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Year 6

Autumn Term 2022


This term we are focussing on the four operations, ensuring the children can use written methods to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  We are then applying these skills to worded problems, solving increasingly complex problems. We will also be honing the children’s skills in fractions, percentages and decimals and also look at the use of Roman numerals. Our Maths work will also include a look at time, converting analogue and digital times as well as skills in looking at timetables and finding information quickly and accurately.


There is a lot to learn and develop in Literacy this term including grammar, punctuation and spelling, handwriting, reading comprehension as well as, of course, writing.  We are using a range of texts as a source of inspiration, to help spark our imaginations. We will develop ways of writing in different genres and for different audiences. This will help each child to build up a portfolio of writing to demonstrate and celebrate what they can do. There will be a big focus on developing the children’s reading skills. These include retrieval, summary and inference skills.


In Science this term we are looking at forces and what causes an object to start moving, stop moving, speed up, slow down or change direction. We will investigate gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. In addition, we will research how the work of scientists such as Galileo and Newton helped to develop the theory of gravity. The lessons will be hands on and will give children the opportunity to work scientifically to investigate a range of theories and ideas.


Our Topic lessons will begin with an in depth study of the Ancient Egyptians, considering their place in history and investigating the way of life for both rich and poor citizens. After half term we are moving onto a Geography unit, using Cambridge as a case study. This will include different types of map work, identifying places and environments. We will also use the 8 compass points and sketch a map using symbols and a key. Pupils will also be asked to select a map for a specific purpose.


This term year 6 will look at “Music and the Sea”. They will look at how the “key” of a piece of music (Major / minor) affects the emotion of the music, and compose their own pieces to represent sea stories. Through the use of singing and keyboards, students will perform some traditional “Sea Shanties”, and will listen to some of these as well as orchestral music that represents the power of the ocean. Students will understand why music was written, and its purpose, as well as social and contextual influences on it at the time.


We begin our RE focus this term by looking at the way that Buddhists look to their beliefs to teach them how to behave. This includes learning about the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. We will then look at the idea of karma and rebirth and how Buddhists try to reach a state of enlightenment.  We will then investigate the places where Buddhists worship and what you could expect to find in their temples.


Our lessons in personal, social and health education will this term cover rights, rules and responsibilities, considering how we conduct ourselves both in and out of school. We will then move on to understanding and managing our emotions before working on a unit covering anti-bullying. This includes recognising what bullying is and how to deal with it in a constructive way.


Our Art lessons will begin with a distinctive Egyptian theme, focusing on hieroglyphics and cartouches. We will use this method of communication to write our own messages. We will then recreate an Egyptian mural through the use of printing and stamping. The children will also have the chance to create their own Egyptian jewellery before moving on to using clay and recreating ancient canopic jars.


Our PE lessons will provide opportunities to develop our skills in tag rugby, football and netball. We will practice and improve our individual technical skills while also considering ways to improve teamwork through communication and team tactics. Meanwhile, for indoor PE we will work on our fitness and consider a variety of ways to improve it. This will include thinking about the different forms of exercises to ensure a balanced routine.  


In our Design Technology unit this term we will be creating Egyptian bread. We will start by researching different types of bread and the way they are made for different meals. Our focus will then move on to the type of bread baked during Ancient Egyptian times before designing and making our own version. We will then evaluate the success of our creations with a taste test!


Beginning with a refresher on the importance of e-safety, the children will move on to looking at Computer Systems and Networks. This will of course focus on the Internet, working to understand how data is passed around the world. We will also investigate ways that websites are ranked on Google searches. Our work will then move to the world of computer aided design, creating 3D models using a program called Tinkercad.