Autumn Term in Year 6 - 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 Autumn 2, we will be embarking on a journey through performance poetry. We will study a variety of poems in detail and we will then choose whether or not to perform in a group or solo for the annual competition. We will then be looking at a true story of survival against the odds – ‘Ice Trap’ - through which we will write a newspaper article and various descriptions.
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 Autumn 2, we will continue our studies of formal methods for multiplication and division, using our known times tables and number facts to support our understanding. We will then move into proportion, learning about fractions, decimals and percentages and their relationships with each other.
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. In Autumn 2 we will be continuing to focus on all living things, especially the digestive and circulatory systems and the associated organs of the human body. We will also be studying the parts of plants and their functions in detail.
We will be using Purple Mash to learn about online safety; we will learn about safe searchers, reporting worries and protecting our privacy online. We will then move on to using Kodu to create our own complex computer games by creating advanced code.
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. We will then move on to an in-depth study of World War 2 in which we will focus our attention on the Home Front. We will explore what life was like for children in London during this period.
The art curriculum will link with our Topic as we will sketch in the style of war artists. In DT we will be designing and making our own Viking felt pouches. We will also construct Viking long boat models and use different materials and painting styles to create Viking landscapes.
Autumn 1 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.
Autumn 2 is focussed on ‘Bacharach Anorach’. We will listen to a variety of Jazz songs to grow familiar with this genre of music.
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. We are welcoming the Magistrates in the Community into our classes to do a workshop on the legal system. We also hope to cover aspects of keeping safe online.
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. The children will continue to use the poem, La primavera, and the music from Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’. The poem is provided at the end of the unit. Through this they will learn what the weather is like, some Spanish geography, and the names of cities and significant landmarks.
PE will be taught by our sports coaches. This term we will be learning rugby and netball.
In RE we will be starting a study of Hinduism where we will focus on places of worship and important symbols linked to the religion. We will also compare and contrast religions we have learnt about in more detail.
Trips and Special Events
Wandsworth Test VR & NVR (Thursday 19th September 2019)
Year 6 Meet the Teacher session (Friday 20th September, 3:40pm-4:00pm)
Viking Workshop (Friday 11th October 2019)
Magistrates visit (date TBC)
Please make sure your child’s kit is in school on Monday. It should stay in school the whole time and only be taken home at half term.