Toucan, Woodpecker and Wren
WHAT IS MY CHILD LEARNING?
Autumn Term Curriculum 2019
|Topic title: The Best of British!
Year Six will begin with a study of the art of persuasive writing by examining famous British speeches and then linking this theme to Black History Month. To coincide with our school journey to Tollesbury, the children will develop their geographical skills by using maps, grid references and understanding the topographical features of Tollesbury and the rest of the UK. The following term, we will delve into the world of Shakespeare and explore the macabre tale of ‘Macbeth’ and this text will inspire our writing for the term.
Summary overview 1st and 2nd half term
Word: Identify misspelt words in own writing. Revise and extend knowledge of spelling patterns. Use a dictionary effectively. Imbedding grammar terminology and identifying rules.
Sentence: Use complex sentences and conjunctions appropriately to add meaning and interest. Vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect. Secure knowledge and understanding of a wide range of punctuation including colons/semi-colons, inverted commas, parenthesis, dash, ellipsis. Use a range of pronouns, adjectives, synonyms, antonyms, adverbs, powerful verbs, nouns and abstract nouns accurately.
Text: Plan effectively for a range of different purposes and audiences. Write in a variety of genres including narrative, poetry, non-chronological report, argument (persuasion/discussion). Revise, edit and improve accuracy of own writing. Present all written work in a neatly formed cursive script.
Reading: To use strategies for decoding unfamiliar words, to identify how language and text structure contribute to meaning. Use inference and deduction and explore subtext.
Number: Read, write, order and compare numbers up to ten million. Calculate using negative numbers. Multiply or divide numbers by 10, 100 or 1000. Multiply and divide decimal numbers by whole numbers. Round decimal numbers to a given number of decimal places. Multiply a four-digit number by a two-digit number. Estimate to check numbers the answers of a calculation. Find common multiples and common factors and prime numbers. Divide a four digit number by a 2 digit number and know what to do with remainders. Solve number problems and do calculations with large numbers mentally.
Geometry: Know the properties of different shapes. Name the parts of a circle and know the diameter of a circle is twice the length of its radius. Use knowledge of shapes to find missing angles and use rules to find missing angles.
Evolution: Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution
Light: Recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines and use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye. Explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.
The UK: Name and locate counties, cities and regions of the UK. Use 6-figure grid references and name and locate the key topographical features.
Shakespeare and The Globe: Explore the great British poet, playwright and actor and the history of The Globe Theatre.
We will be thinking about E-safety and using scratch coding software. We will also be developing our keyboard skills.
Revise and consolidate everything learnt in year five, using and applying in a range of contexts such as: all about me; counting; create and answer simple oral sentences; shopping; greetings.
Begin to read simple letters and write simple responses.
Art / Design Technology
Make close observations of Tollesbury in a variety of media and create an artwork inspire by David Hockney. Use Anglo-Saxon Illuminated Lettering as an inspiration for Christmas Crafts and celebrate culture and seasonality in cooking dishes linked to world religions.
With Mrs Vetch: sing songs in unison and two parts, with clear diction, control of pitch, a sense of phrase and musical expression; play samba instruments with control and rhythmic accuracy; practise, rehearse and present performances with an awareness of the audience.
Invasion games: Develop defending and attacking skills. Apply skills in competitive game situations including basketball, netball, football, tennis and tag rugby.
Dance: Inspired by ‘Macbeth’: explore dance and movement ideas imaginatively, including actions, dynamics, space and relationship.
To embrace the concept of Ubuntu and the importance of empathy. Follow the PSHE Scheme of Work: ‘Stay healthy in the future’ and ‘Me and my place in the world’.
Compare and contrast world religions including: Christianity; Judaism; Islam; Hinduism; Sikhism and Buddhism.
Special events/ enrichment opportunities
School journey to Fellowship Afloat. Visit to The Globe Theatre. Present a ‘Shakespeare Experience’ for parents – to include readings and dance inspired by ‘Macbeth’.
