Welcome to Year 6!
This term we will be learning about rainforests for our topic. In Spring 1 our focus is on the animals and tribes within the Amazon Rainforest, while in Spring 2 our focus is on the threats to the rainforest and fair trade.
This learning will culminate in an exhibition of our learning at the end of the term, including our writing, art work and DT puppets. Parents will be invited in to look at our wonderful work and take part in an activity about fair trade.
In Literacy, the children will be reading 'The Jaguar Trials' by Ruth Eastham. They will use this book to infer about the main characters, as well as writing their own narrative. They will write information texts based on the rainforests they have researched, focusing on their use of technical language. Year 6 will also learn about the importance of Fair Trade and will write persuasive letters to encourage more supermarkets to stock Fair Trade products.
In Maths, the children will be learning about percentages and how to solve problems with these. They will also learn about ratio, algebra and statistics. We will also spend time revising key concepts such as place value - including decimals - and the four operations.
The rainforest topic will continue in art where children will choose an animal to sketch in detail and then use oil pastels to focus on different parts of the animal. They will also use this animal to create moving mouth puppets which they will share with the younger children in the school. In Science, the children are going to use their learning of animals in the rainforest to look at how they have adapted to their environment and special body features they have in order to survive. We will also listen to music from the rainforest and recreate this in our own compositions.
Our PE this term is gymnastics and invasion games. During invasion games, the children will be using all of their past knowledge to create their own games, thinking about the rules and equipment they will need to use.
Important Days of the Week
All classes will be trying hard to exercise for 10 minutes every day in order to keep the children physically and mentally active. Children should have their PE kit in school every day and should have a white P.E. t-shirt, black, grey or navy P.E. shorts or jogging bottoms, and appropriate footwear (trainers or plimsolls).
We've got such an exciting term planned for Year 6 revolving around our key topic which is Mountains. The children will get to experience the mountain range of Brecon Beacons in Wales when they attend their residential trip. During the trip, the children will learn more about the formation and environment of mountains during a mountain walk, go canoeing and caving and develop team work skills.
Our class novel is Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. We will be using this book throughout our guided reading lessons to develop our inference skills. We will also use it throughout Literacy to inspire us to write adventure stories. We will investigate how Michelle Paver builds up characters and settings to create atmosphere and use this when writing our own.
Once again, we will be using Times Table Rock Stars as a fun tool to help children recall their times tables with speed. Throughout the year, the class will battle other classes and the results of these will be shared in Celebration Assembly. We will be revising place value of numbers this term and the written methods for the four operations through multi-step word problems.
Our topics of mountains will be used throughout all our foundation subjects. In Geography we will identify different mountain ranges around the world and understand how they were formed. In Science, we will learn about the life processes of animals and inheritance. In Art we will study the Blue Mountains in Australia and learn about tints and tones. We will then use this to create our own works of art.
Important Days of the Week
This term, we will be having swimming lessons and learning basketball.
For their P.E. lessons, children will need a white P.E. t-shirt, black, grey or navy P.E. shorts or jogging bottoms, and appropriate footwear (trainers or plimsolls).
Children will be receiving homework weekly. This will be set on a Thursday and will need to be returned on a Tuesday. The homework will help the children consolidate what they have been learning in class and will consist of reading, spellings and maths.
* Monday 9th September - information about Brecon Beacons - 3:45pm in Osprey classroom
* Monday 16th September - Brecon Beacons residential
* Monday 23rd September - Brecon Beacons residential