Autumn Term in Year 6 - Half termly letter
We have started the term by using the story “There’s A Boy in the Girls Bathroom” as inspiration for a range of writing including writing in role, persuasive writing, script writing and diary entries. We will also have Guided Reading, spelling, handwriting and grammar sessions to support your child’s literary development.
In maths, we will be continuing with the mastery approach and focusing on place value (including, representing numbers up to 10,000,000 in different forms, negative numbers, comparing, ordering and rounding in a variety of contexts) and addition and subtraction (including mental and written calculations of numbers greater than 5 digits and multi-step problems in real-life contexts). In addition, the children will have weekly times tables tests as the expectation is that all children in Year 6 should have fluent & rapid recall of all the times tables up to 12.
In science, we will carry out an in-depth study of living things, specifically classification. We will create interactive classification keys using PowerPoint and we will learn about micro – organisms through scientific inquiry and planned investigations.
We will be using Purple Mash to learn about online safety and we will then move on to using Kodu to create our own computer games. We will also use Excel spread sheets to gain confidence in budgeting and planning.
Our topic question this term is: “What impact do invasions have on the world?”
We will learn about the Viking invasion in Britain and Ireland. Our historical learning will stem from learning about settlements, integration and conflict, and the effects of these upon British civilisation. Our geographical learning will be through using research and using atlases to explore where the Vikings came from and where they invaded.
The art curriculum will link with our Topic as we will sketch in the style of Linda Kidson, a war artist. In DT we will be designing and making our own Viking felt pouches. We will also construct Viking long boat models.
All the learning in this unit is focused around one song ‘I’ll be there’ by the Jackson 5. We will listen to and talk about this and other Motown songs, learn and/or build on our knowledge and understanding about the features of music through vocal warm-ups, learn to sing the song, compose, improve and work toward an in-class performance.
In PSHE, we will be looking at British values such as democracy and rule of law in conjunction with school council elections, house captaincies and prefects. We will be studying what it means to contribute to our school and wider community and we will be developing the necessary skills involved in being a valuable citizen.
In Spanish the children will learn to describe seasons using a poem, La primavera, and the music from Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’. The poem is provided at the end of the unit. They also learn to talk about what the weather was like.
PE will be taught by our sports coaches. 6D will be learning netball and 6G will be learning rugby. After half term, this will reverse. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.
In RE we will be learning about Islam. We will be looking at different stories and what they teach us. We will also be visiting the Wimbledon mosque.
Trips and Special Events
Viking Workshop (Tuesday 18th September 2018)
Wandsworth Test VR & NVR (Thursday 20th September 2018)
Year 6 Meet the Teacher session (Friday 21st September, 3:40pm-4:00pm)
Magistrates visit (date TBC)
Primary Proms Royal Albert Hall (10th October 2018)
PE will be on Tuesday afternoons. Please make sure your child’s kit is in school on this day, but it should stay in school the whole time and only be taken home at half term.