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Year 6

Summer Term 2022


During the summer term we are focussing on the skills needed to tackle the SATS in May. This includes mental maths, problem solving and applying calculations.  Once the SATS are over we will continue by preparing the children for Year 7 maths by ensuring they are able to use quick, compact and reliable methods of calculation. We will also look at applying maths to more real life problems and projects.


After an initial focus on reading comprehension and grammar, punctuation and spelling we are refocussing this term on independent writing. We will be working on adapting the style and structure of the children’s writing to suit the text type as well as the intended audience. The children will be showing off their writing skills by demonstrating their use of different punctuation and sentence types.


Science this term is all about ‘Living Things’. The children will be learning about the five kingdoms and classifying plants and animals though keys and classification models. We will focus on the life cycles of mammals, birds, amphibians and insects. We will then look at the ways that plants reproduce. Finally, we will investigate the parts of a flower and their different functions.


Our aim this term in Topic is to solve the question ‘How extreme is our Earth?’ To do this, we will be exploring the many extreme aspects our earth is capable of. The children will start by looking at extreme weather conditions and the effects it has across the world. We will move on to investigate natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, wildfires and avalanches. The use of a range of texts and online resources will support our learning.


Year 6 will be learning the songs and rehearsing for their summer production. They will focus on developing their vocal range and stamina, as well as understanding where it is important to breathe when singing, in order for the “phrasing” to make sense. They will also do some listening to famous musical theatre pieces, and how these have developed here and in America, beginning to understand the genre in both a live theatre and film setting.


Our RE focus this term is Sikhism with a look at the principles of the religion and its origins. We will investigate the similarities and differences between it and the other main world religions as well as finding out about the Sikh temples, called Gurdwaras. Finally, we will investigate the ways in which Sikhs worship and their most important beliefs.


Our lessons in personal, social and health education will this term cover sex education. We will look at the changes in people’s bodies as they grow up as well the effect this has on our emotions and relationships with others. Among the lessons learned will be the importance of personal hygiene and the way we need to look after ourselves.


We will be using out Topic theme of Extreme Earth to inspire our work in Art this term, but we are starting by revising our knowledge of primary and secondary colours. We will then use a range of techniques to create works depicting volcanoes and wild fires. We will also look at the work of Jackson Pollack and create pictures that are inspired by his paintings.


We will be developing our cricketing skills this term, improving our ability to throw, catch and bowl. We will also work on improving our skills and potential with the bat, as well as playing lots of games. As the term progresses we will move on to athletics in preparation for sports day. Indoors, we will work on our gymnastics skills.


In DT the children will have a chance to demonstrate their design skills to create a toy vehicle . We will look through a number of examples of existing vehicles that are designed to be played with by children. We will then use this research to work in teams to build a vehicle, test it and evaluate its effectiveness.


In Computing we will begin with ways of staying safe online, considering all aspects of e-safety. The children will also learn to become computer programmers, considering variables and how to incorporate these into games by coding. We will do this by using the online Scratch, developing our own games. We will then use a physical computing emulator to investigate the importance of sensing in programming.


The children will develop their French language skills, including recalling the alphabet and replying to basic questions using the language. They will be expanding their French vocabulary, including the increased use of adjectives to describe everyday objects.