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Queenswell Junior School

Year 6

Welcome to year 6!

 

Welcome to the year 6 area, we have an exciting year planned for your child and hope they enjoy their journey with us.

6EO – Miss Evans and Miss Oxland

6DH – Mr Holloway

6VH – Miss Hughes

Other adults working in the year group are;Miss Cawe, Mrs Habert, Mrs Habib, Miss Lacey, Mrs Lucas,  Mr Lysandrou, Mrs Makani and Mrs Stacey.

 

PE

Please ensure that your child has their PE Kit at school every Monday ready for their two PE lessons.

6EO – Tuesday and Friday

6DH – Wednesday and Friday

6VH – Monday and Friday

 

 

HOMEWORK

The children will be given three pieces of homework each week.  All pieces of homework are due every Wednesday.  We would also recommend that the children read every night for at least ten minutes and practise their timetables when possible.

 

Spelling homework goes home on Friday.

English homework goes home on Friday.

Maths homework goes home on Friday.

 

Challenge Homework

Can you design and make your own fighter jet?

Can you create a fact file about children in WW2?

Can you research the different types of animals and create an information poster?

AUTUMN 1

Oranges in No Man's Land

 

Oranges in No Man's Land

 

Oranges in No Man's Land, is the moving story of a young girl trying to help her family amid the crisis of civil war. Since her father left Lebanon to find work and her mother tragically died in a shell attack, ten-year-old Ayesha has been living in the bomb-ravaged city of Beirut with her granny and her two younger brothers. The city has been torn in half by civil war and a desolate, dangerous no man's land divides the two sides. Only militiamen and tanks dare enter this deadly zone, but when Granny falls desperately ill Ayesha sets off on a terrifying journey to reach a doctor living in enemy territory.

 

AUTUMN 2

WORLD WAR TWO

 

 

The children will be focusing their World War Two learning on the novel, Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian.  The story conveys how Britain is on the brink of war when young William Beech is sent to live with Tom Oakley in the village of Little Weirwold. Tom Oakley is a sad, reclusive widower who slowly accepts the idea of having the boy live with him. Tom soon discovers William has been a victim of child abuse and greatly needs his love and care.

SPRING 1

 

The children will be continuing their learning centered around World War Two, they will be exploring different perspectives during the war through two wartime stories; Germans in the Woods and Rose Blanche.

 

Rose Blanche is a picture book about a young girl living in a small town in Germany. One day, some trucks with soldiers show up and take over the town. Later, people from the town are rounded up and put on trucks that drive them away.  Rose, curious about these truckloads of people, decides to follow them. She follows the trucks out of town and through fields and forests until she comes upon some buildings surrounded by barbed wire and where there are lots of children just standing around...

 

Germans in the Woods is a short text. Joseph Robertson was an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The stark black and white images in this short haunt the viewer, just as Robertson is haunted by his memories from that battle.

To watch the video clip, click here.

 

ENGLISH

AUTUMN 1

The children will explore the fascinating text, Oranges in No Man's Land, through; role play, research, fact file writing tasks and exploration of language.  In addition, we will be using the epic story of Oranges in No Man's Land as our writing stimulus for our own writing, we will include a range of sentence types and new and exciting vocabulary and punctuation, as well as figurative language.

 

AUTUMN 2

The children will be writing letters, in role, as William Beech; an evacuated child from World War Two.  In addition, the children will use role play, freeze frames and role on the wall to fully understand what life was like during this turbulent time.

 

SPRING 1

The children will be exploring figurative language by writing their own poems using Rose Blanche and German in the Woods as their stimuli. Year 6 will also be creating freeze-frames, working collaboratively, using reciprocity to show empathy by exploring characters.  In addition to this, we will be writing letters to a loved one explaining our actions during war time and how this can continue to affect someone's life forever. Year 6 will also be using a range of non - fiction texts to gather information about WW2 to create their own information texts.

 

 

 

 MATHS

AUTUMN 1

This half term, we will be exploring the following topics in Maths; place value, ordering numbers to ten million, rounding, negative numbers, written methods for addition and subtraction and a range of mental strategies.  We will do this through, mental arithmetic tests, using various apparatus and pictorial representations.

 

AUTUMN 2

This half term, we will be exploring the following topics in Maths; the four operations, word problems, fractions, percentages and a range of mental strategies.  This will be achieved through, mental arithmetic tests, using various apparatus and pictorial representations.

 

SPRING 1

This half term, we will be recapping; the four operations, word problems, fractions, percentages and a range of mental strategies.  We will also move on to simplifying fractions, adding/subtracting fractions, fractions and decimal equivalents and ratio and proportion.  This will be achieved through, mental arithmetic tests, using various apparatus and pictorial representations.

 

SCIENCE

AUTUMN 1

In Science this half term, we will be focusing our learning on Evolution and Inheritance.  We will be looking Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and survival of the fittest and whether there is sufficient evidence to support his theory.  As well as this, we will be looking at working scientifically, making predictions, planning fair tests and experiments and recording data and observations.

 

AUTUMN 2

In Science this half term, we will be focusing our learning on Living things and their habitats.  We will be looking into classifying animals, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, birds, food chains, classification keys and micro-organisms.  As well as this, we will be looking at working scientifically, making predictions, planning fair tests and experiments and recording data and observations.

