Autumn Term 2020
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.
Our topic this term is North America. We are going to learn about different physical and human features of this continent, including landscape, wildlife and culture. We will also do independent research projects on a selected North American country. We will also study aspects of Native American history and literature.
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 RE 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.
Art and DT
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. This will be done through the media of photography, drawing and clay work.
For DT we will be focusing on Textiles by designing and creating our own textile advent calendars.
We are very lucky to have a French specialist (Miss Le Gallais) from JCG teaching French to Year 6. She will come for a one hour session every Tuesday.
This term in music the girls in Year 6 will be enjoying a variety of musical activities. We will be exploring different music scales and basing our own compositions on specific scales using keyboards and tuned percussion instruments. Although we are not allowed to sing during the ongoing situation, we will still learn to play the accompaniments to the songs, improving our reading of notation and rhythm. We will continue to learn about chords and learn chord patterns using the keyboards.
In PE this term, the children will be further developing and refining a range of skills in gymnastics, football, netball and swimming. In gymnastics, we will be focusing on developing the girls’ core gymnastics skills, as well as their awareness and application of body tension and extension, using both the floor and the apparatus. In games, we will focus on apply existing football and netball skills in competitive situations, whilst also working on developing effective use of tactics and strategies within games. The swimming focus in Year 6 is lifesaving, so the children will be acquiring, developing and applying new knowledge about water safety and various rescue methods.
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.
All communication, other than emails, will be through the Seesaw APP. We will give regular reminders and notifications as well as the weekly homework tasks on Seesaw. Our priority will be mastering the key fundamental skills: times tables, spellings, maths fluency and reading. Spelling books will be sent home in the usual format.
We are really looking forward to teaching such an exciting and full curriculum with many exciting opportunities.
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