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Year Six

Autumn 2019

Muddle of Mistakes

Year 6's focus for the first week and a half is on growth mindset and we will be using the key text 'Muddle of Mistakes'. The text is focused around a character called Fortitude and his disregard of his mistakes- we will be using this as a basis to write our own discussion text presenting whether it is a good or bad thing to make mistakes. We will have a class debate and present both sides. Alongside our writing, we will be looking at phrases we can use to have a growth mindset rather than a fixed one and looking at famous people in history that have shown a growth mindset using a text called 'The People Awards'. In our classes, we will also be setting up our class charters, discussing how to be a good talk partner and electing our kite councilors. In Maths, our focus will be on place value- reading, writing and representing numbers to ten million, rounding and negative numbers. 

We hope the children will be inspired to start the year with a reflective and resilient outlook and demonstrate their growth mindsets!

Muddle of Mistakes Planning Overview 

Into the Woods

Throughout the Autumn term we are focusing on the school-wide topic of 'Into the Woods'. In Year 6, our focus will be around our key text 'The Wolf Wilder' by Katherine Rundell. We will be focusing all of our learning around the text to inspire our writing and our topic learning. In English we will be inferring about the plot and characters in the text during our reading time and we will write narratives, newspapers and non-fiction writing all inspired by our reading. In Science, Art, Geography and PSHCE in particular we will be focus our learning around our topic focus, creating art pieces inspired by wolves, geography focused on wolves and their locations, science on classifying animals and how they adapt and PSHCE around issues in the text and survival. We will be completing our Maths, French, RE and PE learning discretely. This term our focus will be on the four operations and fractions in Maths, around Christianity and the concept of 'gospel' in RE, team games and tactics in PE and greetings and key phrases for conversation in French.

We will end our topic with a book fair for our fabulous finish, where the children will present their own ideas for an award-winning book and showcase all of their fabulous learning!

Into the Woods Planning Overview

Autumn Term 1 Homework Grid

Coming Home

For the last week before Christmas, Year 6 focused on a text by Michael Morpurgo (alongside an advert from Christmas a couple of years ago). In the text, a robin is migrating from Scandinavia to England for the winter and is hoping to see his long-lost love at the other end. We decided to create some dramatic reading of the story (told in prose) using tone and intonation, as well as some actions and sound effects. The children then used the story as inspiration to write their own poem of the robin's journey and performed them to the rest of the class. It was a lovely way to get into the Christmas spirit! 

SPRING 2020

Battlefront

                           

Throughout the Spring term we are focusing on the school-wide topic of 'Battlefront'. In Year 6, our focus will be around World War I and II, as well as looking into modern conflict later in the term. We will be focusing all of our learning around a range of texts to inspire our writing and our topic learning. In English we will be thinking about the use of propaganda when creating a persuasive poster, using newspapers to report on events, while also putting ourselves into the positions of people who have endured conflict. In Art, History, Geography, RE and PSHCE we will be immersing our learning around our topic focus, creating art pieces inspired by famous artists depicting scenes linked to rememberance and looking at photography, thinking about key events in history and key people, thinking about countries involved in conflict in geography, in RE how religion can play a part in conflict, while also linking our social and emotional learning to the change, upset and upheaval people experienced. We will be completing our Maths, French, Science and PE learning more discreetly, but making links where we can. This term our focus will be on decimals, percentages and ratio in Maths, light and electricity in Science, tag rugby and urban gymnastics in PE and moving onto presenting ideas and information orally and broaden their vocabulary in French. 

We will end our topic with a D-Day celebration for our fabulous finish, where the children will present their all of their fantastic learning and share all of their new, historical knowledge!

Battlefront Planning Overview 

Spring Term 2 Homework Grid