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Brushwood Junior School

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6!

Meet the team: 

6L - Mr Lloyd and Mr Kerslake

6N - Miss Nangle, Miss Petch and Mrs Reynolds

 

English 

 

Autumn

This term the children read the book 'Letters from the Lighthouse' by Emma Caroll. This is a story about a group of children who have been evacuated from London to Devon during the Blitz. A story of mystery and intrigue including secret codes and captured German pilots. The children had the opportunity to step into the role of the main characters as they were being evacuated from the cinema during an air raid. Through hot seating and freeze framing, the children were able to empathise with children from this era.

They have then written a diary entry through the perspective of one of the characters using emotive and descriptive language and applying grammar and punctuation they have been studying.  

 

Spring

This term we are reading the text 'Skellig' by  David Almond. This book is about a strange creature who is discovered by the main character, Michael, in the back of his derelict garage at his new house. 

The children are working on improving their fluency and intonation whilst reading aloud to the class and have more in-depth analysis of characters and authors use of of language and grammar for effect. We will be writing detailed character and setting descriptions, as well as understanding how an author uses dialogue to advance the story. The children will also explore blackout poetry and creating their own.

 

Summer

This term the children will reading 'Pig Heart Boy' by Malorie Blackman. This books is about a boy who wants a 'normal life'. His doctor says he has a chance but the operation is experimental, controversial and risky, and has never been performed. Should he go ahead?..

 

The children will be exploring different themes within the books. They will be experimenting with persuasive writing, poetry and explanation texts. They get the opportunity to include drama and a class debate throughout the text. 

 

 

Maths

 

Autumn term

This term, the children have secured their knowledge of place value and the four operations. The children used using visual and practical manipulatives before moving onto concrete methods to embed fluency. Within each lesson, we continue to stretch the children's understanding through applying and reasoning questions, as well as investigations and discussion. 

 

Spring term

This term, the children are developing their understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages. They have been solving reasoning problems as well as securing their fluency skills. The children will then move on to an introduction of  algebra, ratio and proportion before looking at converting units of measure. The children also complete weekly arithmetic papers as well as terrific times tables to secure their multiplication knowledge.

 

Summer term

This term, the children will be exploring the properties of a shape and statistics. They will be reading and interpreting pie charts, bar and line graphs, time tables and creating their own data. They will then take part in themed project work, which will entail collaborative skills and team work.

Humanities 

 

Autumn term

This term, Year 6 are exploring WW2. We began the topic by investigating primary and secondary sources of historical information and asking questions about  how the artefact could help understand what life was like in the war and its reliability. The children had the opportunity to take part in an evacuation drill where they were all asked to sit underneath the table to take cover during an air raid. We analysed Hitler's rise to power, Chamberlain's appeasement strategy and debated as a class as to whether it was the right policy to follow.

They have investigated the government's evacuation policy and found out first hand experiences of evacuees. The children will now investigate whether the Battle of Britain was a turning point in the war. They have been encouraged to look into their own family's experiences of the war and have found out so many stories!  

 

​​​​​Spring term

In Geography, our topic is North America and natural disasters. We have identified Human and Physical Geography and have explored six of the main biomes found in this continent. We will be looking at the reasons of population distribution and density across the United States as well as investigating the challenges faced by farmers due to the geographical location and climate. The children will then investigate our violent Earth and discover how mountains, earthquakes and volcanoes are formed. This will then link to a local study of the Chiltern Hills and the surrounding areas.

 

Summer term

In History, the children will be exploring the Maya Civilisation. They will take part in a  workshop to introduce them to artefacts and the culture of the Maya. The children will study the influence of this civilisation in Art, Religious Education, Sport and Maths and compare it to previous cultures which they have studied during their time at Brushwood. 

 

 

Science

Autumn term

This term, the children in Year 6 begin the year by learning about electricity and light for their Science lessons. The children in year 6 participated in a practical lesson where they needed to demonstrate collaboration and resilience to produce a circuit. They used a range of equipment, such as, batteries, buzzers, lightbulbs, motors, wires and switches. All children participated and were success in creating a working circuit. They have worked collaboratively to investigate the changing volume of buzzers and brightness of lightbulbs. 

 

Spring term

This term, the children will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance. They have explored how fossils are formed and have been introduced to Mary Anning and her importance to paleontology. The children will learn about variation and adaptation, they will explore how Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution and examine the scientific evidence from plants and animals that have been gathered to support this theory. They will also identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment and how this leads to evolution. 