How parents can be involved in home learning
We appreciate parental support with reading and homework. We want to ensure that all children are proficient in their times tables and common spelling patterns, so these need to be practised regularly. We will also be sending home the Rising Stars revision books with homework to be completed on a weekly basis. Please mark your child’s work so that you can be aware of their progress and identify any areas in which they may require additional support.
SRE Curriculum Overview 2018
Teachers will be following the scheme of work ‘Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools’, which has been recommended by the PSHE Association and links to DfE guidance on good practice in this area.
The scheme of work has age-appropriate plans and teaching materials for Reception to Year 6. It revisits topics each year to cover them in greater depth and includes lesson material on topics such as keeping clean, families, gender differences, personal space, puberty and relationships.
Learn At Home
English Key Skills
Speaking and Listening
I can develop ideas thoughtfully.
I can speak clearly and confidently using a range of vocabulary.
I can convey opinions clearly to qualify and justify my own thoughts and opinion.
I can listen carefully during discussions and make relevant and appropriate contributions.
I can respond appropriately to the views of others.
I can use questions to clarify understanding.
I can make tentative comments when collecting ideas.
I can talk in formal contexts.
I can adapt talk to different audiences.
I can engage the listeners by varying expression and vocabulary.
I can deal politely with opposing points of views.
I can evaluate my own talk and reflect on how it varies.
I can use Standard English in formal situations.
I can give well structures descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes.
I can participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisation and debates.
I can continue to read and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books.
I can read books structured in different ways.
I can learn by heart a range of poetry.
I can identify fact and opinion.
I can find information using an index/contents page and or glossary.
I can listen to opinions and am able to make up my own mind.
I can draw inferences about characters feelings, thoughts, and motives for their actions with evidence.
I can predict what might happen from details stated or implied.
I can summarise the main ideas identifying key details.
I can identify how language and text structure contribute to meaning.
I can make comparisons within and across texts, .e.g. similar events in Mr Tom
I can comment on author’s use of language.
I can comment on the author’s point of view and find evidence to support this.
I can use skimming and scanning as a technique to retrieve information.
I can use strategies for decoding unfamiliar words.
I can use a dictionary to find the meanings of new words.
I can read with expression, fluency and speed.
I can learn a wider range of poetry by heart.
I can develop my stamina in writing and produce several pages of work.
I can vary my sentences (e.g. short sentences, compound/complex sentences…)
I can include techniques for suspense e.g. cliff hangers, flashback/forwards and time slips)
I can make notes from oral and written information.
I can use active and passive verbs to create effect.
I can differentiate between the way people speak (informal) and the conventions of writing (formal).
I can write for a range of purposes.
I can experiment with and use varied vocabulary, relevant to my age and experience.
I can use a range of punctuation correctly including colons/semi-colons, inverted commas, parenthesis, dash, ellipsis.
I can write in a variety of ways and convey meaning clearly (e.g. letter, report, fiction, non-fiction, explanations, playscript).
I can use paragraphs to link ideas within and across paragraphs (cohesive devices)
I can use a range of techniques to involve the reader (comments, questions, observations, rhetorical questions).
I can use a range of connectives, openers and adverbial phrases to develop cohesion.
I can vary the length of my sentences for meaning and effect and include literary features (e.g. alliteration, onomatopoeia, metaphor and simile…).
I can move chunks (how, when, where) around for different effects. (The siren echoed loudly…through the lonely streets…at midnight).
I can use a range of pronouns, adjectives, synonyms, antonyms, adverbs, powerful verbs, nouns and abstract nouns accurately.
I know a hyphen can be used to avoid ambiguity (e.g. man eating shark versus man-eating shark).
Spelling (see Appendix 1)
I can spell all key words and most other words correctly.
I can spell words with regular and irregular patterns correctly.
I can use a range of strategies to attempt unknown words (e.g. analogy, syllabification, phonic knowledge and mnemonics)
I can use and apply spelling rules for adding suffixes and prefixes.
I can spell some words with ‘silent’ letters, e.g. knight, psalm, solemn.
I can use a thesaurus.
I can write in a clear, neat and legible cursive style at all times.
I can write quickly, fluently and neatly.
