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Year 6

Summer Term 2021

Along with a focus on reading comprehension and grammar we are putting an even greater emphasis this term on independent writing. We will base our writing on a whole range of different texts and stories and will further develop a range of writing styles, including non-chronological reports, explanation texts, instructional texts as well as narratives and poetry. Meanwhile we are continuing with weekly spelling tests, helping the children develop different strategies for accurately spelling tricky words.

During the summer term we are adopting a balanced coverage of arithmetic, problem solving and applying calculations.  We will continue by preparing the children for Year 7 by ensuring they are able to use quick, compact and reliable methods of calculation. There will also be time to develop a range of strategies for reasoning questions, giving the children a toolkit for looking at problems. This includes trial and error, the application of different areas of Maths and identifying patterns in numbers.


Our Science themes this term are Earth and Space and will include an in depth look at the solar system. We will look at the scale of the planets and the relative size and position of each. We will also consider ways in which we can prove the shape of the Earth as well as the way in which its orbit and motion affects the seasons and night and day. There will also be an opportunity to learn why there are different amounts of daylight at different points in the year.


Our Topic lessons have a history focus as we look at ancient civilization and ancient worlds. We will compare the way in which ancient peoples such as the Ancient Greeks lived and consider how these differ from our own way of life. We will develop our skills in research and self-directed learning to build up our knowledge. After half term we will begin a Geographical study of Mexico, looking at its physical and human features. We will also consider its position within the South American continent.


This term we will look at the “Blues” genre of music. Pupils will listen to examples of music and how they have been composed, whilst understanding the cultural and historical influences on the style. We will break down the music and learn to play chords, a walking bass, and also improvise using a “Blues Scale”, using keyboards.  The children will perform on their own, as well as in a group, listening to each other and developing their ensemble skills. We will also compose our own lyrics in the style of the Blues, reflecting on current social issues, using music technology.


Our RE focus this term is Islam and we will begin by considering why Muslims call Muhammad the messenger of God. We will move on to studying the way in which the Qur’an is so fundamental to a Muslim’s belief and the part that the holy book plays in the religion. We will also take a more detailed look at the stories about Muhammad and consider the lessons these teach Muslims for their everyday lives.


Our lessons in personal, social and health education will this term cover the kinds of risks we take as we get older and gain more independence. This involves categorising risks as either positive or negative and considering possible implications before deciding how to behave. We are also investigating safer lifestyles, taking in road safety and also the risks of going near railway lines and open water. Finally, we will look at ways to promote healthy lifestyles, thinking about the food we eat and the exercise we take.


Many of our Art lessons this term link to our topic of Ancient Worlds. As a result, we will enjoy a truly global tour, taking inspiration from techniques and works from all around the world. These include Greek mosaics, Japanese Tie Dye, Aztec patterns and art inspired by ancient myths. Among the other highlights are Greek column art, Greek vases and contemporary Mexican art.


We will be developing our hand-eye co-ordination this term, improving our ability to throw, catch and work as a team. This includes playing games of cricket and rounders. Meanwhile we will focus on gymnastics and athletics, with our fingers crossed that Sports Day can go ahead this year as planned!


Our Design Technology unit this term will give us the chance to create our own Greek shoes. The process will begin with a close look at the styles of Greek shoes before going through the design, manufacture and assessment process. We will then look at ways of improving our final product.


In Computing we will again recap on the ways of staying safe online, considering our digital footprint and the importance of considering which kinds of information we put onto websites and social media. We will then move on to developing our skills in multi-media authoring, considering the ways in which we can impart knowledge and information using digital media. This will include considering the use of video, text, graphics and audio as well as creating interactive content.

Modern Foreign Languages.

The children will develop their knowledge of the French language and culture this term. We will look at a range of new vocabulary while also practising our conversational French, listening and responding using the words we have learned.