Mrs Balmer and Mrs Jones
For the first couple of weeks, the children will be studying journalistic writing. They will read and analyse the features of newspaper reports and news reports on the internet. They will study the text and language features and look into the typical vocabulary that news papers use. The children will be given the chance to write their own newspaper reports on relevant topics that are in the news right now and then they will form 'newspaper groups' and use ICT skills to hone their skills and produce a digital piece of journalism. After newspapers, the children will study biographies and autobiographies. We will be using and comparing the texts 'Boy' by Roald Dahl and 'Brown Girl Dreaming' by Jacqueline Woodson to get into this style of writing. The children will compare the two text types, write a biography of an inspiring person of their choice and then imagine their future selves in their future job and write their own autobiography. For the last couple of weeks of Autumn 1, the children will be delving into descriptive writing and poetry. We will base this on the fabulous text 'Coming Home' by Michael Morpurgo. The children will link this to art (which is often used later as fabulous Christmas Card designs) They will experiment with turning poetry to narrative writing and develop their descriptive writing skills.
As mentioned in English, the children will get the chance to delve into Boy, Brown Girl Dreaming and Coming Home. The children will have also used 'Archie's War' by Marcia Williams as their introductory text in induction week and as a great way to immerse themselves into their new topic. The children will also experience reading a variety of newspaper reports - some historical from the world wars and some very current, alongside biographies of inspiring people.
Alongside our fantastic texts, the children will hone their reading skills. We will be particularly focusing on developing their vocabulary range and 'stealing' great words from their reading. We will also focus on retrieval, summarising and understanding authorial technique. Year 6 children are encouraged to read every day at home and to share books with a grown up as much as possible. Our Accelerated Reader program is perfect for this and they will be encouraged to quiz on their books every 2-3 weeks.
Spelling will be taught using our No Nonsense Spelling program. The children will be taught new spelling patterns from the 5-6 word list, revise words from the 3-4 list and they be expected to apply this through all their writing and check their own errors regularly. Grammar and punctuation skills will mostly be taught through the text type they are writing about, what is relevant to that text type and the targets they need to work on. Earlier skills such as basic punctuation, sentence cohesion and using some varied openers to their sentences will be taught and encouraged from the beginning. The children will soon receive logins for SPAG.com which will vastly help them with SPAG revision.
In the first week, the children will start their maths learning with number puzzles and problems to build their collaboration, resilience and problem solving skills. This incorporates our Core Learning Skill this term of 'Learning with Others' but also enables them to gain and keep the very important perception that although maths can be challenging, it can also be fun.
After this, the children will start the Mathematics Mastery Program. Our first topic is integers and decimals where the children will develop their command and understanding of the number system. This incorporates place value, number patterns and sequences, rounding and ordering numbers and this topic forms the basis of the further topics to come. After this, the children will practise their calculation skills for all four operations and particularly work on their mental and written methods for multiplication and division. All of these units will incorporate problem solving and develop their reasoning skills. In Maths Meetings (which are 15 minute extra sessions) the children will hone their mental arithmetic skills to enable to them to better cope with the challenges of Year 6 maths.
It is essential that the children are fully fluent in their times tables. Times tables rockstars logins will be sent out and there are plenty of websites out there to help support them to secure rapid recall of them up to 12 x 12.
In theme lessons, the children will be studying the history of the First World War (which will lead into the Second World War for next half term) The children will get the chance to develop their historical questioning skills. They will use the internet, non-fiction books and some primary sources to develop their analysis skills and take informed notes. The children will produce a timeline of events and this unit will also incorporate geographical mapping skills as they map where the main battles took place and the countries that were involved in this conflict.
The children will try to understand the causes of the war, why it went on as long as it did and what it was like to live during these tough times, both on the home front and as a soldier fighting in the trenches.
The children will also use this opportunity to develop links with our community as they learn about our local war heroes in Binley Woods and surrounding areas and as they join in with the village service of remembrance.
They will also have the opportunity to write a newspaper report, write remembrance poetry, letters home and a descriptive account of life as a soldier.
In Science, our theme will be 'Light Up Our World' This theme builds on the theme 'Earth, Sun & Moon and The Planets' which they studied in Year 5.
The children will deepen their understanding of light sources and how light travels. They will use their understanding of night and day to think scientifically about how shadows are created and why. They will conduct investigations into what effects the length of shadows and which type of materials create shadows. They will also study reflectivity and think about how they can use mirrors to change the direction of light. The children will have the chance to make a periscope too.
Other areas of learning:
In physical education, the children will be studying 'outdoor adventure activities. P.E will be all afternoon every Thursday and delivered by a fully qualified sports coach. The children will develop teamwork collaborative and outdoor problems solving skills during P.E sessions.
This half term is a Design and Technology half term. The children will explore rationed foods in the war and develop their own recipe for 'world war scones' The children will design, cook and evaluate their product and think about how they could improve it. The children will also be given some art activities related to their other subjects. They will produce a water colour paint robin linked to Coming Home and a collage.
In Religious Education, the children will be analysing how architecture, literature and art is used in religions. The question they will be examining this half term is: Is it better to express your religion through art and literature or through charity and generosity?
In music the children will be following our Charanga scheme and the topic focus is 'Happy' by Pharell Williams. In this topic, the children will listen to the beat and rhythm, develop their singing skills, use percussion and finally present their own interpretation of the song.
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 and their first unit is 'Being Me' where the children will explore what it means to be them. What their goals and aspirations are. What makes them unique. Understanding the differences between their rights, wants and needs is a significant part of this. We will also develop the Core Learning Skill of 'Learning with Others' this term and our week Class Learning Forums will help us to discuss learning behaviours and their impact on them and the classroom.
The children will be learning and deepening their understanding of French. Their French vocabulary will also be linked to the work they do in their theme about the war.
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