Mrs Balmer and Mrs Jones
Summer Term 2022
The children will initially start the term with a non-fiction writing unit based on climate change. We will be looking at deforestation, plastic use and river pollution which will stimulate formal writing opportunities. The children will have the chance to write explanation leaflet texts, produce a power-point presentation and write their own persuasive speech. We will also write a formal letter to our local Member of Parliament asking about what measures have been taken in our local area to reduce the pollution in our waterways. We will be using various non-fiction texts about the environment and plastic pollution to inform the children's research and writing.
After this, we will start our narrative unit based on the book, The Children of The Benin Kingdom by Dinah Orji. This will predominantly be a reading immersion unit, but the children will get the chance to write their own adventure quest story at the end.
As mentioned in English, the text the children will be focusing on is The Children of the Benin Kingdom. This will be used as our class read but also in whole class reading sessions where appropriate. In the first 3 weeks, the children will focus on developing their retrieval, vocabulary and inference skills in readiness for their reading tests. They will also be reading a variety of non-fiction texts as highlighted in the English section above. The children need to focus on reading a wide-range of books as often as possible and ensuring that they quiz on them using our AR Program.
Spelling will continue to be taught using our No Nonsense Spelling program. The children will continue to revise the words from the 3-4 and 5-6 spelling lists but also large focus will be put on them working on their own personal errors, which they need to take an increasing responsibility for. The use of dictionaries is an important independent learning skill as is a thesaurus to up-level their vocabulary.
As before, grammar and punctuation skills will mostly be taught through the text type they are writing about, but in the first 3 weeks, an emphasis will be placed on test technique in readiness for their SATs The children will also continue to use SPAG.com to help them.
Click on the links below for a definition of terms that the children need to know and for SPAG.com
Maths will focus largely on revision for SATs in the first 3 weeks of term. The children will particularly revise recent work on ratio and proportion and then fractions, decimals and percentages. We will rehearse their arithmetic skills in all four operations and their speed and rapid recall. The children will then mostly focus on problem solving and reasoning which will be linked to measures, time, shape problems.
After SATs, we will continue to build on the children's mathematical skills in readiness for secondary school. After developing their investigation skills, the children will start a transition project on Spirals which will lead them into Summer 2.
If the children could revise as much as possible at home in the coming weeks, using the websites I have emailed to them, this will really help. Extra revision will also be provided on Maths.co.uk
In theme lessons, the children will be focusing on mainly History by studying the Benin Kingdom in Africa. At first we will contextualise the Kingdom of Benin in time by building on the children's timeline skills from last term and geographically on a map. We will look at the differences between the Kingdom of Benin and modern day Nigeria. Benin as a modern country is a separate place.
The children will study the lives of the Edo Kings - the rulers of the Kingdom of Benin. They will analyse primary and secondary historical sources and they will look at the amazing Benin Bronze artefacts that this magnificent kingdom left behind. The children will look into how the kingdom became successful and eventually study its demise when it was conquered by the British Empire in 1300.
This topic offers so many links to the wider curriculum. Our final narrative unit in Year 6 will be based on a book called The Children of the Benin Kingdom, where the children can immerse themselves into the life of a young girl living at the time. The children will have the chance to re-create their own Benin bronze artefact in Art using initially their sketching skills and then by modelling it. They sketch their chose Edo king or warrior in their biographical study and look at the ever changing geography of the continent of Africa. In Design and Technology, the children will make their own African rice product.
In Science, initially, we will be finishing our topic on living things by investigating micro-organisms from the Spring Term.
During Summer 1, we will study electricity and electrical circuits. In this unit the children will have the chance to make their own electrical circuits, test resistance, draw circuit diagrams and experiment with various electrical components.
Other areas of learning:
Alongside Real P.E, the children will start athletics in summer 1. During summer 2, the children will be move into striking and fielding games.
During the summer term, we will be teaching both Design and Technology and art. In Design Technology, the children will be researching Nigerian and West African food as part of their immersion into their new topic. The children will make a Nigerian dish called Jollof Rice.
In art, we will be studying the art from the Kingdom of Benin, in particular the magnificent bronzes they adorned their palaces and royal families with. The children will practise their sketching techniques as they plan their bronze and then they will create a Bronze using paper mache modelling - ensuring that they include intricate detail to give it a flavour of a real Benin Bronze.
In Religious Education, the children will be asking the question what matters to Christians and Humanists the most in Summer 1. During this unit they will discuss moral concepts of fairness, honesty, freedom and peace. In Summer 2, the children will be comparing Hindu, Christian and Muslim beliefs in modern day British society and investigate the challenges they face. They will discuss the similarities and differences in the beliefs, behaviours and faith of these three religions.
In music the children will be following our Charanga scheme and the topic focus for Summer 1 is Music and Me and then in Summer 2 it will be Reflect, Rewind and Replay.
Personal, Social and Health Education is not only taught as a standalone lesson but runs through everything we do. The children will be following our Jigsaw scheme. This term's unit is about relationships and a lot of this unit will be linked to the work we will be doing on transition.
In Summer 1, the children will be learning about Les Habitats. They will get the opportunity to learn the names of different land types in French and the animals and plants that reside within them. This will build on the science work they did last term. In Summer 2, the children will start the unit 'Me in the World' or 'Moi Dans Le Monde'. Here the children will learn about different countries in the world in French, about their cultures and celebrations.
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
Spag.com - Use this to complete their SPAG homework or catch up on activities they may have missed in class.
Accelerated Reader - Use this link to get onto our Accelerated Reader website at home, your child has their login.
Get Epic! - Use this website to access 100s of books online. This is great if you are learning online and can't access books. Your child will be given a class code and can be assigned books, or they can choose books in their AR range.
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.
Learning with parents: Much of our maths (and some English) homework and any online learning will tap into the resources on this site. Your child will have had a login sent to a parent email address. Please ensure they are used to logging on and can do this independently. The videos are an excellent way of seeing how they learn maths concepts in school, so you can support your child with assigned topics.
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.
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