Pumas (Year 6) Mr Caple
There are some amazing topics to be covered in year six as we start our journey towards the end of key Stage Two. We are very much looking forward to a productive and enjoyable year with your children. We have a busy and exciting term ahead! In our class, the children are supported with their learning by Mrs Stubbings and Mr Hewlett.
Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any concerns at all about your child’s progress or happiness at school, appointments can always be made at the beginning or end of the school day.
Who is taking control?
This Unit is based on the idea of robots and machines taking control of humans. Pupils will explore the idea of control through study of electricity and robot machines.
A Voyage of Discovery
In this Unit pupils will be exploring how adaptation can lead to evolution, whilst recognising that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but that they vary from each other and their parents. They will also investigate variation in response to environment, Darwin’s work and how and why the human skeleton has changed since separating from the primates.
What’s happening now?
Throughout the unit, pupils will imagine they are the victims of a disaster and they have to choose items that will aid their survival. This will then lead to a discussion about disasters and the work of various aid agencies around the world. The theme is supported and developed throughout all subject areas. In English pupils will examine a report on extreme weather and sea conditions that the world has recently experienced - from hurricanes to tsunamis, to freak floods.
The Battle of Britain
During the Battle of Britain unit, pupils will take part in a recreation of an air raid practise as an introduction to understanding what life was like for ordinary people in the war. The children will then find out more about the war in their history lesson by preparing questions and then interviewing a survivor or someone who lived through of WW2. Aspects of life during the war will be explored in music, where pupils consider the vital role-played by music, focusing in particular on songs performed by Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn, and also in art where pupils study the influence of posters in wartime. In English pupils use their imagination to write about the life of children who experienced air raids and evacuation and in science pupils learn that light travels in straight lines through the context of a Spitfire pilot and what he/she can see through the cockpit window.
Who’s the Mummy?
Pupils will be visiting an “Egyptian tomb” and answering questions from the scrolls they find in the ‘burial’ chamber. They then study the different Egyptian myths and legends about how the world was created and the Egyptian gods, especially the story of Isis and Osiris. Pupils then create a family tree of the Egyptian gods and explain why the Pharaohs were so important. In geography pupils learn about the location of Egypt and its principal features, before exploring facts about the geography of the country. In art pupils will explore different types of Egyptian jewellery whilst in their music lesson they listen to Egyptian music and learn to keep a steady pulse to a prescribed rhythm.
Our next unit of work, ‘You’re Hired!’ invites our Year 6 pupils to consider various aspects of employment and enterprise: from personal employability skills and career prospects; to market research; product and service development; branding, marketing and sales.
Throughout the topic pupils will develop presentation and interview skills as well as:
- use persuasive writing and speaking
- develop marketing materials
- create an imaginary aspirational Curriculum Vitae (for 20 Years’ time when they are 30/31)
- research trade shows, careers, qualifications and interests
Term 1 & 2
- Robot Wars Day
Term 3 & 4
- Sharing Our Learning- Who’s the Mummy?
- Trip to The Houses of Parliament
Term 5 & 6
- Careers Day
- Residential Trip to Kingswood
In June the children will have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to Kingswood, Ashford for four nights. Kingswood offers a whole range of programmes specially designed to fire imaginations and stimulate the minds of children. More details to follow.
Our PE days will be – Monday pm –Outdoor PE
Wednesday pm – Indoor PE
Homework will be given as follows:
There is a continued expectation in Year 6 that children read at least 4 times a week to an adult, regardless of their ability. We ask that the children record a detailed comment about what they have read and that you sign their reading record once a week. We also encourage wider reading than just school books, please encourage them to read any text (book, magazine, manual etc.) which interests them.
In Year 6 your children will receive weekly homework, which will be either Maths or English exercises. It will be given on a Thursday and needs to be handed in by the following Tuesday. Most maths homework will be set online via their ‘Mathletics’ logins. Children will be given the opportunity to complete these tasks in school if they do not have access to a computer. Children are also expected to continue to learn the multiplication and division facts up to the 12x table. On occasions, there may be a small project based on a topic within school to broaden the children’s knowledge and understanding.
Spelling homework- the children are no longer sent home with formal lists of spellings to learn. They will however know the words they need to be focusing on from their work in class. They should also be learning key words from the Year 5 and 6 Spelling List.
English homework- this will have a focus on punctuation or grammar and will be set on a Monday to be handed in the following Thursday. This will be set by the teacher of their group.
Any comments you wish to make about homework can be written in their reading records or homework books and will be welcome. Children should only spend between 20-25 minutes on each piece of homework.
Children are also welcome to research any of the topics that we are studying in school and complete any topic-related activities.
Updated October 2017