Classes 2020-2021 -
Year 6 @ West Wick
Class Teachers: Mrs Coulton and Mrs Webb
LSA: Miss Hooper
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Home Learning (for all children) –Home Learning Term 3 Y6 Crew.docx
Remote Learning (for those isolating or in the event of a bubble closure) –Year 6 Remote Home learning Term 3
Knowledge Organiser Terms 3 and 4 –Year 6 terms 3 and 4 Who holds the Power KO
Key Information for Parents and Carers Information for parents and carers November 2020 @WW.docx
Who Holds the Power?
This term, the Year Six crew will be using Geography skills to look at where Greece is o our World map. We will the move to Ancient Greek and learn about the power this ancient civilisation held and where. We will study European geography as it once was. We will become familiar with Greek Gods and Goddesses, learning about the powers they held over each other and mortals. After examining how the Greeks organised their power, we will turn closer to home and look at how our own Parliament is organised.
We are excited to begin our new core text, ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ by Rick Riordan. This will link to our learning theme and will allow us to continue to learn more about the Greeks whilst continuing to develop our retrieval and inference skills. In writing, we will study the myths of Orpheus and the Underworld as well as the story of Icarus. We will then use these as inspiration to craft our own Greek myths and legends. Spelling, punctuation and grammar is taught alongside our writing and is linked fully, allowing children to put into practise what they have learned.
We will continue our learning journey with fractions and percentages before moving onto geometry (shape and space). We will end the term with ratio and algebra. New learning for Y6 involves finding mixed percentages of quantities (for example 32% of 80) and using algebra to solve equations.
Our RE focus this term is ‘Gospel’ from the Understanding Christianity unit of learning. Children will spend time examining the different teachings of Jesus and learn about how they are interlinked. They will explore a deeper understanding of the gospel as a way to heal the damage done by human sin rather than simply praising the good and challenging the bad.
In these sessions, children will be invited and encouraged to consider their hopes, dreams and goals. They will be looking to the future based on their current interests. Children will think about what they need in order to reach these goals. We will continue to use ‘real life’ situations and discussion to explore how children can best prepare themselves to reach their potential. Children will learn about the different ways in which Christians share this’ good news’ with their families as well as wider communities.
In PE this term, we will be developing the social side of physical activity. This will involve adapting rules, developing tactics and changing challenges within two taught games in order to explore different ways to succeed. Children will have the opportunity to work as a team in a ‘river challenge’ as well as develop team tactics when playing kabadi.
Our FUNs skills this term are dynamic balances and counter balance.
Why do we remember?
This term, the Year Six crew will continue to study British history since the year 1066. We will learn about the events that came together as the causes of the second World War and will use Remembrance poem, Flanders Fields to engage with the emotions felt by soldiers who fought for our country. As historians, we will learn about life in the trenches as well as key events such as the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk. We will then explore what happened next and how the effects of the war affected those in our own country and beyond. Leading up to Christmas, we will consider what a wartime Christmas looked like and will learn about the Boxing Day Truce. As scientists, we will undertake practical activities to explore heartrate and the effect exercise has upon the body.
We continue to study Letters from the Lighthouse as our core text, honing our explanation, retrieval and inference skills as we learn more about the mystery surrounding Budmouth Point. We will be writing formal letters of application to become spies for the M.O.D and using a short film ‘Replay’ as the basis for some action-packed narratives. Spelling, punctuation and grammar is taught alongside our writing and is linked fully, allowing children to put into practise what they have learned.
This term will focus solely on understanding fractions and decimals and the links between them. Children will practise ordering, finding equivalents, adding and subtracting fractions in order to build upon their learning from Year Five. New learning for Year Six includes multiplying fractions and dividing fractions by quantities.
We continue our topic ‘How should we live and who should inspire us?’ by learning about people in history who have influenced others, such as Rabbi Hugo Gryn, an Auschwitz survivor. Leading up to Christmas, we will study ‘incarnation’ and will explore further the idea of the Messiah, building on learning from previous years. Children will be invited to consider what the next Messiah will look like and will produce art work based on this thinking.
In these sessions, children will be invited and encouraged to celebrate difference and further understand what can be gained from the uniqueness that males up our class, community and World. We will use ‘real life’ situations to explore how we can best support others in being accepting and tolerant citizens through discussion and role play.
In PE this term, we will be developing our creative skills. This will involve adapting rules, developing tactics and changing challenges within two taught games in order to explore different ways to succeed. We will also continue our circuits work, pushing ourselves to improve on our personal bests and collecting data in order to use for our science learning later in the term.
Our FUNs skills this term are static balances and the seated balance.
Term 2 Week 2
So far this week we have focused largely on kindness, to support Children In Need on Friday but also to remember those who gave their lives in the wars we are currently learning about. We have been sharing small acts of kindness that can brighten up the day for those around us.
Also this week, we have had some real life practise using our oracy skills – children interviewed each other as part of their job application to join the world of espionage! Some of our children have a very interesting skill set indeed! We continue to work our way through fractions, building upon learning from last year which the crew are drawing upon very well indeed.
