Year 6 – Overview for the Winter Terms
Teachers – Mr Jarvis, Mrs Gandolpho.
Does Adversity Always Make Us Stronger?
Does Adversity Make Us Stronger?
Our Topic this term will focus on the enquiry based question: “Does Adversity Make us Stronger?” We will begin by exploring what the word “adversity” means by reading stories of how people have faced adversity and how they have overcome it. We will focus in particular on adversity in extreme environments, finding out about different explorers and expeditions, including Ernest Shackleton’s voyage to the South pole. We will write music using digital media in computing as a backdrop to this story and our science work will focus on how humans and animals have adapted to face adversities such as extreme environments by learning more about adaptation and evolution.
In D & T, we will consider different food groups when testing, designing and creating our own ‘expedition food pack’ which we’ll take on our adventure. We’ll also make carts that will enable us to transport the equipment needed to undertake the expedition, learning more about woodwork, axels and suspension.
This term, RE will focus on beliefs and moral values as we learn about Sikh stories and how they can be applied to our own lives.
In PE, we will be focusing on netball in preparation for an upcoming netball festival.
Circle time will be used to continue unpick and continue to develop our understanding of social and emotional issues.
Linking to our topic, we will begin the year by watching the short animation called “Lighthouse”, which explores an adverse situation for the characters involved. We will write the narrative to accompany the story, considering the atmosphere, characters feelings and emotions and how we want our audience to feel. To help us on our expedition, we will write letters to local business and people whose expertise we would like to be able to draw on.
We’ll start the term with a big focus on fractions – comparing, ordering, simplifying and finding equivalences before continuing to develop our understanding of using the four main operations to calculate fractions. This term we’ll also learn more about decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion and averages. As ever, we’ll be working hard on mental arithmetic each week too.
Home learning will be given out every Friday to be completed for the following Thursday. Children will be given a piece of work in spellings, grammar and Maths.
Please continue to read with and listen to your children read as it has a major influence on their progression in school.
P.E. Kit/water bottle
Please ensure that your child brings a named water bottle to school each day. It is vital that they drink plenty of water throughout the day! PE is timetabled to take place on a Monday afternoon, this term. A full PE kit must be in school on this day.
We will be having a break from Forest School in Term 3.