In Year 6, we have been working incredibly hard all year to cover all of the fantastic maths topics we need to know before we leave primary school. Recently, we have been learning about the topics of: Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Features of Shapes, Degrees and Angles. In Summer term, we will be going back over each topic and furthering our skills to mastery level, making sure that we are all secondary school ready!
We have been working hard on our writing skills, linking all of our work to the grammar and language features that we need to show as good Year 6 writers. We have also been revising our knowledge of grammar and scrubbing up on those tricky spelling!
Everyone in Class 6 shares a love of stories and novels and we really hope that they go on to be ‘active readers’ when they continue on to secondary school. So far, we have read an amazing range of texts:
- ‘Why The Whales Came’
- ‘Where is Machu Pichu?’
- ‘Love and Roast Chicken’
- ‘The Legend of Podkin One Ear’
In the first half we will be exploring Evolution and how animals can adapt over time. We will study Charles Darwin and learned more about his exploration to the Galapagos Islands and how he identified the changes in finches. We will explore the process of natural selection and how adaptations can even happen in our modern world!
After May half term, we will be studying ‘Animals including Humans’. We are looking forward to learning more about blood composition, the human heart, the circulatory system and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Our exciting question in history this term is ‘Who was making history in far away places and how does this compare to Britain?’ We will be exploring the ancient civilisation of Baghdad. Identifying similarities and differences between life in Baghdad and London. We will hunt for sources of evidence about the House of Wisdom and ask whether London had a similar building. Linking back to out history topic of ‘medicine last term’ we will look at the influences of Al-Zawhari. Finally we will explore how successful Baghdad was in trading with other countries.
In Geography we will be exploring Algeria, identifying where it is in the world and what physical features we can find. We will investigate the climate of Algeria and compare it to that in the UK. An interesting fact is the 90% of Algeria is the Saharan desert, we will look at what it is like to live at the edge of the Sahara. Linking back to earlier years looking at the River Tees and the River Nile, we will learn about the Chelif River and its important rile in irrigation. Finally we will virtually visit the City of Constantine, also known as the City of Bridges. I am sure that the children will be mesmerised by the country, its striking architecture and dramatic geographical features.
In our art lessons we are creating own paintings linked to Tour de France; taking inspiration from local artist Lucy Pittaway. We will also be linking to our geography topic of ‘Algeria’ by creating our own landscaped paper collages taking inspiration from Charles Greely.
Our DT lessons will be using a program called ‘Tinker CAD’ to design and visualise their own playground equipment which the children will then move onto create a miniature mock up using a variety of hand tools.
Year 6 will be exploring a Gujarati devotional song with a melody based on the bhairavi raag. During this Unit, in addition to singing the song, we will learn about a variety of styles of Indian music, focussing on three in particular – bhangra, Bollywood, and classical – as well as composing their own rhythmic piece for drums and percussion instruments.
We will begin the term by exploring Paris, learning about the famous landmarks, then writing about them in French.
In outdoor learning we will be focussing on gardening. We will be growing and harvesting our own cut flowers then will get creative by displaying our flowers. In the poly tunnel we will be growing cucamelons and courgettes, these will be harvested for our Flower of Vegetable show in our Jubilee celebrations.
We are beginning the term by learning about our local Muslim community and what it is like to be Muslim in the UK. We will speak to a local Imam to discuss how worship is carried out in mosques local to us. After half term in May, we will explore how being Hindu affects moral views.
Now that we are in our final term, we will be bringing together skills that we have learned throughout primary. We will be creating graphics in excel, creating presentation and producing professional documents.