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Curriculum - Year 6

Year 6 - Summer terms 5 and 6

(A pdf version of this Summer term curriculum for Year 6 can be found in Related Documents on the left. )

Dear Parents,

Welcome back after the Easter Break.

With SATs taking place during week commencing May 8th, the Year 6 team is currently focusing on revision and test preparation, so that the children will feel confident and calm during the tests. For the rest of the academic year, we will continue with the normal curriculum and our work towards transition to secondary school. We will be meeting with teachers from local secondary schools to discuss your child’s progress and any specific needs on transition.

As always, if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 6 team.

This is an overview of the school curriculum until July.

English

English lessons will be taught daily, before and after the SATs. It is still important for the children to read daily and to be heard read regularly, as practicing at home plays a significant part in the development of reading skills. Being able to read different text types, from a variety of genres, along with inference and deduction skills is an integral and essential part of school life, which will continue at secondary level. All children will continue to participate in class reading of our Year 6 book – Holes by Louis Sachar.

Our writing focus is still on the three main areas: sentence structure and punctuation, the organisation of different text types and composition and effect. We will continue to revise spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Maths

Maths lessons will also happen daily. In the run up to SATs we will be focusing on revision and test preparation. After the tests, we will continue to move children forward in all aspects of the maths curriculum, with topics being taken from the number, operations, fractions, measures, geometry and statistic units. Concepts are revisited and children are encouraged to reason and explain their answers using mathematical vocabulary.

Tables, arithmetic and mental strategies also continue to be a focus and all children are expected to consolidate and maintain, through regular practice, a quick and accurate knowledge of their tables.

Humanities

This term we will begin by finishing our study of Europe. We will then go on to look at North America, which will primarily include the identification of states and provinces, whilst making comparisons between the climate and landscapes of Europe and America.

Personal Projects

As mentioned in previous communications, we will be setting a personal project  this term as homework. We are currently finalising details of this and will send out further information after the SATs. It will be broadly based on the National Trust’s “50 things to do before you are 11¾” and will enable the children to try new things, reflect on these and record their work in a creative way.

Science

Science for these terms will begin with a focus on the remaining human biology unit – the circulatory system and impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle on the human body. We will then revise our science units through a series of lessons with a sports science focus.

Your child will gain their knowledge and understanding through investigative work. Enquiry skills are taught, which children then apply to carry out fair tests, explorations, pattern seeking investigations, identifying and classifying, and problem solving activities. The data-handling aspect of Science links directly with the maths curriculum.

Computing

In ICT we continue to develop the children’s confidence, knowledge and understanding of programs and functions. They will apply their skills to create a presentation connected to their time at Courthouse. We will also be incorporating music composition into ICT lessons using iPad apps such as Garageband.

PSHE

This term, we will be continuing with our new PSHE scheme of work, called Jigsaw. Lessons are taught in classes on a Friday, incorporating Circle Time and mindfulness, with a focus on emotional literacy and social skills. We will start with “Relationships” and then go on to “Changing me”. The work is introduced and concluded each term during whole school assemblies.

These units will continue to focus on self-reflection and how to cope with the move to a new school. Children are encouraged to recognise the abilities, strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others and what they can do to make the transition easier.

In addition, the “Changing me” unit will also include the requirements of Sex and Relationships Education. Please note that we will send out further information and arrange a meeting on this important topic later in the term, before the lessons begin.

Art

Areas of study may include: “The Scream” by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, and meaning behind the Expressionist style used in the picture; “The Dancer” pictures by the French artist Degas; and a study of Still Life through an arrangement of wine bottles, with the focus on how light shining through glass affects the colour tones.

Physical Education

The swimming pool is up and running and lessons will focus on enjoyment and confidence in the water and the improvement of strokes. All children will need appropriate swimwear (no bikinis or the longer style beach shorts please) and a swimming hat. Please note that earrings must be removed before swimming too. Games lessons this term will start with athletics, followed by cricket for the last 6 weeks of the school year.

Music

Children will compose musical themes in groups. The Summer Music Concert in July (Wednesday 12th July) is for members of choir, orchestra and ensembles. This is a celebration of their achievements.

Class Leavers’ Assemblies (9:00 am)

6H: Monday 17th July

6S: Tuesday 18th July

6P: Wednesday 19th July

Leavers’ Party: Thursday 20th July - time to be advised.

Again, we hope that you find this informative and if you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate in getting in contact with your child’s class teacher.

