Year 6 Curriculum Letter Spring 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome back from the Year 6 team! We hope that you and your family had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year. This letter is to keep you informed about some of the work that the children will be doing during the Spring Term.

Creative Curriculum – What the Ancient Greeks did for us?
This Term our topic is ‘What the Ancient Greeks did for us’. Within this theme the children will be learning about ancient and modern Greece through studying a range of different curriculum areas. Initially the children will study the geography of the country; this will include identifying the surrounding countries, neighbouring seas and oceans and making links to longitude and latitude bearings. The children will also have the opportunity to use ICT to research what Greece is like today and will then present their findings in small groups. The history and the legacy of the Olympic Games will also be exploredthrough comparing the ancient games with the modern Olympic Games of today. As creative designers, we will be learning to use different artistic techniques and specifically chosen colours to create Greek pottery as well as developing Greek masks to convey emotion in a story. Throughout the theme, we will also be focusing on a range of well-known Greek myths and legends such as Hercules, King Midas and the story of Pandora’s Box. There will also be many other Greek activities for the children to enjoy, including the chance to develop their musical talents through composing pieces of music for a Greek play.
We hope that the children are as excited about the theme as we are! Be sure to ask them about the topic as it progresses!

During this term, the children will continue to cover a range of different reading and writing genreswhilst developing their understanding of grammar and punctuation. Initially the children will bereading, comparing and analyzing a range of Greek myths and legends. This will give the children a goodbasis to be able to retell their own Greek tale. Following this, the children will have the opportunity towrite for a different purpose and audience by constructing their own information text documenting ‘Greece Today.’ Later in the term, the children will study a well-known poet, comparing and critiquing their poems.

Throughout the spring term, the Year 6 children will also have extra revision opportunities built into English & mathematics lessons in readiness for the Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) that all Year 6 children nationally will sit between May 8thand May 11th
2017. Before then, of course, we intend to give you further information about these tests and answer any questions or concerns that you may have. There will be a Year 6 SATs parents meeting on Wednesday 25th January at 6pm, a letter about this will be sent out shortly.

Throughout the term, the children will cover work including place value of numbers and in particular will develop a greater understanding of decimal numbers and be able to identify the value of different digits. They will learn more about fractions decimals and percentages as well as solving problems involving ratio and proportion. Underpinning this work will be a continued focus on developing and refining methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using formal written methods. The children will also continue to examine the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and develop vocabulary associated with these. In particular, children will learn about symmetry, measuring angles and finding the area & perimeter of shapes. Across all areas of maths, the children will have the opportunity to apply their understanding in investigations and through problem solving activities, often in real life situations.

In Science this half-term we will be finishing our learning based on how living things are classified including micro-organisms, plants and animals, and then moving onto looking at evolution and inheritance. Children will recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. They will also recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. A key element of our learning will base on the work of Charles Darwin, whose life we will investigate in greater depth, and identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

Religious Education – RE
In R.E. children will start by learning about the teachings of the Bible and how this teaching impacts on the way that Christians live their lives and practice their religion. Many Christian values, stories and personal reflections will be explored and debated initially before the children discuss and debate many key questions for the modern world. Throughout the unit, the children will be encouraged to express their own opinion as to whether Christianity is a strong religion now, giving reasoned arguments to support their viewpoint.

Physical Education – PE
In PE, we will have the opportunity to work with specialist coaches once a week. This term, activities will include outdoor team games and health and fitness, these will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. To ensure that the children always have their kit for lessons, we suggest that they bring their appropriate kit to school on a Monday and take it home to be washed on a Friday. Can we remind you that children are required to wear a white t-shirt and dark coloured shorts or a track suit. Please ensure that children have an extra pair of socks in their PE bag. Earrings must be taken out or covered, and as in school, long hair must be tied back. Children must have a change of clothes for PE, and not wear the clothes they wear during the day. If the weather is cold, they will also need appropriate footwear which must be different from the shoes that they wear for the remainder of the day. Can we please ask parents/carers to support this vital area of the curriculum by helping children to bring the correct changes of clothes to school for these sessions.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Our Jigsaw themes this year are ‘Goals and Dreams and ‘Healthy Me’. Children will be thinking about: personal and academic goals and targets; aspirations and dreams for the future; the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle, and body image and personal health.

Modern Foreign Languages – MFL
This term in MFL, the children will be continuing to learn about Spanish culture, in particular developing numbers 1 to 31, asking questions about age, learning how to pronouce the months of the year and answering questions about when their birthday is. To extend their learning they will be researching and planning a traditional Spanish birthday, including cards, greetings, food, games and singing ‘Happy Birthday’.

Homework – Year 6
This term, the children in year 6 will be receiving weekly homework in both Grammar and Maths. To support this we will be providing every child in Year 6 with a clearly labelled English Grammar and Maths Revision Book later this half term. These books will be used both to support class work, and as homework activities so it is vital that they are brought into school regularly. When homework is set from these books, the pages that the children will need to complete will be clearly indicated, along with the date that it needs to be completed by. Homework will be set on a Friday and the books must be handed in by the following Wednesday. If you find that your child is struggling with any of the activities, please do not hesitate to contact us either in person or via the Reading diaries/Class Dojo.

Year 6 will also be set weekly spellings to learn on a Friday. These will be tested on the following Wednesday and are linked to the KS2 word lists set by the government. A full copy of the word lists will be sent home again later this half term. Anyopportunities to practise and look at these words, alongside consolidating knowledge of maths times tables up to 12 x 12 would be very beneficial to your children. POWer Project homework will also be given out this term and will have activities relating to our creative curriculum theme.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Mr Thomas and Mrs Holdaway
Years 6 Teachers