We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This letter outlines the Year 6 curriculum for the Summer Term 2019.
For the first part of this term, we will be revising all aspects of English including Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Reading Comprehension. In preparing children for SATs, we will focus on skills such as:
- Identifying the audience for the purpose of writing.
- Using a wider range of openers to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
- Editing, redrafting and proof-reading pieces of writing.
Later on, we will be reading ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. This classic poem tells a story of the highwayman's visit to see the beautiful Bess at the old inn and of the terrible fate they both meet. The mysterious ending of the poem suggests that the lovers' spirits still linger on the edge of the heath. As part of transition to secondary school, we will look at 'Macbeth' and compare it to extracts from other plays written by William Shakespeare. Children will look at character profiles and compare these. Each child will produce a portfolio consisting of six pieces of writing. This will be sent to their secondary schools to ensure a smooth transition in September.
We will be using the Kangaroo Scheme of Work and will be focusing on:
- Revising all areas in maths, ready for SATs.
This will include: Numbers and the number system, Visualising and constructing, Calculating Space, Properties of shapes, Algebra, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio and proportions, measuring angles, Checking, approximating and estimating and Measuring, Presenting and Calculating data.
- Using independent thinking skills and trying different ways to solve mathematical problems.
- Using and applying maths skills across the curriculum.
In Science, we will be finding out about the human body (animals including humans). We will focus on:
- Identifying and naming the main parts of the human circulatory system, and explaining the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.
- Consider puberty and reproduction.
- Recognising the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way our bodies function.
- Describing the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.
We will also look at light. We will focus on:
- Recognising that light appears to travel in straight lines
- Using the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
- Explaining that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
- Using the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them
As part of our science themed term, children will also be studying Space in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the first moon landing. Children will look at the planets and stars, and how astronauts travel into space. There will be exciting enrichment opportunities, including a planetarium dome visit in school for the children to enjoy!
In Computing our topic will be ‘We are app developers'. We will:
- Work collaboratively to decide on a specific app we want to develop
- Become familiar with interfaces.
- Work with variables and various forms of input and output
Later on, we will use software to create our own yearbooks, showcasing all our memories of primary school.
In Geography, we will look at ‘The United Kingdom’, where we will:
- Learn about the human geography of the United Kingdom.
- Identify all of the different counties within the United Kingdom and locate them on a map.
- Find out about how mountains and hills are formed.
- Find out about the varied coastline of the UK.
- Analyse geographical information.
In History, we will look at ‘How Britain has changed since 1948’. In this unity of work, we will:
- Identify some of the main changes in Britain since 1948 as well as some key characteristics of different decades.
- Identify similarities and differences between types of sources of information available in different periods in the past.
- Find out some of the main events of the 1950s - 1980s, and investigate what life was like during this period.
- Investigate what life was like in Britain in the 1990s and identify connections between different aspects of life since 1948.
In Art, we will focus on ‘People in motion’. We will find out how:
- To use sketch books to record observations.
- To review and revisit ideas.
- To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including painting with a range of materials.
Our topic for DT will be ‘Fairgrounds’. In this exciting topic, we will:
- Look at different types of shelters and their suitability
- Design out own prototype
- Test its sustainability
- Make links with mathematics and science
In PE, children will be working on Outdoor Adventure Activities, and later in the term, they will study athletics and will have swimming lessons.
Our first topic for PHSCE this term will be ‘Relationships’ where we will:
- Know and show what makes a good friendship
- Try to solve friendship problems when they occur
- Help others to feel part of a group
- Show respect in how we treat others
We will then move onto ‘Changing Me’ where we will:
- Consider relationships
- Appreciate the range of responses to change
- Mark transition, moving on and saying goodbye
In RE, we will consider how people express their faith through the arts in Christianity.
We will also explore how we could design a leaver’s celebration that involves everyone.