Mrs Balmer & Mrs Vickers
Firstly, we will be looking at formal and informal writing and ensuring that our writing is appropriate to the audience we are writing this to. We will us letter and diary writing text types to explore these different styles of writing.
We will be exploring journalism, newspaper reports and the impact of social media. The children will read a variety of different journalistic styles and discuss reliable sources. We will be encouraging the children to develop a journalistic style and we will be using current events and linking our newspaper reports to our topics of War, Space and Wild Weather.
The children will also look in depth at biography and autobiographical writing. We will look at key historical figures, such as Neil Armstrong and Leaders during the wars but also current figures of importance to the children.
The children will also get to experience narrative and descriptive writing which we will base on Michael Mopurgo's Coming Home story.
Texts will be selected based on our Literacy themes and our wider topics. The children will get the chance to read Umbrella Mouse, Coming Home, a variety of Newspaper reports, Archie's War, and a variety of extracts from historical texts. The children will also have their own reading books and will be encouraged to write book reviews, and extract phrases and vocabulary to enhance their own writing. We will be discussing author preferences and the effect they have on the reader. Books will be sent home in week 2 in a plastic wallet. Please encourage your children to read and read with them if possible at least 3 times a week. If they record any thoughts in their reading diaries, this will be very useful. Any returned books will be kept separate for a time before returning to bookshelves.
Year 6 is a revision and tightening year of all punctuation and grammar techniques from the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
This half term, the children will be revising a variety of punctuation types but with particular references to colons, semi colons and dashes. They will also look at the differences between reported and direct speech and the punctuation needed to make speech accurate. For grammar, the children will be looking at tense, active and passive sentences, pronouns, relative clauses and applying this to using a variety of appropriate sentence types across all their writing. In Spelling, the children will revise the Years 3&4 spelling lists to check for any misconceptions, looking at their own common misspellings and then following Years 5&6 weekly spelling revision as below:
In Maths, we will be following the Mathematics Mastery program and revising SATs topics. We will also be having separate Maths Meetings sessions which rehearse mental arithmetic skills. These are quick burst sessions of about 15 minutes which will keep Maths skills and number facts rehearsed so they can apply them to problem solving.
The maths topics we will be covering this half term are:
If the children could ensure they practise their times table facts and develop rapid recall, if they don't know them already, this will help them with all their topics.
Our History theme is World War 1 but we will also be looking at how World War I led to the causes of World War II.
In this theme, the children will be using Archie's War as a text and a variety of non-fiction texts as sources of information. They will look at the events on a timeline, discuss the causes of the First World War, produce a piece of artwork, look at life in the trenches and write a letter home from a soldier. They will develop their research skills and learn how to ask historical questions to determine whether sources are accurate.
Here are some useful links:
In science, the children will be learning about light, earth and space. The children will learn about the Earth's place in the solar system and they will build scale models which show an understanding of how the planets rotate the sun. They will look at advances in Space travel and in Literacy, will link this to their biography of Neil Armstrong and research about Apollo 13.
They will learn about the relevance of the Earth, Sun and Moon to our calendar and how we use them to tell the time and how the position of the sun depicts our seasons.
The children will understand how light travels, not only in space itself, but also on our planet. They will investigate shadows, prisms and look at how the position of the sun, light and shadows was used to depict the time of day.
This half term in Geography, the children will learn about the different types of weather that affects us.
We will be linking this to our newspapers topic in Literacy. The children will find out about significant weather events, what has caused them and particularly those that have affected us globally recently. They will use mapping skills to locate places affected on the map and learn about the differences between weather and climate, whilst touching on climate change.
Other areas of learning:
Physical Education will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please make sure that your child wears their kit to school. This is a House PE shirt/plain white T-shirt or Polo Shirt, a pair of black, plain tracksuit bottoms, trainers and their school jumper over the top. Their first area of learning will be outdoor adventure activities where they will complete a variety of group team building activities and orienteering.
In Religious Education, the children will be studying Judaism. This will be linked later in the term to work on the Holocaust and we will be looking at tolerance of other faiths.
In Personal, Social and Health Education, the children will be discussing new beginnings. We will also be exploring our Core Skills Curriculum topic of learning with others and the children will have opportunities to collaborate, communicate, compromise and designate working roles within a group.
In ICT, the children will learning about how to keep themselves and others safe online. They will be given the chance in all their subjects to use multimedia approaches to present their work and to develop their word processing skills.
In Art the children will be looking at the work of Peter Thorpe and his rocket paintings. The children will get the chance to appraise his work and look at the geometric shapes. They will practise techniques with chalk and pastels and produce their own artwork in the same style.
In Design and Technology, the children will develop their knowledge of electrical circuits and switches to make a motor which they can switch on and off. The children will then plan, design and make their own motorised moon buggy and then evaluate the effectiveness of the motor working and the moon buggy working across different surfaces.
Comprehension tasks for the half term or after
Extra practice for the children this half term.
If you would like an alternative year group please visit the year group of your choice and complete 'Week 4’ unit. You can navigate to these by choosing the subjects button at the top, then choose the year group of your choice, then choose the subject.
Then you can simply choose the lesson you want to complete.
Other sites you may choose to access for additional or alternative learning:
We understand that all families are being faced with different demands and challenges and therefore some of you may feel that these alternative resources work better for you and your circumstances:
All of the below will help you with working from home
Click the pics or links for useful websites
Your child has an individual log-in for this website. They can play spelling games based on lists of words. I will set 3 spelling lists to practise per week. Try using the code '#710619' to enter a hive game for common exception words!
Use these links to find an interesting image. What do you think is happening? Can you describe what is happening in your exercise book? Can you write a story about it?
Audible has lots of free audiobooks for children while you're learning at home.
This website has LOTS of age appropriate maths resources and they have produced home learning packs for each year group with helpful videos and activities for each day of home learning.
This website has lots of interactive maths games.
This website groups games together well and you can search by subject.
Times Table Rock Stars - your child has an individual log in for this.
This is a story based maths game which your child can log into with their TT Rock stars log ins.
This is a fantastic website with lots of videos, interactive activities and printable resources around all the subjects as well as current events. Great for exploring if you want some extra material in your home learning.
Once clicking this link, choose 'Espresso' from the drop down log-in menu in the top right hand corner. You will receive a username and password for this website.
This website often has child - friendly news items, and they will be uploading some free content when schools close.
With this link you can take a virtual tour around the British Museum, London.
This website has lots of activities you can do in the garden, as well a lots of information about animals and plants for research tasks.
Joe Wicks 'The Body Coach' has a series of 5 minute videos aimed at children. He is also running a 30 minute PE session every morning at 9:00 on his youtube channel, which you should get to by clocking this link. Mrs Roberts will be moving along too..
We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:
There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'
This is a great website for fast learning. It pops up quick questions and gives explanations if you don't get the correct answers.
SATS MATHS REVISION Games