Spring Term 2021 – Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter
Happy New Year! We hope you had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. This New Year brings many new challenges and exciting learning opportunities for us in Year 6. Despite all the disruptions to the ‘normal’ school routines, we are excited to deliver a varied and dynamic curriculum to engage all our students.
Our cross-curricular topic this term is World War II. During our study of World War II, we believe it is important to study our local history and so, we will also be learning about the Occupation of Jersey. We would like to gather information from as many sources as possible - should you have any family members who would like to share their experiences of life during World War II (virtually), please let us know.
This term we are studying the book Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll. This book is a gripping adventure set in World War II. We will be exploring issues and themes through creative writing, Drama and discussion/debates. We will be developing our writing skills by exploring the Rose Blanche picture book based on the Holocaust. We will also be channelling our creative ideas through poetry.
This term, we will be covering fractions (simplifying, equivalent, adding/subtracting, multiplying and dividing), decimals, measurements (converting measures, area and perimeter), word problems (using a variety of techniques and maths skills), ratio, algebra and geometry. Don’t forget to encourage your daughter to log on to ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ to practice those all-important times tables!
Our Science topic is Our Bodies, focusing on the circulatory system and keeping healthy.
The core themes we will be exploring this term are Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me.
Our RE focus throughout the year is split between Christianity and Islam. This term, our focus is mainly on Christianity with a focus on the question: ‘Is anything ever eternal?’ After half term our enquiry changes to: ‘Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on Earth?’
Art & DT
In Art, we shall be making use of cross-curricular links. We will be creating silhouette artwork based on the Blitz and creating our own propaganda posters. We will also do printing continuing our study of work by Angie Lewin.
In DT we will be researching and creating recipes from the Jersey Occupation.
Mrs Le Gallais is our French specialist from JCG. She will continue to come for a one hour session every Tuesday.
This term music is still under the restrictions imposed due to Covid which means that singing is not allowed and we will not be able to restart the recorder lessons. However, we will be starting to learn the ukulele! We have enough instruments for each child to play at school so there is no need to buy one. We will aim to learn 4 chords and play tunes such as “You are My Sunshine” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” We will continue to improve our reading of notation and rhythm symbols by playing specific parts using the tuned percussion instruments. We will also learn a new song by sign singing which we have all enjoyed doing over the last few months.
Squash: We will be continuing to focus on developing the children’s net games skills and control in squash. We will focus on playing a rally using a range of shots.
Hockey & Tag-rugby: There will be a focus on various drills to develop; moving/running with the ball; vision; ball-control; agility; passing; receiving and tackling. They will play games and learn patterns of play in attack and defence. Whilst learning these skills, they will also be developing teamwork – communication, roles, rules and sporting behaviour.
Athletics: The children will be developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of Athletics techniques and conventions - performing a range of running, jumping and throwing skills with maximum speed, power and distance.
We will be working very hard this term and we are looking forward to sharing our learning with you over Seesaw.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to email us.
Mrs Pateman Mrs Jefferson