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Mrs Carina Francis

Year 6 Class Teacher

YEAR 6!!!

Year 6 Term 6 – Lights, Camera, Action! (Part 2)

In English we will be focusing most of our learning around the short animated film, ‘Replay’ as well as our play – ‘Our Times with Miss X’. We are going to be learning about how to write newspaper reports linked to the events of ‘Replay’ and we will be doing a range of writing in response to our play, including letter-writing. Much of our learning will revolve around Spoken Word objectives linked to our play – there will be lots of rehearsal required so that we are ready to perform in the Drum Theatre on Friday 12th July at 7pm as part of the amazing Playhouse Festival.

In science and DT, we will be learning more about electricity and drawing and making circuits in order to design and make lighthouses linked to a short film.  We will also study the futuristic action-based paintings of Umberto Boccioni called ‘Dynamism of a soccer player’ and ‘Dynamism of a cyclist’ and then using pastels to imitate his style. In ICT, we will be using cameras to take ‘action’ shots of each other and then learning how to manipulate the images to create a sequence of pop-art inspired images. We will also have the great car-building project in which we will use collaboration to work in teams to build our two electric go karts. Lots of fun ahead! Linked to this, we will be revising our knowledge of friction and mean averages when testing different materials.

Our Values learning this term will focus on Trust and Freedom – look out for the Values newsletters each month. We will also be doing Circle Time to reflect carefully on all our values to ensure that everyone knows how to be kind and considerate.

Key dates for your diary: – there are bound to be other events that I have missed, but this gives you an idea of how busy Year 6 will be.

Monday 10th June – Junior Life Skills Trip

Friday 21st June – Year 6 Pea Pod sale

Wednesday 26th June – Sports Day

(TBC) Wednesday 3rd July – Car-racing  – more details when I get them

Monday 8th July – Dress rehearsal for Playhouse (in school)

Tuesday and Wednesday 9th and 10th July – SDCC Transition Days

Friday 12th July – Playhouse performance @ Theatre Royal

Thursday 18th July – Leavers’ Disco

Friday 19th July – Y6 Leavers’ Assembly @ 9:10am – all Y6 parents/families invited

Tuesday 23rd July – Prize-giving in the afternoon

Wednesday 24th July – Last day of term

Thank you for all your support this year. The children have been fantastic learners and have a fun-filled and extremely busy term ahead. I look forward to seeing you at some of the events listed above.

School Priorities for Writing are:

Choosing which shape of a letter to use and deciding whether or not to join specific letters

Using semi-colons, colons or dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses

Term 5 – Lights, Camera, Action! (Part 1)
In English we will be focusing most of our learning around the short animated film, ‘Replay’. We will be looking at the filming techniques that were used, such as: fade out, flashback and use of sound/music to create mood and atmosphere. We will be writing film reviews, making trailers for the film in ICT, writing sections of the story by revising narrative techniques and writing letters in role as one of the characters. After the May half term holiday, we will do a little more learning around the film – more information will follow in the next termly overview. When we are not doing ‘Replay’ learning, we will be doing a bit of revision for the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar tests and practise for the Reading comprehension paper. See dates below for SATs.
Maths this term has the following foci: interpreting and creating pie charts, mean averages and scale factors of shapes. We will also be solving a range of problems in order to plan the budget for making a block-buster movie. Of course, we will be doing revision of all areas of maths in preparation for the three different maths SATs papers.
In science, we will be learning more about electricity and drawing and making circuits as well as learning how shadows are formed and what happens to the shadow when objects move away from or closer to the light source. We shall link this to art/DT and the ‘Replay’ film to create a shadow puppet version of part of the film. In art we will be learning how to draw caricatures of various famous film directors and actors. We will be learning about the famous photographer, Eadweard Muybridge, who studied people and animals in ‘action’, and then replicating his style through learning how to draw people in action and creating a ‘flick-book’ type set of drawings that will depict movement. We will also study the futuristic action-based paintings of Umberto Boccioni called ‘Dynamism of a soccer player’ and ‘Dynamism of a cyclist’ and then using pastels to imitate his style. In ICT, we will be using cameras to take ‘action’ shots of each other and then learning how to manipulate the images to create a sequence of pop-art inspired images.
Our Values learning this term will focus on Respect and Determination – look out for the Values newsletters each month. We will also be doing Circle Time to reflect carefully on all our values to ensure that everyone knows how to be kind and considerate.