 

SPRING 1

In Science this half term, we will be focusing our learning on Living things and their habitats.  We will be looking into classifying animals, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, birds, food chains, classification keys and micro-organisms.  As well as this, we will be looking at working scientifically, making predictions, planning fair tests and experiments and recording data and observations.

 

PE

AUTUMN 1

In indoor PE this half term, the children will be learning all about gymnastics (synchronisation and cannon) to perform difficult combinations fluently with control and be working in a team to judge and evaluate others performances.

In outdoor PE, the children will be focusing their learning on invasion games such as netball and basketball, where they will choose when and how to pass, so that their team keep possession, use attacking and defending skills appropriately in games, know the importance of being fit as well as what types of fitness are most important when playing Netball, planning and leading skill practices for Netball, identifying aspects of their own and others’ performances that need improvement, and suggest how to improve them and plan and use tactics with a team to be successful in a Hi-Five game.

 

AUTUMN 2

In indoor PE this half term, the children will be learning all about dance.  They will effectively respond to a range of stimuli, improvising freely using a range of controlled movements and patterns and select and use a range of compositional ideas to create motifs that demonstrate my ideas.

In outdoor PE, the children will be focusing their learning on invasion games such as hockey and football.  By the end of the half term, the children will successfully choose when to pass or run with the ball, so that they keep possession and make progress towards the goal, perform football skills with greater speed, recognise and describe the best points in an individual’s and a team’s performance, identify aspects of their own and others’ performances that need improvement, and suggest how to improve them and organise ideas to be more successful.

 

SPRING 1

In indoor PE this half term, the children will exploring dance. They will explore dance and movement ideas imaginatively, including actions, dynamics, space and relationship, perform with clarity and sensitivity to an accompaniment (e.g. percussion, rap), communicating a dance idea and identifying what types of exercise is need to help improve in dance.

In outdoor PE the children will be learning how to play tag rugby.  They will use a variety of tactics to keep possession of a ball, (e.g changing speed and direction) and to move to a scoring position, organising teams to think of ideas to be more successful and recognise and describe the best points in an individual's and a team's performance.

 

 

COMPUTING

AUTUMN 1

Year 6 will be reviewing the online safety rules and completing the pupil online safety acceptable use agreement form.  The whole class will also sign a ‘Queenswell Online Safety Rules’ for display in class.  In addition to this, the children will take on an iPad project that will be based on their Learning Journey topic Shackleton’s Journey.

 

AUTUMN 2

This half term, the children will be using Espresso Coding where they will be learning about using variables in more complex ways and to manipulate inputs to create useful outputs.  In addition, the children will use iPads to research World War Two events.

 

SPRING 1

In computing this half term, the children will be learning higher level presentation skills with World War Two PowerPoint. The children will also be taking part in a safer internet day and learning how to keeping personal information safe.

 

ART/D&T

AUTUMN 1

This half term, we will be learning about sketching and pencil skills where we will learn how and why to add tone and texture.

 

AUTUMN 2

This half term, we will be learning about a famous artist called Edvard Munch who was a well known artist during this period of history.  The children will explore his famous art work named The Scream

 

SPRING 1

In art this half term, we will be carrying out a still life using World War Two artefacts and a Blitz style painting with a silhouette of London in 1940. In D&T, we will be using cookery skills to recreate recipes from WW2.

 

HUMANITIES

AUTUMN 1

This half term, your child will be using terminology, facts and examples accurately to display their understanding of the impact of how the world has and is changing through human impact.

 

AUTUMN 2

This half term, your child will be using terminology, facts and examples accurately to display their understanding of the impact of World War Two on the world and our lives.  In addition, the children will take part in a ‘History Off the Page’ day where they will take on the role of a child during the 1940’s.

 

SPRING 1

This half term, your child will be using terminology, facts and examples accurately to display their understanding of the impact of World War Two on the world and our lives.  In addition, the children will look at the role of women during the war, the impact of the Holocaust, research and learn about Anne Frank and propaganda.

MUSIC

 

AUTUMN TERM

In music this term, your child will be learning advance instrumental and rhythmical music skills and will show an understanding of musical vocabulary.  The children will also, learn lyrics and preparation for recitals.

 

SPRING TERM

In music this term, your child will be learning further instrumental and rhythmical music skills and will show an understanding of musical vocabulary.  The children will also, learn lyrics and preparation for recitals.

 

 

 SPANISH

AUTUMN TERM

In Spanish this term, the children will be writing about themselves, this will include: their name, how old they are, their favourite colour and where they live.  In addition, they will learn question words and conjunctions which they will use to extend their sentences.

 

SPRING TERM

In Spanish this term, the children will be continuing to write about themselves, including; their name, how old they are, their favourite colour and where they live.  In addition, they will be using question words and conjunctions to extend their sentences and they will be learning some facts about Spain, the city of Barcelona and the Spanish architect Gaudi.

RE

Autumn 1

In RE this term, we will be focusing on key words linked to discrimination and prejudice that would have been used during the 1940s.  In addition, we will be learning about religious journey made for the six main religions and compare them for similarities.

 

AUTUMN 2

The children will be learning about important places of pilgrimages for a range of religions, where they will develop their understanding of rituals that happen as well as comparing these for differences and similarities. They will also be learning about different places of worship and practises that happen in them.

 

SPRING 1

The children will be learning about the journey of life and death in different religions. We will be identifying the beliefs of what happens after death and focus on the rituals that occur during a Hindu wedding. We will also be researching important milestones during your life for different religions.

 

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