At Elaine, we ensure that learning is planned for in a cross-curricular way; this ensures that children are able to make links within their learning and away from school. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through high expectations of everyone at Elaine, we aspire to achieve outstanding outcomes. During the Autumn Term, Year 6’s learning will be based on our two core texts: ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio, and ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman. We will be using these enriching texts to explore individuality, identity and diversity, reflecting on how everyone is different and how we should embrace and celebrate our unique qualities. Through these texts, we will be challenging our pupils through problem solving, reasoning and hands-on learning that will result in high-quality learning outcomes.
Over the first part of this term, children will continue to develop their fictional writing style as they write past-tense narratives in role of Julian – a character encountered in Wonder. They will learn to empathise with characters in the novel, such as Auggie, who has learnt to cope with growing up having a facial disfigurement, before applying this to their own narratives and building upon their writer’s voice. Children will learn how to include a balance of dialogue and description to create imagery for the reader whilst also moving the plot forward. They will also be exposed to techniques that will allow them to switch appropriately between levels of formality; these include the use of technical vocabulary and ‘slang’. In the second part of the term, children will be writing in role of alternative characters from the text ‘Wonder’, as they write a letter to an agony aunt discussing their worries and fears. Children will then switch their writer’s voice to create a thoughtful response from the agony aunt, offering advice and empathy. We will use both writing opportunities to develop the children’s voice as a writer and awareness of their audience, whilst simultaneously weaving in principles of sentence structures, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
In Maths, children will revise and extend their knowledge of place value, and how this relationship between numbers underpins all of mathematics. We will re-cap the four main operations in a range of contexts and problems whilst children will still be encouraged to explain their reasoning and thought-processes when solving them. Alongside extending their proficiency of using known calculation methods to aid their problem solving, the children will be exposed to new procedures, such as long division to calculate with increasingly large numbers, including decimals.
In Science, children will be exploring the topics ‘Light’ and ‘Animal including humans’. We will be creating our own investigation about how light changes throughout the day and children will be encouraged to work scientifically as they plan, carry out and evaluate these investigations. The children will learn about inheritance and how it can create characteristics in animals that are classifiable. They will be using their knowledge of classification to follow and create dichotomous keys and look at how physical traits can be exaggerated over time.
In lead up to SATs in the summer term, daily sessions will be spent sharpening our calculation skills through explicit arithmetic sessions, focusing on the four operations and fractions, decimals and percentages. Similarly, we will focus on developing our knowledge of key grammatical rules and terminology through engaging grammar sessions that will link closely with our learning in English. Children will continue to practice their French in class by learning how to have basic conversations, relating to their day-to-day routines.
In Year 6, pupils are able to change their reading book once a week. Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics. Please encourage your child to be reading for 30 minutes every night and to record their comments in their reading journals.