We hope you enjoyed the half term and were able to enjoy the long awaited sunshine with your family and friends.
The Y6 team were very proud of all the learning completed during the first part of the summer term, including a prequel narrative as well as Islamic mosaic tiles using a variety of mediums such as printing, acrylic paint and oil pastels.
Please see Diary Dates listed below for all of the exciting activities and events that we have planned for Y6 in their final weeks at primary school!
English and Reading
This half term, we are continuing with our core book is No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton. We will be producing a newspaper report based on the 2020 Syrian war ceasefire, children will need to identify the 5 w’s (who, what, where, when and why), revise how to write direct and reported speech and produce suitable headlines. We will finish the half term by producing a persuasive leaflet for prospective pupils and parents about our school. In whole class reading we will continue to read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts with a particular focus on the reading strategies of evaluating language and inference.
After completing assessment week in the first week back, children will continue the angles topic we started last half term. Children will be calculating missing angles within triangles as well as a range of different quadrilaterals. We will then move onto revising fractions to ensure pupils are secure in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions as well as finding fractions of amounts. At the end of the half term we will complete a range of investigations. Children will continue to apply their knowledge of number, calculations and fractions, decimals and percentages in the weekly mental arithmetic tests to ensure they are secondary school ready.
For the next 2 weeks children will be taking part in ‘Arts Fortnight’ with a focus on graffiti art, using Banksy as a stimulus. Children will plan and produce their own coloured background and stencil around the theme of ‘Choose Love’, a charity that supports refugees. They will then use spray paints to create their own graffiti outcome. In addition to this, as part of our whole school outcome, children will be sketching their eyes onto a wooden block and then use the medium of acrylic paint to bring their eyes to life. These will then be displayed in the school hall.
Within computing, children will focus on online safety this half term. They will begin by identifying the benefits and risks of having mobile devices and the sharing of personal information online. They will then review the meaning of a digital footprint and have a clear idea of appropriate online behaviour and how this can protect themselves and others from possible online dangers, bullying and inappropriate behaviour. We will also discuss the importance of balancing game and screen time with other parts of their lives.
Our topic this half term is ‘Changing Me’ and we will cover the following areas:
My Self Image
- be aware of my own self-image and how my body image fits into that
- know how to develop my own self esteem
- explain how girls’ and boys’ bodies change during puberty and understand the importance of looking after myself physically and emotionally
- express how I feel about the changes that will happen to me during puberty
Babies – Conception to Birth
- describe how a baby develops from conception through the nine months of pregnancy, and how it is born
- recognise how I feel when I reflect on the development and birth of a baby
- know myself well enough to maintain positive relationships with others whilst still keeping my own identity
- be assertive when appropriate
Vocabulary: hormones, penis, vagina, semen, menstruation, womb, pregnancy, embryo
foetus, placenta, umbilical cord, labour and midwife.
We will be teaching the boys and girls separately as we feel that the children are more likely to engage in discussions and ask questions.
We would recommend the books by Susan Meridith, which are pictured below, if you are looking to discuss these topics before or after they are taught in school. If you have any questions about the topics that are being taught we would be more than happy to discuss this with you.
Children will have PE every Monday morning and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on these days and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name.
Please ensure your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day, either independently or aloud and continue to comment in your child’s reading record book. Children can also access Bug Club for a range of texts to read online if they so wish.
Children should bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day as our water fountains are out of use. Please make sure your child’s bottle is clearly labelled with their name and class. Now that we are in the summer months please ensure your child comes to school wearing sun cream and a hat/cap.
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.