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Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School

N'umberland

Northumberland

Curriculum Overview 2021-22

Year 6 Teaching Team

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Please use the below link to find out more about the amazing art Y6 have been creating this term:

Term 3 – Year 6:

 

A very Happy New Year to you all, and we hope that you all had a peaceful festive season.
Well, the start of term has gone very well in Year 6: it was lovely to see the children so eager to return to their learning on
Tuesday, and we have started several new units of work which all promise to be very exciting!


In English, we have begun reading a new book entitled: 'The Journey' by Francesca Sanna, about the outbreak of war
and a family having to travel across borders to escape persecution. We are also looking at a poetry book by Michael Rosen
and Quentin Blake entitled: 'On the Move': this having a similar theme, that of migration.
We have decided that we love Michael Rosen’s poetry: it has really captured the year group’s imagination this week, and we
want to know more!

 

Maths: In term 3, the children will learn all about decimals, percentages and algebra. This will include: multiplying and dividing decimals, converting between decimals and fractions, converting fraction to percentages, finding percentages of amounts, substitution, formulae and problem solving.

 

History: We are continuing our work on WWII, looking at the role of women in the cities and as Land Girls; the role of propaganda, and Anne Frank's diary.

 

Geography: We will be comparing and contrasting North, Central and South America, and planning a package holiday for each location, that takes in both city landmarks and natural wonders.

 

R.E: In term 3 we will explore Islam and what it means to be a Muslim. This will begin with a focus on the Five Pillars of Islam and what they each represent.

 

Computing: In computing this term, the children will explore how computer networks connect people in ways that allow them to work together, share information and resources.

 

Spanish: We will begin by recapping our knowledge of animal names as well as learning how to compare the height of our friends and ourselves. We have also begun to learn new vocabulary to describe the characteristics of our friends.

 

Science: In science we have looked at the effects of climate change and the greenhouse effect. We have learned about the increasing acidity and temperature of our oceans and planned and carried out investigations to test the effects of climate change on the ice caps and the creatures that live in our oceans. 

 

RSE: In RSE this term, the children will focus on ‘Keeping Myself Safe’. They will identify how necessary responsible and respectful behaviour is and what it looks like when interacting with others online and face-to-face.

 

P.E: In P.E the children are developing their fitness and stamina through multi-skills and partnered circuit activities.

 

Art/DT: In art, the children are focusing on craft and collage in conjunction with developing their weaving skills.

 

Friday 14th January 2022:

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Well, we have had another busy week - one of the highlights of Tuesday being a theatre show called 'Fantastic Fred'. This discussed ways in which we can improve our mental health, and was very informative, humorous and entertaining. FRED stands for: 

F(OOD) - eat a balanced diet.

R(EST) - have plenty of sleep and relaxation time.

E(XERCISE) - keep fit!

D(EVICES) - switch off all gadgets before going to bed.

Other than that, we have continued our work on our English book: 'The Journey', and have written narratives about travellers going to foreign lands. We have looked at some more poems by Michael Rosen which discuss his childhood, growing up in a Jewish family in East London. We have looked at height and growth of the skeleton in Science, and the Islamic call to payer in R. E. We have also watched some footage of the Amazon Rainforest taken by Mrs East-Harland on her travels to South America prior to Covid-19, and have explored the role of 'Land Girls' during the second world war. We have also learnt about The Subjunctive in our grammar lessons.

 

Home Learning begins again this week, and has been posted on Teams. If the children would like some optional extra homework, then they could try being a 'Land Girl' (or boy!): growing a carrot, turnip or parsnip top in a saucer of water, or replanting a small potato.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

With best wishes,

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing.

 

 

Friday 7th January 2022:
Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A very Happy New Year to you all, and we hope that you all had a peaceful festive season. Well, the start of term has gone very well: it was lovely to see the class eager to return to their learning on Tuesday, and we have started several new units of work which all promise to be very exciting! In English, we have begun reading a new book entitled: 'The Journey', about the outbreak of war and a family having to travel across a range of borders to escape persecution. In Reading, we are looking at a poetry book by Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake entitled: 'On the Move': this having a similar theme, that of migration. In Maths, we have started a new unit on decimals and relating these to fractions, percentages, rounding, estimating, money and word problems. In P.E. we have started doing circuit training which the children are also really enjoying. In History, we are looking at the role of women in the 1930s, in conjunction with WWII, and in Geography, we are planning holidays to Central and South America! 

 

There will be no Home Learning this week as it is the first week of term. If the children would like to do some additional optional homework, then perhaps they could do some research on the Amazon Rainforest or on what tourist attractions there are in and around Mexico City. Please add comments to 'Go Read' if the children do any additional reading: thank you.

 

Have a good weekend,

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing.

