This half term, Year 6’s learning will be based our core text ‘Ghost Boys’ by Sharon Jewell Parker Rhodes. We will continue 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 explore the legacy slavery left behind and Britain’s paradoxical positioin of being a leading light in the abolition movement but also a country who relied heavily of the products of slavery in order to produce its wealth. The children will also consider how Britain needed help from citizens of ex-slave colonies, like Jamaica and other Caribbean states, in order to rebuild after the Second World War and the impact that had on British life. They will produce a balanced argument at the end of term around the question, ‘Is skin colour and race still in issue in today’s society?’
In English, we will be reading a core text called “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes. The learning journey will focus on the themes of friendship, family relationships, bullying and peer pressure. To begin the term, the children will be exploring the main characters and relationships and writing in role from different perspectives. The children will then learn about persuasive devices and write a letter in role to one of the characters. The children will then reflect on their own future aspirations and learn the skills they need to write a biography about Barack Obama, who is seen as a positive and influential role model by the main character in the narrative. They will use these writing opportunities to develop their 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 measurement covering area, perimeter and volume and using their knowledge to solve problems. They will then be learning to solve problems involving ratios. Finally, the children will be learning about finding rules to solve algebraic equations. Children will develop their reasoning skills and continue to focus on their times table and arithmetic skills.
In RE, we will be learning about Christian celebrations and the children will be making connections to celebrations in their own lives and other religions.
In science, the children will be learning about ‘light’. They will consider how light travels, how it reflects off objects to enable us to see them and how shadow is the absence of light. The children will then look at how light travels through objects and investigate how the distance of an object from a light source will affect the size of the shadow it casts.
In art, our topic is entitled: “Love where you live”. During this term, children will be using photography and observational drawing to create a collage to celebrate their local community with links to local artists.
In PE, we shall be learning the basics of tag rugby outdoors by playing team games to introduce the concept. Indoors, the children will continue their journey in building their fitness by getting involved in a ‘boot camp’, completing circuits and devising ways to increase their heart rate.