School Priorities for Maths and Writing are:
Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
Choosing which shape of a letter to use and deciding whether or not to join specific letters
Using semi-colons, colons or dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses

We will be doing more practise of the skills and techniques that the children will need for the SATs, which are in May (13th – 16th). Please encourage your child to complete their homework, spend some time on Times Table Rockstars or Mathletics and try out BBC KS2 Revise Wise to help them be as prepared as possible for the tests (listed below) Thank you for your support.
Mon – Spelling Punctuation and Grammar 1 (longer paper)
Spelling Punctuation and Grammar 2 (spelling test)
Tuesday – Reading Comprehension
Wednesday – Arithmetic Paper
Mathematical Reasoning
Thursday – Mathematical Reasoning

Term 4 – Land of the Rising Sun

In English, we will be reading and writing Japanese inspired poetry (including Haikus), researching famous places in Japan and writing persuasive travel brochures. After having a Japanese visitor, we will be writing thank you letters to her, and also writing instructions for how to paint your own Sakura (cherry blossom tree). Finally, we will finish the term by writing our own stories about the traditional Japanese character of the Tengu.
Maths this term has the following foci: Multiplication and division of fractions, angles (including finding missing angles within polygons, on straight lines and within a circle), algebra, parts of the circle, ratio and proportion. We will be solving lots of problems this term, including those involving angles and ratio. When planning the Peapod sale (Thursday 14th March) we will be using money to work out potential profit and doing general costings of making the product that the children select.
In project learning, we will be learning about electricity and drawing and making circuits. In art we will use water-colours when painting Sakura and also when painting landscapes of Mount Fuji. As part of our learning about traditional Japanese clothes, we will be making miniature kimono-clad people and decorating them with Japanese fabric inspired designs. We will be doing cooking for the Peapod, although the children will decide what we will make nearer the time.
Our Values learning this term will focus Humour and Respect – look out for the Values newsletters each month. We will also be doing Circle Time to reflect carefully on all our values to ensure that everyone knows how to be kind and considerate.
We will be doing more practise of the skills and techniques that the children will need for the SATs, which are in May (13th – 16th) . In order to support your child, you could be helping them learn times tables and division facts (Hit the Button is a great online game for this), and also learning the key spellings for Year 6, which I will be sending home early this term. We are working on these skills in school too, but further practise at home would be very beneficial. Thank you for your support.

School Priorities for Maths and Writing are:
Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
Use knowledge of morphology and etymology in spelling and understand that the spelling of some words needs to be learnt specifically
Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them.

Term 3 – Dungeons and Dragons

This will be a fun topic with lots of creative opportunities. Our focus will be on dragons but there will be elements of other mythical creatures.
In English, we will be looking at extracts from The Hobbit and considering the portrayal of Smaug and comparing this to the film. We will be writing our own descriptions of Smaug, focusing on how to inject tension into our writing. To complement our writing, we will be learning how to create texture and a sense of 3D when drawing Smaug’s eye, and designing a Scratch game (in our ICT time) to help Bilbo escape the dragon. We will be learning by heart, Pie Corbett’s poem, ‘From its Fetid Lair’ considering its performance and then writing our own poems in response. Other learning in English will relate to a short animated film; we will be writing ‘The Chronicles of a Dragon Slayer’ in diary format, debating choices for a character and then writing a balanced argument. Finally, we will be designing our own mythical creatures (using collage) and then writing non-chronological reports about them.
Maths this term has the following foci: the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages, finding percentages of numbers when problem-solving, coordinates on all 4 quadrants, translating and reflecting shapes on the quadrants, knowledge and problem-solving around 2D shapes, perimeter, area and volume (including using formulae) and line graphs for recording data in scientific investigations.
We will be learning about fossils and considering how they have contributed to the myths of dragons across the world. Also in science, we will be focussing on investigative skills when planning and carrying out a fair test related to dragon eggs.
Other art and design will include making dragon eggs using papier-mache and learning how to create 3D texture to add interest to their eggs, which will be painted and sealed. Music will include responding to the classical piece, ‘The Hall of the Mountain King’ by Grieg through writing and dance. Gymnastics will be linked to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins by looking at transitions from balances to movement sequences, in order to tell a story.
Our Values learning this term will focus on Self-Respect and Curiosity – look out for the Values newsletters each month. We will also be doing Circle Time to reflect carefully on all our values to ensure that everyone knows how to be kind and considerate.
We will be very gently introducing the children to the skills and techniques that they will need for the SATs, which are in May. In order to support your child, you could be helping them learn times tables and division facts (Hit the Button is a great online game for this), and also learning the key spellings for Year 6, which I will be sending home early this term. We are working on these skills in school too, but further practise at home would be very beneficial. Thank you for your support.

Term 3 School Priorities for Year 6

English
108. Choosing which shape of a letter to use when given choices and deciding whether or not to join specific letters.
104 continue to distinguish between homophones and other words that are confused
139. Using semi-colons, colons or dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses

Maths
26. Solve problems involving the calculation of percentages
Continue to practise times tables to enable fluency

Term 2 – Horrible Histories

For most of the term, the children will be learning about the Tudors, except on Tuesdays when they will be learning about the Stone Age and Iron Age with Mrs Cox.

