The children will be given the opportunity to write a wide variety of genres with emphasis being on engaging the reader. They will be expected to employ advanced grammar, punctuation and vocabulary in order that their writing is as lively and interesting as possible. In year 6, children are expected to read avidly and extensively, covering a diversity of texts. Every aspect of language and literacy is covered as it is essential that pupils have the skills and enthusiasm to develop a flair for writing, reading, speaking and communicating. Year 6 pupils are encouraged to take pride in their work so a neat and uniform handwriting style is developed but they are allowed freedom to present information in a format of their choosing. At the end of the year, every Year 6 child will take part in a leavers’ play – drama is an essential element of life in the final year of school.
The topics to be studied in maths will be: negative numbers, decimals, percentages and fractions, area and perimeter, ratio and proportion, long multiplication and long division. Other topics covered include: algebra, writing formulas, circumference and area of circles, probability, analysing a range of graphs, finding averages and producing visual patterns through tessellation and rotation. Mental maths strategies are further developed to enhance accuracy and speed.
The following topics will be studied: Micro organisms, dissolving and changing materials, forces, and sex education in the summer term. In addition they will focus on practical aspects and develop scientific skills such as observation, planning tests and fair testing, sorting and classifying, predicting and hypothesising so that children can solve problems more scientifically. Children are encouraged to work independently as well as in groups.
The children will design, make and evaluate: geodesic designs, a felt bag, Tudor houses. Food technology will cover basic skills, food hygiene and the need for a varied and healthy diet.
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Year 6 children will look at a range of big questions over the year, predominantly relating to the Tudors. These may include: Why did Henry 8th marry 6 times? What was life like for a poor person during the Tudor period? In addition, they will study exploration during this period and the many changes this brought. The weeks following SATs will allow the children to have themed weeks where different aspects of history, as well as other curriculum areas, will be studied – topics will have previously been chosen by the children. These may include: United States of America past and present, the Aztecs, World War One.
The children will have the opportunity to study: how climate change has affected the planet but also on a more local level; the Caribbean focusing particularly on the island of St. Lucia – tourism, commerce, adverse weather.
Art in Year 6 is expected to be at an advanced level both in technique and expressive interpretation. The work of a wide variety of artists, sculptors and designers will be studied but never replicated as children should be allowed to develop their own definitive style. Sketchbooks are used to record their observations and ideas. They will also be able to improve their mastery of techniques in painting, drawing and sculpting with a range of materials. Silk painting and felting also feature heavily in the art curriculum for year 6.
In class lessons, children play a variety of classroom percussion instruments and learn to play in time, recall patterns and create sequences. They create music to describe pictures and scenes. They learn to read standard and graphic notation and have the opportunity to represent sounds using simple standard and graphic notation. They listen to their performances and suggest improvements to their work and begin to evaluate their own and others’ work using appropriate vocabulary.
The children will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of games (hockey, football, netball, cricket, dodgeball, Danish longball), dance, tennis and swimming. The children will develop their skills, agility and co-ordination. They will have basketball training from a Plymouth Raiders team player for a term. Able pupils will be involved in representing the school for most of these sports as well as in cross- country running.
Religious Education and Citizenship
In Year 6, pupils study the six main world religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism. Core beliefs, customs, ritual and festivals will be focused upon for each faith. Children will then be able to compare and contrast the rel igions as to where they differ and where they are similar.
For citizenship lessons the children look at politics and government – how the British political system works, voting, law making (aided by our visits to the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street). This is then followed by a series of debates such as: ‘Should children have to wear uniform?’, ‘Are zoos the right place for animals to live?’, ‘Should capital punishment be brought back to Britain?’ Here, children are expected to prepare and deliver a speech reflecting their own thoughts to back up their argument. Debates ensue and a vote taken at the end.
All Year 6 children are prefects; they must sign a contract at the start of Year 6 to which they must adhere if they are to remain in this position of responsibility. Transition to secondary school is a major feature of Year 6 so it is imperative that all children are prepared for this new chapter.
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