Year 6 (Jazz) 2020 - 2021
Dear Parents and Children,
This year is an extremely important one, with children taking their Y6 SATS tests in the summer term, as well as preparing to move on to secondary school. The children will be working hard and at the end of the year, they will have opportunities to celebrate their time at Pippins.
The children will be learning all the areas of the mathematics curriculum and building on their learning from last year. There are 12 units of study which include: numbers and place value; mental and written calculations; fractions, decimal and percentages; ratio and proportion; algebra; measurement; geometry; and statistics and they will show how they can use and apply their knowledge to new situations. The children will be required to use their mental calculation skills in all maths lessons and it is very important that they know their times tables and key facts to enable them to use them in lessons. Further details can be found on the Pippins website.
In science, our first topic is living things and their habitats and the children will learn about the classification of living things, including micro-organisms. They will be put their learning into practice by creating a field guide to the living things in the local area, showing how and why each one is classified.
After half term, they will study the human body, identifying the main parts of the circulatory system and describing the main functions of them. They will study the impact of exercise, drugs and diet on the way the body functions.
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.
This term the children will continue to learn about programming and debugging computer programs using scratch and Espresso, and will be participating in a coding challenge during September. Using Scratch, they will be creating an animated story and using Espresso, they will be designing apps for converting measures and apps to play games on. They will also continue to learn about how to be safe when using the internet through discussions, scenarios and video clips.
In the first half of the autumn term, we will be learning about Islam and considering the key question, ‘What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God?’
After half term we will be studying Christianity and considering the key question, ‘How significant is it that Mary was Jesus’ mother?’
Art and Design Technology
In art, the children will be using a variety of tools and techniques to create images of fish. The children will explore the work of Alfred Wallace.
In design and technology, they will explore a range of structures before being challenged to design and create a model of a new playground. Children will visualise objects in a plan view and get creative with their use of natural features for their structures.
Rivers will be used as musical inspiration in our first topic this year. Children will learn to listen to changes in pitch, tempo and dynamics and relate it to a river’s course: wild and racing or calm and meandering. They will represent different stages of the river (upper, middle and lower courses) through vocal and percussive ostinatos, culminating in a final group performance.
After half term, they will be developing greater accuracy in pitch and control and identifying pitches within an octave when singing songs of World War 2, using their knowledge of pitch to develop confidence when singing in parts.
To start the year, children will be thinking about their year ahead and setting goals and considering what it means to be a global citizen.
After half term, we will be considering how people are different and celebrating differences, appreciating other people for who they are.
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
Your child will be expected to read at home every night and spellings will be given to children on Tuesday to be learnt for a test on the following Monday. Weekly homework will be handed out on Thursday to be handed in on Tuesday; however, additional activities will be sent home throughout the week. Some homework will be set through Teams and during the first week back, children will learn how to access and use Teams so that they can use it from home.
P.E. will continue be on Wednesday 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.
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