Jaguars & Pumas (Year 6)
Teachers: Mrs Bone, Mrs Taylor & Mrs Durkin
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Bates, Mrs Connors, Mrs Slack
Summer Term 2
And so we reach our final half-term. And what a half term it will be! Our geography based topic is focused on natural disasters and how these affect people living near them. We will be looking in depth, at the country, Iceland and how a volcanic eruption changed the lives of the inhabitants of one particular island forever. In design and technology, we'll be researching; carrying out our own online market researching; making and evaluating iPad cases. This will be our textiles unit so we'll be making these from felt and practising our sewing skills.
And of course, we will be spending the remaining time practising for our Year 6 production in the outdoor amphitheatre, which we are all highly excited about! Please ensure lines are learnt and songs are sung ready for performance day. We can't wait!
If your child has to isolate in the second half of the summer term, we would ask you to go to the White Rose website, click on Year 6 home learning and choose any topic which your child feels less confident on, as we are revising a number of topics in school based on our class needs. Feel free to email school to ask for a more personalised idea.
In English, we are reading the book Floodland and thinking about how to change the ending. If you have a library card, you can join Libby, a free online service to borrow ebooks and audiobooks. From there, you could borrow Floodland and continue to read along with us at school, thinking about how the characters feel and how the setting makes the reader feel.
We will send you our Quest sheet on Google Classroom to allow your child to continue their geography work.
Summer Term 1 2021
Welcome back to the summer term. What an exciting term we have planned! As always, if you have any concerns, please email or telephone the school, so that we can help.
For the first three weeks we will be completing an arts based project based on Alfred Noyes’ poem ‘The Highwayman’. Please see the attached curriculum map for The Highwayman, which explains the different learning objectives we will be completing.
Our next topic ‘How has electricity benefitted us?’ is about to start and we are very excited to share with you the plan for the next few weeks. We are also sharing our children’s knowledge organiser which is full of the knowledge they’ll need to fully understand the topic of electricity. This includes the components of a circuit and key vocabulary terms. A copy of this will also be shared on Google Classroom.
Spring Term 2021 - Second half
We’re so glad that all the children are back with us for the last month of the Spring term.
Our topic for the remaining four weeks is ‘What’s Good for my Body and What’s Not? Within this topic, we will be looking at how exercise, healthy eating and the use of drugs, including cigarettes and alcohol affect our bodies. In geography, we will be finding out which countries are the most obese in the world and wondering why this is the case. This will all link with our maths work on statistics: bar charts, line graphs and pie charts as well as finding the mean. In our science, we will learn about the circulatory system and how the heart pumps blood around the body and we’ll be carrying our experiments on heart rate and resting positions. In our PE sessions, we will be completing circuits and transferring the results that we produce onto spreadsheets.
This really is a fascinating topic and we hope the children enjoy learning about it as much as we enjoy teaching it!
Covid-19 related absence and learning:
As we have entered a new lockdown and are moving to remote learning, please visit our Google Classrooms where learning will be uploaded daily.
Spring Term 2021 - First half
Welcome back to a strange spring term! Unfortunately, some of you are at home learning for the first half term but we are all learning the same content in maths, English and our independent learning of ‘How did the Ancient Greeks Influence us?’ This means we’ll all still be able to share our work and enjoy finding out about the legacy of the ancient Greeks, whether it be the Olympic Games; democracy from Athens; myths and legends or famous philosophers and mathematicians.
Our English and music work are all based around the battle of Troy and Odysseus’ journey back to his homeland of Ithaca.
In maths, we’ll continue to develop the understanding of the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages and begin to solve problems using fractions and percentages.
In RE, we’ll be thinking about why some people believe in God and others don’t. We’ll be linking this to our Greek work by looking at the Greek terms, ‘theist’, ‘atheist’ and ‘agnostic’.
Our PSHE ( Jigsaw) this term focussing upon making realistic goals and our school value for this half term is compassion. Can you fill a daily compassion calendar?
Although some of you are at home, we want you to know that we’re still here for you. Just contact us on Google Classroom and we’ll return your message.
Remember your 10 a day for good mental health and take time out each day to exercise and get outside in the fresh air.
We hope to see you soon. Look out for our weekly Google Meets and join us if you can.
The Year 6 team
Autumn Term 2020
Welcome back to St Michaels’ and to Year 6. What a great year we have planned for you!
We start the year, by learning about evolution, survival of the fittest and inheritance.
Children will also be researching why some animals have become extinct whilst others have evolved over time. We will study ichthyosaurs and make a green screen movie reporting on these amazing prehistoric animals. We will also focus on birds and how beaks might be different depending on how that animal has adapted to its environment.
In science, we’ll be conducting experiments based on adaptation and in English, we’ll write non-chronological reports about an endangered or extinct animal and study the life of the famous palaeontologist Mary Anning.
In maths, we’ll be looking at place value by comparing numbers, ordering them, rounding to the nearest 10,100,1000 and explaining how to multiply and divide by 10,100 and 1000. We’ll also be looking at the most efficient strategies for addition and subtraction calculations.
In computing, we will learn more about using PowerPoint, making a quiz with hyperlinks about extinct creatures.
We’ll also be learning to play cyclic patterns using African drums in music lessons and learning colours, numbers and the names of animals in Spanish.
We are all really looking forward to this first half of term. Our weekly newsletters and any information about our curriculum will be shared on Google classroom and we will be phoning parents in the next month to say hello, but in the meantime, please call the office or email if you have any concerns and we will get back to you promptly.
Each half term we carry out our learning through different topics. Click here to see an overview of our topics.