Welcome to Year 6
Mrs Willson (Pioneer) and Mrs Gulvin (Discovery)
Mrs Broom and Mr Mant
We are looking forward to lots of exciting and challenging learning opportunities this year. This may be your last year at Primary but we want to make it a year to remember. Every term we will update the website with key information linked to our learning.
A key focus for our first term is the global crisis of plastic pollution and it's impact on our world. This unit really encourages us to consider the impact we have on wildlife and nature all around us. This is supported through our English and Geography Lessons. Read below to find out more.
Using the issue of plastic pollution, we will be developing our descriptive writing skills. We will write descriptions of beaches before and after plastic and develop our exciting sentence starters. We will then move onto more formal, information writing where we will describe the impact of plastic pollution through infographics, posters and report writing. Finally, we will write a letter to the Prime Minister hoping to raise further awareness of this issue. This will challenge us to develop our persuasive writing skills and develop a very formal tone.
In our reading, we will develop our skills through reading of a range of texts, extracts linked to our topic. We will also start reading the text 'Wonder' - a wonderful book that looks at friendship, acceptance and bullying. This supports our PHSE work throughout the term.
Throughout the term, we will be continuing our work on spelling. Weekly spellings will be set via Spelling Shed and tested in class. See below for links.
The first unit we will be working on is place value- developing confidence with reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10 million. We will work on rounding numbers and exploring negative numbers. This will then be followed up by our unit on calculation, consolidating work on the four operations and then embedding new skills such as long division.
Throughout Maths lessons, it is key that our times tables are learnt. They support virtually all areas of Maths and quick recall of times tables will be a 'massive' advantage. All children have a log in for Times Tables Rock Stars, and throughout the year there will be challenges and Battle of the bands set.
Our focus for term 1 is Electricity and Light. We will look at famous scientists who contributed to our understanding of electricity. This will be followed by investigations into circuits and voltages. When we look at light, we will investigating the scientific understanding behind light travelling in straight lines and how shadows are formed.
As mentioned earlier, we will be looking at the issue of plastic pollution. We will first identify the main oceans and seas around the world and key marine landmarks. We will then explore how plastic is made and why it is so detrimental to our world.
Our PE units this term are Gymnastics and Hockey. PE will be every Wednesday and children need to be dressed appropriately for PE; this means no jewellery, watches and suitable clothes. PE clothes should be white T-Shirt or house colour shirt and dark tracksuit bottoms or leggings. We ask that no bright, wacky sports clothes are worn. Suitable footwear for outdoor sport needs to worn. Even when the weather gets colder, we still go outside so we recommend a fleece, jumper for those days.
Our focus for RE this term is Islam and how people show commitment to their faith through the Five Pillars. We will then discuss how we can show commitment in our own lives, and not just in a religious context.
Our music focus will be supporting our plastic topic. We will learn a song entitled 'Plastic' and then use to compose our own version, looking at how we can combine verse and chorus.
At the end of term, we will work as a group to create recycled art. Using reclaimed plastic materials, we will try to create a piece of art work that sends a message about the issues facing us today.
Here is the planned timetable. This may change but we will keep you updated.
PLASTIC POLLUTION LINKS
Useful web links