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Spring

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

In Spring 1 our whole school theme is 'Dreams and Goals.'  Children will explain different ways to work with others to help make the world a better place.  They will explain what motivates them to make the world a better place.  Children will explain and evidence why they chose an act of kindness / charity based on the experiences and needs of those people affected.

 

In Spring 2 our whole school theme is 'Healthy Me'. Children will explain when substances including alcohol are being used anti-socially or being misused and the impact this can have on an individual and others.  They will be able to identify how they can keep themselves emotionally healthy, identifying and applying skills to manage stress and pressure.   

Reading

Children will be sharing, 'Rose Blanche,' by Christopher Gallaz and Roberto Innocenti'. Through this text, they will explore the theme of World War II and the Holocaust. They will analyse the vocabulary, grammatical structures and techniques to explore and describe characters and settings. 

 

Through the story of the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, and further research the children will develop their understanding of the experiences of evacuated children during World War II . They will develop their vocabulary and use of grammatical structures to describe characters and settings based upon the fantasy setting 'Narnia'.  

 

Following our mastery approach to comprehension, children will study a weekly text. Each day the children will focus on a particular element: purpose structure and organisation, vocabulary, retrieval or inference. The texts selected, often provide children with opportunities to embed and deepen their learning from the wider curriculum. 

 

In addition to this, children will vote for their preferred class novel, this will provide children with the opportunity to relax and enjoy being read to. 

 

Our expectation is that children read at home every day. Please ensure reading records are signed and in school daily. For additional support with reading at home, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 

 

Writing (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)

 

The focus within this term is for the children to write independently and apply the previously taught sentence structures, punctuation and grammar. 

 

Children will be developing their use of formal language and passive sentence structures to write a formal letter. 

 

Based upon their research from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, they will also write an informal letter incorporating the most appropriate punctuation and sentence structures taught across Key Stages 1 and 2.  

 

After exploring the Narnia setting and how C S Lewis uses language and sentence structures to develop character and setting, the children will independently write a narrative incorporating the most appropriate punctuation and sentence structures taught across Key Stages 1 and 2. 

 

The children will independently plan, write and edit a diary based upon the experiences of Rose Blanche  incorporating the most appropriate punctuation and sentence structures taught across Key Stages 1 and 2.  

 

Throughout lessons, children are supported and encouraged to reread and improve their own work, accessing texts, dictionaries, thesaurus, handwriting strips and word banks. Our expectation is that children independently proof read for spellings, full stops, capital letters, apostrophes, exclamation marks and question marks...

Handwriting will be taught regularly and children will be supported to develop a neat cursive style. 

Daily spelling lessons will incorporate a variety of strategies for learning letter strings, spelling rules and words. Please support your child to learn the spellings we send home each week. For more information about spellings and handwriting, please visit our, 'Helping at Home', page. 

 

Maths

Following the mastery approach, children will develop their fluency and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts using concrete materials, discussion and visuals to expose and explore the structure of the Maths and support progression towards abstract methods.  

 

Children will revisit and build on their understanding of:

 

Decimals

Percentages

Algebra

Measures

Perimeter, area & volume

Ratio

 

It is suggested that children complete at least 15 minutes a week of times tables practice using Times Table Rockstars.

It is advised that children complete a 10 minute daily practice of times tables.

 

For more information about the calculation strategies we use and the link for Times tables Rockstars , please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 

Art

Explore the life and works of Joan Miro (Surrealist artist)

The children will develop their research skills and their use of line and colour to create abstract art. 

They will apply the taught skills to their own independent composition .

They will evaluate and refine their work throughout the whole topic.

 

Computing

Throughout our curriculum, children are encouraged to make safe use of technology to research and present. 

 

In conjunction with Safer Internet Day Year 6 will develop their understanding of the risks involved with technology and how to develop strong passwords.

 

As part of the coding curriculum the children will design and create a complex programme using sequence, repetition, selection and variables.  

 

For more information about keeping your child safe when using technology, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 

 

Design & Technology

Topic: shelters

 

As part of our topic the children will explore and research examples of different shelters, structures and joins for stability. Using their research,children will design their own shelters with stable structures.The children will test and refine and evaluate their work based upon their prototype.

Throughout this topic the children will develop their investigating, analysing and evaluating skills in order to produce a product fit for purpose or adapt it accordingly.

 

 

 

Geography

 

 

History

 

Music

 

Physical Education 

 

Religious Education 

 

 

Science

 

 

Spanish 

 

Cultural Capital 

As a school, we have planned cultural capital experiences which supplement our curriculum. This term, we will: 

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Homework 

Reading: Our expectation is that children read at home daily. Please sign their reading records and ensure they are in school every day. We believe children of all ages and abilities benefit from being read to. 

 

Spelling: We send home a weekly spelling list. Our expectation is that children use a range of strategies to learn them. Please visit our 'Help at Home' page for a copy of the strategies. We recommend that children spend a little time each day practising their spellings. 

 

Multiplication and division: Again, we will send home a weekly task. However, we recommend that children spend a little time each day practising them. 

 

English/Maths: We will send home alternate English/maths tasks each Friday. This will be due in by the following Friday.  


 

For additional information and resources for supporting your child at home, please visit our, 'Help at Home' page. 

Optional Homework Projects 

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Children will be awarded merits for completing these projects and will be given the opportunity to share their work with their class. 

Trips/Events

 

 

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