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Year 6

Summer Term 2021

PE Days

As part of the curriculum for our last half term, Year 6 will continue taking part in outdoor PE sessions on Wednesday afternoons. This is aimed to encourage children’s determination, positivity and give them an opportunity to experience a different style of physical activity.

Children will need to come into school wearing old clothes (that will get muddy), ideally jogging bottoms, a jumper, a waterproof coat and appropriate footwear (wellington boots would be fine). It is vital that they wear a pair of shorts and a t-shirt underneath their jogging bottoms and jumper so that when they return to the classroom they can remove their muddy or wet clothes.

These lessons will be every two out of every three weeks, following the rota below.

 

Week 2        9th June - 6SY & 6IM

Week 3        16th June - 6IM & 6DB

Week 1        23rd June - 6DB  & 6SY

Week 2       30th June - 6SY & 6IM

Week 3       7th July - 6IM & 6DB

Week 1       14th July- 6DB & 6SY

Thursdays

Year 6 will also be doing PE with their class teacher on a Thursday. You will be notified if an alternative day has to be chosen due to bad weather.

Thriftwood Trip

Year 6 will be going in two halves to Thriftwood Scout Activity Centre. 6SY and half of 6DB will be going on Thursday 24th June; 6IM and the other half of 6DB  will go on Wednesday 14th July. Checkout the timetable to see what activities they will be taking part in.

Activity Week

As Year 6 were not able to go on the residential trip this year, we have designed an off-curriculum activity week running from Monday 5th -Thursday 8th July. Children will need to wear PE kit for those days.

Last Day of Term

The children will be presented with a Year Book of messages that we will be compiling over the next few weeks, which will avoid the need for autograph books to sign. They will also receive a Leavers' gift. Please click to view the details of the Leavers' Pizza Party.

Summer Term Curriculum

For the first half of the term, our topic is 'Shock Horror'. We will be writing chillers and then looking at a range of non-fiction genres, including non-chronological and chronological reports (newspapers and broadcasts) before moving on to poetry. We will have more opportunities to develop our writing skills in the second half of the term. We will continue to follow the National Curriculum 14 for maths and focus on aspects such as algebra, mean, the revision and application of the 4 operations in the context of problem solving, BIDMAS and polygons.

In PE, the children will continue to participate in outdoor activities, promoting perseverance and determination, for two sessions out of every three weeks. In computing, children will develop coding skills and use an app inventing program to build their own apps. The learning in RE will focus on Humanism and drawing comparisons between all religions. In PSHE, we will investigate why it is good to be individual and look at the negative impact that stereotyping has on society and the impact these attitudes can have. In science, we will develop our understanding of electricity.

We begin the second half of the term, with our topic, 'Disaster Strikes'. We will be investigating earthquakes and volcanoes and much of our cross-curricular activities will focus on this. We then move to our topic of 'Moving on Up', where we begin to make preparations for transition to secondary school. We will be working collaboratively with Bromfords and Beauchamps on both English and maths transition projects; the children will begin the projects here in year six and then build on them in year seven. Our final RSE unit (PSHE and Science) focuses on the physical and emotional changes we experience as we grow older. We will also revisit and consolidate our understanding from the Autumn term.

We are also hoping to complete face-to-face transitions. However, these will be determined by Covid restrictions which may be in place.

Spring Term

We are really looking forward to welcoming back our classes for face-to-face teaching. We appreciate that while many will be eager to get back into a routine, others will possibly be feeling anxious about their return.

For the three weeks we are in before the Easter break, we will focus on well-being activities as well as following our curriculum where we can. However, there will be some changes to the half-termly overview.

Our first week back will have a scientific feel as we celebrate National Science Week. We will also celebrate an additional session of World Book Day, where we will continue to develop our language skills. More information will follow.

In our literacy lessons, we will look at modern fiction; our intention is to develop as writers with emphasis on character description, creating atmosphere and writing in role. We will continue to build on our skills to become effective writers who engage their audience. We will follow the National Curriculum 14 for maths and focus on aspects such as co-ordinates,  in particular positions on a 4-quadrant coordinate grid, with polygons being plotted, translated and reflected, as well as angle theorems. In PE, the children will participate in outdoor activities, to promote perseverance and determination, for two sessions out of every three weeks. They will also develop African tribal dance routines to perform. It would be great to see the children wearing their African masks for the final performance. In science lessons, we will deepen our understanding of the human body and both the circulatory and digestive systems, the heart and healthy ways of living, linking this into PSHE. We will also learn vocabulary related to healthy living in French. In computing, we will use a program to collect, store and analyse data.

PE days

Please ensure children come to school in an appropriate PE kit as PE lessons will be on the field, which means they may get muddy.