 

Thursday 16th December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Firstly, thank you to those of you who were able to attend our wonderful Year 5 and 6 Nativity production, 'Straw and Order' on Monday: we really enjoyed it and are very thankful that we got the chance to perform live given the current circumstances. Thank you again for all your help and support with line-learning and costumes.
Well, this week, we have produced a book review of 'The Dam' and have finished some really lovely associated artwork with Mrs Clements, creating reservoirs using water colours. We have studied the poem 'The Christmas Truce' by former Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy about Christmas in the WWI trenches in 1914, and have written our own 'Christmas Truce' poems.
In History, we have looked at soldiers’ experiences during World War Two, discussing whether or not all men would have wanted to fight. Other than this, we have explored drawing, reflecting and translating co-ordinates in Maths, sung Christmas carols, participated in a Christmas quiz, made Christmas cards, and have celebrated the end of a busy but very enjoyable term; not least of all with a superb Christmas lunch! 

 

Next term, we begin a new book entitled 'The Journey'. We shall also be exploring a number of the poems by Michael Rosen.

Have a lovely festive period: a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all when it arrives.

 

Please see below for photos from the Christmas lunch and above for a slideshow of photos from the Nativity.

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing.

 

 

 

Friday 10th December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have completed our work on 'The Dam', writing myths and legends about church spires and lost villages under water! We have enjoyed the book as well as learning about Kielder Valley and the Northumbrian landscapes, dialects and folklore.
We have also been preparing for our Christmas production, 'Straw and Order': thank you for all of your help and support with the costumes - we had our dress rehearsal yesterday, and they look amazing!
In Maths, we have completed our work on fractions, exploring how these operate within a range of word problems. Next week, we shall begin looking at position and direction, planned with a Christmas twist to get us all in the festive mood! In History, we have been looking at the evacuation of German children under 'Kinder transport' and the impact this had upon their lives in World War II. We have completed 'Rose Blanche' and have written book reviews on it for the Discovery Centre. In RSHE, we have also been looking at advertising campaigns and how these help charities and organisations that reply upon public donation.

 

As some optional homework, perhaps the children could make their own Christmas Maths puzzles, or write a book review about a Christmas story. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing.

 

Friday 3rd December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have been continuing our work on 'The Dam', writing narratives about what it is like to be on a boat on a reservoir. We have written some very evocative descriptions of the water as well as of how the characters are feeling, sitting in the middle of a large expansive lake, in a tiny boat.

As we begin to prepare a canvas for our end of term display on this, we thought you might like to see Eric - our robot from last term's text on canvas:

 

We have also been getting ready for the Christmas production, practising our songs and acting out our roles: we are getting very excited for the forthcoming performances.


In Maths, we have continued our work on fractions, exploring how these operate within a range of word problems. In History, we have continued our work on Dunkirk and the impact this had upon how World War II and on the morale at the time in Britain. We have also been looking at the short story 'Rose Blanche' in our Reading lessons, and thinking further about the impact of war upon the lives of children.

 

As some optional homework, perhaps the children could make their own Christmas decorations, or a Christmas accessory to wear on Christmas Jumper day? They might want to have a go at writing their own Christmas carol, or researching what Christmas would have been like for the troops away from home during World War II?

 

Have a lovely weekend, and thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing. 

 

Friday 26th November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have been continuing our work on 'The Dam', writing narratives about what it is like to move house. We have looked at a poem about the arrival of Spring and have used this as a stimulus for thinking about change and moving on. We have also started learning the script for the Christmas production. In Maths we have continue to work on fractions, while in R. E. we have learnt about the impact that the gospels have had upon Christians' lives. In History, we are learning about Dunkirk and the impact this had upon how World War II was developing. We have also been learning about Spanish names for animals.

 

As some optional homework perhaps the children could try to write any Christmas cards that they are sending to their classmates in Spanish? Or perhaps do some of their own research on what it was like to be a child living in Britain during WWII?

 

In the Discovery Centre this week, we explored Aldwych Station during the Blitz through the use of our VR Headsets.

Here we are discussing our observations and discoveries within the Amphitheatre:

Have a lovely weekend, despite the colder weather!

 

Mrs Latty, Miss Bradley and Mrs Standing. 


Friday 19th November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have celebrated 'Anti-Bullying' week! We wore odd socks on Wednesday to signify that it is ok to be different from each other, and we made a chain of 'kind words' which will help us to remember our new motto: 'One Kind Word'. We learnt a lot and it was great fun! We have also started learning the songs for the Christmas production and are looking forward to reading through the script next week. In English, we have continued our work on Kielder Valley in relation to our book, 'The Dam'. We have written narratives with flashbacks about the community gatherings that would have taken place in the valley before the dam was built. In Maths we have continued our work on adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers, while in Spanish we have learnt the days of the week and the months of the year.

 

Next week in History, we are learning about Winston Churchill and his impact upon Britain during WWII. We will be writing motivational speeches and recording them, which promises to be good fun! We are also enjoying reading Ian Serralier's classic war novel; 'The Silver Sword' about a group of Polish children searching for their parents during the early 1940s.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Mrs Latty and Mrs Standing. 

 

Friday 12th November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We hope that you have had a good week, and thank you again to those of you who attended this week's Parent Teacher Consultation meetings.

