Welcome to Year 6!
Welcome back children and families! We hope you have enjoyed the Christmas break and are well rested, ready for a busy term ahead! We are so excited to enter the year and hope you are too! While we be working hard, we will also be having lots of fun to make these final months at Cranborne memorable!
Here, you will find all the information that you may need throughout the term: email addresses, resources and key dates. You will also find an outline of the topics we are covering in each subject.
PE days for Spring term are Thursday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor).
The Y6 team:
Please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher/TA if you have any questions/concerns.
Important/key dates for Spring:
Friday 5th January - First day back for children
Monday 15th January - Young Voices @ The O2
Monday 22nd - Friday 26th - FOC penny war week
Friday 16th February - FOC friendship disco
Monday 19th February - Friday 23rd February - Half term
Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
Wednesday 13th March - Parent/teacher consultations @ 5-8pm
Thursday 14th March - Parent/teacher consultations @ 3.30-6.30pm
Thursday 28th March - FOC Easter egg hunt and last day of term
Friday 29th March - No school - beginning of East holidays
In English this term, we will begin by diving into the incredible and magical "Invisible World" of the Spiderwick Chronicles. As a class, the children will discover fantastic and mythical creatures. We will begin by reading the fantasy fiction book by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black in which the Grace children get acquainted with their new home and the secrets it keeps. Using the non-fiction Field Guide we will then explore the goblins, trolls and fairies, entering a world we never knew existed! From this, the children will write a non-chronological report based on Athur Spiderwick's finding. This is not only an imaginative and engaging unit of writing but one that allows the children to showcase a more formal writing style. We will be working on using the passive voice to present information, parenthesis and subordinate clauses to add detail and effective vocabulary to describe.
Following this, in the second part of the Spring term, the children's English unit will be linked to our History topic - World War II and The Battle of Britain. We will read Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan and Roberto Innocenti. This is a beautifully illustrated children's picture book that follows the story of a child who experiences war without really understanding it. Rose, a young German girl, watches as the streets of her small town fill with soldiers. One day, she follows one of the many trucks to a desolate place out of town where she discovers the harsh realities of war. As this is a sensitive topic, please speak to us if you would like more information or to see the book. The children will use Rose's story to write a newspaper and a narrative recount.
As always, in the term Spring, we will continue to enjoy and engage with high quality core texts throughout our English sequences. For the first few weeks, our reading lessons will focus on comprehension keys and vocabulary acquisition, exploring how precise and effective word choices impact a reader.
In addition to this, each morning the children will be taught how to answer specific questions including those that require evidence to support their answer. This is in preparation for the SATS and we use various extracts from past papers to achieve this. For homework each week, children will be given an extract to read and questions to answer relating to the text. We will go through this as a class as part of our Wednesday morning reading session so please ensure your child completes this on time.
Whilst your child may be confident with word reading, please do try to hear them read aloud in order to develop fluency. If you can, encourage them to discuss their reading with you by giving their opinion on a character or summarising what has happened.
When reading with your child at home, you may want to use some of the following question stems:
- Find a word that shows/means/tells you that...
- Give one piece of evidence that shows...
- What does …. suggest about …..?
- How does …… seem …..?
- Which word is closes in meaning to ….?
- What impression do you get of....?
- How do you know that...?
Spelling rules and patterns will be taught weekly during specific spelling lessons and revisited throughout the week. The children will also be given spelling words to learn at home that are taken from the Year 5/6 Statutory Spelling list. You can find these words as a document uploaded on the right hand side of this page. We will choose words from this list that are related to our core text, and therefore expect the children to use these in their writing.
In Maths, we follow the Herts Essentials Scheme for learning. During the Spring term, we will work on consolidating knowledge already learnt. Our units for the next twelve weeks are:
- Order of Operations and Algebra
- Formal Written Method for Long Division
- Exploring Relationships Between Perimeter and Area
- Recognise and Find Angles
- Reflection and Translation
- Multiplying Fractions
- Dividing Fractions
- Fraction Problem Solving
Ratio and Proportion
- Statistics – Interpret Line Graphs and Pie Charts
- Algebra and Sequences
We use a mastery approach in mathematics, so the children will prove their ideas in different ways including images, bar models and representations.
