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Teacher - Gemma Shirreffs - gemma.shirreffs@turnerschools.com

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End of Year 6 Expectations

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End of Year Expectations - Year 6

TERM 4

Maths

In maths this term Year 6 will be learning about decimals and percentage, and how they are linked with the fractions that we learnt about last term. This will involve multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000 and then moving to multiplying and dividing decimals by integers. We will also be converting between decimals and fractions. Once the children are confident, we will move on to learning about percentages and finding percentages of an amount.

English

This term we will be continuing to read ‘The Secret Garden’ and finding out about the many adventures of the main character, Mary Lennox. She has changed so much since the beginning of the story, and it is really getting interesting now! Year 6 are excited to see what happens to Mary and her cousin, Colin Craven, and whether they will get inside the secret garden together. Our writing will be based on ‘The Secret Garden,’ and will start with learning the features of formal letters and then writing formal letters to different characters in the story. Year 6 will then use this information to write formal letters to people in our communities, town or country to give their writing a real life context. We will be focusing on modal verbs, verb tenses and editing our writing to ensure that it is the best that it can be.

Science

This term we will be continuing our topic of Forces with a focus on water resistance, gears, levers and pulleys. The children will have an opportunity to carry out a range of practical science experiments using scientific equipment including force metres and a range of gears, pulleys and levers. The scientific focus of this term is still data and the children will be able to draw graphs to show the data that they have collected and begin to write their own conclusions based on their findings.

Geography

This term the children will be learning about mountains and the different mountain ranges in the world and what the features are of a mountain. As part of this topic, the children will be able to create models of mountain ranges and label them with the key features. They will also use maps to investigate the contour lines and determine how steep the slopes are and how high they are above sea level.

History

Our history topic this term is called ‘Representing the nation,’ where the children will learn about the changes that happened following on from the Industrial Revolution. The children will also learn about how this affected the people who lived during this time and how workers were protected. This is a very interesting topic that the children have historically always enjoyed.

DT

The DT topic for this term will involve the children designing and making an electrical card. The children will begin the unit by exploiting existing electrical products and toys so that they have an understanding of what they will need to create. They will then be given the opportunity to learn about different types of circuits (series and parallel) to help them to create their product. This promises to be a really fun topic which we are sure the children will really enjoy.

Music

In music, our focus will be on Film music. The children will be exploring and identifying the characteristics of film music, creating a composition and graphic score to perform alongside a film.

Computing

This term the children will be learning how to create an electrical product using code which they will write themselves. We will also have our termly lesson on online safety, with a focus on capturing evidence.

PSHE

In PSHE this term the children will be learning about human rights.

PE

In PE this term the children will continue to develop their skills in playing team games and understanding the need to complete physical exercise in order to stay fit and healthy.

TERM 3

Maths

This term in maths, we will be starting with a unit on fractions where the children will learn to add and subtract mixed number fractions and multiply and divide fractions. They will also be finding fractions of amounts and solve a variety of problems involving fractions. Their learning on fractions will help them with the next topic, which is decimals. The children will also continue to develop their arithmetic skills, practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of numbers up to 7 digits, including decimals. They will start to answer questions involving fractions once they have learnt the skills this term. We will also be working hard to ensure that all the children are confident in identifying the properties of 2D shapes, being able to name and draw them. In our ‘Maths Catch-up’ sessions there will be a focus on the times tables, with the children being encouraged to identify the times tables that they don’t already know confidently and work on these to help them in their maths learning.

English

This term the children will begin reading the classic ‘The Secret Garden,’ as it is a longer novel, it will take us two terms to complete. If you have not already read the story yourself here is a little bit from the blurb,

‘After her parents die of cholera in India, Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle in his gloomy house in Yorkshire, where she leads a lonely and neglected life, with nothing to do apart from exploring her surroundings. One day she discovers a walled garden which has been locked up, and becomes determined to enter it and find out its secret and the source of mysterious crying sound that can be heard nearby.’ Our English work this term will be based on our guided reading text, ‘The Secret Garden.’ The children will have the opportunity to write a range of different genres this term, including: diary entries, letters and narrative. There will also be a focus on handwriting this term, as the children need to be able to write neatly and legibly to achieve the expected standard in Year 6. The children will also be learning how to use some higher-level punctuation (colons and semi-colons) in their writing and also including complex sentences and relatives clauses. In our ‘English Catch-up’ sessions, the children will be working hard on spelling the Years 5 and 6 spellings and using these appropriately in their writing.

Science

Our topic for the next two terms in Science is about forces, magnetism and simple machines. We will be carrying out some exciting experiments to find out about forces and magnetism, gravity, friction and air resistance. Our scientific skill for this term is data, and we will be making sure that we record our findings in a variety of different ways including, tables and graphs and then forming conclusions about what we have found out.

Computing

This term in computing the children are going to be learning about programming and using the computer program ‘Logo’.

History

In History this term the children will be learning about ‘The Great Exhibition’ opened by Prince Albert, who was married to Queen Victoria, and the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the country and the British Empire.

