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Conway Primary School

Year 6

Autumn Term 

English

This term the year 6’s focus for Autumn 1 was autobiographies and biographies where the children read a range of different types. They then wrote a short autobiography and concentrated on a specific famous person and wrote a biography. We then focused on an excellent short animation called ‘Alma.’ This mysterious film allowed the children to develop their writing skills in numerous areas. After being familiarised with the series of events in the animation and identifying the features of a mystery narrative, they were able to use this and write their own version of ‘Alma.’ By doing so, they were able to identify and apply key skills such as character profiles and using figurative language correctly.

In Autumn 2 we then moved on to an excellent text called ‘The Viewer’ where our writing focus was newspaper reports this included exploring the features and understanding the content of the text in order to write a newspaper report on the missing boy.

After this we will focus on writing a persuasive letter to the next victim, to try to get them to put on ‘The Viewer’ found in the mysterious box. Through this the children will learn the structure and persuasive techniques needed to make their writing more engaging.

 

Maths

The focus in Maths this term was to consolidate the children’s learning on place value and build their confidence in identifying the value of digits up to numbers in their billions. They have also learned how to unpick key information from word problems and identify which methods to use to find the correct answers. The children have had opportunities to use their reasoning skills and link different areas of maths together to solve a range of test-style questions.

Additionally, in Autumn 2, the children have learned how to interpret data from pie charts, draw conclusions based on their interpretations and construct their own pie charts using protractors! They found this very enjoyable yet challenging at times but were very determined to complete their pie charts! We will continue to look at a range of maths topics from fractions, decimals and percentages through to measures, area and perimeter.

Art

During Art this term Year 6 have create their own Egyptian death masks.  This has linked to their learning in Topic ‘Ancient Egyptians’.  The children research death masks and then had a go at sketching their own faces. We used this to then design our own death masks inspired by the ones we have seen.  We then used papier mache and moulded different parts of the faces and joined these on to our masks.  We have found some parts really tricky and learned a new skill each week.  We then painted the whole thing inspired by our research.  Have a look at some of these examples.

For design technology we have looked at ‘Super Seasonal Food.  We have looked at what vegetables are grown in the U.K and when these can be bought.  We have learned how to prepare them and created some interesting dishes with them as the main ingredient.

We have some incredible talent in Year 6 and we have been blown away by the work they have produced. 

 

RE

This term we have looked at ‘Peace’ in Autumn 1 and ‘Judaism’ in Autumn 2.

For the ‘Peace’ topic we started by discussing what peace meant to us and to the world, we then chose our own acts of peace and wrote a checklist. We discussed what different peace symbols represented and created our own. We researched the main religions peace symbols and compared them to each other. We then reflected on our own inner peace techniques by asking and answering questions about our experiences. As a group we created a pyramid of actions to show the priority of each act and its outcome.

During this half term (Autumn 2) we have explained how Abraham founded Judaism and located where it was founded. We will be looking at the Ten Commandments and discussing their relevance. We will also be focussing on their holy place the Synagogue discussing what they have to wear, what rules they have to follow, and researching what they look like inside and out. We will then focus on their holy book the Torah, how it is written in Hebrew and discuss its importance.

Science

In Autumn 1 the topic in Science was a physics based; we learned all about light. We carried out many experiments such as: investigating the effects of refraction; creating shadows in different environments and creating a spectrum of colours using a prism. We have learned so much about light and learned many interesting facts such as white light is made as a result of an amalgamation of the seven spectrum colours! We also learned many scientific theories such as The Law of Reflection and The Colour Theory. We wrote fantastic explanation texts all about light and were very proud of our writing!

This term, our focus is “Animals including Humans”. We have learned all about the circulatory system; and can identify the parts of our bodies which are included in this system. We can identify different parts of the heart such as the four chambers, the aorta and the function of our ventricles! We are very excited to continue learning all about the human body and how it works in order to allow us to survive!

          

Topic

During Topic lessons in the first half of the Autumn Term, year six have been studying the Ancient Egyptians. We explored who the Ancient Egyptians were and  how they needed the River Nile to survive, who they worshipped, and how they prepared the dead for the after life; we even mummified some apples using the same process as they used to mummify their loved ones. As well a this, we studied Tutankhamun and why he is considered one of the most famous Pharoahs of Ancient Egyptian times.

For the remainder of the Autumn term, we will be studying rivers. Within this, the children will be learning about the Water Cycle, how rivers are formed, the names of rivers around the world and in the UK, and how erosion and deposition can change the shape of the river. 

 

 

PE

This term we are working on Static balance, which involves maintaining a desired shape in a stationary position. For this to happen, the centre of gravity needs to be over the base of support. The wider the base of support and the closer the centre of gravity is to the base of support, the easier it is to balance. When body parts extend to one side beyond the base of support, the body needs to make a corresponding extension in the opposite direction to achieve counterbalance.

Computer

This Autumn term, Year 6 children have been learning about problems solving using computational thinking, using licensed themes, such as Star Wars and Minecraft on Code.org. Building upon their understanding of loops, children learned that repetition can be activated according to a condition, rather than setting the number of times a loop would run.

Children have broken down puzzles into manageable parts and debugged code by interpreting the code into algorithms in English.

Next term (Spring)

Next term in English we will be learning the features of a discussion text, and a narrative ‘retelling a story with flashbacks.’

We will continue to further develop our knowledge of place value, gain a greater understanding of measures including mass and capacity and consolidate our understanding of using mental and written strategies in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

During the Spring term Year 6 will be learning about the ‘Mayan Civilisation’ and ‘Ancient Greece’ in Topic. Which leads on to our topic for Art ‘South and Central American art.’  Then we will move onto learning how to make ‘Super Seasonal Food’ in Design Technology. In RE we will be focussing on ‘Judaism’ and ‘Weddings.’ In Science our focus will be looking at ‘Evolution and Inheritance.’

 

If you would like to have a look at the national curriculum website please click here.