Year 6 class is taught by Mrs Claire Merrifield
Teaching and learning is supported by Mrs Vanessa O'Shea and Mrs Jo Leaver
Our curriculum theme for the Autumn 2 term is the ‘Valiant Victorians’, which we have based around the novel, ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. Street Child is based on the true story of the orphan who inspired Dr Barnardo to set up his children’s refuge. The novel raises issues of poverty and child labour which we will delicately explore through our PSHE/ SMSC lessons (personal, social and health education/ social, moral, spiritual, cultural education). By the end of this topic, the children will have discussed and explored themes like cruelty, injustice, resilience and humanity: skills invaluable to them as move towards the end of primary education.
Intertwined into these sensitive themes, the pupils will develop their skills and understanding of narrative and non- fiction writing by exploring varied sentence structures (including direct and report speech punctuation) and cohesive paragraphing. The children will use the genres narrative, newspaper reports and persuasion to enhance their literacy skills and knowledge.
In order to develop and enrich the pupils’ understanding of the challenging and demanding Year 6 maths curriculum, we aim to teach the some of the concepts through a real life context related to our topic. Therefore, the pupils will be planning and investigating the following question: Are modern day children taller than their Victorian counterparts? The children will conduct historical research – looking back through a variety of census information - ordering and rounding heights to a specified degree and convert imperial to metric measures. The children will pose queries and discuss theories throughout. Once complete, the pupils will interpret the data and represent their findings on line/ bar graphs.
The science topic this half term will be ‘Evolution and inheritance’. The statutory requirements are that children are taught the following objectives:
• recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago,
• recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents,
• identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
In History, the children will research workhouses in our local area and begin to recognise similarities and differences between the lives of rich and poor Victorians. They will also learn to recall influences and events within Britain and the wider world leading to significant turning points in British History, as well as the impact on the nation, e.g. Education reform during the Victorian times, looking specifically at the work of Dr Barnardo and Lord Shaftesbury.
The pupils will also study the great artist, William Morris and explain and justify preferences towards his style. After designing a sample of wallpaper influenced by Morris, the children will then go on to design a Victorian puppet theatre in groups and look at Victorian scenery and costumes.
In year 6, children still need to read lots! All children are expected to read at home most nights for 15 - 20 minutes either to themselves or with an adult. This could be their school Accelerated Reader book, listening to a story read by someone else or sharing a favourite book. All are equally valuable. Talking about what they have read is also vital to help develop comprehension skills. This is particularly beneficial to the children when completing their Accelerated Reader quizzes. All children have a reading record book in which parents, carers or the children themselves can record what they have read or make any comments.
All children have two homework books. Homework will be set each Tuesday to be handed in the following Tuesday. This will consist of maths linked to their learning in school that week as well as a spelling/ grammar piece of work.
In addition, children all have access to Times Tables Rockstars, an online site for practising their times tables.
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