Year 6 Summer Term 1

In the Summer term, Year 6 will be reading preparing for the SATs, which commence on Monday 14th May 2018.

English

In English, Year 6 will be continuing to study, ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. The story starts as Viktor Frankensteing is dying, and shares a tale of gruesome terror with a sea captain. Viktor, using previous experiments by a brilliant scientist, was able to bring a creature to life, grown in a tank of chemicals. Once he realized how destructive his experiments had become, he abandoned the creature and tried to live a normal life with his fiancé. However, the lonely creature seeks out Viktor and demands one of two things: a bride or revenge.

Year 6 will be creating work based on a short film called, ‘The Piano.’ Year 6 will use key points in the film to discuss features and themes. They will explore approaches made by the film maker to create moods, pace and viewpoint. The Piano will develop children's film metalanguage by identifying how colour, light, sound and camera angles have been used to tell the narrative.

Year 6 will be beginning their study of, ‘Rose Blanche’ by Ian McEwan. Rose Blanche was the name of a group of young German citizens who, at their peril, protested against the war. Like them, Rose observes all the changes going on around her which others choose to ignore. She watches as the streets of her small German town fill with soldiers. One day she sees a little boy escaping from the back of a truck, only to be captured by the mayor and shoved back into it. Rose follows the truck to a desolate place out of town, where she discovers many other children, staring hungrily from behind an electric barbed wire fence. She starts bringing the children food, instinctively sensing the need for secrecy, even with her mother. Until the tide of the war turns and soldiers in different uniforms stream in from the East, and Rose and the imprisoned children disappear forever . . .

In Maths, Year 6 will be continuing their work on all four operations, adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, multiplying and dividing fractions by whole numbers and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa. They will continue to develop their understanding of place value, algebraic equations, ratio, proportion and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

In Curriculum, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic on WW2. A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory.

During this topic, children will learn about the reasons behind WW2 starting, as well as finding out about significant moments from WW2 including D-Day and Dunkirk. Year 6 will be learning about the war from a child’s point of view.

In Science, children will work towards answering the Quest question, ‘How can we stay healthy?’ They will present their findings in the form of a ‘health roadshow’ incorporating multi-media presentations which show that they will have recognised the impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle choices on the way their bodies function. Children will learn that there are many different but related aspects to keeping healthy. They will investigate the functions of the heart and circulatory system and will describe how nutrients and water are transported in human and animal bodies.

Working Scientifically, children will investigate how exercise and heart rate are related, and also to find out how scientific ideas about health have developed over time. They will plan an investigation and will take measurements with accuracy and precision. Children will present their findings in a number of ways, and will explain causal relationships emerging from their own data.

Year 6 Spring Term 2

Maths

In Maths, pupils will:

  • Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in shopping contexts, and add and subtract money using column addition and counting up;
  • Add and subtract decimal numbers choosing an appropriate strategy, and add decimal numbers with different numbers of places using column addition;
  • Use mathematical reasoning to investigate and solve problems, and solve subtractions of decimal numbers with different numbers of places (2-places) using counting up
  • Calculate and understand the mean average; construct and interpret distance/time line graphs where intermediate points have meaning, including conversion line graphs;
  • Understand pie charts are a way of representing data using percentages, interpret and construct pie charts
  • Read and plot coordinates in all four quadrants, draw and translate simple polygons using coordinates and find missing coordinates for a vertex on a polygon;
  • Draw and reflect simple polygons in both the x-axis and y-axis using coordinates;
  • Find unknown angles around a point, on a line, in a triangle or vertically opposite and in polygons where diagonals intersect
  • Multiply 4-digit numbers including those with two decimal places by 1-digit numbers; use long multiplication to multiply 4-digit numbers by numbers between 10 and 30, including those with two decimal places;
  • Revise using short division to divide 4-digit by 1-digit and 2-digit numbers including those which leave a remainder, and divide the remainder by the divisor to give a fraction, simplifying where possible, and make approximations;
  • Use long division to divide 4-digit by 2-digit numbers, and use a systematic approach to solve problems
  • Generalise a relationship between pairs of numbers, express simple formulae in words, then using letters;
  • Describe and continue sequences, generalise to predict the tenth term, begin to generalise a term in a sequence using n to stand for the number of the term in a sequence;
  • Describe ratio and use ratio to solve problems;
  • Find fractions and simplify ratios

English

In the Spring term 2, Year 6 will be reading ‘The Highwayman’. The poem, set in 18th century rural England, tells the story of an unnamed highwayman who is in love with Bess, a landlord's daughter. Betrayed to the authorities by Tim, a jealous ostler, the highwayman escapes ambush when Bess sacrifices her life to warn him.

Year 6 will also be studying, ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. The story starts as Victor Frankenstein is dying, and shares a tale of gruesome terror with a sea captain. Viktor, using previous experiments by a brilliant scientist, was able to bring a creature to life, grown in a tank of chemicals. Once he realized how destructive his experiments had become, he abandoned the creature and tried to live a normal life with his fiancé. However, the lonely creature seeks out Viktor and demands one of two things: a bride or revenge.

In Curriculum, Year 6 will be continuing their new topic called, ‘Revolution.’

They will be studying about super-strict schools by travelling back in time to a Victorian classroom. They will be learning about Victorian punishments were unquestionably terrible. They will be discovering a time when great minds thought new thoughts and ingenious inventors created so many things we take for granted today: the electric light bulb, the telephone and even the first flushing toilet.

Pupils will learn about great artists, architects and designers in history as well as appreciating a wide variety of high quality musical performances, drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.

In Science, children will work towards answering the Quest question, ‘How can we fix a broken score board?’ They will recognise and use accepted scientific symbols in circuit diagrams. They will learn that altering the brightness of bulbs and the volume of a buzzer can be achieved in different ways, including changing the number of components, battery voltage, or the properties of the wires in the circuits. They will apply their knowledge of complete circuits to make quiz cards and provide a solution to the score board Quest question.

 

Working Scientifically, children will have the opportunity to choose to investigate altering the brightness of bulbs and the volume of a buzzer in different ways, possibly including changing the number and/or type of components, battery voltage, or the properties of the wires in the circuits. They will predict outcomes relating to the arrangement in electrical circuits and record their results.

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