Mrs Balmer, Mrs Milbourne, Mrs Harbour, Mr Brogden, Ms Jones
In English this term, the children will be finishing off and re-editing their work from their climate activists project from last term. The children wrote climate leaflets, letters to their MP and Severn Trent Water to complain about river pollution and wrote a passionate speech to urge world leaders to reduce their carbon footprints. Our writing will be moderated on the 15th June 2023, so the children will be polishing up their re-editing skills, learning how to self-correct their spellings and choose exciting synonyms to up-level their vocabulary. This moderation process will give them their final writing levels for the end of Key Stage 2.
We will be finishing off the story Trash and will then start our new novel: 'The Children of the Benin Kingdom' by Dinah Orji. This will link really well into their new history theme about the Kingdom of Benin as they study some interesting African History. The book will lead into them planning their own choice adventure story by the end of term which will also link into the new art theme we will be doing.
Alongside this, Year 6 will be encouraged to hone up their spelling gaps and skills and read widely, fluently and develop their reading for enjoyment but also for research to enable them to embed the skills they need for secondary school.
This term, the children will be continuing their theme park project. This project enables Year 6 to develop and run their own theme park business successfully. It includes not only a huge wealth of calculating, percentages and scale drawing skills but it also gives the children an opportunity to develop their group-work and leadership skills as they are given the chance to run particular roles within their group.
After this project finishes, the children will turn these skills to their own enterprising project and will also complete a transition unit on Spirals which incorporates algebra.
It is so important that Year 6 children keep their maths skills honed in readiness for secondary school this term. We will be working hard to ensure that all children are secure in their times table knowledge before they move up and also that they feel confident in their maths abilities and are willing to problem solve and make mistakes.
This term, we have two driver themes due to a short last term with SATs and PGL:
Our Geography theme is: Mapping Our Changing World this term. This follows on really nicely from the work the children have done in English about climate change at the end of last term.
During this unit, the children will get the opportunity to develop their mapping skills using digital mapping software. We will largely be using Digimaps, which is a program specifically designed for schools by Ordinance Survey. This enables the children to track changes across our globe. Initially, we will be linking this back to our last theme - their population project and they will track population changes across the globe but then we will look at the effect of climate change on our world-wide biospheres and how this is shown on our maps and also the effect of erosion and other natural phenomena that change the shape of our landscapes and maps.
Our history theme this term will be a close look at the history and development of the Edo civilisation in the Kingdom of Benin which is now modern-day Nigeria. The children will examine sources of information to find out about the fascinating culture of these peoples and their ruling Ogisos and Obas.
They will then examine how the British Empire led to the fall of the kingdom, linking this to what they know already about the colonialism of Africa by European nations in their last topic. They will also look at how some of the cultures and traditions are still celebrated today in modern-day Nigeria.
This half term, in Science, the children will continue the topic they have briefly started last term on electricity. In this theme, the children will learn about different electrical components and how to make and test series and parallel circuits. The children will learn how to draw and construct simple circuits and how to build and test switches. They will learn about resistance and the materials used within effective electrical components.
The children will learn how electricity is generated and how to stay safe around electricity.
Other areas of learning:
This term the children will be learning various skills in athletics and it will be their turn to do Forest Schools in the second week of term. P.E will continue to be on a Wednesday and Thursday, with Forest Schools being all Thursday afternoon.
This term we have two units to complete. Design and Technology will be using crumble boards to wire up lighting circuits and Art will be sculpture and jewellery - looking in particular at the Benin bronzes and decorative items that royalty in the Kingdom of Benin used to adorn themselves with.
This term's unit is based on the religion of Islam. The theme is: Beliefs and moral values
Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives? Is our question of enquiry this term.
In Music this half term, our theme will be respecting each other through composition.
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 'Changing Me' This unit deals with puberty, sex education and growing up. You will have received a letter about this to your email address from Mrs Loxton. We will start this unit on the second week of term and as our timetable changes a fair bit due to transition activities each week, I will inform you which day it will taught on in our weekly notices at the end of each week.
The children will be studying 'Me in the world' in French this term. Bilton will also be coming in to deliver a secondary school French taster session.
In Spring 2, the children will be using Purple Mash to develop their coding skills. They will also be quizzing and learning about networks.
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:
BBC Bitesize, choose the year group you feel more comfortable with :
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.
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