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Year 6

Spring Term 2023 


In the run up to the SATS in May we are focussing on our problem-solving skills and ensuring the children have all the strategies they need to tackle more complex questions. Written methods remain a focus and we are working hard on practising the strategies that are both quick and accurate. Number and calculation work remain a key to both problem solving and arithmetic and we are making sure that they remain at the heart of our teaching this term. We are working hard to fill any gaps in the children’s knowledge to help them with their transition to secondary school in September.


We are continuing to build up a range of different writing styles to suit different genres and purposes. We are linking with our Topic work by using books and stories about travel and different places in the world as an inspiration for our writing. There are even more opportunities to write independently this term covering all manner of writing styles. We are also looking at spelling patterns and our use of grammar and punctuation. In addition, we are working to improve our reading skills, especially focussing on retrieving information, summarising and inference.


We are looking at all things natural, beginning with evolution and inheritance and a study of how creatures inherit characteristics from their parents. We will investigate how adaptation is important for the survival of the species and compare these different survival strategies. In addition, we will look at how fossils show us how species have changed over time. Our studies will also include looking at the ways that animals adapt to different habitats before researching the findings of Charles Darwin.


We will begin our Topic lessons with a study on the history of Peterborough. This will begin with a look at the prehistoric creatures that roamed the area millions of years ago. We will then investigate the significance of Peterborough Cathedral in both local and national history. Finally, we return even closer to home and find out about the modern of expansion of Peterborough, covering the 1960s township strategy that created Hampton. The question we are asking for our Geography lessons this term is, “How can we explore the world from our classroom?”  During these lessons we will have the chance to look more closely at where we live, using OS maps to plan a route in Hampton, find features using a key, as well as understand the reason for why the layout of a town and city is so important. We will compare our city to Prague and decide which one we would rather live in, giving reasons why.


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


Our RE focus this term is pilgrimage. We will look at different religions and consider why people choose to make pilgrimages and what they hope to achieve by doing so. The children will be able to consider the different forms of pilgrimage and consider what kind of journeys these include. They will also investigate how pilgrimages are different to holidays or other types of travelling.


Our lessons in personal, social and health education will this term cover developing teamwork and consider the ways that we can work with others in the most effective way. This will include considering the different roles that are necessary within a team to make it successful. We will then move on to financial capability with a look at ways of managing money.


There will be a chance to brush up on our sketching and painting skills this term in Art. We will create our own versions of Native American symbols such as the American eagle. The children will then use the totem pole as an inspiration for a piece of work while ensuring proportion and symmetry are accurate. We will then consider patterns and mark making from North America by designing and creating a “parfleche” container. There will then be further opportunities to investigate a range of colours and light and shade by creating a range of artworks.


In PE this term we are focussing on our team work with basketball and dodgeball. As well as playing lots of games we will focus on the skills needed to be successful in both of these areas. There will also be a chance for the children to show their creative ideas in a unit on dance. Meanwhile, there will be an opportunity to develop our hockey skills, before moving on to playing small sided games.


In our Design Technology unit this term we will develop our sewing skills, practising stitching before moving on to designing our own bags. This will have a native American theme and will include considering different types of fastenings. We will then evaluate the finished bag and consider ways of improving it.  


In Computing this term, we will become web developers, looking at websites and considering ways of creating our very own sites. We will focus on the importance of considering copyright before moving on to creating some effective designs to ensure any visitors to our site are engaged and can find their way around. We will then move on to using spreadsheets and using formulas to save time with our calculations