The Russell School

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Welcome to Year 6

Dear Parents

This term we will be learning about a whole range of new topics, as detailed below.

Year 6 staffing

  • Mrs Garn - Teacher
  • Mrs Sandoe - Teacher (Science)
  • Mrs Eltringham - Teaching Assistant

Spring term 2017

Curriculum overview

English

We will be studying and practising comprehension, grammar and punctuation, spelling/transcription and composition (writing), through a variety of genres including:

  • Non-chronological reports
  • Free-form poetry
  • Stories from other cultures
  • Persuasive writing
  • Stories with flashbacks

Spellings to learn will be given on a Thursday and tested the following Thursday.

Maths

The curriculum for this term includes:

  • Place value and ordering numbers
  • Measures: mass, capacity and time
  • 2D shapes and 3D solids
  • Translation, rotation and transformation of shapes
  • Angles
  • Mental and written addition and subtraction
  • Mental and written multiplication and division
  • Fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion
  • Handling data and statistics, including averages
  • Using a calculator
  • Reasoning about number
  • Problem solving in all of the above

The children need to revise all their times tables up to 12x12, including the related division.  The weekly test is on a Tuesday.

Science (Mrs Sandoe)

The children will be revising Electricity and Circuits during the first half of the Spring Term. The following topic will then be Evolution and Inheritance.

Throughout the teaching of science 'working scientifically' will be a core focus of our learning. This includes
  • Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
  • Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
  • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  • Using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments

Computing

This half term, the children will be looking at apps and identifying their features. They will create paper prototypes and use wireframes to design an app, before using online app creation tools to make an app.
After half term, we will use themes of evacuation, propaganda and war poetry based on the story Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden, to learn how to effectively use search engines and understand how search results are selected in order to research and find useful information.

Geography

Our topic during the first half of this term is called 'Our Challenging World'. We will be studying the causes and effects of flooding in our local area and in different countries around the world.

History

During the second half of the Spring term we will be study how Britain has changed since the 1930s.

Art

The children will be studying landscape art and perspective, experimenting with various techniques and creating their own landscape art.

Music (Ms Poet)

Charanga – topics this term are “Classroom Jazz” and “The Fresh Price of Bel Air”

Religious Education (RE) (Ms Poet)

Expressing Faith through the Arts

Physical Education (PE)*

Competitive games (Tag Rugby) will be on a Monday. If your child has football boots, please make sure they have them on a Monday as we will aim to use the field as much as we can.
The children will need their indoor PE kit on a Tuesday for Dance (before half term) and Gymnastics (after half term)

*Please can full PE kits be in school every day – T-shirts, shorts and plimsolls.  All items of uniform must be labelled.

Library

The children will visit the library as a class to check out, return and renew books on a Friday afternoon.

Homework

Keep the learning positive and enjoyable. Have a go! Always try your best.

If there are problems completing the homework, please let your teacher know.

The Homework Diary MUST be brought into school every day, as we will use this to make any reminders and write in any homework tasks set.

Reading (at least 4x 10 minutes/week)

Pupils need to read for a short time on a regular basis, both to themselves and to an adult. When sharing the reading with your child be patient and positive to ensure that you both enjoy the text. Encourage your child to:

  • decode unfamiliar words themselves
  • use expression
  • use the punctuation to aid expression and understanding

Also, ask them questions about their reading. Children will complete a book review every 3 weeks (due Wednesdays).

It is also useful to read books to your children (any age) - modelling expression and asking questions about the book.

English (30 minutes/week)

Spellings will be tested in class (Thursday) and related to the spelling patterns or the topic work currently being covered (set Thursday). Spellings should be learned 2-3 times/week for 10 minutes.

An English grammar task will be set each week (set Friday, due Wednesday - 30 minutes/week). This may be in the form of revision during the preparation for the KS2 SATs tests. Revision tools will also be recommended to the children, such as the BBC Bitesize website. The children will practise other English skills, such as note-taking and writing, through their weekly research projects.

Maths (30 minutes/week)

A Maths test will be set each week (set Friday, due Wednesday. This may be in the form of revision during preparation for the SATs tests . Revision tools will also be recommended to the children, such as the BBC Bitesize website. Mathletics - 2 or 3 times/week for 10 minutes.

Times tables - revision of multiplication and related division facts for all tables (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 to the 12th multiple). Set and tested on Tuesdays - 2-3 times/week for 10 minutes.

Additional homework

Individuals, particularly SEN pupils, may be given different specific tasks to practise or complete with parents related to their particular needs. After SATs, during the 2nd half of the summer term there will be fewer revision-style homeworks set, to allow time for research linked to projects being completed in class.

Targets

As well as the homework described above, parents can also help children achieve their learning targets. Targets will be shared at termly Parent Conferencing sessions. 

Year 6 long term plan: 2016/2017

Subject

Autumn

I

Autumn

II

Spring

I

Spring

II

Summer

I

Summer

II

English

Literacy Framework

Literacy Framework

Literacy Framework

Maths

Maths Framework

Maths Framework

Maths Framework

Science

Adaptation and Inter-dependence

Light/ How we see things

Micro-organisms

Reversible and irreversible changes/ More about dissolving

Changing circuits/ Forces

 

Computing

Staying connected

Information models

Sound works

History

(Taught alongside Geography as Topic)

The Mayans

Rivers and Mountains

Britain from 1930 (including WWII)

Geography

(Taught alongside History as Topic)

Map skills

Physical geography of Mesoamerica

Rivers and Mountains

Map skills

P.E.

Competitive games

Swimming

Competitive games

Dance

Competitive games

Gymnastics

Competitive games

Gymnastics

Competitive games

Swimming

Competitive games

Swimming

Art and Design

 

Headwear and masks

Landscapes

 

People in action – artwork of war

 

D&T

Temple models

 

 

Moving models

 

Cooking and nutrition – Healthy Meals

R.E.

Christian and Buddhist beliefs and practices

Christmas

Expressing faith through the arts

The importance of Jesus to Christians

Ideas of God

Human responsibility for the environment

Suffering

Music

Experimenting with rhythm and sound

Ancient Mayan music

(Tsompantli)

Composer study – Handel (Water Music suite)

Sing Song

Music from WWII

Blitz Hits

Composing music to reflect the Blitz

French

Language Angels

Language Angels

Language Angels

Language Angels

Language Angels

Language Angels

P.S.H.E.

Democracy

The Rule of Law

Mutual Respect

Individual Liberty

Tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs

British Values – ‘Celebrations’

(launching Summer 2015)