Our English lessons have taken a very interesting turn this week as we have carried out some research into the background to our class story; that of the Kielder Water dam and of how its construction in 1975 impacted upon the local community.
We have written texts comparing and contrasting the Kielder locality both before and after the building of the dam, and have been improving our map-reading skills when looking at maps of the local area.

In Spanish, we have been revising the numbers 1 - 20, and in History, we have been looking at who were the allies and axis groups during WWII.

 

As some additional fun activities at home, the children might like to do one of the following:

 

Cooking and eating a WWII recipe.

Designing a Propaganda poster.

designing and making a WWII board game.

 

We hope that you have a good weekend, and thank you again for all of your support.

 

Mrs Latty and Mrs Standing.


Friday 5th November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

It was good to see the children again on Monday after half-term, and good to meet many of you this week at our Parent-Teacher Consultation meetings. Well, we have had a great week, with much excitement at starting our new English book, 'The Dam' by David Almond and Levi Pinfold: an ethereal tale about rural communities in Northumberland. In Maths, we have been looking at fractions, whereas in History, we have starting our new topic on World War II, focusing upon The Blitz and upon how the war affected children. In R.E., we have been exploring what Jesus would have done in certain situation, and in Science, we have been looking at the body and its skeleton and major organs.

 

Have a good weekend!

 

With best wishes,

 

Mrs Latty and Mrs Standing

Friday 15th October 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We hope that you have had a good week. We have been writing argument texts in English as well as learning the features of an informal letter. We have been learning about longitude and latitude in Geography and have been considering the future of books in History and looking further at parallel circuits in Science. We have also been looking at Diversity this week as part of Mental Health Week, and thinking of small steps that we can take in our lives to look after our wellbeing.

 

Finally, an enormous congratulations to all of those who attended the Tag Rugby tournament on Wednesday with Mr Levett: they all did very well!

 

 

We hope that you have a lovely weekend!

With best wishes,

Mrs Latty, Miss Afrifa and Mrs Standing. 

 

Friday 8th October 2021:
Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have been continuing with our book, 'Runaway Robot', where we have been delving more into the characters, their actions and motivations, and really examining how they feel. We have been writing newspaper reports and diary extracts based upon some of the events that happen in the story.
In Maths, we have been looking at division and the different strategies that can be used for both short and long division.  We have been describing flags in Spanish and considering in Geography, how easy it is to be a citizen of the world while still being true to our own culture(s) and personal identities. We have also enjoyed Tag Rugby which began yesterday as an after-school club. 

 

A number have children have asked for details of 'Runaway Robot' so that they can purchase a copy of the book to read at home. It is by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Please put your child's name inside, if they are bringing their own copy to school.

 

Thank you for your continued support; have a good weekend.

Mrs Latty, Miss Afrifa and Mrs Standing. 



Friday 1st October 2021:
Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We hope that you have had a good week, despite the weather, and for those of you who were able to attend our 'Open Classrooms' on Tuesday, we hope that you enjoyed seeing our learning environment, the Discovery Centre and The Sanctuary. This week, we have had our Harvest Festival assembly: thank you for your kind donations. In English, we have continued to learn more about Alfie, the main character in our class novel, 'Runaway Robot'. In Maths, we have been looking at different ways to multiply a range of small and larger numbers. In History, we have continued to explore the process and development of how books have been made and disseminated across the ages, and in Geography we have been looking at racial stereotypes and asking whether there is any truth in the representations that are currently in existence.

 

Please note that our Home Learning is posted every Thursday on Class Notebook. There are four sets of Maths homework on display. Please ensure that your child does the maths work that has been set by the teacher who teaches them Maths - this might not necessarily be their own class teacher. There are no assignments for return for Term 1 on Tuesdays; however, please ensure that comments are being logged onto GoRead every week.

 

Thank you - and have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Latty, Miss Afrifa, Mrs Cheesman and Mrs Standing. 

 

 

Friday 24th September 2021:
Dear Parents and Carers,

Well, this week, we have been focusing on our writing: looking at the characters in our class novel, 'Runaway Robot' and writing character portraits, based upon what we know and can infer.
In Maths, we have focused upon the four operations: how to use a variety of methods as well as how to solve a range of word problems. In Science, we have been looking at how to draw electrical circuit diagrams, before testing various circuits to see which ones are the most robust. We have been looking at descriptions in a variety of reading texts, and continuing with our Spanish, learning how to count to 15! In art, we were studying different types of line drawing and their uses. 

 

 

This week, we have also started our Home Learning. This is set every Thursday and is due back in the following Tuesday. There will be Reading tasks, spellings and Maths set every week. Please go to Teams and then to Class Notebook where each week's work will be uploaded every Thursday at 3pm.

Thank you for your continued support; we look forward to seeing many of you at our Year 6 'Open Classroom' on Tuesday.

Until then, have a lovely weekend!

 

Have a lovely weekend! 

 Mrs Latty, Miss Afrifa, Mrs Cheesman and Mrs Standing. 

 

Meet our Reading Ambassadors for this week:
Vruhan and Ted

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