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SHOOTING STARS - MISS CARROLL

Overview for Term Six

English

 

Using the book ‘Boy 87’ by Ele Fountain, Shooting Stars will continue to develop word fluency and knowledge to respond to questions, with evidence, during oral work. In writing they will improve their narrative skills by blending it with dialogue; paying close attention to the punctuation. 

Year 6 will develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of aspects of grammar and punctuation including dashes, colons and semicolons to mark boundaries between independent clauses.

Spelling in T6, will be  revision based with the introduction of some more challenging words such as pugnacious, alliteration, hypothesis and prosperous.

Handwriting and presentation will once again be a major focus across all subjects ensuring letter formation is clear and consistent.

Towards the end of the term, Shooting Stars will create, direct, produce and star in their Leavers’ Assembly which will be presented to families, carers and special visitors on the afternoon of Wednesday July 17th. 

 

Maths

Shooting Stars will focus on 3D shape and nets, and will be given a budget to calculate a holiday of their choice including accommodation, flights: cost, timings and duration, and spending money. This will support their understanding of ‘real-life’ maths using skills in time, measure/distance and all four mathematical operations.

The Luckwell Maths Challenge for times tables will continue, with many Year 6 now tackling the ‘challenge’ questions for squared and cubed number questions at speed.

 

Science

Shooting Stars will continue to learn about The Circulatory System and learn more about the Digestive System. The children will identify the main parts and functions of the digestive system using it to write an information text and also humour based fiction text of the journey our food takes through our bodies. 

Supporting prior scientific learning, Shooting Stars will visit The Wild Place on Tuesday July 16th. 

This term’s science will also continue to link with PSHE. 

 

History

Term 6 returns to History where Shooting Stars will investigate Migration with direct relationship to world events and our class book: Boy 87. They will consider: Why did so many migrate to Britain after World War 2? What is the Commonwealth? (naming some), What are three push factors for immigration? What is discrimination? and, Which groups have come to Britain to escape persecution?

 

PE

This term, PE will consist of Swimming on Tuesday afternoons and Tennis and Cricket on Friday mornings. 

They will also participate in Active Mojo on Monday June 24th, Olympic events on June 26th and of course Sports Day on the morning of June 28th. 

 

RE

The ‘Big Question’ for Y6 this continues to be: Does belief in Akhirah (life after death), help Muslims lead good lives? They will make connections to their learning from Term 3 (Is anything ever eternal?) in helping them understand this belief and discuss whether believing in something (after life, a ‘higher power’) is relevant in the 21st Century. 

 

PSHE

In Term 5, Year 6 will build upon healthy lifestyles and relationships with the introduction of sex education through the Unit: Changing Me! 

With support from the Robins Foundation Team, Shooting Stars will begin their preparation for transitioning to Secondary School. .

 

Music

Shooting Stars will learn several songs including Firework and ‘Ain't no mountain high enough, as part of their experience in performing at the Bristol Beacon on Thursday June 27th. They will learn how to harmonise, sing in unison as part of a large choir whilst accompanied by musicians, and importantly learn to keep time and tempo guided by a professional conductor.

 

Art

Art is the focus for Term 6. Shooting Stars will use paint and various painting techniques and tools to understand a narrative and use descriptive language to tell a story and suggest ideas for the meaning behind a picture.

Using the work of Fiona Rae and Lubaina Himid, Year 6 will identify different features within a painting to describe its meaning (referring to work of their own in Term 5) and be creative and imaginative in finding their own meaning in a painting using colour, shade and shadow.

 

French

Shooting Stars will review prior learning from the year including: greetings, colours, hobbies, food and drink. 

 

 

Summary of Term Five

Shooting Stars most definitely lived up to their name: ‘stars’ this term, tackling their SATs with a quiet confidence, maturity and positivity. They worked hard to demonstrate how fabulous they are for these national assessments. Well done!

 

Amongst all the preparation for these, we also had time for DT skills to be enhanced in making a scaled replica copy of the Grand Canyon and skylines of New York City. We learned about the history and geography of NY, and compared the human features of this magnificent city to the physical features of the Canyon. Shooting Stars were ‘wowed’ by the depth of this natural phenomenon… as deep as the length of our very own North Street!

 

We completed our Class Book- Kick by Mitch Johnson-which left many of us wanting to learn more about the main character of Budi: what happened next?! Using this text, we wrote biographies about the character describing his life in relation to the rules of the United Nations: Rights of a Child.

 

In PE, Shooting Stars once again excelled themselves whilst learning about hockey developing skills in stick control, tackling and shooting. 

 

We ended the term with some visits from our local Secondary Schools to begin the transition preparations for September.

 

Well done as always Shooting Stars!

 

Overview for Term Five

English

In Term 5, Shooting Stars will use the book ‘Radiant Child’ by Javaka Steptoe to support reading, grammar and writing activities. Year 6 will write an information text about the main character (an aspiring artist) suitable for an art gallery, plan an information text and write a personal autobiography about a significant achievement in their own lives.

