Year 6 Information
CURRICULUM FOR SPRING 2
This half term we are looking at the natural world before the SATs. We will focus on our first Geography topic of the year. The main part of our half term will revolve around rivers and the wildlife in them. We will build work around the water cycle before working out how to cleanse water at the end of the term!
This half term we are going to finish off looking at the arithmetic test and covering the skills learning that were learnt earlier in the year. We will still stay in our split class setup with some children being taught by Mrs Reeve. The main topics being covered are: algebra, proportion and ratio and many many worded problems for the reasoning and problem solving SATs papers.
During English this half term, we are going to look at using the higher level vocabulary to improve all of our writing. We have used Descriptosaurus and are going to write open ended stories which could include a flashback or a foreshadow. We will also be focussing on the past tense, personal writing and diary entries.
Throughout English, grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) skills will be taught. This half term we are focusing on: clauses and phrases, spelling focusses and rules, conjcuntions, knowing the differences between subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions, we wrote in passive and active tense.
During our handwriting this half term, we are going to focus on extending our sentences recapping the skills that we have covered in the previous term. We are ensuring that our sentences are punctuated correctly and children are double-checking where capital letters and full stops go!
We will continue to follow our No-nonsense spelling programme which will continue to look at homophones, apostrophes, dictation and the sounds or spellings ough and silent consenants eg. thumb.
This half term some of us will continue to use Lexia daily. The rest of the class will begin to look at further reading comprehension skills. This will be a daily session where children will look at various question styles as well as how to solve inference questions. Additionally, we have a 40-minute reading comprehension lesson where we are continuing to learn about the different types of questions that could be asked e.g. retrieve, predict and explain. Focussing on the exam techniques needed to complete the SATs paper to the best of our ability.
We are going to look at the natural world and the cycles within it like the water cycle and life cycles. We will focus on categorising species and looking at how they are adapted and suited to their habitat - focussing on their evolutionary process. Next we will learn about the systems within a human and how we work before looking at how we affect the planet we live on.
In RE this half term we are going to begin to look at death in different religions-building on from the St Clare's visit last half term. We will discuss what they are and reflect on how we would feel if we followed these religions. We will discuss how other religions may see this more differently. We will continue to use the exploRE documents.
We will be continuing to look at South America- where the Maya established themselves. We will complete a map showing their location as well as studying the use of maps and map skills from the times that the Maya were discovered looking at grid references. We will look at human geography including the temple at Chichen Itza.
We have covered a lot of History skills and learning this year through the WW2 topic and the Ancient Maya so the children will be focussing on Geography knowledge this term.
This half term, we are focusing on drawings. We are going to learn how to draw the nazca lines in a one continuous line technique. The children will be drawing in detail rivers and water. The build up for the children will focus on sketching accurately (a good practise for secondary school) as well as retrying to draw a picture as best as they can.
This half term we are going be learning how to play netball. We will look at the importance of passing and moving effectively, working as a team in order to make progress together. We are going to focus on the importance of space awareness as well as shooting hoops. Learning that the positions have different responsibilities.
We are going to be looking at how to sing in parts as well as hold a tune. We will also be creating a beat to go along with our song using various instruments. We will use some technology to help us create an array of sounds and tunes. Learning to write music is a key step for our children.
We are going to revise basic skills including greetings, numbers and colours. We will be also be moving on to describing where we live using language nut to help us.
This half term we will be focusing on coding. We are going to be using swift playgrounds using simple codes following the apple program. We will then develop our games using the ‘if and then’ function to increase the game features as well as challenges for the user and the creator.