Term 2 Week 1
We have had a fantastic week back despite the looming lockdown. To re-engage with our learning theme, children were given mystery dates and even Japanese symbols to try to find out about key events that occurred during World War Two. We have seen some very comprehensive mind maps based on excellent research, detailing the who, what, where, when and why of these events.
In English this week, we have been particularly impressed by children who have internalised (learned) the text we are studying. They have done this by drawing out images to represent different words and phrases. See Mrs Webb’s Twitter feed opposite for some live action of this.
In maths, we have been delighted to see a much deeper understanding of fractions that builds upon the learning from Year Five. Keep up the hard work Year Six Crew!
Term 1 Week 7
We have had a fantastic final week this term in Year Six. The crew are really engaged with their learning in history especially. This week, we have explored the contributing factors to the start of World War Two by being historical researchers and then sharing links we have found between ours and others’ learning. The crew realised that without each of the four occurrences that they studied, history may have been entirely different.
We have completed some assessments this week in maths, spelling and reading. In order to continue to be successful in these, please encourage your Year Six member to read widely at home as well as practise spellings and basic maths skills using the websites and apps we recommend.
Have a fantastic break.
Term 1 Week 6
It has been another busy week. On Thursday we tackled long division for the first time and we are very proud of our children for how they approached this new method. Ask them about it at home! Some children even felt confident enough to become peer teachers and hone their own skills by explaining the method to others (see photo below). Also this week, we finished our ‘letters from the lighthouse’ written from the point of view of an evacuated character from our core text. Children particularly enjoyed tea-staining them to make them look authentic!
In our learning theme, we have been learning about life in the trenches during The Great War. Although at times this has been quite unpleasant, the children have reflected very maturely on how terrifying it would have been to have lived in such conditions and how soldiers would have struggled to cope with their enemies so close. We even used our outside space to map out an ally and enemy trench (girls verses boys) which were a surprisingly close distance of 100 yards apart. This allowed us to really feel what it might have been like to attack so close.
Term 1 Week 5
Yet again, writing this week has been fantastic. Clearly our crew are inspired by their Wartime learning. After reading an authentic letter about an evacuee’s experience, we have begun writing in role (as one of the characters from our core text) a letter back home to Mother. Below are Katie and Oliver’s first paragraphs which retell the events of the train out of Paddington. Both have ‘hugged’ the wagoll text well but have made it their own, using vocabulary appropriate to the character. Please click on the image to enlarge.
As you can see from our Twitter feed opposite, maths has also been a success this week with our crew demonstrating not only that they have mastered long multiplication but also their ability to explain themselves mathematically.
Please see the letter entitled ‘Term One Home Communication’ via the link at the top of the page. A paper copy was given to all children at the end of this week.
Term 1 Week 4
We have been most impressed by the quality of writing this week in Year Six. We have used a model description as a guide to innovate our own descriptions of some images taken during the period of World War Two. This has really inspired children to consider the structure of their writing and push for really high level language.
In maths, we have begun work on the four operations – not simply calculating but understanding the relationships between them and using this to solve problems. We really encourage the use of bar modelling here – ask your child to demonstrate or take a look at the examples on Mrs Webb’s Twitter feed opposite.
Also this week we continue to be historians and have looked at the time periods studied over the years and at where they fit in with our current history. First we did this as a human time line and then we created our own timelines of periods and civilisations we know and have enjoyed studying.
Term 1 Week 3
What another busy week it has been! We have whizzed through negative numbers. If your child is feeling a little overwhelmed by the Y6 maths curriculum, please ensure they are regularly practising multiplication tables facts, square numbers, primes and so on. This can be done either through the TT Rockstars app or using websites such as topmarks.com
We have begun our core text ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ and we have been blown away by the inference skills we have seen so far. Year Six have really thrown themselves into reading this term and we have seen children choosing to take books out at break. What a fantastic reading culture we have!
A mystery was uncovered yesterday when we learned about Queen Phillipa of Hainault who was in fact Britain’s first black Queen despite being depicted as white in many paintings today. We discussed the Black Lives Matter movement and found our children are very well -informed as well as compassionate about the lives of others. Below is a piece of beautifully presented information about her that earned Rosie learning champion this week.
Term 1 Week 2
The crew have thoroughly enjoyed our English and art unit inspired by The Lost Words’ poem The Kingfisher. After learning the poem by heart last week, we focused on the language and structure this week. As a class we created our own Rainbow Bird poem depicting the local heroes who have helped us through these tough times. Children then innovated their own poems about the tawny owl. We have also refined art skills by using watercolour to each paint a feather to accompany our Rainbow Bird display and children have sketched and coloured their own kingfishers.
Term 1 Week 1
It has been a fantastic start for our new Year Six crew. All children have coped wonderfully with the new systems and have set a great example to their younger peers. We have seen 100% effort from many of our pupils this week. We have revisited some basic arithmetic skills as well as key vocabulary in maths and in English we have studied a beautiful poem called The Kingfisher from the book The Lost Words. Below are some images of children performing them with great confidence, clarity and even actions in some cases.