Welcome to Year 6
We wish your children every success in the year ahead. Please feel free to come and see us with any concerns that you may have.
The Battle of Britain
This term we will be learning about WWII and specifically the Battle of Britain. We will visit the Wings Museum, build our own shelters and go on a walk around Lindfield where we will look at how our own village was affected by the events of the global event.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg to all the learning we undertake throughout the term.
In our maths lessons we use the school’s concrete/pictorial/abstract approach to work through a variety of different fluency, reasoning and problem solving tasks on place value, the four functions including the order of operations and fractions. The PSP sets us problems to start every lesson and we love doing our Flashback 4 every morning alongside lots of Fluency Time.
We read a vast array of different texts in our whole class reading lessons, many of them linked with our Battle of Britain topic. These include Run Rabbit Run, Letters from the Lighthouse, Carrie’s War and Anne Frank’s diary. We also use videos such as The Few to look for key inferences. We use our VIPERS (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Summarise) skills when looking at texts to really unpick what is happening
We, once again, use our Battle of Britain theme to influence some of our writing in the Autumn Term. Starting with newspaper reports about the declaration of World War II, continuing with letters home from evacuees, war poetry and narratives set in the 1940s Germany. We also look at non-fiction reports related to many elements of this conflict.
During the Autumn Term we look at the human body including key systems within in. We look at circulatory system in depth – we even do a dance to explain how it works. We also look at the digestive system – we have great fun finding out what happens to different foods as they pass through the body! It can get a bit icky! We also look at living things and how they are classified.
We love indoor athletics in Year 6. We practice hard in events such as speed bounce, vertical jump, broad jump and netball push so we are ready for both intra and inter school competitions. We supplement this with invasion games lessons with a variety of transferable skills. We are also all about Personal Bests in Year 6 – we love competing with ourselves to try and get the best scores we can. We also love to have fun dancing around in our PE lesson and we all love some Jumpstart Johnny every now and then!
As you have probably worked out by now, we study the Battle of Britain in Year 6. In our history lessons we look at rationing and how this affected people in the UK in the 1940, how Operation Sea Lion was thwarted in the Battle of Britain, how the war affected different parts of Europe and the world and it shaped Britain and Europe today. We also visit Wings Museum or Newhaven Fort to experience artefacts from the conflict up close.
In our DT lessons we look at structures and how to make a strong one and use this knowledge to make our own Anderson shelters similar to those they used in cities in the UK to protect themselves during The Blitz.
We look at a variety of different artists and techniques in our art sessions, one of our favourites in Picasso and we love using his ideas to create unique self-portraits of ourselves.
We look at coding a lot in the Autumn Term, using spheroes to create programs. We also look creating blogs alongside important lessons on how to stay safe online.
We look at a number of religions in our RE lessons including how Muslims show commitment towards God and how the Christmas story is important for Christians. In our PSHE lessons we follow the Jigsaw problem looking at setting goals for ourselves and looking out for other people. We have also been looking at a number of areas related to anti-bullying week and how we are all different and unique.
We continue to improve our listening, writing, speaking and reading in French in Year 6, building on knowledge from previous years.
This term our main focus will be on magic and mystery. One of our key texts will be 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone' by JK Rowling and a lot of our learning will be inspired by this fantastic book. Activities will include a Harry Potter themed day, where we dress up as our favourite character and we also visit Warner Bros. Studios.
However, this is just a taste of all the learning we take part in throughout the term.
In our maths lessons we use the school’s concrete/pictorial/abstract approach to work through a variety of different fluency, reasoning and problem solving tasks. Our main foci are decimals, percentages, measure, algebra and ratio, as well as a short unit on statistics. As in the autumn term, the Problem Solving Pineapple sets us problems to start every lesson and we love doing our Flashback 4 every morning alongside lots of Fluency Time.
Alongside our key text of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone', we read a vast array of different texts during our whole class reading lessons. These range from non-fiction pieces from the ‘Pottermore’ website, looking at creatures within texts such as ‘The Harry Potter Creature Vault’, learning about the history of lighthouses and finding out about more sustainable sources of electricity.
We explore the themes of light and dark, the ordinary and the extraordinary through a number of other texts such as: ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman, ‘The Wee Free Men’ by Terry Pratchett, ‘The Dark is Rising’ by Susan Cooper and ‘Eric’ by Shaun Tan, to mention a few. We look at a variety of poetry too such as poems from ‘The Lost Words’ where we explore the magic of nature and we even get dramatic with some great narrative poetry like ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes.
We continue to use our VIPERS skills (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Summary) when looking at texts to really unpick what a text is about and to support children to make connections between the various texts we read in class as well as the texts children read for pleasure.
Within our writing sessions we move to a more independent writing style with children choosing their own text purposes throughout the term. We use the themes we explore during reading sessions to inform and inspire our writing sessions. This also supports children to use great authors and writing as a model for their own writing. By the end of the spring term, children will have written for a variety of purposes and audiences.
During the Spring Term we look at two units of work. In the first half of the term we look at light including how the eye works and how and why shadows are formed. We also look at how light is split up. We also look at electricity and create various circuits along with looking at safety elements.
We focus on invasion games in the first half of the term, mainly through hockey. We learn to pass with control and accuracy along with developing our attacking and defending skills. In the second half of the term we continue to work on control but this time through gymnastics where we create routines involving balances, jumps, rolls and transition. We are also all about Personal Bests in Year 6 – we love competing with ourselves to try and get the best scores we can. We also love to have fun dancing around in our PE lesson and we all love some Jumpstart Johnny every now and then!
Our focus in the Spring Term moves towards the Ancient Mayans. We look at various aspects of their culture and how they lived. We also look at what parts of the world they located whilst comparing their lives to those of a European culture around the same time.
In our DT lessons we look at the art of Chindogu and various ‘useless’ or ‘useful’ inventions. We look at some that have been created and try to design and create our own.
Our art focus is on drawing skills and techniques. We explore tonal shading for effect and to create the appearance of 3D shape. This involves refining our use of light, medium and dark tones, being creative in the placement of tones and blending tones together for effect. We take our inspriation from the Chiaroscuro style of art.
We look at data handling in our computing sessions in the spring term. Children begin to independently select, use and combine a variety of software to collect, analyse, evaluate and present data and information and learn where it would be useful for them to use and present data. We also continue to look at how we stay safe online by being more discerning when evaluating digital content and children are able to identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact in and out of the academy.
In our RE lessons in the spring term, we focus on Christianity and look at the enquiry question - Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on earth?
In our PSHE lessons we follow the Jigsaw problem looking at setting goals for ourselves and looking out for other people.
We continue to improve our listening, writing, speaking and reading in French in Year 6, building on knowledge from previous years. We try to build up to writing short passages in French based on body parts.
Towards the end of the spring term we begin to start thinking about our residential to the Isle of Wight. We look at the location of the island and some of its key features. We also compare the tourist activities on the island to another island in Europe and discuss its sustainability as a tourist destination.
This term the children will complete SAT tests, take part in the Isle of Wight Residential, participate in Sports Days and perform in our end of year production! Our focus this term is on a lasting legacy and moving on to secondary school. We will be learning about coasts, geology and evolution within science. The children will attend an induction day at their chosen secondary school. Together with other transitional sessions the school is required to deliver a programme of sex education by the end of Year 6. This is normally done in the summer term prior to the children moving on to secondary school. This will be spread across a number of PSHE sessions throughout the term.
Who are our Year 6 teachers?
Year Group Teaching Assistants
Mrs Redd, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Phelan