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 Spring Term, Year 6’s learning will be based on our two core texts: ‘Trash’ by Andy Mulligan, and ‘Gorilla Dawn’ by Gill Lewis. We will be using these enriching texts to explore sustainability. 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 will continue to write the narrative of the story from the starting page, creating their own story. Children will be studying differing views about development and quality of life and their measurement. They will explore the importance of sustainable solutions, bio-diversity and the wider causes and implementation of climate change. They will analyse their own and others beliefs about environmental issues, whilst keeping their mind open to new ideas. In the second part of the term, children will be writing a persuasive letter to an MP around sustainability, before writing a non-chronological report based on their sustainability learning. Children will be studying the importance of managing natural resources carefully to study the wider causes and implications of environmental damage – both locally and in other parts of the world.
In Maths, children will be learning about ratio and applying their learning to solve various problems, including scaling and finding relative sizes of two quantities. We will also look at statistics and interpret various graphs and tables, including looking at real-life timetables. Children will also learn basic algebra this term, and use this in simple formulae, solving equations and analysing linear sequences. In the second term, we will look at further properties of shape (including position and direction), as well as solving perimeter, area and volume problems. We will also look at measurement, including common conversions, and looking at metric and imperial measurements.
In Science, children will be exploring the topics ‘Electricity’ and ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. We will be creating our own investigation about variables that can affect electricity and its output; children will be encouraged to work scientifically as they plan, carry out and evaluate these investigations, including at how they can make a magnet stronger. The children will learn about how animals are grouped and their typical characteristics. They will then explore this concept and attempt to locate and find their own animals before grouping them.
In the 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 as and when required. 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. Pupils will also be set weekly spellings homework, as well as weekly English and Maths homework via their CGP books.