Year 6

Staff

  • Sonia Peacock – Class Teacher Y6SP/Assistant Head UKS2
  • Alex Vaughan – Class Teacher Y6AV
  • Debbie Jackson – Senior Learning Mentor/Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)
  • Tillie Muca – SEN TA
  • Sam Barber SEN TA

Topic
Our whole school topic this half term is Our World. In Year 6, we will be looking at the continent of South America studying first the various physical features of the continent as a whole then focusing on the country of Brazil looking at the Amazon rainforest and the hugely diverse city of Rio de Janeiro. See the Topic intended knowledge map for further details.

English
We will continue to complete our work in English through a chosen text. This half term, we will continue to read the extended text ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian which will consolidate our WW2 topic from last half-term. Using this story, we will complete short writing activities, comprehension, grammar activities and complete longer pieces of writing using a plan, write, edit sequence of lessons. Handwriting lessons and spelling lessons will continue throughout each week. Guided Reading will continue every day for all the children, and in these sessions Y6 children will also be looking at some SATs style questions and assessment papers to begin preparing for their SATs in May.

Maths
This half-term, we will complete our work on shape, position and direction looking at quadrilaterals, co-ordinates, reflecting and translating shapes before beginning our revision period which will include looking at some SATs style questions and assessment papers to begin preparing for their SATs in May.

Science
Year 6 will be completing the Science unit ‘Living Things and their Habitats’ this half term. We will be looking at features of different animal groups and exploring and investigating how living things can be sorted and classified.

Other Curriculum Areas
RE – Looking at the key question: What would Jesus do? Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st century?
Art –Looking at the work of Manchester sculptor Barbara Hepworth and recreating their own set of clay sculptures inspired by her work
Music – Charanga unit, Ukeleles or Digital music-learning to compose a piece using Garageband.
PE – Outdoor Games
PSHCE – Zones of Regulation and ‘Keeping Safe’ Computing – 3D Modelling
French – Manger et Bouger (Eat and Move)
Important Dates
Monday 26th February – Children return to school 8:45am
Tuesday 27th February – Y6 Trip to the Imperial War Museum
Thursday 7th March – World Book Day
w/c Monday 11th March – UKS2 Spring Assessment Week
Friday 15th March – Comic Relief Day
Wednesday 20th March and 27th March – Progress Meetings
Thursday 28th March – Yellow Day/School breaks for Easter 2pm

Curriculum overview – Spring 2

Empowering learning skills

Self manager

  • Organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
  • Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
  • Anticipate, take and manage risks
  • Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement
  • Respond positively to change 

Effective participator

  • Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
  • Play a full part in the life of the school
  • Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
  • Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
  • Present a persuasive case for action
  • Propose practical ways forward
  • Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views

Resourceful thinker

  • Think creatively by generating and exploring relevant ideas, and making original connections
  • Find links and see relationships
  • Explore & experiment with resources and materials
  • Ask ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what if’ questions
  • Apply imaginative thinking to solve a problem
  • Try different ways to tackle a problem
  • Work with others to find imaginative solutions and outcomes that are of value

Reflective learner

  • Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
  • Review their work and act on outcomes
  • Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
  • Monitor their own performance and progress
  • Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism.
  • Make changes to improve their learning
  • Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Independent enquirer

  • Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
  • Plan what to do and how to go about it
  • Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
  • Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes
  • Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

Team worker

  • Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
  • Listen and take account of others’ views
  • Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
  • Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations
  • Show fairness and consideration towards others