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Year 6

We hope you had a lovely Easter break and managed to have some time relaxing with your family. Year 6 have been working extremely hard during all of their interventions, and we are very proud of the effort and progress they have made this year.

This half-term incorporates SATs week, and we will spend the first two weeks continuing with revision sessions in the afternoons.

Year 6 Summer 1 Global Curriculum Learning: Our global theme is ‘peace and conflict’.

English and Reading

This half-term, our core book is ‘No Ballet Shoes in Syria’ by Catherine Bruton. It is the story of a young Syrian refugee who has fled her home with her family and arrived in the UK to seek asylum. The book focuses on the key themes of her passion for ballet and the search for her father who was separated from the family during their journey to the UK. The children will be using the experiences shared in the book to write a persuasive letter to a prestigious ballet school as the main character Aya, focussing on their use of persuasive vocabulary and rhetorical questions.

In reading, we will be looking at a range of fiction and non-fiction texts about Syria and refugees from around the world. We will begin by reading about the Syrian civil war before moving on to look at refugees from around the world. We will practise various reading strategies such as questioning, making connections and inference.

Maths

We will begin this term by reading and plotting coordinates across all four quadrants. Children will then build upon this knowledge when translating and reflecting shapes across the coordinate plane. In week two, we will solve simple problems involving ratio and scale factors. Each afternoon, children will have an additional arithmetic lesson – focussing on fractions, decimals and percentages. After SATs, children will have the opportunity to capitalise on all aspects of maths to complete investigations – using and applying the skills they have been taught this year.

Science

This half-term, children will be learning about living things and their habitats. They will learn how to classify animals according to their characteristics and learn about the important work completed by Carl Linnaeus. This topic will continue into next half-term.

History/Geography

Children will be learning about the impact of human activity on the geography of a location, comparing it with Britain and considering the future. They will explore the physical and human geography of Syria before and after the war and compare this with the geography of Britain after the war and now.

RE

Children will be learning about Buddhism. The children will learn about the Sangha - people who follow the Dharma, the religious and moral law governing individual conduct for Buddhists.  Children will also learn how some live as monks and nuns, others meditate and practice Buddhism in ordinary lives. The concept of the five precepts will be taught to children and they will have to opportunity to make links with their own lives. They will also be learning about the importance of compassion and how it is modelled in the Buddhist religion.

Computing

Within computing, children will be learning the difference between the internet and the World Wide Web and will be able to explain the difference between a local area network and a wide area network. They will then move on to exploring search endings and discuss what they think the internet will look like in the future. They will also learn how to create online quizzes using a database.

French

This half-term, the children will be building on their previous knowledge by naming objects found in the classroom. They will learn how to ask each other for different objects as well as how to respond.

PSHE

In PSHE this half-term, we will be exploring the topic of ‘relationships’. They will be learning about what mental health is and how to look after their mental health. They will then build on this to discuss online relationships, thinking about how they can take responsibility for their own safety and wellbeing. We will be discussing vocabulary such as: worried, signs, anxiety, self-harm, warning and support.