 

Kind regards,

Year 6 Team

Mrs. Wadsworth   Miss. Heath    Mrs. Stevenson     Mrs Pettipher

(Year 6 Leader)

 

Spring terms 3 and 4

(A pdf version of this Spring term curriculum for Year 6 can be found in Related Documents on the left. )

 

Dear Parents,

Year 6 Terms 3 & 4

The Year 6 team are pleased with the way in which the children have settled into the work routines and the responsibilities of Year 6. Our aim is to prepare your child for their future transition to Secondary School. This is an overview of what will be covered in class between now and April. We hope that we will be able to continue with the open and informative approach between school and home, this relationship being an integral part of ensuring that your child makes good progress and is happy at school.

The homework diary system, which has been up and running since September, is an important part of the communication between home and school. Most pupils are managing this well. It is the child’s responsibility to show it to parents, though some may still need some encouragement to do so. This is a skill that they need to develop for secondary school.

 

English

English lessons happen daily and your child should now be used to the homework and deadlines for its completion.

We continue to focus on the importance for all children to read daily and to be heard read regularly, and reading at home is an important aspect of this. All children participate in class reading of our Year 6 book – Holes by Louis Sachar – and this work, along with other specific reading activities, is helping them to improve their inference and deduction of texts.

We continue to focus on the three main areas of writing: 

  • sentence structure and punctuation,
  • the structure of different text types
  • and composition and effect

Spelling rules are an integral part of our teaching. In addition, the children are practising the 200 statutory KS2 spelling words on a daily basis in class. We will be sending home a copy of this list soon after half term. We are studying the following text types, linked to our Year 6 book:

  • Narrative, with a focus on character,
  • and Balanced Argument.

 

Maths

Maths lessons also happen daily and the homework is set weekly. Your child will cover a variety of topics taken from the number, operations, fractions, measures, geometry and statistic units. Concepts are revisited and children are encouraged to reason and explain their answers using mathematical vocabulary.

Your child is expected to develop and maintain, through regular practice, a quick and accurate knowledge of their tables. They continue to learn and share with others methods and techniques to enable them to complete calculations mentally with confidence and accuracy.

With SATs in mind, after half-term revision guides will be on sale and additional revision sessions will be organised.

 

Humanities

This term’s topic is Europe, with the focus being on the variety in climate and landscape throughout the continent and the investigation of environmental and social impact of changes in land use, through tourism and modern farming styles. We begin with Southern Spain, followed by the alpine region of France and Italy. The course of the River Rhine is covered and the low lying land of the Netherlands. We also look at nations and boundaries and the countries that make up the European Union.

 

Science

Science for these terms will focus on the biology units – classification of living things and evolution.

Your child will gain their knowledge and understanding through investigative work. Enquiry skills are taught, which children then apply to carry out fair tests, explorations, pattern seeking investigations, identifying and classifying, and problem solving activities.

The data-handling aspect of Science links directly with the maths curriculum.

 

Computing

In ICT we continue to develop the children’s confidence, knowledge and understanding of  programmes and functions. They will start by looking at HTML coding (creating a website) and will move on to using a variety of iPad apps to create short films and animations.

 

PSHE

This term, we will be continuing with our new PSHE scheme of work, called Jigsaw. Lessons are taught in classes on a Friday, incorporating Circle Time and mindfulness, with a focus on emotional literacy and social skills. We will start with “Dreams and goals” and then go on to “Healthy me”. The work is introduced and concluded during whole school assemblies.

 

Art

We will begin by studying the artist Clarice Cliff, looking at how she incorporates shapes and colour to create a ‘Bizarre’ abstract take on art. During the study, your child will be making a plate to decorate in the style of this artist. We will then be studying the Spanish artist Gaudi, who was also an architect. Through his art, your child will explore the mathematical way in which Gaudi used ceramics in buildings and to create sculptures.

 

Physical Education

During their indoor P.E sessions, your child will be participating in dance and gymnastics, where they will develop and explore the use of their core to hold balances, as they perform and perfect sequences. This will also help with their creativity and communication as they work in groups and individually. Your child will continue to develop their skill, precision and knowledge of team games with a focus on football and tennis. Please note that Year 6 games lesson is always held on a Wednesday, therefore, correct kit is essential. Please ensure that all kit is named.

 

Class Assemblies

  • 6H: Tuesday 28th February (9:00-9:30am)
  • 6S: Wednesday 1st March (9:00-9:30am)
  • 6P: Tuesday 21st March (9:00-9:30am)

 

Again, we hope that you find this informative and if you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate in getting in contact with your child’s class teacher.

Kind regards,

Year 6 Team

Mrs. Wadsworth  Miss. Heath  Mrs. Stevenson  Mrs. Pettipher

(Year 6 Leader)

 

 

Autumn Terms 1 and 2

A pdf version of the Autumn term curriculum for Year 6 can be found in Related Documents on the left.