Autumn Term 2019
Welcome to Year 6
The Autumn term for the Year 6 girls holds great excitement, lots of hard work and a host of new experiences to look forward to as they set out to enjoy and embrace their final chapters at JC Prep. We have been very impressed about the way the girls have settled down into Year 6, their attitude to the learning, and their enthusiasm and excitement for their Leadership roles.
This term we are studying the book Wonder by R.J Palacio. This book ties in beautifully with the Year 6 PSHE curriculum and Growth Mindset approach. We will be exploring ‘how we are perceived’, ‘judging others’ and ‘overcoming obstacles in our lives’. This will be done through creative writing, Drama and discussion/debates.
Our Maths topics this term cover:
- Number & place value (numbers up to 10,000,000, including: reading, writing, comparing, ordering and rounding)
- Calculations: Four Operations on Whole Numbers (solving word problems using bar modelling and mental strategies, finding common factor/multiples, finding prime numbers)
- Fractions, Decimals and Percentages (comparing /ordering, adding/subtracting, multiplying fractions & dividing by a whole number)
In addition to our daily ‘Maths No Problem’ lesson, we also have 20-30 min sessions to work on fluency and practise maths concepts from across the Year 6 curriculum.
Maths homework is set weekly (to be handed in on a Friday) and will focus on the objective being taught. The girls will also receive additional problem-solving or fluency tasks.
Our topic this term is Volcanoes. We are going to learn what a volcano is and the locations of volcanoes around the world. We will do independent research projects on famous volcanoes around the world and their effects on the surrounding environment.
The core themes we will be exploring this term are Being Me in My World and Celebrating Differences. This will cover ‘feelings and emotions’, ‘getting on and falling out’ and ‘understanding disability’.
This term we will also have our first Sex Education sessions covering:
- Body changes and health and hygiene
- The menstruation cycle
Our R.E. focus throughout the year is split half-termly between Christianity and Islam. We are beginning by discovering some of the ways Muslims show commitment to God and to evaluate whether there is a ‘best’ way. After half-term, we will be learning to analyse the Christian belief in the Virgin Birth and to assess the significance of this to Christians.
In art, we shall be making use of cross-curricular links. As part of our volcanoes topic in Geography, we will create our own multi-media collage of a volcano. Linking in with our English book ‘Wonder’, we will be studying different types of portraiture and creating our own self-portraits exploring a variety of artists, such as David Hockney, for inspiration.
We are very lucky to have a French specialist (Mrs Ferraby) from JCG teaching French to Year 6. She will come for a one hour session every Thursday.
This term’s focus involves composing and singing. The children will create melodies from a given scale using keyboards and tuned percussion. We will follow the “Jazz 2” course on the Charanga music scheme to improve our recorder skill and reading of notation. After half term we will be rehearsing for our part in the KS2 Carol Service. Music is on a Thursday afternoon.
In PE, we will be focusing on developing the girls’ awareness and application of body tension and extension in Gymnastics, through participating in sports acrobatics, sequence development work and group work both on the floor and on apparatus. They will also be further developing their knowledge of a range of Athletics techniques and conventions, performing a range of running, jumping and throwing skills with maximum speed, power and distance. They will also have the opportunity to apply existing Football and Netball skills in competitive situations, also working on developing effective use of tactics and strategies within games. Our Year 6 PE days are on Wednesdays and Thursdays and we ask that all girls come to school dressed in PE kit and be organised with the correct equipment.
We are really looking forward to teaching such an exciting and full curriculum with many exciting opportunities, and we are eagerly anticipating to our upcoming French Trip in October.
If you would like to contact us please do not hesitate to either send us an email or arrange a meeting to see us.
Mrs Pateman Mrs Jefferson