Wednesdays (Outdoor PE)

As part of the curriculum over the next three weeks, Year 6 will be taking part in outdoor PE sessions on Wednesday afternoons. This is aimed to encourage children’s determination, positivity and give them an opportunity to experience a different style of physical activity.

Children will need to come into school wearing old clothes (that will get muddy), ideally jogging bottoms, a jumper, a waterproof coat and appropriate footwear (wellington boots would be fine). It is vital that they wear a pair of shorts and a t-shirt underneath their jogging bottoms and jumper so that when they return to the classroom they can remove their muddy or wet clothes.

These lessons will be every two out of every three weeks, following the rota below.

10th  March – 6DB and 6SY

17th March – 6SY and 6IM

24th March  - 6IM and 6DB

Fridays

Year 6 will also be doing PE with their class teacher on a Friday. You will be notified if an alternative day has to be chosen due to bad weather.

Year 6 Residential

Unfortunately, the Year 6 residential has been cancelled. We will be updating you in due course regarding this.

When things have settled down, we will look to see how we can provide activities for Year 6 to participate in, so that they do not miss out entirely on this experience. Obviously, this very much depends on restrictions placed on us.

Creative Curriculum Day Part 2

Following on from the success of our last day, we will, once again, become scientists for the day on Wednesday 2nd December,  when we delve even deeper into our topic on Evolution and Inheritance.

We are asking for children to wear full school uniform for this day; they may, if they wish to, come with a 'mad scientist' hair-do. Please can children bring in colouring pens and pencils. Thank you.

Year 6 Parent Zoom Meeting

Please find attached the Welcome to Y6 letter and Year 6 presentation used during the zoom meeting. If you have any other questions or would like to get in contact with any of the Year 6 teachers, please email Y6-20@wickford-pri.essex.sch.uk

Links referred to in the letter are also below.

Supporting Reading

Reading Questions

What makes a good reader and writer in Year 6

Transition to Secondary School

We have been informed that Beauchamps High School have made alternative arrangements for school visits and open evenings in response to the current pandemic restrictions. We have emailed this letter to Year 6 parents and you can use the link below to their website.

Year 6 -> Year 7 Transition Heads Welcome Message

PE days

Please ensure children come to school in an appropriate PE kit as PE lessons will be on the field.

Tuesdays

Year 6 will be doing PE with their class teacher every Tuesday. You will be notified if an alternative day has to be chosen due to bad weather.

Thursdays (Mr Harrington)

These lessons will be every two out of three weeks.

5th November - 6IM and 6DB

12th November - 6DB and 6SY

19th November  - 6SY and 6IM

26th November - 6IM and 6DB

3rd December - 6DB and 6SY

10th December - 6SY and 6IM

17th December - 6IM and 6DB

Autumn Term

Our topics this term are Britain and WWII, and Britain since WWII. We start the first topic by watching the film adaptation of ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ and reading extracts from the book, comparing the two. We link our literacy, geography and history work closely, by focusing on life for evacuees, the Blitz and the effect on civilians. Later this half term we write poetry, and write recounts as evacuees. In art, the children create Blitz scenes with water-colours and silhouettes. After the half term break we start the next topic which focuses on evolution and inheritance, while the children conduct independent research on the decades since the end of the war. In literacy, the children learn more about persuasive writing, modern fiction and the children write their own autobiographies.

In Year 6, Maths will be taught in class groups and the children follow the National Curriculum 14 in preparation for their SATs in May. Areas of focus are place value, the four operations (including mental strategies and written methods), decimals, fractions, measurement and problem solving and reasoning. To help the children prepare for their SATs and their final year in primary education, in Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) and Philosophy for Children (P4C) we discuss risks in the community and how to have a positive growth mindset, approach new challenges and become increasingly responsible as an individual.

We will become familiar WWII songs in music, identifying their origins.

As part of the catch-up recovery PE curriculum, the children take part in striking and fielding lessons, and athletics with Mr Harrington, followed by an orienteering unit. In RE, the children learn about Buddhism and Hinduism and, in Computing, the children learn about how to stay safe online and programming algorithms. Our design and technology lessons give the children the opportunity to research and construct WWII shelters. The children also learn about rationing and experience what can be eaten and made with the wartime restrictions. Finally, our science topics are ‘light’ and ‘evolution and inheritance’.  We will follow the catch-up recovery curriculum and complete the Year 5 Growing Up before the Autumn half term break.

WWII Tea Parties

WWII day October 2020

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As we are currently unable to have our traditional World War II Tea Party and Assembly, we are going to have a day when children come dressed as evacuees. Our celebration day will be on Wednesday 11th November. During this time, we will take part in activities linked to World War II and hold a celebration-style assembly in class, where the children will share work produced. A letter detailing this can be found in Letters.

 

Costume ideas:

evacuee boy evacuee girl