As the Tudors is a massive subject, I have had to carefully select a few aspects in order to give the children a flavour of the whole period. Therefore, we will be looking at: timelines of the period, what King Henry VIII was like, the contrast between the clothes and homes of the rich and poor, Tudor food and pastimes, the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada, and then finally, complete the term learning about Tudor Christmas traditions.

We will be addressing a number of our science objectives by considering Henry VIII’s diet and health and the impact his habits must have had on his body and how his circulatory system would have coped. Because the Tudors only had candles and fire as light sources at night, we will link this to our learning about how light travels, how shadows are formed and how the eye works. When we learn about the Armada, we will be designing and making boats that will hold the most treasure and consider how the shape and form of the boat will affect it and learn about buoyancy.

In English, we will be writing: mini biographies of the Tudor monarchs, a spooky story set in Hampton Court palace, newspaper reports about the Spanish Armada and food critic reviews on the Tudor meal that we will be cooking.

In maths we will be doing a lot of real-life and social enterprise-related maths for the Peapod, an event for parents organised by the year 6 children and for their Christmas fair product. In addition, we will be tackling fractions; the children will be ordering, comparing, adding and subtracting fractions and doing related learning with factors, multiples and prime numbers. Linked to Sir Francis Drake, they will be learning how to read co-ordinates in all four quadrants and solve problems related to these. When learning about Tudor houses, we will be finding the floor area of different homes.

As if all that isn’t enough, we will be learning to dance like the Tudors in PE and we will continuing our digital music learning with the aim of having some finished pieces for you to hear by the end of term.

Our Values learning this term will focus on Kindness and Patience – look out for the Values newsletters each month.

Thank you for your continued support. Here are some important dates for your diary:
Y6 Peapod – Friday 16th November @ 3:15pm
Buckland Abbey trip (a fantastic Tudor experience!) – Friday 30th November
Year 6 ‘event’ for parents (more details to follow) – Friday 14th December (afternoon)
Christmas Fair – Wednesday 19th December (after school)

Planet SOS!

Welcome to a new (and hopefully) exciting new year. The children have chosen to learn about endangered animals, which will be very interesting. We always welcome parents to come and share in our learning, so if you find yourself interested in what we are doing or are able to help on a trip, please let me know.

The whole term will revolve around the different effects that humans are having on the planet and how these are causing many of our amazing animals to become endangered, critically endangered or even extinct. We will focus on: loss of animal habitat due to farming etc, poaching and illegal wildlife trade, global warming/climate change and finally pollution.

English

Leaflets explaining bio-diversity and how all of nature is inter-connected

Letters to Mr Twit on Roald Dahl Day, persuading him to release the monkey family

Non-chronological reports about a specific endangered creature

Persuasive letters about an aspect of endangered animals that they feel most passionate about

Poems about an endangered animal for National Poetry Day

Leaflets about the importance of bees for Harvest Festival

Maths

Revision of addition and subtraction skills from Y5

Place value of large numbers up to the 10 millions, negative numbers, rounding of numbers (including decimals)

Short and long multiplication

Short and long division

Problem-solving using the 4 operations (+/-/x/÷)

Measures – calculating with a range of measures with problems linked to polar bears

Other Curriculum Areas

Science – classification of plants and animals, how fossils can teach us about animals in the past and how they have evolved, adaption of animals to their environment – specifically the snow leopard

Geography and History – cause and effect linked to the effect of human activity and the inter-related cause of endangerment on animal species

Art – learning a range of skills, including observational drawing, use of oil pastels and plastic in a mixed media purposeful picture to raise awareness of plastic pollution, infographic pictures giving statistics about rhino poaching

Music – we are lucky to be joined by an ICT music expert this term, who will be teaching the children how to make music digitally with the outcome of a performance in December (more information to follow)

PE – gymnastics

Computing – digital outcomes in music; efficient, safe research on the internet

Values Education – September = Courage   We will be thinking about the ways we can show courage at school and at home.   October = appreciation   We will be discussing what kinds of things we can appreciate and how we could/should show our appreciation.  Please discuss these values with your child to help them grow as a person.

Dates for your diary:

  • Roald Dahl Day – Thursday 13th September
  • Thursday 4th October – National Poetry Day
  • Thursday 18th October – Harvest Assembly

Our School Priorities for Learning

This term, in Y6, we will focus on:

  • Spelling words with silent letters
  • Using semi-colons and colons to separate main clauses
  • Problem-solving in maths using +/-/x/÷