Year 6 - Aslan & Gryffindor
YEAR 6 - ASLAN & GRYFFINDOR
CURRICULUM FOR SPRING 2
This half term we will continue our focus on History and World War 2. We will be learning about ‘The Battle of Britain’ and how it was a turning point during the war. We will also look at the impact of ‘The Blitz’ and the implications of ‘The Holocaust’.
We will continue reading the text ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne, while continuing to build core reading skills including vocabulary and word meaning in context, inference, prediction, retrieval and summary.
We will be writing a range of both formal and informal texts in a variety of genres linked to World War 2 and our core text ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. We will build on our writing skills and become more cohesive and sophisticated writers, to produce texts that are engaging and appropriate for the intended audience. Children will write both fiction and non-fiction pieces of extended writing. We will create free verse poetry and explore how vocabulary can express mood, atmosphere and feelings. We will be linking our non-fiction writing to our history topic ‘World War 2’, focusing on an explanation of how World War 2 began and its significant turning points.
We will be continuing to develop our number fluency as well as arithmetic and reasoning problem skills. Our main areas of learning will be area and perimeter, shape, statistics, algebra and consolidation of arithmetic skills. SATS Assessment week will take place in week 4, to ascertain the children’s progress in accordance with national standard levels.
We will continue with our study of Electricity. We will design simple series circuits in diagram and then construct them to make working burglar alarms. We will also explore the meaning of resistance.
Science Week will have a global learning link. We will be looking at sustainability across the school. In year 6, we will focus on the causes of climate change and the effects on people at home and abroad. We will also explore some ‘green’ careers and what we can do to help improve the environment.
Children have fortnightly DT and Spanish lessons on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Specialist teachers teach these subjects.
In DT, the children will continue to learn about mechanical systems that use cams, pulleys, and gears.
In Spanish, the children will continue to learn about the main festivals in Spain and begin to recognise questions. Following on from this, the children will extend their learning to the theme of holidays. They will research holiday destinations in Spanish-speaking countries and apply the language they know to describe holiday pictures and write holiday postcards.
Lessons will continue to take place on Thursdays. This term, pupils will be learning netball, gymnastics and focusing on fitness levels. Please ensure pupils have the correct PE kit each week.
In Year 6, pupils will receive English and Maths homework every Friday that must be handed in on Wednesday of the following week, which will be marked as a class. Please remind your child of the sanctions that are in place for non-completion of homework. In addition, pupils will be given a list of 20 spellings from the statutory spelling list each week, which they are expected to learn in preparation for a spelling test every Monday. (Pupils are expected to demonstrate learning using EdShed or, if this cannot be accessed at home, by writing spellings in their homework book).
Please continue to read regularly with your child at home, as reading regularly will help your child’s vocabulary knowledge, spelling, and writing skills. Furthermore, we ask that you encourage your child to learn their multiplication tables up to 12. This is an ongoing expectation until your child can confidently recall them in a mixed order and using inverse operations. (Times Tables Rock Stars should be accessed to help them).