This half term, Year 6’s learning will be based on the film ‘Selma’ and our core text ‘Stella by Starlight’ by Sharon Draper. We will be using both mediums to explore segregation in America and how influential people tried to bring around change. Through this text, we will be challenging our pupils in a variety of ways, through problem solving, reasoning and hands on learning that will result in high-quality learning outcomes.
We will have a history focus to our learning this term around our global theme of peace and conflict. The children will make connections between current struggles and those in the past, looking at how segregation has impacted and continues to impact the lives of individuals and groups of people. They will have the opportunity to showcase their learning through a debate centered around if segregation has ever benefitted people.
In English, the children will continue to develop their fictional writing style as they write present-tense narratives in role of Stella (a young girl facing segregation) describing the build up to a key day in Black History – voting day. They will learn to empathise with this character, who has learnt to cope with growing up experiencing such inequality, 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’. Based on our curriculum learning, children will also be writing a newspaper article reporting on a suspicious sighting of the Ku Klux Klan; they will learn how to write formally, include examples of direct and reported speech as well as writing factually about an event. They 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, the children will begin by continuing their learning about fractions, decimals and percentages including ordering, finding equivalents and problem solving. They will then be learning about ratio and proportion including solving problems involving scaling of shapes and amounts. After this, they will be learning about statistics and interpreting different representations of data. They will also be learning how to read timetables and solve time problems. Finally, they will be learning about algebra including finding terms in a sequence and solving equations.
In RE, children will be looking at Buddhism and how they follow the teachings throughout their life. This includes looking at the four noble truths, and the 8-fold path. They will also be looking at the beliefs and traditions of the religion and how it can link to their own life.
In science, the children will be learning about electricity through a range of different practical activities. The children will be learning about electromagnets and the positive and negative effects they can have. They will be building circuits using scientific equipment.
In art, we will be studying the work of Sam Cannon, who is an artist who tries to convey a positive message of peace through the words he uses in his artwork.
In PE, the children will be improving their fitness levels through circuit training and then developing their own circuit courses. They will also be developing their attacking and defending skills in a variety of sports.