Year 6

Literacy Autumn term

This term we shall be focusing our learning around the text 'Journey to Jo'burg.' In Guided Reading the children will be given the opportunity to read the book, exploring the different themes and the effect of the Apartheid on the characters. They will be given the chance to explore the different cultural themes within the book and express their thoughts and feelings on these. The children will face a range of challenges, from writing in-depth character descriptions, to learning how to answer comprehension based questions using point, evidence and explain.

In Literacy the children's learning will continue to be focused around the text 'Journey to Jo'burg', where they will be immersed within the text, exploring the impact of Apartheid on South Africa. The children will begin by learning to write their narrative based around the story, learning to structure their writing using the 5 part story plan. The writing focus will then change and the children will be given the opportunity to create their own diary, from one of the character's perspectives. 

Maths Autumn Term

This term the children will initially focus their learning on place value, including rounding, ordering and negative numbers. We will then move on to problem solving using the four areas of number. The children will be given the chance to consolidate methods they will already be familiar with, as well as learning new methods such as long division. They will be given the chance to solve multi-step problems, using reasoning skills to explain the methods they chose to use.

Later on the in term the children will focus their learning on fractions, decimals and percentages, learning the equivalence and how to solve problems using these. 

 

Topic

This term our topic is 'Changing Cultures'. The children will begin by focusing their learning on the Geography of Africa. They will complete a study on different countries within Africa, looking at the physical and human geography as well as the climate. They will be given the chance to compare Africa to England and more closely a city to Hull, identifying similarities and differences between the two places.

Their learning shall then continue by looking at the history of South Africa, with a particular focus on the Apartheid and land grabbing.

In Art the children will look at the clothing worn by  the Asante people of Ghana in West Africa on special occasions. They will get to explore the different patterns that are worn upon their clothing and the meaning of the symbols as well as creating their own design for an Adinkra cloth.

In DT we will be looking at African masks. The children will learn that these are an important part of African culture for tribes to perform stories at social celebrations and events. 

PE

This year the children will have their PE lesson on a Thursday. 

During the first half term, the children will be taught to play basket ball, developing a range of skills such as throwing accurately, catching, aiming and defending. The children will be taught to apply these skills in a range of mini games, building up to playing a final game as a class. 

 

RE

This term the children's Religious Education will be based upon the teachings of Islam. They will begin by looking at the 5 pillars of Islam, investigating how Muslims show commitment to their religion.

The children will be given the chance to consider the life of a Muslim and how their religion shapes the way they live. They will be given the chance to learn about different Islamic festivals including Ramadan and will be given the chance to discuss their own beliefs and views. 

Science

Throughout the first half term the children will be given the chance to carry out many scientific experiments based upon forces.We will begin by looking at gravity and air resistance, moving onto friction and the forces that act upon us when we are in the water. 

The children will get to plan, carry out and analyse the data from their own experiments and will be encouraged to link their findings to scientific knowledge.