Learning in Year 6 this half term:
We will continue to share Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom and using this as the inspiration for some of our writing including: story openings, story endings, writing from another character’s perspective, diary entries and descriptive writing. Later this half term, we will begin reading Skellig which we will then use to inspire our English. I am sure the children will enjoy this book as much as I do.
In the lead up to SATS, we will be refreshing the children’s fabulous grammar skills. In particular, we will focus on different verb forms, passive and active voice, apostrophes for possession, prepositions and clauses and phrases.
In mathematics we will continue to embed and consolidate the arithmetic skills taught so far this year: written methods with all four operations, work with fractions and percentages. This area of mathematics will continue to be the focus for our homework. Check out Mrs Marsland’s ‘How To Guides’ if you are unsure how to support your children with these topics. Additional copies of these are now on the website.
We will continue to develop the children’s mental maths skills. These are a vital area and any support you can continue to give your children, in particular, with regards to learning their times tables would be brilliant.
In maths we will be embedding our work on area and perimeter, calculating missing angles, algebra and working with percentages including problem solving. We will continue to develop our problem solving skills and the use of bar models to help our understanding of these types of questions.
Later this half term, we will be using technology to help to create some ‘How To Guide videos’ covering all areas of arithmetic which we have looked at this year.
Through our big question ‘How can following God bring freedom and justice?’ the children will explore and explain connections between the story of Moses and the concepts of freedom and salvation, using theological terms. They will begin to make clear connections between Bible texts studied and what Christians believe about being the People of God and how they should behave. They will have opportunities to explain ways in which some Christians put their beliefs into practice and together we will identify ideas about freedom and justice arising from our study of Bible texts. The children will think about ways in which Christians put their beliefs about living as the People of God into practice; for example, through the Five Marks of Mission, in community and individually.
Creative Curriculum (Topic):
Lock your doors and pull up the drawbridge: the dreaded ‘Great Pestilence’ is here.
During this half term, we’ll meet a strange character and use a range of source materials to research the symptoms of the Black Death. Our geography skills will help us understand how the black death came to Britain and why it spread so quickly. We’ll investigate the effects of bacteria on the human body and find out about disgusting and dangerous plague ‘cures’. We’ll learn about different social classes and understand the reasons for the Peasants’ Revolt. We’ll find out about the Black Death through history and make a timeline of outbreaks around the world. Observing live domestic rats will help us to learn about their characteristics and life cycles.
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