Year 6

Welcome to Year 6
June 2021
Our Key Concept: As our environment changes, do we stay the same?
Thank you for taking the time to find out about our learning in Year 6. In this half term we will be learning about the World as a 'Global Village'. We have commenced our learning this term with a focus on rivers and how they benefit the people who live near them. Linking this to our local environment, we will continue to explore the relationships that humans have with the environment around them. We are passionate about broadening horizons within our study, using this topic as a springboard to explore environments across the globe and identifying the similarities and differences between not only the physical features, but the relationships that different cultures have with their environment. 
In Year 6 we pride ourselves in developing our children as individuals that will grow up to make a real impact on the world around them. We are focusing on our dialogic and vocabulary skills in order to equip our children with the tools they need to express their ideas, opinions and emotions in a concise and articulate manner.
If you have any questions about the learning that we are doing in Year 6, please do make an appointment and we will be happy to talk any concerns through with you. We really appreciate the support that we are receiving from everyone at home and cannot wait to see how far we can all progress in the coming half term.  
Year 6 staff:
Nicola Barrett - Compassion Class Teacher
Sam Malyn - Wisdom Class Teacher
Corinne Williams and Sue Humphrey - Teaching Assistants
We are really looking forward to working with our Year 6 children this year. If we can help and support you in any way please let us know. 
PE Days:
Please ensure that your child wears appropriate PE kit to school every Wednesday and Friday. Compassion Class have one more swimming session (Wednesday 9th June). Wisdom Class will then start swimming the following Wednesday (16th June). The Friday session of PE will continue to develop our skills within Athletics. 
School jumper
White T-shirt
Black or navy tracksuit bottoms/shorts/leggings

What will my child do in Year 6?

As in all other year groups, Year 6 follow statutory schemes of learning set down by the government. Children are assessed at the end of the year as to whether they have met the ‘expected’ national standard. Our teachers will follow these schemes whilst also making their teaching personalised, exciting, creative and thematic.

The wider curriculum

There are many other valuable subjects and skills that are not assessed in the tests which many children excel in – and these are equally as important. In Year 6 the children love our history topics of World War 2 and the Ancient Maya and South American cultures.  The children get the opportunity to show off their drama and singing skills in our Year 6 performances.

The science topics in Year 6 have recently changed. In evolution and inheritance, your child will get to look at dinosaurs, fossils, genetics, Darwin and so much more. Other topics include the circulatory system, microorganisms, and light and electricity. Your child will carry out a variety of scientific investigations during all of these topics, building on the skills they have already acquired. Most children love practical lessons and the opportunity to use scientific equipment.

Moving on up

Of course, a big part of your child’s summer term in Year 6 will be preparing for the move to secondary school — a huge milestone in their lives. This may involve going to their new schools, maybe a visit from some of their new teachers, and shared classroom activities which should help with any concerns they have.

Your child will have lots of fun in in their last year of primary school.

Autumn Term. Second Half Term.
Active Planet
This half term we are focusing on our planet. We aim to develop a sense of awe and wonder about Earth as we explore, using volcanoes as the starting point.
We will focus on developing our skills in Geography during our Topic work, where we will explore the impact of volcanoes on the land and people who surround them. We will develop a sense of the key features of a volcano and will broaden our vocabulary as we retrieve information from across the globe.
The aim with our curriculum design is to create purposeful and meaningful links across all subjects. With volcanoes and planet Earth as our overarching topic, we will create memorable learning experiences that will resonate with our children and prove key points of reference for subsequent learning that will follow. An example of this is in our maths learning. We will be focusing on developing our confidence and fluency with the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and will investigate questions such as: 
How many nights hunting would a tiger have to spend to walk the distance of the Great Wall of China?
A Polar Bear weighs the same as how many average men?
How many maths books would we need to lie on the playground to equal the height of a giraffe?
Above is just an example of how we will use the context of our curriculum to create learning opportunities that engage and motivate our children. In English, we will be exploring the concept of reality vs mystery, exploring the question of whether something needs to be seen to be believed. We will be using texts based on Dragons and will be using the features within the text to create our own non-fiction text book full of information about mythical creatures that the children have created. 
In Science, we will be studying Living Things, focusing on how classification is used by taxonomists to order and group species. We will use skills that we learn in Science to classify our mythical creatures - another example of how we link our subjects in order to reinforce understanding and increase engagement of an idea. 
This is just a brief overview of the plans we have in place for this half term. The Topic Overview that can also be found on this page gives an overall view of the half term for your reference. We are exploring ways of sharing our children's work as we are very proud of the work they are producing and we want to build the sense of achievement they are feeling by sharing this work with people at home. 
Spring Term, Second Half Term
Where in the World: A Focus on South Africa
This half term has a focus on developing our skills in Geography. We are really looking forward to developing our understanding of the world around us by comparing South Africa with where we live. Our Key Concept for this half term revolves around the idea of perspective and prejudice.
Our key question is: Can you truly ever see something from someone else's point of view?
We will be covering lots of different aspects of our curriculum throughout this topic. The Topic Overview shows our curriculum coverage in detail. As always, we are planning to ensure that children can make links between their learning. Our understanding across subjects will allow for comparisons and contrasts, strengthening the children's understanding and reasoning. 
Autumn Term. First Half Term. 
New Beginnings
We are really excited to be exploring our topic of New Beginnings together. We have already covered lots of areas of the curriculum through many different contexts. The exciting thing about our planning this year is the child led element of our planning. We are allowing for lots of flexibility within our planning to follow the interests and ideas of our children - this is already having some really interesting results!
We began the term by looking at our new beginning and how we were feeling being back in the classroom. We have explored the continued use of propaganda as a way of spreading messages throughout the pandemic and have compared that with the propaganda used in World War 2. We have also explored the New Beginning that Britain experienced following World War 2 and have used our learning to help us create our own propaganda to help our society in the new beginning that we are currently all experiencing. 
We have explored the use of number in propaganda and have interrogated numbers to decide whether we think that the rounding of numbers in data is accurate or indeed ethical. Throughout our discussions this term, we have been very impressed with the maturity that our children are showing. We are currently learning about evacuation in World War 2 and the children are already drawing comparisons between this and refugees. We are really enjoying the learning journey that we are experiencing together and can't wait to see where this year takes us!