I can adapt handwriting to a range of tasks.
I can use a handwriting/ink pen.
I can present my writing using a range of guidelines, in a range of ways.
Consolidate – Letter/word, sentence, statement, questions, exclamation, command, full stops, capital letters, question mark, exclamation marks, speech marks, direct speech, inverted commas, bullet points, apostrophe, colon – instructions, parenthesis, bracket-dash, singular/plural, suffix, prefix, word family, consonant, vowel, adjective, noun, noun phrase, verb/adverb, imperative verb, tense, modal verb, conjunction, connective, preposition, determiner, generalise, pronoun – relative/possessive, clause, subordinate/relative clause, adverbial, fronted adverbial, rhetorical question, cohesion, ambiguity, alliteration, simile, synonym, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia.
Introduce – active and passive voice, subject and object, hyphen, synonym, antonym, colon, semi colon, ellipsis.
Maths Key Skills
- I can use letters to represent numbers in algebraic expressions.
- I can simplify algebraic expressions.
- I can find unknown angles using and applying my knowledge of the properties of angles and shapes.
- Cubes and cuboids have rectangular faces (including squares).
- I know that prisms have rectangular faces (including squares) and two identical polygonal faces (which could also be rectangles).
- I know that pyramids have triangular faces that meet at a point and a polygonal base.
- I know that cylinders have a curved surface and two identical circular bases (at the ends)
- I know that cones have a curved surface and a circular base.
- I know that a net of a solid is a diagram that can be folded to make the solid and that a solid can have different nets.
- I can add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.
- I can solve word fraction word problems.
- I can find fractions of amounts by dividing by a proper fraction.
Ratio and Fraction
- I can recognise that he ratio of one quantity to another quantity may not represent the actual number of items in each group.
- A simplified ratio of two quantities shows the relative amount of each quantity with respect to the other.
- I can compare ratios and, when the ratio is fixed, know that the quantities increase or decrease in fixed multiples.
- I can solve ratio word problems.
- I know the relationship between percentages and decimal fractions
- I know and understand that percentage is a special type of decimal fraction, giving the number of parts out of 100 equal parts rather than out of 1.
- I can find percentages of quantities or amounts and solve higher order word problems using a variety of strategies.
- I know that speed is defined as the distance travelled per unit of time and that the greater the distance travelled per unit of time the greater the speed. .
- I know that average speed is the mean distance travelled per unit of time and can be calculated by dividing the total distance travelled by the total time taken.
- I can apply the concepts such as mean, sped and rate to solve higher order word problems.
- I recognise, can measure and can calculate the radius, diameter and circumference of a circle
- I can calculate the area of a circle by using the formula
- I can present and interpret data in a table and in a pie chart.
Area and Perimeter
- I can calculate the area and perimeter of squares, rectangles and triangles using formulae, and of composite shapes.
- I can find the circumference and area of circles using formulae.
Volume of solids and liquids
- I can find the volume of a solid by finding the product of its length, width and height.
- Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero
- Multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication.
- Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long division, and interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions, or by rounding, as appropriate for the context
- Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit number using the formal written method of short division where appropriate, interpreting remainders according to the context
- Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers
- Compare and order fractions, including fractions > 1
- Recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts
- Solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found
- Generate and describe linear number sequences
- Find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns
- Enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables
- Convert between miles and kilometres
- Calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles
- Calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units, including cubic centimetres (cm3) and cubic metres (m3), and extending to other units [for example, mm3 and km3]
- Compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals, and regular polygons
- Describe points on the coordinate grid (all four quadrants)
- Draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes
- Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems
- Constructing line graphs
The final Coldfall class assembly – Ah! Well done Toucans, you were just great and I’m sure all the parents were extremely proud.
A big thank you to all the Year 6 children and their families for their generous donations to Educaid’s 25th Anniversary.
We had much fun laying out the money in the playground and there were a lot of sore fingers from sorting out all the different coins! We also got our brains working hard by solving problems to celebrate World Maths Day – I bet there were some tired children at the end of the day!
Year Team Leader
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Graduate Teaching Assistant