Mrs Carina Francis
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
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
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)
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.
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
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/÷