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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 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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