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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6 and the final year at Trotts Hill Primary School!  Mrs Cook is the class teacher and Mrs Cornish is the teaching assistant. Mrs Shergill will also be supporting the class on a Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Year 6 is an extremely important, yet exciting year, when your children will sit their SATs in May. To ensure the children are ready for these tests and are feeling confident, all the support and interest you take in your child’s education is extremely valuable. We ask parents to read and sign their child’s reading record each week and help their child with home learning tasks that are set.

 

We cover the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and Computing as well as a full range of topics where we encourage children to take an active approach towards their learning including:

  • World War II in History
  • Chinese Inventions in DT
  • Building safe, healthy relationships in PSHE and much, much more! 

 

Year 6 is a very important year and we have organised a range of activities which ensure children receive a broad curriculum which challenges them. Children participate in a ‘Robotics Day’ where they design and programme a robot to walk on Mars. Children’s Design and Technology skills are developed through a K’Nex workshop where the children build a model based on strict design specifications.  Finally the children’s fitness is tested through a residential at the end of year where they have the opportunity to conquer fears and achieve goals!

 

The expectations in Year 6 are very high, but year on year, children always rise to the challenge through good home-school partnerships and a determination to succeed.

Year 6 Curriculum Map Summer 2021

Week commencing Monday 19th July LI: To practise dry rescue skills

Across the school, children have been learning dry swimming skills in order to keep safe when near water!

Week commencing Monday 12th July LI: To participate in Sports Day

Year 6 participated in a carousel of activities, enabling them to show a variety of skills, from throwing to jumping. They also competed in a range of races, including sprint, relay and obstacle. The children showed great sportsmanship and the Sports Leaders excelled themselves in running the event. 

Week commencing Monday 5th July LI: To explore and sketch 3D sculptures

In Art, we are studying Henry Moore and we went to observe his spectacular sculptures. Whilst we were there, we learnt a lot about him and his life; we also sketched a few different sculptures from different angles. Soon we will be creating our own 3D sculptures using Moore as our inspiration. 

Week commencing Monday 28th June LI: To conduct a bee survey

This week, the whole school have been participating in the bee survey, combining our Science and Maths skills. Year 6 were investigating the question: Do different species of bees visit a plant at different times in the day? We were able to see 3 different species on our grounds but were able to research many more. We transferred our data from a tally chart to a bar graph. Next week, we will analyse line graphs showing the decline of the bee population. 

Week commencing Monday 21st June LI: To make soap

Year 6 have had the opportunity to work with Centre for Industry Education Collaboration in learning scientific skills which can be used in the industry. Our first lesson involved speaking to employees at Johnson Matthey in Royston, who shared with us their daily tasks such as creating a liquid which contains chemicals which help to remove the harmful gases in exhaust fumes. Year 6 were then given the challenge to use the same skills to follow a recipe to create a soap.  

Week commencing Monday 14th June LI: To practise yoga

Year 6 have been participating in yoga sessions, learning how to focus their breathing, engage their core and even the art of meditation.

Week commencing Monday 7th June LI: To understand appropriate online behaviour

Year 6 learnt about what is and what is not acceptable to share online. We discussed how texts and images can be shared quickly, and the impact this can have on our digital footprint and our future opportunities. Additionally, Year 6 discussed whether images and information that we’re presented with online are trustworthy and identified clues to look out for in order to keep safe while online. 

 

Week commencing Monday 24th May LI: To make tortilla wraps and salsa

As part of our DT learning this week, we measured, mixed, kneaded, rolled, fried and chopped. We linked our food technology module to our geography topic of South America and made our own tortilla wraps with a salsa to go with them. They were delicious!

Week commencing Monday 17th May LI: To explore reflection

To continue our topic on light, and to prove that light reflects, we created periscopes! 

Week commencing Monday 10th May LI: To use dialogue within narrative

Year 6 have been reading Goodnight Mr Tom and have completed a range of writing tasks, inspired by the story. This writing task involved applying their knowledge of the text to write an imaginary phone conversation between Willie and his mother. Year 6 were focusing on balancing dialogue and narrative and including appropriate detail to convey character. 

Week commencing Monday 3rd May LI: To follow a line of enquiry

Our new topic in Science is 'Light'. Year 6 investigated what factors could affect shadows. Each group developed their own line of enquiry, and decided how to present their results eg. Does the angle of the light source affect the size of the shadow? Year 6 were able to apply their recent Maths learning to create accurate tables and graphs to help them to identify the relationship between the light source and the shadow. 

Week commencing Monday 26th April LI: To measure angles

We learnt outdoors in Maths today. We recapped the vocabulary: acute, obtuse, right and reflex angles and then recreated these angles using sticks and string in our forest school area. We proved they were these angles by using a protractor to measure them. 

Week commencing Monday 19th April LI: To explore how messages and moods are conveyed in poetry

Continuing our learning on Jackie Kay, we wrote our own poems inspired by her. We reflected on change and experiences in our lives and expressed ourselves beautifully.

Week commencing Monday 12th April LI: To recite and perform a poem

As part of our 'Take One Poet - Poetry Appreciation' unit, we have been studying the poet Jackie Kay. We have analysed the meaning behind a variety of her poems and memorised and performed the poem 'Bush Fire'. We varied pitch, pace, volume, rhythm and expression in relation to the poem's meaning and form. Next week, we shall use her poetry as inspiration to write our own.

