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Class 6

WELCOME TO YEAR 6!

English

This term we are reading the exciting novel ‘Eragon’ written by Christopher Paolini and comparing the novel with the 2006 film version.

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The book tells the story of a farm boy named Eragon, who finds a mysterious stone in the mountains. Not knowing the stone’s origin or worth, he attempts to use it as payment to a butcher. A dragon he later names Saphira hatches from the stone, which was really an egg. When the evil King Galbatorix finds out about Eragon and his dragon, he sends his servants, the Ra’zac, to capture them. Eragon and Saphira are forced to flee from their hometown, with a storyteller called Brom, and decide to search for the Varden, a group of rebels who want the downfall of Galbatorix.

All of our writing this term will be based around this story. We will be writing film reviews, persuasive letters, character descriptions and end with our own fantasy adventure story, taking inspiration from the film.

 

Maths

This term, we are covering a range of skills in our Maths lessons including: rounding, estimating, square and cube numbers, number sequences, algebra, 2D shapes, area and perimeter. We will also be revising all areas of Maths as we prepare for our upcoming SAT tests.

Here are some websites that might help:

 www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/

www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/sats/

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/mental-maths

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths

 

***Our Maths Booster classes will begin on 17th January and will run every Monday and Thursday (until 4.00pm) until our SAT week in May. ***

Times tables

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Remember to practise your times tables at home using TTRockstars to help! On a Friday we have a times tables test with 100 questions up to 12 x 12. The idea is to beat your score from the previous week!

 

Theme

Our Theme this term is ‘North America: The USA’

This unit of work is Geography-based and we will cover the following objectives:

      • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities
      • Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night)
      • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region within North America
      • Physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers and mountains
      • Human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water
      • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied

Science

We will begin our term continuing our topic of ‘Light’.

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After this, our Science Topic is ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. This unit builds on the children’s learning from the Year 3 Rocks unit as well as the Animals including Humans and Living Things and their Habitats units. As such, it is important that children have the appropriate understanding of fossils, habitats and human development in order to grasp the concepts and ideas presented to them in these lessons. Children will learn about variation and adaptation. They will be able to explore how both Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace separately 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.

 

 

Art and Design/Design Technology

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Our Design Technology this term  focuses on Food Technology. We will be exploring the nutritious values of burgers from fast food restaurants and comparing these to alternatives that can be made at home. We will follow recipes carefully to prepare and cook burger patties and a range of sauces, ensuring hygiene and safety rules are fully in place. We will evaluate the suitability of burger buns and look at alternatives for those with allergies. Our topic will culminate in planning, cooking and evaluating a whole burger of our choice.  Yum!

 

French

This term, our French theme is ‘Where I live’. We will learn the French vocabulary for different rooms within our houses and the names of countries by parroting phrases and playing a range of games. We will use our language skills to build phrases and write short paragraphs.

 

R.E

Our topics in R.E this term are ‘Symbols of Faith – Why are they important to believers?’ and ‘Salvation – What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?’. Children will explore different symbols in different religions and the meaning behind them. They will then explore the film ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and find links between the film and the Easter Story.

Music

Our Music this term is focused around one song: Fresh Prince of Bel Air – Old school hip hop by Will Smith. We will be using our key musical skills of listening and appraising, performing, composing and improvising.

 

P.E

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During our P.E lessons this term with Mrs Barker, we will be doing Gymnastics. We will explore travelling, using core shapes, balancing, transferring weight on hands both on the floor and apparatus and make sequences with all of these actions.

Our Sports Coach will lead us in Target Games, including Archery and Boccia.

 

Computing

In our computing sessions this term, we will be learning how to use ‘Spreadsheets’ and will cover the following objectives:

  • Children can create a spreadsheet to answer a
    mathematical question relating to probability.
  • Children can take copy and paste shortcuts
  • Children can problem solve using the count tool.
  • Children can create a machine to help work out the
    price of different items in a sale.
  •  Children can use the formula wizard to create
    formulae.
  • Children can use a spreadsheet to solve a problem.
  • Children can use a spreadsheet to model a real-life
    situation and come up with solutions.
  • Children can make practical use of a spreadsheet to
    help plan actions.
  • Children can use a spreadsheet to model a real-life
    situation and come up with solutions that can be
    applied to real life.

 

PSHE

Our topic this half term is ‘One World’. This unit is based on the concept that we all have a responsibility to live as global citizens. It is inspired by the idea that we all have a responsibility to help the environment and all living things throughout the world through the choices we make. It aims to enable the children to explore the ideas of sustainability, the use of the earth’s natural resources and the harmful effects of global warming. In this unit, children also learn about the steps they can take to reduce these harmful effects. They will also learn about biodiversity and its importance and explore what they would like to do to make the world a better place.