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Year 6

Autumn Term 2021 


We are focussing on our problem solving and ensuring the children have all the skills they need to tackle challenging questions. Arithmetic and written calculations are a focus and we are working hard on practising the strategies that are both quick and accurate. Learning to apply these skills will also be at the heart of our learning with a range of problem solving activities. Understanding how to unpick worded problems is an important part of this work, helping us to find the maths that hides behind these questions.


We are continuing to build up a range of different writing styles to suit different genres and purposes. We will use books and texts, linking with our topics of Explorers and Water to create cross curricular links. There are even more opportunities to write independently this term covering all manner of writing styles as well as fiction, explanation texts and instructions. We are also looking at spelling patterns and our use of grammar and punctuation. The grammar, punctuation and spelling test that the children will sit next May is helping to focus our learning.


This term the children will be investigating materials and how they change. First, we will begin by testing the properties of a range of materials, before looking at how some dissolve, what a solution is, and evaporation. Finally, the children will compare reversible and irreversible changes. We will be conducting many experiments and investigations and considering what speeds up the processes of dissolving and evaporation. We will also look at ways of reversing a process.


Our Topic lessons start with a history focus looking at those people who choose to explore the world. We are thinking about the reasons why explorers choose to travel to new places and what they do when they get there! We are researching famous explorers, where they went and what they discovered. In the second half term we will consider all things linked to water. We will look at the different stages of a river and also how it reaches our taps all ready for us to drink, cook and wash.


Our RE focus this term is Christianity and the Bible. We will investigate the way that the Bible is presented and consider some of the key stories that can be found within its pages. We will also consider the different genres of stories that are in the Bible and the lessons it provides to Christians on how to live their lives.


Our lessons in personal, social and health education will this term cover human rights and consider how these apply to children. We will discuss how these rights can be protected and how it is important that we respect others. Following this will we look at the way that the law treats different ages and think about how old we need to be before being allowed to do certain things. Linking with the law, there will also be a chance to investigate the role of democracy and its importance in British values.


In our Art lessons we will investigate the world of architecture and look at the work of a number of famous architects. After considering and evaluating the designs of buildings we will move onto creating our own designs as inspired by the work that we have investigated. We will then link our Art to the Water topic, investigating artists who have incorporated water into their pieces. We will also use watercolours to produce our own pictures and paintings.


Our PE lessons will provide opportunities to develop our teamwork and individual skills in netball and tag rugby. Meanwhile, for indoor PE we will work on a variety of physical skills under the theme of fitness, learning how exercise affects our bodies. Finally, the children will have the chance to create their own dance routines while taking part in a second unit of work in indoor PE.


In our Design Technology unit this term we will become bridge builders, looking at the designs of bridges around the world and making decisions on the types of materials and designs we could use for our own model. We will then develop ways of testing our design to ensure that it is fit for purpose.


Beginning with a refresher on considering 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.