 

Week commencing Monday 22nd March LI: To describe the effect of diet on how the body functions

Year 6 reflected on their prior learning on the digestive system, and then independently researched the effect diet can have on the body, sharing their findings and taking pride in their presentation. 

Week commencing Monday 15th March LI: To know about the significance of Easter for Christians.

Year 6 participated in a virtual Easter journey organised by Bridge Builders. The children learned about the life of Jesus and the events leading up to his crucifixion. The children discussed personal heroes and discussed the significance for Christians of Jesus as the Messiah.

Week commencing Monday 8th March LI: To describe setting and character

Inspired by the video 'Alma' from Literacy Shed, we have been exploring the features of suspense writing. In this piece, Year 6 experimented with some of the features to describe a setting and character in 150/200 words. This encouraged the children to carefully select which vocabulary they included, ensuring it had the intended impact on the audience. Next week, Year 6 will fully retell their version of the story. 

Week commencing Monday 14th December LI: To refine our sewing technique

In September, we learnt how to sew in our Fashion and Textiles unit which we would have otherwise missed in Year 5. Today, we have refined our techniques in order to create a decoration. We designed, created and evaluated our pieces whilst showing our PRIDE learning behaviours. 

Week commencing Monday 7th December LI: To describe how Darwin used evidence to construct theories and LI: To evaluate

In Science, we are learning and Evolution and Inheritance. After learning about Darwin and his Theory of Evolution, including his discovery of 15 different species of finch in the Galapagos Islands, we investigated which tool makes the best beak! 

Week commencing Monday 30th November LI: To discover the work of JMW Turner and To experiment using watercolours

This term we are looking at the works of JMW Turner in our art lessons.

We found out that he started life as the son of a barber, but by the age of 14, he was attending the Royal Academy of Art - which was usually attended by students from more well-to-do families. We experimented with watercolours: using dry brushes to apply colour and then blending them with a water-wash; water-washing the page and then adding the colour to the damp surface; graduating colours; layering and splattering. Now we are familiar with the effects that we can create, we will use Turner's paintings as inspiration for our own work next lesson.

Week commencing Monday 23rd November LI: To compare similarities and differences between India and the UK

On our Round the World Day, we went to India! We used lots of different sources of information to find out about India to make comparisons with the UK, including location, climate, population and human and physical features. We were incredibly well behaved and determined to find out as much as we could. We impressed Mrs Cook with our geographical skills including using an atlas and Google Earth.

Week commencing Monday 16th November LI: To integrate dialogue into narrative

We have looked at a range of fiction genres and Year 6 have written their own stories, in a genre of their choice. They have challenged themselves to use ambitious vocabulary and speech for effect.

Week commencing Monday 9th November LI: To investigate and draw conclusions

To complete our Science topic, we investigated the conditions which affect yeast respiration. We tested whether the amount of yeast and the amount of sugar had an affect using a test tube and a balloon! Over the week, we have been making measurements and observations. As you can see, some of the balloons have inflated. We shall draw conclusions once we have collated all of this information.

Week commencing Monday 2nd November LI: To design and make a kite

In DT, we have been learning about Chinese inventions and our work culminated in the design and manufacture of our own kites.

Week commencing Monday 19th October LI: To divide

Year 6 have been working hard to master division!

Week commencing Monday 12th October LI: To understand what life was like for children who were evacuated during World War Two

Year 6 experienced a World War Two day, where they learnt what life was like for an evacuee.  The morning began with the children being evacuated to the countryside where life was very different from what they had been used to. The children wrote letters to show how they felt being evacuated.

After break, we investigated a range of artefacts from WW2. First, we handled the artefacts and asked questions about what they were, what they were used for and who they belonged to. After that, we used a range of secondary sources to help answer any questions we had about the artefacts which we weren’t sure about.

The day ended with us celebrating the end of the war.

Week commencing Monday 5th October. LI: To understand mental health

Hello Yellow day! We discussed how important it is to look after our mental health, as it is equally as important as our physical health. We produced messages of hope on bunting to display in the classroom. We are all going to remember that we are never alone, no matter how we are feeling.

Week commencing Monday 28th September. LI: To add whole numbers

This week, we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. We have been refining our understanding of the formal methods of column addition and subtraction. We have been challenging our thinking by completing fluency, reasoning and problem solving questions including 'true or false?', 'spot the error' and missing digit questions. 

Week commencing Monday 21st September. LI: To classify vertebrates

We looked closely at the five vertebrate groups. We researched each group in detail, finding out information like variation between species, life cycles and main characteristics. Each group then put their learning together to create an explanation text. Next week, we will do the same for invertebrates!

Week commencing Monday 14th September. LI: To understand how the four great inventions of China shaped the world

We tested different types of paper to determine its strength, its absorbency, how ink spreads, its opacity and its fibres. We conducted five different tests! This is part of our exploration phase in DT before we build up to designing and producing our own kites.  

Week commencing Monday 7th September. LI: To write a diary entry

We have been reading the book: There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar. We have been inspired to create various pieces of writing from it. We successfully wrote a diary entry from the perspective of Bradley Chalkers. Mrs Cook was impressed with how well we impersonated him and used the appropriate tone to convey his character. 

Week commencing Monday 31st August. LI: To develop a postive mindset

We took inspiration from the book: The Boy, The Fox, The Mole and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. We reflected upon which quotes resonated with us and we thought about how these could help us in our own lives and in the classroom.  These pictures are some examples.
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