Spring Term - Year 6
SATs preparation is a very important part of this term; however, we appreciate the need to maintain a rounded education for your child, which, we hope, is reflected in the content below. Building our pupils’ learning powers such as persevering, asking good questions and managing distractions (to name but three) continues to be a main focus in the classroom and across the school.
We start off the term with a visit to the National Holocaust Centre, near Newark for our history/RE topic as an introduction to studying the Jewish Holocaust at an age-appropriate level. Alongside this, we will also be finding out about Judaism, one of the key World faiths. South America will be introduced later this term, where we will explore its geography and how people live today. The topic will also include the importance of the Amazon Rainforest and the current effect humans are having on it. Aspects of Science will be included in the above topics but more specific Science units will be carried out in the summer term. In Art, the children will be having a brief look at art history and movements, creating 'mood boards', learning about composition, complimentary colours and learning to shade and paint with 3D effects, before moving on to carry out an artist study on Nicolas Party. They will be creating a piece of art using inspiration from the artist and they will be free to either make a sculpture or an acrylic painting putting their knowledge and skill into one final piece.
In English, we will start by writing recounts and fictionalised accounts based upon research linked to our Holocaust project. Our South American topic will inspire information texts and balanced reports. Wherever possible, we try to connect our writing to our topics. Throughout the different genres of writing, we will also be improving the children’s varied use of sentence structure as well as promoting improved spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Maths will cover a range of topics that include number and place value; multiplication, division, addition and subtraction; fractions, percentages and decimals; ratio and proportion; measure; geometry and algebra. Alongside this, we will be looking at questions (later in the term) that will help in improving children‘s exam techniques and we will also be focusing on encouraging children to tackle fun, engaging and challenging mathematical investigations with an emphasis on using ‘talk’ and ‘collaboration’ to enhance this.
We will also be extending our ability to speak Spanish and demonstrating a greater musical appreciation by listening to, creating and performing compositions of our own.
English (SPAG) and Maths home learning will be given out on a Friday and collected in on a Friday, with both tasks lasting approximately 30 minutes each. Tasks will be related to what your child has covered (or is covering) in class, but the main purpose of these increased home learning activities is to develop your child’s organisational skills in preparation for secondary school! Maths facts and spellings will also be issued on a Friday and the pupils will be quizzed on these at the end of the week. A little every night, rather than cramming it in on the Friday morning, is what we encourage. Naturally, we hope your child will read a variety of genres regularly at home (or even be read to on occasion, as this can promote a love of reading) and we would like them to continue to record these activities (along with an adult’s signature) in their home-school diaries. Children reading (or being read to) at least five times a week will continue to accumulate a wide variety of genres for St Peter’s Book Bingo. Reading diaries are checked on a weekly basis.
In P.E. (which will be on Mondays and Fridays), we will be starting the year – on Fridays - by having yoga sessions with a qualified yoga teacher. Children will be carrying out a number of Dance sessions before having the opportunity to explore the effects of exercise on the body through fitness testing. Please ensure your child has appropriate P.E. clothing as a number of children are often underprepared and trainers are always useful for our Daily Run.
We hope this information will be useful for you and your child and if you are able to support in any way, prior to or during these topics, we would appreciate it. If you have a special interest in any of the areas we plan to cover, and are interested in coming in and supporting in class, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sarah Abel, Ian Mawer & Annie Walton