Welcome to the year 6 area, we have an exciting year planned for your child and hope they enjoy their journey with us.
6MB – Mr Byrne
6VH – Miss Hughes
6EC - Miss Constanti
Other adults working in the year group are; Miss Cawe, Mrs Habert, Mrs Marlow, Mrs Lucas and Mr Cole.
Please ensure that your child has their PE Kit at school every Monday ready for their two PE lessons.
6MB – Monday and Tuesday
6VH – Monday and Thursday
6EC - Monday and Thursday
The children will be given three pieces of homework each week. All pieces of homework go home on a TUESDAY are due in the following MONDAY. We would also recommend that the children read every night for at least ten minutes and practise their timetables when possible.
This half term, the children will be focusing their learning on Locational Knowledge. They will explore the different continents of the World, their countries of origin and famous landmarks. This will be achieved through map work, outdoor exploring and non-fictional texts. The children will have the opportunity to use the iPads to research countries and use Google Maps to investigate areas of the World. As well as this, the children will be reading snippets from Around the World in 80 days by Jules Verne.
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.
WORLD WAR TWO
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.
This half term we will be following a Power of Reading text ,'The Viewer'. The book tells the story of a curious boy named Tristan, who enjoys exploring dump yards. During one trip Tristan finds a unique wooded box, which is locked. When he arrives home, the box unlocks and inside is a viewer. Tristan looks in to the view and sees mystery, death and destruction - images that haunt him during the night.
This half term we will be following the Power of Reading text ' Treason'. This books follows the journey of Will Montague, who is living in the time of Henry VIII. Will soon gains new enemies who are convinced that his father has committed treason. He is forced to flee Hampton Court and go into hiding in the backstreets of Tudor London. Lost and in mortal danger, Will is rescued by Nick Drew, where they brave imprisonment and death together.
This term we will also be visiting Knapp House, where we will take part in a variety of fun outdoor activities including raft building and tunnelling. Those children staying at school will also have plenty of fun where they will complete sewing, baking and crafts as well as going bowling. We will also be preparing for Secondary schools by completing transition units which will teach children how to build resilience and self belief.
The children will explore the fascinating text and film, Around The World In 80 Days through; role play, research, fact file writing tasks and exploration of language. In addition, we will be using the epic story of Around The World In 80 Days 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.
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.
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.
The children will be using drama to empathise with a character, using figurative language to describe a setting from the the text, ' The Viewer'. We will also be interviewing the main character, where we will then create our own newspaper reports. In addition to this, we will be retelling another characters point of view by creating our own versions of The Viewer. During SPaG lessons, we will be revisiting topics in order to revise for the SATs.
This term we will be completing a variety of writing tasks, such as a balanced argument, dialogue within a narrative to show a character's feelings and a diary entry from the prospective of a Victorian girl. During these tasks, we will be using all the features we have learnt this year.
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.
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.
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.
As the SATs are approaching, we are focusing our learning on the remaining topics such as; area, volume and perimeter, algebra, translation, reflections and co-ordinates. In addition to this, we will be consolidating the children's learning so they are able to achieve their best!
During this term, we will consolidating the children's learning to ensure they are ready to meet their age related expectations in the upcoming SATs. After the SATs, the children will be working in groups to solve problems and complete practical tasks.
The children will be starting off the year focusing their Science learning on Materials and their Properties. The children will consider how each material can be used to make a range of different things; for example, wood can be used to make tables, chairs, spoons, pencils, shoes, doors, floors and many more things. Additionally, the children will explore whether materials hard or soft, dull or shiny, smooth or rough, waterproof or non-waterproof etc and how some materials maybe more suitable than others for particular uses or for manufacturing specific objects; for example, metal shoes wouldn’t be very comfortable and a cardboard door wouldn’t be very strong!
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.
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.
The children are continuing to revise the main units of the curriculum both through practical activities and written tasks. The children are now able to answer a range of SATs based questions on these key areas that have been covered. We will be mainly focusing on; solids, liquids and gases and the Earth, Moon and Sun...so please try to revise these units at home.
During this term, we will consolidating the children's Science knowledge to ensure they are ready to meet their age related expectations in the upcoming SATs papers. After the SATs, the children will be working in groups and carrying out practical experiments as well as thinking about fair testing.
This half term, your child will be focusing their learning on locational knowledge. This will involve learning about the countries which make up the United Kingdom, the seven continents of the World, the location of their home country, the difference between longitude and latitude and use terminology, facts and examples accurately to display their understanding of the impact of how the world has and is changing through human impact.
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.
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.
The children will be completing their own research about ancient civilisation. They will be researching facts and events of a historical period, where they will use these to create their own mini projects.
This term we will be completing some project work about the Tudors, where we will making cross - curricular links where we will research about Henry VIII and what Tudor life was like.
This half term, the children will be learning about the Geography topic Locational Knowledge, links to history will be made where possible.
This half term, the children will be focusing their learning on World War Two. They will investigate and learn about how the war began, who was involved in the war, key events and dates and debate whether the war could have been prevented. Additionally, the children will learn and use historical vocabulary which can be applied to other topics.
World War Two Vocabulary
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.
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.
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.
In indoor PE, the children will be learning about 'Barriers and Holes' in gymnastics. They will make up longer sequences and perform them with fluency and clarity of movement, learn how to improve their health and fitness as well as knowing how gymnastic activities helps contribute to this, determine judging criteria for a gymnastic performance with a team of judges and use those criteria to feedback on the performances of others.
