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Learning in Year 6

We have a very busy term ahead of us in Year 6 packed full of new skills, new challenges and new knowledge. Take a look below to see exactly what we will be getting up to.


English

As we start our last year of primary school, we begin the year by ensuring that love for reading is still embedded with all the children. A class story is read our weekly to the children and the children can read to the class as well. As well as this, we begin the year by recapping what we have learned in our Grammar lessons throughout KS2, this is to ensure that we are secure with these particular areas and are able to use them freely within class. 

With regard to our writing skills, we will be starting this academic term off by reading a fantastic book called 'Wonder' by R.J.Palacio. When reading this book we will be focusing on different themes that occur within the book, such as bullying and transition. We will be writing for lots of purposes, such as diary entries and balanced arguments, so to make sure we are utilising all of our grammar knowledge in all our writing. We will also be writing short poetry based around a piece of stimulus linked to our book. This will give the children a chance to be creative and perform in front of their peers. 

Maths

In maths this term, we will be focusing on number. Working on securing our place value knowledge and extending our ability to answer larger multiplication, division, addition and subtraction questions. We will be also be diving into fractions towards the end of this term.  Within these areas of maths, we will not only be strengthening our fluency, but we will also be developing our ability to reason and problem solve using the necessary mathematical vocabulary and methods. As well as this area of maths, we will be spending some time on the topic of algebra. As well as the maths lessons we teach, we know that learning the multiplication and division facts are vital to understanding and being able to answer a range of questions. We are also challenging the children each week with arithmetic style questions so that can become more confident when answering those questions.


Science

Our topic in Science for the next half-term is 'Animals including Humans'. Within this topic we will learning how to identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and explain the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. We will be making our very own functioning 'heart' in class to show how it pumps liquids around the body. We will also be learning about the impact of diet and exercise by doing lots of research and experiments. By the end of this topic we will be able to describe the way in which nutrients and water are transported within animals and humans. 


History and Geography

We are extremely excited about our topic for this term. We will be focusing on the topic of 'Japan — Natural Disasters'. Within this topic, we will be exploring a variety of natural disasters that occur in Japan. We will also be finding out how they occur and how Japan has adapted to deal with such devastating disasters. We will be using Atlas' to find longitude and latitude lines and identify geographical features of Japan. 


Art

In art, for the first half of the term we will be learning about 'perspective' when drawing, how to shade to create depth in a picture and how to draw to make an image look 3D. In the second half of the term, we will be utilising our geography topic 'Japan', and learning how to draw Manga characters and create short comic strips. We will also be learning Japanese proverbs by practising Japanese calligraphy writing.