I hope you had a fantastic half term break and managed to have some time relaxing with your family. Thank you all for working so hard in spring 1. It has been a very challenging time and we appreciate how much effort parents and children have put into managing the demands of remote learning in the first half of the term.
Children’s wellbeing and their smooth transition back into school life will again be an important focus this term when all children return to school on Monday 8th March after the extended lockdown period. It has been lovely to keep in touch with you and your child in our twice daily Zoom calls over the past weeks, but we are really looking forward to returning to face to face teaching in school so the children can reconnect with their friends and engage with the exciting learning opportunities we have planned for the rest of this term.
Our global theme for this half term is Peace and Conflict
English and Reading
This half term, our core book is Once by Morris Gleitzman. It is the story of a young Jewish boy who is determined to escape the orphanage he lives in to save his Jewish parents from the Nazis in the occupied Poland of the Second World War. In reading we will be looking at a range of fiction and non-fiction texts about WWII. We will begin by looking at the key figures in WWII and the 1936 Berlin Olympics before moving on to look at the hidden stories of commonwealth soldiers who fought in the war. We will practise various reading strategies such as predicting, summarising and inference.
In English, the children will be using the experiences shared in the book Once to write their own flashback narratives, focussing on their use of tenses for cohesion. They will also be writing a poem, taking inspiration from Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’.
We will begin Spring 2, learning about metric measure. When converting between different units of measure, pupils will need to solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure including measurement, mass, volume and time. From week 2, children will be introduced to ratio and proportion before moving onto algebra towards the end of the half term.
In algebra, pupils will need to use simple formulae, generate and describe linear number sequences, express missing number problems algebraically and find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns.
In Science this half term, we will be learning about electricity. To start with, we will look at the dangers associated with electricity before creating our own electrical circuits using different components such as buzzers and motors. We will be investigating the impact these components have on the brightness of the bulb as well as comparing series and parallel circuits.
Our art outcome for this half term will make links with the children’s learning in history. Children will be using sketching and collaging techniques to create a portrait of a ‘hidden ‘ WWII figure. Their learning journey will begin by exploring proportion and shading by sketching self-portraits. They will also investigate shading techniques used by Leonardo DaVinci and apply this to their portrait of a ‘hidden’ WWII figure.
In the final stages of their learning journey they will create a collage background onto which they will apply their sketch.
This half term we will continue to explore World War II. The children will be looking at the topic of World War II through different perspectives with a focus on the ‘hidden figures’ of World War II such as the Jewish community. They will be exploring questions such as:
Why were these figures hidden?
Would this have changed the narrative of World War II if these figures weren’t “hidden”?
How has this learning journey impacted your perception of World War 2?
How may you raise the awareness of these figures in the future?
Children will have PE every Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child wears their PE kit to school on these days and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name.
We are very pleased to announce that every child now has access to an exciting range of online texts via Bug Club, a separate letter explaining how to sign in and access the platform has been sent to parents. Please check your child’s book bag for their reading diary and reading book. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in every day please. The expectation is for Y6 children to read for 30 minutes each evening.
Children need to bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day as the water fountains are currently not in use. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle.
Children will be given weekly spellings and either a reading or maths task which will link with the learning taken place in class. Spellings will be given out on Mondays and tested on Friday. The home learning task will be given out on Fridays and will need to be handed in on the following Tuesday. In addition to this, we have created a curriculum menu for the half term. Children are to pick two of the nine suggested activities to complete and hand in before Christmas. The curriculum menu can be found at the front of the home learning books as well as Google Classroom. We encourage children to take care with their presentation and use joined, cursive handwriting.