Welcome to Year 6
This area contains helpful information and reminders. It will also be updated regularly throughout the year with photos and updates about what we get up to as part of our learning journey.
We are a hardworking and enthusiastic class, who are eager to learn. We are very busy preparing ourselves for the exciting year ahead.
Year 6 Staff
Our class teacher is Miss James
Miss James enjoys going on adventures with her little boy, they spend lots of amazing times together. Her hobbies are baking and doing her nails, Miss James is also a qualified nail technician. She loves to work out to keep herself healthy, and she loves to buy trainers!
Miss Johnston supports us with our learning in class.
- To be resilient
- To develop independence
- To be kind to our classmates
You can find our more about our learning by visiting the Curriculum section of our website.
Click here to see our long term plan to see what we will be learning about this year: Long Term Plan
Science: Light. Throughout this topic we will be recapping what the children have previously learnt within this topic and expanding their knowledge looking at: how light travels, how we see objects, how the eye works, why shadows have the same shape as the object that casts them, including an investigation based on shadows and looking into how simple optical instruments work.
History: Ancient Greece. The children will learn about City States and in particular, the characteristics of Athens and Sparta with a focus on the role of women, Greek warfare with a focus on The Battle of Marathon, democracy in Ancient Greece and the significance of the Acropolis and to understand the importance and role of theatre in Ancient Greece.
Geography: Rivers. This half term we will revisit the main events in the water cycle, understanding that it is a close cycle that keeps on going, use the index in an atlas to find rivers, describe the place in which the source of a river is found and identify the sea a river flows into. and describe how a river erodes a river bank and how deposition changes the shape of a river.
RE: Domestic church – Loving. During this topic we will learn how God loves and cares for his people even in difficult times and how he loves us unconditionally – making links to our own lives and the wider community.
PE. This half term, the children are very busy with PE. Our PE days are Wednesdays and Thursdays – on these days the children are expected to come to school in the correct PE kit. Wednesday – the children will be taught PE by Mr Storey. Thursdays – The children will take part in a Wheelchair Basketball session on the morning and go swimming on an afternoon.
Science- We will be learning about classification. The children will learn about famous botanist Carl Linneaus and the system he created to group and classify living things, creating classification questions and keys of their own.
Geography: The Americas. – We will learn about some of the major physical and natural geographical features of both North and South America, including their climates, biomes and some of the New and Ancient winders of the world that can be found there (and around the world).
Art- we will be looking into collage techniques, using artist Gustav Klimt as inspiration.
Design and Technology- We will be researching, designing and making our own mechanical (moving cams) moving automata toys based on the movement of endangered animals.
P.E.- On Wednesdays we will be working with a Sports Coach on our invasion games skills and on a Thursday afternoon the children will continue to go swimming.
Science-This half term we will be learning about the circulatory system. This will include information about how the heart and other organs within the system work. We will also look into health implications such as diet and exercise.
History: The Vikings – We will explore who the Vikings were, where they came from and where they invaded; explaining why. The children will look at a range of artefacts and research their use of long boats and negotiations including Danelaw.
Computing- We are going to develop our programming skills using the Kodu programme. The children will investigate and evaluate the features of programming software creating their own characters, landscapes and set of instructions to control them.
Music-We will be learning about the music of WWII (Singing for Victory). Developing pitch, control and confidence when singing this genre of music.
P.E.- This half term PE will be taught on a Thursday by Miss James, then on a Friday by Mr Storey.
Science– This half term the children will complete their circulatory system topic, then move onto their next topic which is Evolution and inheritance.
Geography: Changing landscapes – We will look into the difference between weathering and erosion and the impact that these have on our coastlines. The children will explore the different features of a coastline and how they are developed, then look closely at the differences between coastlines in the past and what they look like now.
Computing: Bletchley Park– The children will delve into the world WW2’s Bletchley Park, understanding all about code breaking.
Music- This half term the children will be looking at a Classical genre of music. Creating compositions in response to an animation: Mountains.
P.E. – The children will be back with PE coach Scott on a Wednesday, then taught bt Mr Storey on a Friday afternoon. Over the half term they will teach the children basketball and gymnastics.
Science– This half term we will be learning more about electricity. The children will draw accurate circuits, using the correct symbols and explain about their components. They will investigate the impact of voltage and research scientist/inventor; Nikola Tesla.
History – This half term we will be looking at the Industrial Revolution, the children will unpick how the industrial revolution changed Britain, research what the key inventions of that period were and how they improved life, and what legacy was left behind from that era.
Art- This half terms focus is drawing, introducing the children to some key drawing skills including how to use graphite, charcoal, handwriting pen and ink. The children will explore both drawing from observation and expressive mark making. We will also be looking at the work of selected artists.
Music- This half term we will be fine-tuning our singing skills- literally! We will also become more confident at using and reading music notation. The topic will finish with us performing to each other!
Computing- This half-term we are going to complete our learning around Bletchley Park, understanding the importance of Bletchley Park to the WW2 war effort and to understand about some of the historical figures that contributed to technological advances in computing
P.E.- This half term we will be taking part in wheelchair basketball on a Thursday and improving our Rounders skills with Mr Storey on a Friday.
We use knowledge mats to learn about our topics and the vocabulary and sticky knowledge we need to remember after this topic.
Spring Term 1 Knowledge Mats
Spring Term 2 Knowledge Mats
My Body – Spanish
Summer Term 1 Knowledge Mats
Spellings and times tables are sent out at the beginning of each half term and will be tested in class on a Friday morning. The children are expected to spend time learning these. In year 6, I ask the children to read independently on a daily basis and complete their own reading record, these will be collected in and checked each Friday, this is also the day to change reading books if needs be. As year 6 is a transition year into secondary school, they are expected to complete homework on time and return it to school when requested. Consequences will be given for those who do not read, learn spellings or complete homework on time.
Maths and English focussed homework will be given out once a week and expected to be returned completed by the given date, the homework given will always link to class topics that have been taught, so all children are able to access. It is more beneficial that the children complete their homework independently, however if they are struggling at all, they know they can come to me for help.
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