Summer Term 2021 – Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter
Hold on tight – the Summer Term is action-packed and before you know it, you’ll be celebrating the end of Primary School, wondering what just happened!
We are looking forward to many fulfilling learning experiences yet to come. There will be lots of hard work, fun and frolics, and even a tiny sense of anticipation as their chapter at Prep draws to a close and they prepare for new challenges in Key Stage 3! Whilst we have lots of exciting opportunities planned for our Year 6 pupils’ final term, we are aiming to be as flexible as possible as some events may need to be amended to tie in with Covid-19 guidelines.
In English, alongside our constant practise of spelling, punctuation and grammar skills, we will be reading the ‘Nowhere Emporium’; a fast-paced, magical novel by Ross MacKenzie. We will also be studying classic narrative poetry, focusing on the ‘Lady of Shalott’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Both of these will give us lots to discuss and plenty of inspiration for our own writing and will lead to extended writing opportunities. Also, we will spend some time looking at Shakespeare and some of his works.
Treachery at Traitors’ Quay – Year 6 Production
We must start by congratulating all of the girls on their auditions – we were blown away, not only by the sheer talent of our girls, but through their incredible support of one another during the process – it was a credit to them all.
As the girls continue to embrace their final term at JCP, they will be extremely busy dividing their time between academic work and theatrical studies. We are really looking forward to bringing the script to life. The girls will be busily refining their acting, speaking, listening, dancing and singing skills in addition to designing staging, props and tickets and ultimately performing. We thank you in advance to dedicating time to the rehearsal slots – it is much appreciated. A reminder that an email will be sent to parents each Friday to confirm whether your child is needed at rehearsals the following week. A notice board outside Year 6 will also contain this information for the girls to check as well as on Seesaw.
In Maths, the girls will be working on a range of concepts in preparation for transition to Year 7. Such concepts will include, shape, space and measures, ratio and percentages, creating and interpreting graphs and pie charts, as well as continuing with multistep problems.
Science this term covers ‘Life Cycles’ and ‘Classifying Living Things’. We will also continue with our Sex Education Studies.
Our topic this term is Volcanoes and Mountains. We are going to learn what a volcano is and the locations of volcanoes and mountain ranges around the world. We will do independent research projects on famous volcanoes around the world and their effects on the surrounding environment.
Physical Education this term will include cricket, rounders, tennis and athletics.
This term, the year 6 girls will be rehearsing for their part in the production of “Treachery at Traitor’s Quay!” In music, we will be focusing on learning the songs which will involve some solo and part singing and working towards a high standard of performance. This term we will also be exploring the compositional app called “Garage Band” using the iPads. They will continue to learn the ukulele and improve keyboard skills, the reading of notation and general music theory.
Our focus this term will be Islam and our key enquiry question is: Does belief in Akhirah (life after death) help Muslims lead good lives? We will also look at some Islamic art.
For DT we will be exploring electrical and mechanical systems and using resources at JCG if COVID-19 restrictions permit. In art we are studying the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and using it as inspiration for our own watercolour pieces.
During the latter half of the Summer Term, we will be covering ‘Growing up and Sex Education’ as part of our Science and PSHE curriculum. The girls will be viewing an DVD which includes animations and also some footage of the birth of a baby. Please contact us if you would like to discuss or view the materials.
This year, Year 6 secondary school transition days are planned be held on 1st and 2nd July. More information will follow nearer the time.
As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs Pateman Mrs Jefferson