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Term 4

Plastic’s not Fantastic

This term our topic is called ‘Plastic’s not Fantastic’. As well as learning about the oceans around the world, we will be learning about their different layers and the wide variety of animals which live in them. Most of this topic will focus on plastic – when it was created, why and the impact it has on our lives and in turn the ocean. We will be researching different types of plastic and learning how long it takes for them to decompose. We will also be learning about the ways some people around the world are using plastic to create pieces of art and jewellery. In DT, we will be learning how to use cogs and pulleys and then using this knowledge to help us design and create a sea themed moving picture. In music lessons this term, we will be focusing on revising our ability to play a range of percussion instruments and using this skill to help compose our own pieces of music in response to a stimulus. To start our English this term, we will be learning about newspaper reports, their structure and content and writing our own based on plastic in the ocean. For the second half of the term, we are going to learn how to write a speech in the style of Greta Thunberg to try and persuade people to stop using single-use plastic . Maths this term is a mixture of algebra, measurements and ratios. Some of this will be new learning, whilst the measurement topic will build on prior learning. We will also continue to revisit and revise topics we have previously covered along with improving the speed of our fluency skills.

 

This term our School Priorities are:

Writing: Identify the audience and purpose of the writing

Maths: Find unknown angles in any triangle

Term 3

Up the Chimneys and Down the Mines

Welcome to Term 3. This term we are learning about the Victorian era and in particular what life was like for children during this time.

Our class story, which we are using to base a lot of our learning around, is ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. This story follows the life of a child during the Victorian era and shows how hard life was for poor people. In history lessons this term, we will be exploring this idea more and learning how different the lives of the rich and the poor were; considering whether poor children were helped during Victorian times and learning what school was like for children during this era. We will also be learning about the famous Victorian artist – Lowry. We will take inspiration from his paintings to create our own landscapes with vanishing points.

Our science learning this term is based on electricity. We will begin the topic by learning the universal electrical symbols and creating simple circuits before developing our skills and adding more components to circuits.

As musicians, we will be learning how to play a range of tuned percussion instruments.

In maths, we will complete our fractions unit and then move onto decimals and percentages. Towards the end of the term we will begin to learn how to solve algebraic equations. Please continue to encourage your child to learn their times tables as it is such a crucial skill for all our maths learning.

In English, we will be writing a story based on Oliver Twist. After this we will write a persuasive letter asking for child labour to be abolished.

Homework this term will continue to be set on Mathletics or TT Rockstars, Spellings sent home when required and hopefully everyone reading at least 3 times a week.

Many thanks for your continued support

Mrs Rolfe 😊

 

 

This term our School Priorities are:

Writing: To proof-read our writing to identify mistakes

Maths: To know and use fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents

Term 2

Careless Talk Costs Lives

This term we are learning all about WW2 and the effect it had on Plymouth and the surrounding areas as part of a local study. Our class book this term is ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’, which is an excellent story about children who were evacuated to Devon.  This book is going to form the basis for a large chunk of our writing this term, we will be writing a recount and including many new skills. At the beginning of the term, we will be writing a piece of poetry based on WW2. In maths, we are going to be starting a big unit of work about fractions. We will be revising some of the Y5 skills to ensure our understanding, before progressing onto our new Y6 skills. We are going to use some of our DT skills to make an air raid shelter. We will be refining our designing, making and evaluating skills . In history this term, we will obviously focus on learning about the countries involved, why the war started and what impact it had on people. We will be learning about Plymouth during the blitz and what happened to the city during this time. Science will focus on light and will include how it is received and processed by the eye.

Homework this term will continue to be loaded onto Dojo every Friday. It will involve using Mathletics so please make sure your child knows their log on details (they should be in the front of their reading diaries) We would like the children to be reading at least 3 times a week at home, if you could help them achieve this and then sign their diaries, that would be fantastic. There will also be a spelling activity to complete most weeks.

We are looking forward to a busy but exciting term. Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Rolfe J

 

 

This term our School Priorities are:

Writing: To proof-read our writing to identify mistakes

Maths: To use known facts to solve multiplication problems

Term 1

Kalahari to Cape Town

A very warm welcome to Year 6! We are in for a busy and fun packed year and I’m sure the time will just fly by. The first topic this term is all about South Africa. I’m very excited as there’s so many fascinating things to learn about. Below is just a flavour of what we will be covering.

We are going to start by learning about South Africa and the countries that make up that nation. Part of our learning will focus on the different biomes and what plants and animals live in the different areas. There are many amazing landmarks we are going to learn about such as Table Mountain and the many reserves.  We are going to learn about evolution and find out how animals on the savannahs have adapted to suit their surroundings. This will also allow us to research meerkats that live in South Africa for our non-chronological reports we are going to write. We can’t learn about South Africa without researching Nelson Mandela and apartheid and will be reading ‘The Journey to Jo’burg’ to assist with this learning.

Maths this term will focus on the place value of numbers up to ten million and building on our understanding of addition and subtraction.

If you have any questions about anything at all, please ask. Many thanks, Mrs Rolfe J

 

 

This term our School Priorities are:

Writing: To write in the correct tense

Maths: To know our times tables and division facts.

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