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.
Happy New Year!
In maths this term we are starting with algebra. This is not as daunting as the children thought at first and we are gradually getting to grips with unpicking it. We will then move on to ratio and proportion, especially how they can be relevant to everyday life, and then moving onto position and direction which will mainly include reflection and rotation of shapes and using coordinates in 4 quadrants.
In English this term, our learning will be linked to our enquiry so the children will be studying the text "Goodbye Mr Tom" and writing in a variety of styles,including description, newspaper reports and instructional writing. The children are looking forward to finding out more about what has happened to Willie Beech and seeing if their predictions are true.
Our big questions for this term are Battle of Britain: a turning point? where we will be studying World War 2 and the effects that the Battle of Britain had on the outcome; How do I see?, a scientific enquiry about how light helps us to see and how our eyes work; and What matters most to Christians and Humanists?, an RE enquiry where the children will be focusing on looking at the difference between the Christian and humanist views on right and wrong.
We have had another timetable change (sorry) as we have been given the opportunity to have Kickstart delivering PE lessons. The children may have seen Kickstart at lunchtimes when they run a football club and this is a fantastic opportunity to have some expert coaching. PE will be on Wednesdays for this term, with yoga still on a Friday. Please make sure you child has full kit in school at all times.
To view our timetable, please click the following link.