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Year 6 - Mrs Crook, Mrs. Watson and Mrs Wilkinson

WELCOME TO YEAR 6

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW - TERMS 5 & 6


We hope that you have had a lovely Easter break and are coming back totally refreshed. Hopefully the sun has shone and you have been able to enjoy a bit of “down time” with family and maybe even a few friends!
When we return to school after the Easter break, we will start a new topic titled ‘A Time to Shine.’ This unit focuses on inspirational people and the focus will be on Black History. We start by looking at the painting by Norman Rockwell, ‘The Problem we all live with,’ depicting Ruby Bridges in the 1960’s. We will look at the problems Black people faced at the time and look at other influential people such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. In History we will also go back further in time to the history of slavery. This topic will give us lots of opportunities for discussions and writing about equal rights and working together in unity.
Our next topic is called ‘You Choose.’ In this unit children train to become fitness instructors to the stars! Children will learn about making choices for a healthy lifestyle. For example, learning about the heart and circulatory systems, keeping our body healthy through exercise and a good diet, and the effect of drugs. We will plan a healthy meal and there will be lots of opportunities for outside P.E. activities. We all have the opportunity to make choices and children will learn how and why we should make good choices in our lives.
‘You’re Hired!’ is our last topic in year 6 and invites the pupils to consider various aspects of employment and enterprise: from personal employability skills and career prospects; to market research; product and service development; branding, marketing and sales. We will work in teams to think of a small business idea that we could market and sell. Writing will focus on persuasion for marketing and sales materials, and writing imagined personal statements and CVs for an aspirational career and future. Pupils can be encouraged to be ambitious and learn what they would need on their CV to get there.
As normal we will continue to have our daily maths lessons usually following the White Rose schemes of work, but we will be incorporating more time on revisiting certain topics that we feel that the children would benefit from. So far, this seems to be fractions, decimals and percentages and a big focus again on using and applying the four operations. There will be lots of opportunities to revisit concepts and go over some of those trickier ideas in maths.
We will incorporate ICT into the above topics through research, data collecting and presentations. We need to make sure our typing skills are improving as their will be more use of computers in secondary schools.
Please make sure P.E. kits are in school at all times. Make sure your child reads as often as possible and a varied range of genres too. We will still continue to do small spellings tests and develop our vocabulary, grammar and punctuation in our SPAG lessons.
We will continue our weekly French lessons with Miss Hards and will be undertaking some more practical science experiments that we missed out in lockdown to ensure that we understand many of the key skills and concepts before we start secondary school.
Our final year student teacher, Miss Line, will be completing her teacher training with our class and will be with us until 19th May. The children got to know Miss Line throughout lockdown and now in class. We are very lucky to have her!
Year 6 would normally have their more formal end of Primary School SATs in May but this year we will undertake internal tests to assess the children at this stage. This will be followed by lots of transitional work before children leave primary school. Obviously due to the current situation, we have not yet received any dates for children to visit their new schools. As soon as we have any more information, we will let you now.
You will soon receive information via Ping about the ‘Growing Up’ talk on Wednesday 30th June.
We want to make sure that all children are happy and confident about the next stages of their educational journey.
Obviously, as we are unable to undertake our school journey this year so we will be thinking of other new adventures we can undertake instead and obviously we will keep parents in the loop about these ideas. We do not want to raise the children’s hopes and so we will need to keep an eye on the government road map before we announce any ideas.
We will certainly be having an end of year farewell assembly and hopefully a Year 6 performance of some sort, depending on what the children choose to do. We are truly hoping that things will go back to a more normal way of working soon and then Year 6 can be guaranteed the special kind of Year 6 fun and final farewells that they all deserve.


Kind regards,
Mrs S Crook, Mrs A Watson, Miss Line & Mrs Wilkinson

 

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW - TERMS 1 & 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well, can you believe that those tiny little four-year olds that you left nervously in Reception class six years ago are now entering their final year in primary school?

This year, Mrs Crook, Mrs Watson and Mrs Wilkinson will be working hard to make sure that your child(ren) is ready to make the transition to secondary school as smoothly as possible. This doesn’t only include being ready academically (which of course is important) but ready in many other ways. They need to become independent learners who can organise themselves to achieve their best; they need to be able to work collaboratively and they need to have strategies for dealing with tricky situations.

After a long period out of school our priority is to settle the children and ensure that they are all happy and ready to work. Obviously, we will have new Covid routines, but we are sure that we will get into the swing of things even if we get fed up washing our hands all day long!

Our first topic is called: “Who’s Taking Control?” in which pupils explore the idea of control through electricity and robotic machines.  We look to the future when machines could take control. This topic includes journalistic and narrative writing. In science, we shall be looking at different ways of changing electrical circuits and in ICT the children will use Scratch to have the opportunity to write a simple program for a robot game. In art and design, we will be talking about sculpture and listening to electronic music.

Our second topic is: “What’s Happening Now?” and is built around current affairs and focuses on natural and human disasters either in the UK or abroad.  Pupils will look at the geographical causes of a disaster and the impact on the landscape and people. In English we shall be writing reports and learning to write persuasively – perhaps to encourage people to donate to an appeal such as CAFOD and ShelterBox. Children will learn about Live Aid and will create a presentation imagining they are pitching to famous people to persuade them to attend. In art we shall be looking at the work of the street artist, Banksy and we will attempt some of our own graffiti in his style…. around the school! In ICT the children will learn to research current events such as the wildfires in California and investigate what makes a good news report to enable them to write their own. In geography, the children will look at the causes and impacts of natural and human disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, droughts and earthquakes.

Our third and final topic this term is: “A Voyage of Discovery”. In this unit pupils will explore how adaptation can lead to evolution. Pupils will go on an imaginary voyage, with opportunities for writing letters, explanations, note taking, recounts and discussions largely based on the voyages of Charles Darwin. They will look at geographical features such as longitude and latitude, compass directions and time and climatic zones as well as a closer study of the Galapagos Islands. In ICT they will use the diaries of Charles Darwin to create a Virtual Tour on Google Earth. In art we shall be looking at the work of Leonardo Da Vinci and Darwin himself and in particular his sketches of plants and animals. In science, we will be looking at the similarities and differences between different organisms including human beings. We shall learn about Darwin’s theory of natural selection.

Throughout the term, there will be a daily maths lesson based on the demands of the National Curriculum. As well as this PE, French, instrumental music and R.E. will be taught.

We have already impressed on the children how important it is for them to read at home and to continue to learn spellings and go onto TT rock stars at least 4 times a week. P.E. kits should always be in school and ALL uniform must be labelled with your child’s name. (We cannot guarantee that we can re-unite children with un-marked pieces of uniform!) Outdoor learning afternoons will be on a Wednesday afternoon. You will get more detailed information nearer the time.

We have asked the children to bring blue book bags to school (as opposed to bags and rucksacks) as there is simply not enough room in the cloakroom for them. Thank you for your co-operation.

If you have any questions, please do email the office and we will get back to you.

We look forward to a busy and fruitful Term 1 and 2!

Kind regards,

Mrs Crook, Mrs Watson and Mrs Wilkinson.

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