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2021-22 Year 6 Learning

Here, you will find out about all our magnificent learning and educational escapades that we encounter this year! 

There are also some handy documents for you to view to give you a little more detail on our termly and yearly plans.

Term 5

 Our topic for Term 5 is the Ancient Kingdom of Benin. We will focus on the years between 900-1600AD, in which we learn about how the kingdom was ruled, where it was, the art produced there and the trade links that were formed with countries like Portugal. 

We will be reading “Children of the Benin Kingdom” by Dinah Orji and basing some of our writing around this text.

In our writing lessons, we will be using the short animation "Rock, Paper, Scissors" as a stimulus for exciting story writing.

This term is also when children will sit their SATs test (from 9th May). We are blown away by how hard the children have worked to prepare themselves for these tests, and are really excited for them to show off all they have learnt - you will all do amazingly well! Good luck!

Click here to see this term's newsletter; and click here to see our termly overview.

 

Term 4

'Journeys!! After learning about World War Two in Term 3, we found about different groups of people that came to Britain - especially Bristol - following the end of the the Second World War. We learnt about the Windrush Generation that arrived from the Caribbean, people who have arrived from other European countries, and groups that have arrived from different African countries - and we celebrated the fantastically diverse community we're part of locally and nationally. 

Our author of the term was Shaun Tan - an incredible author and illustrator whose books help us to consider the experiences of people who arrive in new lands and those who have seen new people arrive in their home countries. 

Click to see this term's newsletter; click to see our termly overview.

Have a look at some of the fantastic World Book Day costumes! The children were so creative in their choices!

 

Term 3

This term's topic learning was all about World War Two and life for children in Bristol at the time. Children learnt about the key events, including turning points, in World War Two to provide context for the rest of our learning. We also learnt about the Battle of Britain, D Day and the German invasion of Russia, and found out about a variety of experiences of evacuation, using a range of sources and accounts from Bristol evacuees to understand the diversity of these experiences.

Our writing and grammar this term was based around our World War Two learning, beginning by developing our persuasive writing skills, advertising our own gas masks designed for a pet and then attempting to persuade a loved one to send their children to the countryside as an evacuee. We learnt about 'timeslip' stories, which are not told in chronological order (flashing forwards/backwards in time).

As well as looking at some war poetry, we will read 'Letters from the Lighthouse' by Emma Carroll as a our class novel, and used this to help develop our fantastic reading comprehension skills.

Our maths learning focused on geometry (calculating missing angles using formulae) before moving on to fractions, decimals and percentages. 

Click to see this term's newsletter; click to see our termly overview

Have a look at some of the photos from our fantastic VE Day Party at the end of term. We made fruit flapjacks with Chef Glynn, and prepared jam, cheese and cucumber sandwiches to eat as well! 

 

Term 2

Our topic in Term 2 was 'Extreme Landscapes!' Our main focus was geography, where children learned about hot and cold climates, mountains and volcanoes. We practised our OS map reading skills, learnt about Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's ascent of Mount Everest and used our DT skills to design and make our own exploding volcanoes!

 

To support our learning, we visited a local climbing wall - our very own climbing expedition! Back in school, we used this experience to support our instruction writing skills as part of our English lessons. We wrote our own reports about mountain-dwelling animals, reading the short story 'Way Home' and continued our learning about Shakespeare's plays. Our end of the day class story was the exciting Philip Pullman story, 'Clockwork'.

 

Our maths learning focused on multiplication and division before moving onto geometry. 

 

For more information about our Term 2 curriculum, take a look at our termly overview. To see our newsletter, click here.

 

Have a look at some of the pictures we took on their climbing trip as part of the Extreme Landscapes topic!

 

Term 1

The children have really enjoyed our topic of COASTS this term.  They have researched the ways in which coastlines are transformed by natural processes such as erosion and deposition.  We also learnt about coastal management and designed our own sea defences.  In Science children pieced together evidence from pre-historic fossils and followed Charles Darwin's voyage of discovery on the Beagle. They learnt about Mary Anning and the fossil discoveries that she made along the Lyme Regis - Charmouth coast. We had a a fantastic day in Charmouth fossil hunting with expert Ed Drewitt.  Children found ammonites, belemnites and there was even a discovery of an ichthyosaur tail vertebrae!  Have a look at some of our pictures: 

 

 Click to see this term's newsletter; click to see our termly overview.

 

 

 

(Below is a list of websites and online resources that we have shared with previous year groups for families wishing to provide extra support and practice at home in the lead up to the End of Key Stage 2 SATs - and there may also be other resources that you have used at home during lockdown that your children enjoyed.)

 

Useful web links for Year 6 learning and revision:

SATs practice papers

 

Access to previous SATs papers (reading, SPAG and maths):

http://www.satspapers.org.uk/Page.aspx?TId=5

 

 SATs-style maths practice papers:

 https://www.emaths.co.uk/index.php/student-resources/past-papers/ks2-sat-2016-practice-papers 

 https://mathsmadeeasy.co.uk/ks2-revision/key-stage-2-sat-maths/

 

 

 English/SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)

 

National Curriculum definitions of grammatical terms which will appear in homework and class learning:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335190/English_Appendix_2_-_Vocabulary_grammar_and_punctuation.pdf

 

National Curriculum spelling patterns and statutory words lists (giving examples of spelling patterns we will teach and the type of words the SATs will test):

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf 

 

Summaries, examples and teaching videos of key grammatical terms:

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zhrrd2p

 

Selection of games for revision:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/punctuation

 

 

Maths

 

Summaries, examples and teaching videos of mathematical terms:

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

 

Wide range of resources – from games to teaching aids and tests:

https://mathsframe.co.uk/

https://www.math-salamanders.com/free-kids-math-games.html

 

Maths arithmetic practice:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/mental-maths

 

Small range of memory matching games:

https://claritymaths.uk/games/index.html

 

Really good web site (with lots of visual aids to help understand tricky concepts); it is American but, while not a direct match to the National Curriculum for Year 6, the ‘Grade 5’ learning and games would be a match for age – and you could always look at ‘Grade 4’ or 'Grade 6' to support/stretch as appropriate:

https://www.mathplayground.com/

 

Web site designed more for teachers, and includes lots of concepts aimed at secondary-age learning. However, there are some useful tools which show models and images that might help your child’s understanding if something is proving tricky to understand:

https://mathsbot.com/

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