Geography

This term is geography, the children will be learning about sustainability and the ways in which we can look after ourselves as well as the environment. The children will discuss and understand how local choices are connected to global issues and how decisions that are made now will impact the future. The children will use ecological footprints as a way of comparing the resource consumption of different countries and learn about the term ‘food miles’ and the distance food travels to reach our shops and homes and discuss the benefits of sourcing this locally. This also leads on to understanding the term ‘carbon footprint’ and how they can calculate and reduce their own.

PSHE

In PSHE this term the children will be learning about staying safe when we are: at home, at school and in our local community. We will discuss what they can do if they do not feel safe or are worried about the safety of someone else. They will also have the opportunity to discuss peer pressure and what effect this can have on someone.

Music

In music this term, we will be exploring rhythms with a focus on pop art. The children will use their bodies to create music and sounds. They will also learn what different instruments make up an orchestra and how all of the instruments come together.

PE

In PE this term the children will continue to develop their skills in playing team games and understanding the need to complete physical exercise in order to stay fit and healthy.

TERM 2

Whole Class Reading

In whole class reading this term, Year 6 will be reading ‘Street

Child’ by Berlie Doherty about a boy named Jim Jarvis who experiences a lot of sadness in his life and ends up losing all of his family. At a young age Jim has to make his own way in life to survive before being rescued by ‘Barnie’, known to us now as ‘Doctor Barnado’. An excellent book that will have the children wanting to read more from the start.


English

In English this term the children will be writing diary entries focusing on the events that happen to Jim Jarvis and his family in the story ‘Street Child.’ They will use the skills that they learn to write their own recounts of events. The children will also be practising their narrative writing skills, writing a narrative based on Street Child and then moving on to write their own narrative focusing on using the correct features to engage the audience. We will continue to work on using appropriate punctuation in written work and making sure that it is neatly presented. The children will have the opportunity to showcase their writing in their ‘Polished Piece Book,’ to show off the amazing writing that they create.

Maths

In maths this term the children will be learning to solve calculations involving: short division and long division moving on to factors, multiples, prime numbers and the order of operations. There will also be an opportunity for the children to practise the skills that they have learnt in term 1, by completing weekly arithmetic tests. Towards the end of the term, the children will begin the next topic of ‘Fractions’, including finding equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. They will also compare and order fractions and put them on a numberline, using their knowledge of times tables. Regular practise on Times Table Rockstars will help to develop the children’s confidence and speed at recalling times table facts.


Science

This term in science, we will be continuing our topic of habitats and life cycles and will be learning about plants around the world and plants in our local area. The children will also be describing the life process of reproduction in some plants and trying to grow new plants from different parts of the parent plant, for example, seeds, stem and root cuttings. They will also explore examples of human impact (both positive and negative) on environments, for example, the positive effects of nature reserves, ecologically planned parks, or garden ponds, and the negative effects of population and development, litter or deforestation. The children will continue to carry out scientific experiments with a focus on planning.

History

In history this term, the children will learning about the abolition of slavery and the events that led to the end of slavery. The children will learn about what happened in the Zong massacre, and Thomas Clarkson’s abolitionist campaign which led to the abolition of slavery

Geography

Following the workshop that the children took part in before half term, in geography this term the children will be learning about natural disasters with a focus on earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. The children will be taught that the earth is made up of different layers and be able to name the different parts. They will also learn about the different parts of a volcano and explain how they are formed and categorise them into extinct, dormant and active. They will use maps to identify where volcanoes are located, identifying the risks and benefits of living near to a volcano. They will learn about why earthquakes occur and how to keep safe during an earthquake.


DT

In DT this term, the children will be making their own bread! The topic will start with the children having the opportunity to carry out their own market research and taste a variety of different breads. They will then use this knowledge to design and make their own bread. I am sure that the children will enjoy eating it once they have made it!

TERM 1

All of the children have settled really well into Year 6 and have made a good start to their learning.


Guided Reading

In Guided Reading this term we will be reading ‘Skellig’ about a boy called Michael who moves to a new house with an old garage in the garden that is falling down. What he discovers in the garage is not what he expected. The children will be practising their comprehension skills as well as enjoying this fantastic book.




English

In English this term, the children will be writing narrative descriptions, based on events that happen in ‘Skellig’, and also non-chronological reports about arthritis. The children will research the topic and identify the features of non-chronological reports to help them to write their own. There will also be a focus on punctuation this term, to ensure that children are using punctuation correctly in their writing. We will also focus on presentation skills his term, it is important that our writing is legible and clear in order for the reader to be able to enjoy it.



Maths

This term in maths the children will be learning about place value and making sure that they are confident with identifying the value of each digit in a number. They will also be ordering and comparing numbers using the symbols <>=. Rounding numbers to the nearest, 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000 will also be a focus. The children will also learn about negative numbers. Once the children are confident, we will move on to calculation and teach them how to use formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be working on their arithmetic skills and mental maths. A busy term ahead!


