living things and evolution and inheritance. Throughout this enquiry we will be classifying animals and plants, learning about micro-organisms, doing some experiments, visiting Down House and learning all about Darwin's theory of evolution.We will also be thinking about how Darwin's theory was received by Christians at the time and whether there can be any compatibility between the two.
It's great to see everyone back ready for term 2!
In English this term we are going to be having a visit from a journalist to launch our newspaper writing unit. We will also be interviewing people in the local area and using this to write our articles relating to our new geographical enquiry- How safe is our route to school? After this we will be doing a study of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, giving the children a chance to find their inner actor!
In maths this term we will be learning about how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. We will then be linking our learning on fractions to decimals and percentages. Towards the end of the term we will be starting to tackle algebra- we are confident that the children won't find this as daunting as they think they will!
Throughout the term, we will be studying three enquiries. Our first is a geographical enquiry trying to find out how safe our route to school is. We will be learning some map skills, planning and carrying out fieldwork and presenting results. Our second is a science enquiry focusing on electricity. We will be learning about how to vary the brightness of a bub and building a burglar alarm for a cupboard. Our third enquiry is RE based and we will aim to answer the big question "Is it better to express yourself in arts and architecture or generosity and charity?"
Our timetable has changed slightly this term. Please be aware that PE is now on a Tuesday and that we are doing Spanish on a Thursday.