Year 6 (Jazz) 2019 - 2020
Dear Parents and Children,
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a good rest and enjoyed the festive holiday.
This term, as last term, the children will be reading and writing in many genres. They will study poetry, fiction and non-fiction text types and write in a similar style using appropriate text features, starting with The Spider and the Fly and also using Fantastic Beasts and where to find them and The Hobbit later in the term. When reading, they will discuss inference, the main ideas and summarising using evidence from the text, focusing on extending their vocabulary. They will develop their use of grammar and punctuation through activities in preparation for the statutory test at the end of the year and continue to use the grammatical features and punctuation in their own writing. Please support your child in learning their weekly spellings that they bring home.
In maths, the children will be building on their previous knowledge when learning about decimal numbers, percentages, algebra, imperial and metric measures, perimeter area and volume, and ratio and proportion. They will continue to practise arithmetic strategies, use written methods to calculate large numbers and use
their knowledge of maths to solve problems.
In science, for the first half of this term, the children will learn about variation and adaptation. They will explore how Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace developed their theories of evolution. They will examine the scientific evidence from plants and animals that has been gathered to support the theory of evolution.
In the second half of the term, the children will learn about how we see, shadows, reflection and refraction. They will learn how light travels and how this enables us to see objects. The children will have the opportunity to make a functioning periscope, finding out about mirrors and the angles of reflection and incidence. They will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate refraction, carrying out some fascinating experiments into the effects of bending light. Furthermore, they will have chance to predict what will happen in an exciting investigation into the visible spectrum. They will work in a hands-on way to explore how light creates the colours we see, designing coded messages. Finally, they will learn about Isaac Newton and his theory of light and colour, performing a shadow puppet play about his discoveries and ideas.
In history, the children will be learning about the Titanic. They will have an opportunity to discover how the way we live has changed over time and examine the facts about what happened to Titanic. There will be opportunities for debates and they will write about the past in a variety of genres.
In geography, our topic is ‘Raging Rivers’. The children will find out why rivers are so important to the towns and villages that have developed on their banks. By looking at the features of rivers, and the natural and human ways that rivers change over time, the children will explore the life stories of rivers. They will also learn the names and locations of the major rivers of the UK and the world.
The children should continue to use Sumdog, spag.com and Education City whenever possible as it will assist them in learning key facts and practicing crucial number facts, spellings and skills. The BBC bitesize revision website is also extremely useful to help the children to practice and revise. It can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2
Homework will continue to be handed out on Thursday to be handed in on Tuesday.
P.E. will continue to be on Monday afternoons. The children are expected to have their outdoor P.E. kits with them at all times. Please remove jewellery beforehand.
We are thoroughly looking forward to a busy and hardworking term. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to us.
The Year 6 team.