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Year 6 curriculum

Programme of study for Year 6 

English

As well as ongoing English work on writing skills, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, reading comprehension and speaking and listening, the following areas will be covered in English:

Biography and Autobiography: Throughout the first term Year 6 explore biographies and autobiographies and the children have a chance to research a significant historical figure in order to shape a biographical text around them.

Journalistic Writing: Children develop a journalistic style, considering: how to structure a journalistic text, facts and figures of public interest and balanced, ethical reporting.

Extending Narrative: Children develop a more sophisticated approach to plot structure in Year 6 and experiment with some fresh story-writing devices.

The Power of Imagery: Children call upon a range of figurative language, including personification to create poetry packed with imagery.

Argument/Discussion texts: Through reading, the children identify the language, grammar, organization and stylistic features of a well-balanced discussion/argument texts. Subsequently, they are well equipped to write a balanced argument/discussion text of their own.

Formal/Impersonal writing:Children research, plan and construct an essay- style text relating to a significant work of Renaissance art. A comparison between formal and informal language is also explored.

Fiction genres: Children learn to plan, draft, write and improve engaging short stories, using a range of writing skills and in a particular genre.

Play studies (Shakespeare): As is the tradition here at The New School, Year 6 study a play by William Shakespeare and perform it in the garden in the summer term.

In addition to the programme above, the children continually work on their own personal writing targets to ensure general progression throughout their writing. Weekly vocabulary tests also contribute to their English progress. The children are required to practice for such tests at home to ensure high scores or at least improving scores.

 

Mathematics

Year 6 Mathematics begins with a revision of basic number work. After this the children are extended in all areas of arithmetic – including long multiplication and extension in their understanding and application of fractions, decimals and percentages. Children’s number work is taught alongside work on data-handling, shape, space and measures and probability. Mathematics may also, naturally, be used in other areas of the curriculum.

In Year 6, rapid recall of multiplication facts (times tables) is expected. Students who are not able to recall their times tables are expected to address this at home with the use of our own website. Improving recall of related division facts will also call upon children to practice at home.

 

Science

The three main branches of Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) are visited in Year 6 in preparation for the children’s progress into the senior school. The first term starts with a Biology unit entitled ‘Interdependence and Adaptation’, but moves onto the Physics topic of ‘Light and Sound.’ Investigation and the process of planning, recording and drawing conclusions from results are visited.

The Spring Term sees Year 6 focusing on Chemistry with an introduction to atoms, molecules, chemical elements and compounds and mixtures. Work on Dissolving and separating mixtures also features.

Then, in Term 3, Biology again is at the forefront with a unit on Micro-organisms, followed Forces, then a carefully delivered mini-unit on human reproduction, body changes, conception and birth. Parents will receive a letter about this before the unit is delivered.

 

History

In the first term World War II will be the focus for History (a home project entitled ‘My Family in World War II‘ is set in the first half-term). The second term will be based around the personalities, achievements and legacies of the Renaissance, before we explore ‘World History’, a unit designed to give the children access to a broader understanding of the history of humanity on our planet.

BBC WWII - Cassino

 

Geography

Geography units will alternate with History units in Year 6 and will include, ‘The Mountain Environment‘ and ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch‘.

 

Physical Education (PE)

As the pupils are often beginning to change in terms of height, strength and shape, it is important that PE should have plenty to offer everyone. Each game (basketball, rounders, volleyball, hockey) is examined for its component skills and these are practised before any sort of structured match.

Year 6 students will need to bring a sports kit each Wednesday and each Friday. Please ensure your child has a note in his or her diary if they cannot participate in a P.E. lesson.

 

Art/DT

Conveying movement in art will be the focus for the first term. In Spring, a study of perspective drawing will help the children to add depth and realism to their art work. This year, in tandem with their environmental Geography unit, our young artists will aim to produce a work of art with a powerful message.

Design Technology will require the children to make and test load-bearing bridges, but will also require them to identify a practical need for DT in the area of drama.

 

Citizenship & World Faiths

Four strands run throughout the Key Stage 2 bi-annual Citizenship programme: 'The World Around Us', 'Relationships', 'Self/Esteem and Self Awareness' and 'Health and Safety Issues'

Year 6 Citizenship lessons will see students exploring 'Self/Esteem and Self Awareness' and 'Health and Safety Issues' in an age appropriate context.

In World Faiths Year 6 will cover work on the following:

 

Italian

Two lessons a week take place with specialist teachers. Italian homework will be given on Mondays.

 

Music

One lesson a week plus a singing session will be delivered by our specialist Music teacher.

 

Homework

Homework is given out each Friday and is to be handed in the following Wednesday. This gives children plenty of time to ask their teacher if they need any clarification about the homework. This homework will generally take the form of one Mathematics activity and one English-based activity (English-based activities will often call upon other areas of the curriculum, such as History.

In preparation for Year 7, homework will build as the year progresses. In addition to the two main homework activities, Year 6 children will be required to practise new vocabulary, spellings, mental mathematics techniques and groups of facts related to certain areas of the curriculum. Children are provided with a homework diary to help them organize their homework tasks. If children have not completed a homework task on time, but have a good reason for this, they should have a note in their diary, written by a parent or carer.

Towards the end of the academic year, the homework timetable will deliberately become more erratic and unpredictable solely in order to give the children practice in organizing a more complicated pattern of homework ahead of Year 7.

 

Communication

In Year 6, students use a homework diary to record their homework. The diary also serves as a means of communication between parents and the teacher.