In outdoor PE, the children will be focusing their learning on Athletics. The children will sustain their pace over different distances, perform a range of jumps showing power control at both take-off and landing, explore different ways of exchanging a baton and choose which technique works best, explain why some athletics activities can improve strength; power or stamina, measure how long or high they can jump, organise and manage an athletic event, watch a partner’s performance and identify strengths and suggest improvements and set a personal challenge and improve on their performance.
In indoor PE, the children will be focusing their learning Gymnastics (counter balance and counter tension). This will be achieved through planned variations and contrasts in actions and speed in their sequences, to know how to improve health and fitness through gymnastics and how this helps with other sports and determine judging criteria for a gymnastic performance with a team of judges and use those criteria to feedback on the performances of others.
In outdoor PE, the children will be learning about striking and fielding. They will achieve this by familiarising themselves with and use the rules set out, keep games going without disputes helping others to respond appropriately to decisions, choose and use batting or throwing skills to make the game hard for opponents, describe what is successful in a team’s performance and act as a motivational and knowledgeable coach to improve a performance.
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.
Coding Unit 6a - Complex Variables
This half term, the pupils will learn to use variables in more complex ways, e.g. to convert between imperial and metric units of measure and to manipulate inputs to create useful outputs, e'g' writing code that uses prompt boxes which ask the user to input values for variables.
Our online safety focus this half term will take place during Anti-Bullying Week, Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November. The theme is 'Change Starts With Us' and pupils will spend their computing lessons working on activities exploring how making small, simple changes, we can break the bullying/cyber-bullying cycles and create safe environments for everyone, because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with working together.
Coding Unit 6a Complex variables (Continued)
In this coding unit pupils learn to use variables in more complex ways, and to manipulate inputs to create useful outputs. Children will solve maths challenges using variables and loops, use algebraic formula in their code to perform calculations which use variables, create their own app and carry out debugging exercises to fix the mistakes in the code.
Our online safety focus for the first half of the Spring Term 2019 is Be Internet Secure: Protect Your Stuff. Children will learn how to build strong passwords for their important accounts using at least eight characters, a combination of letters (upper and lower case), numbers and symbols, e.g. L3tspl@y
We will also be celebrating Safer Internet Day 2019 on Tuesday 5th February. The theme is: Together for a better internet. During computing lessons over the week of 4/2/19 - 7/2/19 children will focus on Understanding consent in a digital world.
The children will continue to use formulas in spreadsheets to solve problems, enter formulas to solve specific problems, start Coding 6b Object properties. In addition, in this unit the children will learn to set parameters for how objects move by writing code to detect the movements of other objects.
Online Safety – What can you trust on the web?
This half term, we will be learning about sketching and pencil skills where we will learn how and why to add tone and texture. Additionally, the children will take on a D&T project, where they will plan, make and evaluate their final piece. The children will be making hot air balloons from paper mache and a basket for their balloons using weaving.
This half term, we will be creating art work inspired by World War Two. They will used mixed media and recycled materials to create these pieces.
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.
In art the children will be studying a range of artistic techniques and styles. This will be achieved through; screen printing, sketching, paint work, exploring the outdoors and using outdoor resources and cooking. We will also be looking at mechanisms which we will use to create our own viewers.
During this term, we will be taking part in a D&T project which will be focusing on sustainability and recycling. Children will be designing their own aliens and making them from recycled materials that they have collected. After completing their designs, we will be evaluation our products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Spanish, the children will be leaning about healthy lifestyles and healthy foods. This will be achieved through speaking and listening activities.
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.
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.
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.
The children will continue to learn about the importance of life and death. We will be focusing on the 10 commandments and their importance. We will also be learning about Baptism and Bar Mitzvah. The children will also learning about the importance of marriage in the 6 main religions.
The children will be consolidating their learning by completing mini projects about the 6 main religions, where they will shown all the information that they have learnt throughout KS2.
Wellbeing, Self confidence – valuing others
Children will learn about taking on more personal responsibility and be be able to demonstrate how their actions affect others.
Children will learn about how to deal with conflicts as they arise and should be able to suggest strategies for handling conflict. Children will also learn about handling moral dilemmas and when to tell.
Citizenship - British Values
Children will learn more about people in their community and will be able to explain what local facilities
exist in their community e.g. libraries, leisure centre etc. Additionally, children will learn about the role money plays in their own and others’ lives, including how to manage their money and about being a critical consumer, that resources can be allocated in different ways and that these economic choices affect individuals, communities and the sustainability of the environment and about enterprise and the skills that make
Children will learn effects and risks of drugs and the consequences of use and be able to describe effects and risks, understand consequences of drug use and know where to go for help.
Arguments and families
Children will learn about how families behave and should recognise that reaching positive solutions usually involves negotiation and compromise. Additionally, children will learn what is appropriate and inappropriate.
Citizenship and British Values
Children will learn learn about government and parliament, should show understanding via letter writing and
understand the importance of respecting others’ privacy.
Healthy and safe Emotional Health
Children will learn that there is nothing that they should be afraid to ask about, about how to manage requests for images of themselves or others; what is and is not appropriate to ask for or share; who to talk to if they feel uncomfortable or are concerned by such a request and that there are some cultural practices that are against British law and universal human rights. Additionally, children will learn about change, including transitions
(between Key Stages and schools), loss, separation, divorce and bereavement.
Relationship and sex education
Children will learn about parenting and love and appreciate there are different types of love e.g. parental love, partner love, friendship love etc.
Racism and its consequences
Children will learn about aggressive behaviour and will understand about bullying and racism.
Celebration - Supporting each other
Children will learn about the people who are responsible for helping them stay healthy and safe and ways that they can help these people about supporting each other. Additionally, children will learn that actions have consequences, emotionally as well as physically and that bullying and racist behaviours are wrong.