 

Summer term

This term, the children will be studying classification of living organisms and animals including humans. They will be looking at the food groups and staying healthy. They will also study the organs within the body, focussing on the lungs and the heart. The children will get to take part in a dissection of a lamb's heart, which will secure their understanding of blood circulation and they will identify the various chambers that sit within the heart. 

Religious Education

Each term, the children explore a new question related to the topic that they are learning about. 

 

Autumn term 

Ethics and Morals: Why do our ideas of right and wrong come from?

 

Spring term 

We have been exploring the key question: What makes life so important?

The children have identified key rites of passage throughout a humans life. They have explored their own life journey, for example, welcoming a child into a religion and looking at the importance of the celebration across religions. They have also investigated how religions mark the rite of passage when children become adults. They will then share their views on religious and non-religious ceremonies.

 

Summer term

We will be exploring the key question: why are there different views , beliefs, and traditions in each religion?.

The children will sharing their own personal experience through religion and helping others to understand the different religions of the World. They will use their prior knowledge of rites of passage and celebrations to understand where traditions come from.

Art

Autumn Term

In art, the children have learnt techniques using oil pastels and composed a 'Blitz' scene from World War 2. The techniques they learnt were scumbling and stippling. The children were also blending a variety of colours together to create a 'fire based' scene. The techniques they have learnt will be explored further when they learn to sketch in the Autumn term.

 

Spring Term

We have started the spring term by practising sketching and exploring artistic pencils to identify the various shades and tones. The children then created a variety of pictures of classroom objects using their knowledge of sketching the techniques previously used in oil pastel work. In DT the children are manipulating materials to create a wire sculpture based on North America.

 

Summer Term

Linking with our history topic, the children will be using their cookery skills to create dishes which were eaten by the Maya. They will be exploring ingredients which would have been available during that time and they will be learning skills relating to cookery such as: cutting, cooking, frying and using equipment safely with the kitchen.

PHSE

Autumn Term

The children have discussed why we have rules and how we develop our value codes. We have then found out about drugs and medicines and their effect on us. The children acted out various scenarios with a dilemma of peer pressure and discussed how to respond. 

 

Spring Term

This term the children have really enjoyed practising some different breathing exercises. They are able to identify what confidentially is and when it is appropriate to break it. We have discussed positive and healthy relationships and identifying skills to create them. They have also explored whether physical contact is acceptable and unacceptable and where the boundary lies with personal space.  The children also identified the four zones of regulation: red zone, yellow zone, blue zone and green zone. We explored what emotions we may feel whilst being in each zone and some strategies to guide us through the zones.

 

Summer Term

This term the children are exploring the local community and will identify which communities they are part of. They will also be looking at how to set up and enterprise and exploring how finance plays an important part in people's lives. The last topic will be transition and getting the children prepared for their step to secondary school. It is planned that secondary schools will be coming to visit during points of the term to talk to the children who will also get to have their transition day at their chosen secondary school. 

PE

Autumn term 

The children have been introduced to orienteering which will be developed over the year. They have found out about keys and symbols of maps and discovered how to orientate a map - while getting fit! They have also been learning hockey skills.

 

Spring term

This term we are looking at dance and gymnastics. The children have been thinking about moves and movements to recreate the titanic, including an Irish jig for the working class that were on the ship at the time. They have explored the different social classes of people who were on the ship at the time. In gymnastics they have been focussing on quality in their skills and learning a range of balances and movements to create a sequence. They have also used the equipment in the hall to extend their skill range.

 

Summer term

This term our chosen sports are: tennis, athletics, basketball and cricket. The children will be learning a variety of skills needed for each sport. They will learn all the rules and will have the opportunity to play some matches against each other in the above sports. This year we hope that the children will enjoy sports day and that the sports leaders can get involved with the organisation and supporting on the day. 

French 

Autumn term

The children explored World War 2 in French which linked to their topic in History. They really enjoyed this topic as it was relevant to their topics and they were able to identify it from a different point of view. The children learnt some key vocabulary and they did some short sentences about facts they had learnt relating to World War 2.

 

Spring term 

The children have been learning regular and irregular verbs. They have identified the various personal pronouns in French and the correct endings for '-er' '-ir' and '-'re' verbs. The children have also studied the topic 'me in the world'. The children were identifying where in the World speaks French apart from France to expand their cultural capital. 

 

Summer term 

The children will be learning the topic 'at school' which they will learn key vocabulary and they will be able to say and write what times they complete certain subjects. They will expand their knowledge of time in French and will learn the names of the school subjects. They will then move on to 'at the weekend' which discusses some key activities they might engage in at the weekend, such as: football, dance, horse riding and many more. 

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