Science

In science, we will be starting our new topic of ‘Habitats, animals and life-cycles,’ which will involve the children learning about micro-organisms, life cycles of plants and animals and also the habitats in which they live. We have already made rain gauges and mini landfills which we will be keeping our eye on over the term. We have also planted beans to watch germinate over the term, it is the children’s responsibility to keep them alive by giving them water and ensuring that they get enough sunlight. The children will also be planning investigations: identifying the independent and dependent variable, and making sure that they keep the test fair so that the results that they collect are reliable.



History

In history this term the children will be learning about the events that led to the French Revolution. They will learn about the key figures and key events that happened; including the storming of the Bastille, the Battle of Trafalgar and how the Napoleanic war came to an end. The learning started by watching a clip from the musical, ‘Les Miserables,’ which helped the children to visualise what happened.

Geography

In Geography this term the children are learning about the sustainability and regeneration of the Harbour Arm. The topic starts with learning about the difference between human and physical features and then a walk to the Harbour Arm to identify human and physical features along the way. They will look at pictures of the area from the present day and in the past and identify how it has changed over time. They will also have the opportunity to look at Ordnance Survey maps of the area and identify grid references. As part of the unit, they will also look at population data over time and look at how it has changed.

Art

In Art this term, the children will have the opportunity to appraise different pieces of art including examples of figurative and abstract art. They will be introduced to art work created by the artists: Hockney, Lowry and Constable. They will use different mediums, including: watercolor and pencil with a focus on perspective and the illusion of depth.

Computing

This term in computing, the children will be learning about data and how it has changed as technology has improved. Starting with learning about bar codes and QR codes. They will also learn about how data is transmitted using infrared signals. The children will also learn about how data is kept safe by encoding it so that it cannot get into the wrong hands.


Music

This term in music, the children will be exploring rhythmic patterns in order to build a sense of pulse, they will then use this understanding to create a composition. They will clap rhythms and learn how to write them using musical nota

Maths

This term in maths the children will learning about statistics with a focus on: reading and interpreting line graphs, drawing line graphs and solving problems involving line graphs. They will also be reading and interpreting pie charts, including pie charts with percentages. They will also be learning about the mean and calculating the mean of a set of data. The last topic this term will involve the children learning about the properties of shapes including using a protractor to measure angles. They will also be taught to draw lines and angles accurately using a protractor. The children will also have the opportunity to calculate missing angles and calculate the angles in a triangle.

Guided Reading

In guided reading this term we are continuing to read the book ‘The Boy in Striped Pyjamas’, written by John Boyne, following the adventures of Bruno and Shmuel, the little boy on the other side of the fence. This will be supported by the learning that the children will be doing in history this term about WW2.



English

In English this term, the children will have the opportunity to practise all of the skills that they have learnt in Year 6 to write a range of different texts including: narrative, diary entry, explanation texts, descriptions, non- chronological reports and instructions. They will also be working hard to identify different spelling, punctuation and grammar in different texts that they can use in their own writing. All of these skills will prepare them as they move on to secondary school.

Science

In science, we will be continuing the chemistry topic that we started last term on Irreversible Changes. The children will continue to carry out a range of scientific experiments to investigate different physical and chemical changes and be able to describe what is happening and why. This term we will focus on changes to do with: electricity; reactions that produce light; reversible chemical reactions and the study of chemicals in

RE

In RE this term, the children will be learning about the story of Saint Paul with a specific focus on people changing their minds about something and behave differently. It is the only Christian unit covered in Year 6 and builds on what the children have already learnt about Jesus and Christianity.

Computing

This term the children will be learning about networks, and how the Internet works. This will involve them learning about different parts of a school network, and how data travels across the internet.

History

This term in history, the children will be learning about what happened during WW2 including the events that led up to it and what happened to the people who were affected by it. We will be focusing on Hilter’s rise to power and leading the German army to war. The children will also learn about what happened in Dunkirk in 1940 and the Battle of Britain. The children will learn about how the war ended and the fall of Berlin.

The children’s understanding will be supported by the book that we are reading in Guided Reading, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas.’

Geography

This term is geography the children will be completing a case study about hurricane Katrina. This will involve the children locating North America in the world and finding out about the states that occupy it. They will move on to learn about New Orleans in more detail; focusing on the location, states and the buildings that can be found there. The children will learn about what a hurricane is and how and why they occur. There will also be some discussion about whether New Orleans was more susceptible to a hurricane than other states. The children will also learn about how the hurricane affected the lives of the people who lived there.

PSHE

In PSHE this term the children will be learning about keeping safe and managing risk. This will involve the children taking part in class discussions and being provided with practical ways of managing situations that they may find themselves in.

Music

In music, our focus will be around the son, ‘You've Got A Friend,’ by Carole King. The song has a strong theme of friendship having no boundaries, and always being there for one another. We will be focusing on pitch, rhythm and pulse whilst learning to sing the song.

PE

In PE this term the children will continue to develop their skills in playing team games and understanding the need to complete physical exercise in order to stay fit and healthy.

Art

In Art this term, we will be working on a project to create a special work of art based on ‘what makes me unique’. The final creations will be shown at the cross trust creative arts exhibition on 15th July themed ‘Bounce Back’. The children will be creating a collage about these themes.