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Year 6

Autumn Term 2022-23

English

We will be studying the following units which will be linked with our Discover project concepts:  fairness, fear and following orders.

  • Narrative: Primarily using Harry Potter, but also taking inspiration from Ancient Greece. The children will write a fictional description of their journey into Hogwarts before choosing to obey or ignore the sorting hat as they are sorted into houses. Children will also then write a narrative opening of a journey into the Parthenon in Ancient Greece. As part of looking at the Greek’s influence over modern society, we will also be writing narrative play scripts. Children will also rewrite a chapter of Harry Potter where the characters make key decisions.
  • Non Fiction: The children will be asked to write in a variety of styles inspired by their detailed project lessons and will be writing in different genres:
  • Diary:  Your child will write multiple diary entries from the perspective of characters in Harry Potter following decisions to other obey or ignore instructions.
  • Non-chronological report:  Following the wealth of knowledge that has been learnt over the term, your children will then produce a report on any particular aspect of the Ancient Greeks, including wonderful writing techniques and vocabulary as well as factually accurate historical information.
  • Poetry – Children will write a wide variety of poetry styles.

They will also be asked to develop the following skills in their writing:

  • Vocabulary – To improve their word choices and become more specific in their selection.
  • Conjunctions – Writing sentences in a variety of different ways.
  • Openers – how to start sentences in different ways to keep the reader interested.
  • Punctuation – working towards being able to use a full range of punctuation accurately.

Maths

We will be teaching the pupils a mastery approach in maths where they will become increasingly fluent in arithmetic challenges as well as focusing on their reasoning and problem solving skills.  All of the lessons taught comprise of Bronze, Silver and Gold challenges where pupils will get the opportunity to further deepen their understanding of the areas taught.  Pupils will have access to concrete resources (eg counters, base 10, numicon) as well as pictorial (eg drawing representations) and abstract approaches to support their learning.  The objectives covered all come from the National Curriculum.  This term they include:

Number and place value:  

Read, write, order and compare numbers up to ten million.

Round any whole.

Use negative numbers.

Solve number and practical.

Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division:

Multiply multi digit numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number.

Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number.

Interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions or by rounding.

Perform mental calculations.

Identify common factors, multiples and prime numbers.

Use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving 4 operations.

Solve multi step problems.

Use estimations to check answers. 

 

Science

 

Children will carry out a range of activities linked to our Ancient Greece (Is life easier when we do as we’re told?) topic. They will develop ways of working scientifically through research, pattern spotting, classifying, making models and planning fair tests.

To start with in the first half term, the children will learn about light. During the second half term, the children will learn about evolution and adaptation. The children will also learn about famous scientists who have studied within these areas.

DISCOVERY PROJECT:

“IS LIFE EASIER WHEN WE DO WHAT WE ARE TOLD?”

Our project for this term is The Ancient Greeks.  We will be discussing the concepts of democracy and government, and how it was used within Ancient Greece as well as making links to the wider world we know today.  Your children will be discussing and debating what impact democracy can have on the concepts of fairness, free will and individuality.  As good historians they will be analysing and questioning primary and secondary sources, interpreting bias and constructing timelines of key events including: the beginning of Greece; the battle of Marathon; the invasion of Greece by Persia; founding of the Olympic games; war between different Greek city states; the establishing of the first Athenian democracy; impact of the Greeks on modern civilisation and the fall of Ancient Greece.

Throughout the project, we will be making links to our project question and analysing how giving everyone a voice influenced the lives of Ancient Greeks. We will also be using these concepts to make cross-curricular links in Geography, Art and design, Design Technology, RE and Science.  By the end of the autumn term, your child will be a critical-thinking historian who will be able to impart key knowledge to amaze you and all the family!

 

How can you help your child?

  • English homework is project-based.  Your child will be given a selection of tasks to choose from.  They will be given a longer period of time to complete these which will be made clear by the class teacher.
  • Maths homework is given out on Friday and should be handed in by Tuesday.   Please support your child in completing their homework which will usually consolidate the current week’s learning.  It would be helpful for us if you could add a comment to tell us how your child found the homework.  We would also encourage your child to do the same.
  • PE Kit - Please ensure that your child arrives in their PE kit on relevant days. Mr Mason’s class: PE: Monday and Friday.  Mrs Robinson’s class: PE: Tuesday and Friday.  Mr Hands’ class: PE: Monday and Friday.  During the winter, your child should wear jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt or similar, for outdoor games.
  • Swimming – Swimming will take place every Friday during the autumn term.
  • Spellings and tables - quick recall and accuracy in these areas benefit your child in many ways.  Please keep regularly practising these essential skills with your child.  Spellings will be sent home with children each Friday before being tested the following week.  Display trickier words and times table calculations around the house.  Times tables will be practised in school using our Tackling Tables cards and online using www.ttrockstars.com  Please support your children with their tables as much as possible. 
  • Reading – we encourage you to sit with and hear your child read as often as possible