Each morning, the children will complete early work. This involves the children answering arithmetic questions to help develop their mental fluency. You can help at home by asking your child arithmetic style questions such as:
- What number is 100 times greater than ...?
- Divide 400 by 8
- Subtract 70 from one million
- What is one tenth of 6.5km?
- Find the difference between .... and .....?
- Write one fifth as a percentage
- What number is 10 times less than ...?
- Find 3/4 of 750
- Round 342.45 to the nearest tenth
This term, our learning in Science will focus on Animals and including humans, specifically the circulatory system. This is a fun and engaging unit that the children thoroughly enjoy. Children will be taught to identify and name the main parts of the circulatory system and describe the functions of the heart, blood and blood vessels. They will learn to recognise the impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle on the way their bodies functions, planning investigations to test this. In addition, the children will learn to describe the ways in which important nutrients are transported around the body. To showcase their new knowledge and understanding of their bodies, the children will write an explanation text for young children.
Our PSHE topic during the Spring term will be around "dreams and goals" which is a great unit to begin the new year with. The sessions will get children to think about who they are and who they want to be. They are engaged to think about what they want to achieve as a pupil and as a person and will think about how they are working towards this.
Our PE Days will be on Thursday and Friday. We would like the children to wear their PE kits to school on these days. Our indoor PE will be gymnastics and outdoor will be hockey.
Our History topic during the Spring term will be 'How World War Two Impacted Britain'. The children will study the impact it had on children, men and women. They will explore the reasoning behind starting an evacuees program; looking at first hand recounts from families. The unit will also explore why rationing was so important during WW2 and pupils will use artefacts, pictures, stories, online sources and databases to find out about rationing. As well as investigating the use of Propaganda – particularly looking into biased and unbiased sources of evidence.
This term, our topic in Geography is Trade and Economic Activity. The key question we will be focusing on is: Where does our food come from? By the end of the unit the children will be able to:
- Explain what trading is
- Explain the difference between imports and exports
- List some goods exported from the UK
- List some goods imported to the UK
- Name some countries the UK exports goods to
- Name some countries the UK imports goods from
- Describe how goods can be the product of more than one country
- Give some reasons why fair trade is important
- Explain the term globalisation
This term, our topic in computing is coding. Students will be following the PupleMash 2code scheme each lesson.
Year 6 Teacher Assessment Framework for Writing
Year 5/6 Statutory Spellings
The websites listed below may be useful in supporting your learning this year:
- General curriculum - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
- General maths - https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2/subjects/maths
- Apostrophes for possession - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdsthbk
- Relative and subordinate clauses - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zsv6qfr
- Semi-colons, dashes and colons - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z92fhcw
- Simple, compound and complex sentences - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4m8r2p
- Direct and reported speech - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zm63c7h
- Ratio - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zqsjcmn https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zffq4xs
- Multiplying fractions - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z76j2sg
- Dividing fractions - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhw8wty
- Order of operations - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb48d6f
- Equations - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkkts4j
- Arithmetic - https://mathsbot.com/primary/ks2?fbclid=IwAR2YU1xeSMGi-ZNaLXeBdpamI6FLBB9bq3wOY0mkenrc5NEJIXlV2Vl1nPU
If you are unable to come to school, but are well enough to continue learning, please use some of the resources above. You may also wish to;
- Write a poem about the snow, using figurative language such as personification, similes and metaphors
- Use a picture and annotate with adjectives, expanded noun phrases and relative clauses
- Visit www.myminimaths.co.uk and complete one of the arithmetic papers - you will find the answers for the paper on there too. Check to see if you beat your previous score
- Log in to Times Table Rockstars to improve your speed of multiplication recall, Purple Mash to complete a comprehension and Mathletics to revise topics we have learnt recently (area, adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying fractions, long division)
- Follow this link https://www.literacyshed.com/the-images-shed.html to inspire creativity, writing a short story/recount about one of the images. There are questions to prompt your thinking.