Assalamualaykum!

It was lovely to welcome back children refreshed after the half term break! As we get ever closer to the SATs, we have a busy half term ahead and children will be working really hard; taking pride in what they do; and making phenomenal progress Insha’Allah.

We are not going off timetable yet, so here is what we have planned in Y6 this half term

Maths:

The focus will be consolidating what the children have learnt- especially the material that will come up in the Arithmetic paper: long division; long multiplication; addition and subtraction- including decimals; finding percentages of numbers; finding fractions of numbers; and all four operations using fractions.

Additionally, our focus will be on statistics- interpreting and drawing bar charts, pie charts and line graphs; transformations- reflection, rotation and translation; drawing angles; and ratio.

We start our Maths lessons with timed arithmetic practice and revision of previous topics. After the main lesson we practice some problem solving and reasoning questions.

English:

In English this term, we will be reading the book Gregor the Overlander for pleasure and Odysseus as our guided reading text.

Our main teaching will be based on Macbeth. Children will read both the original and children’s version of the play; they will practise oracy skills by acting out scenes from the play and debating about various aspects, and they will create a film poster if they were to make a film of the play.

In writing, children will write personification poems about the seasons and use a video to inspire them to write a descriptive text. They will use ideas from the opening of Bleak House by Charles Dickens to write the opening scene from Macbeth, create a comic strip, write a modern day play script of a conversation between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and write a newspaper report of the battle of Dunsinane.

Throughout the half term, we will start lessons with quick grammar, comprehension, spelling and writing tasks. We will also be doing some targeted comprehension work.

History:

This half term, we will be looking at the Ancient Greeks and how they have contributed to society. Children know a little about Greece as a country- the land, the climate, Greek society etc from some work we did last half term.

I am taking a different approach and children will be in the role of an archaeologist and using engaging and investigative activities with pictures of artefacts, find out about life in Ancient Greece.

Enquiry questions will include:

What do we learn about the Greeks from studying the Olympics?

What can we learn about Ancient Greece from the pottery evidence that remains?

Is there any evidence for the legend of Theseus and Minotaur?

How did democracy work in Ancient Greece?

What was life like for women in Ancient Greece?

Art:

In Art children will be studying cityscapes as created by different artists. They will have the opportunity to create cityscapes using homemade palette knives, ink, 3D cityscapes, reflections of cityscapes and silhouettes of cityscapes.

P.E.

This will be Tag Rugby with Premier Sports

Science:

We will be looking at living things and their habitats; learning about the famous scientist Linnaeus; and classifying plants, animals, birds, micro-organisms and fungi.

We will also be spending time learning about micro-organisms and the role that beneficial and harmful ones have in our lives. This will include growing bacteria and designing and carrying out experiments with yeast.

Geography:

Children will be looking at mapping skills (as catch up from last term as I was absent and a few geography lesson were missed).

Key questions will involve:

How can we locate places on Ordnance Survey maps?

What is a six-figure grid reference?

How can we read them?

How is distance represented on a map?

They will also be doing a comparison study of the UK and another country. They will look at landscape, climate, weather, populations, jobs and lifestyle. (Children will be voting on the country they want to study in their first geography lesson.)

Religious Studies:

In R.S., children will be looking at the concept of growing up and the religious rites associated with “coming of age”. Children will study the ceremonies and importance of Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Holy Communion, Baptism and the Amrit ceremony.

PSHE:

In PSHE we will be finishing our unit on healthy eating from last term when children will analyse their peer’s holiday food diaries and offer advice on how to improve diet. Children will also prepare and eat a few different types of healthy salads.

Then we will be looking at peer pressure and standing up for ourselves; the role of self-esteem and confidence in saying no to things that are harmful and how to keep safe.