Our question this term is ‘Why do some creatures no longer exist?’ Our work for this term will be historical, geographical and scientific.
We will be looking at how the world has changed over the years and how new islands are formed. We will look at Natural selection and look at how mixing DNA can create new animals, looking at how dog breeds came to be. We will be investigating the works of Mary Anning and Charles Darwin, who unearthed fossils and secrets behind variation in animals and the survival of the fittest.
As part of our studies we will be enjoying an educational visit to the Natural History Museum.
During the first part of this term, our focus for the children’s writing will be non-narrative (biography writing). Their work will be based on the life and work of Mary Anning and Charles Darwin’s travels around the world. Later in the term, the focus will shift to non-narrative. This work will be based on a Charles Darwin letter home after visiting the Galapagos Islands.
Grammar will look at word classes, sentence structures and different tenses. We will also be comparing the language of formal and informal writing.
We will continue to be working from the New National Curriculum for Mathematics, this term focussing on ‘decimals’, ’percentages and ‘ratio’. Decimals: Children will learn how to multiply 1 and 2 digit numbers by a 1-digit number with 2 decimal places. Children will learn how to divide integers, where the answer is a decimal number. This is particularly useful when calculating the answer to questions relating to money. Also, rounding numbers to different decimal places will be taught this term. Throughout the year all children will be encouraged to recall specific number facts (KIRFS) as well as using and applying their mathematical knowledge. KIRF targets are so important for the children’s mathematical fluency. They are key skills that children need to learn to help with the problem soling skills. All children are expected to solve problems and to explain their mathematical reasoning.
All children have access to their Mathletics account—where specific mathematical tasks can be set by the children. These are targeted and allow teachers to see how they’re getting on. Mathletics forms part of children’s homework and can also be done during the Year 6 Breakfast Clubs.
The use of ICT will be embedded in to the curriculum throughout Year 6. This will include the use of ICT during literacy and mathematics as well as the wider curriculum.
Art and Design
Pupils will be taught to compare ideas, methods and approaches to art during term two. Children will be given the opportunity to draw fossil records and leaves from different trees. They will use art to respond to poetry.
Music will continue to be taught weekly in Term 2. Children are continuing their MusicTrax lessons with their chosen instrument, as well as Steel Pans.
Wednesday in 6P and 6J
Tuesdays in 6S
Monday in 6P and 6J
Fridays in 6S
Tuesdays in 6S
During the second term in Year 6, children will further develop their understanding of the Hindu faith. This unit builds on knowledge about Hinduism and aims to draw links between Hindu practices and those of other religions. We will be looking at the teachings of Jesus and their meanings in historical context and in the modern world.
Homework will be sent out on Friday. This needs to be handed in the following week by Wednesday. Maths and Spelling will be set on the Mathletics and Spellodrome websites (the log ins are the same for each site). Grammar will be set in the Achieve Grammar books. Please do whatever you can; it is all good practice. If you have any concerns regarding homework, please write it on the form in the feedback section.
We will have Teaching of Reading lessons every day at school, focussing on different key skills. Your child will be able to borrow a chapter book to read at home and in the classroom. If they finish this book they are welcome to change it for another one!
The importance of reading cannot be overstated. Children can only improved by reading so please encourage your child to read.
If you lose a book, please notify us as soon as possible to prevent any delay in your child being issued a new book.
This term we will have PE on the following days:
6S - Friday
6J and 6P - Wednesday
This term all Year 6 will be swimming on Mondays.
Please ensure that your child brings in their swimming and PE kit to school on their respective day.
PE kit is part of your child’s school uniform.
We look forward to working with both parents/carers and children over this forthcoming, exciting year.