We will also continue to analyse ‘Kick’ by Mitch Johnson which will include developing fluency, word knowledge, and responding to questions using evidence from the text to support their opinions. 

Year 6 will develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of aspects of grammar including the active and passive forms of verbs, sentence structure using relative clauses, subjunctive vocabulary and modal verbs. There will also be standalone sessions using SATs style questions.

Spelling in T5, will be based on revision of all statutory spellings and recapping rules and spelling patterns.  

Handwriting and presentation will continue to be a major focus across all subjects in Term 5, ensuring letter formation is clear and consistent, and the overall layout and appearance is fit for purpose. This is particularly important for SATs.

 

SATs- Good to know: 

 

Monday 13 May 2024

English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2

Tuesday 14 May 2024

English reading

 

 

Typical pass marks for the expected standard: 

 

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS or SPaG) is 35 to 40 marks out of 70.

Reading is usually between 21 and 28 marks out of 50. 

 

Maths

Shooting Stars will focus on angles, shape and rules of triangles and circles in the beginning of Term 5, before revising and reinforcing multiplication and division, and noting the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages.

As with English, there will also be standalone sessions using SATs past papers predominately to support speed and reinforcement of mental maths strategies- partitioning, times tables, number bonds and using known facts to calculate arithmetic questions with accuracy. 

The Luckwell Maths Challenge for times tables will continue, with many Year 6 now tackling the ‘challenge’ questions for squared and cubed number questions at speed.

 

SATs- Good to know: 

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Mathematics papers 1 and 2

Thursday 16 May 2024

Mathematics paper 3

 

Typical pass marks for the expected standard: 

 

Maths is usually between 56 and 60 marks out of 110, over all 3 papers.

 

Science

Shooting Stars will learn about The Circulatory System. Whilst learning about this major organ, the children will identify the main parts of the human circulatory system and describe the function of the heart, blood vessels and blood. They will also describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals including humans.

This term’s science also has a direct relationship with Term 5’s PSHE (Healthy Me).

 

Geography

Term 5 is another geography term where Shooting Stars will investigate and compare the Grand Canyon to New York City- the landscape, the climate, tourism and the impact of pollution and climate change. They will learn that the North American continent is split into two countries and examine the longitude and latitude of New York State and Arizona, whilst learning their capital cities. 

 

PE

This term, PE will continue on Wednesday afternoons (Robins Foundation) supporting and developing skills in invasion and team games, and on Friday mornings with hockey. Shooting Stars will develop and apply skills in ‘sending and receiving’ through healthy competition. They will also identify how exercise affects their bodies (linked to Science and PSHE).

 

RE

The Big Question for Y6 this term will be: Does belief in Akhirah (life after death), help Muslims lead good lives? They will make connections to their learning from Term 3 (Is anything ever eternal?) in helping them understand this belief.

 

PSHE

In Term 5, Year 6 will continue on their journey of understanding relationships but will also begin to investigate healthy living- food, exercise, lifestyle choices and mental health.

 

Art and Design Technology:

This term, Y6 will focus on sculpture and £D modelling using a variety of resources including cardboard and clay. They will talk about artists’ work (linked to the class book) and explain what they might use in their own creative work, draw a composition of shapes developed from initial ideas to form a plan for a sculpture which symbolises monuments and buildings linked to our Geography Unit.

 

French

Shooting Stars will continue to learn and practise how to say various food and drinks in French by taking part in role-play to ask for ‘orders’ in a café style atmosphere e.g. ‘je voudrais une pomme., as well as learn some simple french names for body parts (linked to Science and PSHE)

 

Summary of Term Four

Another busy and exciting term for Shooting Stars. From discovering the incredible innovations and inventions of the Golden Era of Islam- who knew algebra and the digit numbers we use today are from the great 'al-gebr', and coffee was considered a religious treat?- to handling corn snakes and giant snails with Zoolab,  abseiling rock faces, using bows and arrows in Warrior Games, and of course the magic of a disco while at Camp!
In PE, Shooting Stars have excelled themselves whilst developing their skills in passing, catching and dodging during Tag Rugby. They have also improved their sportsmanship and team spirit when participating in PE with the Robins Foundation Team. 
Among all this fun, there was some more serious learning achieved in maths and reading in preparation for SATs next term, and the quality of writing has been turned up a notch with the introduction of 'golden sentences' to develop clearer use of grammar and explanation when writing at length (particularly in non-fiction activities). This in itself led to Year 6 becoming Runners Up in the Bristol City Libraries competition where they had to use imagination and scientific knowledge to create and write about magical mystical monsters! 
Well done Shooting Stars for a super term! 

Overview for Term Four

 

English
In Term 4, Shooting Stars will use the book ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ by Malala Yousafzai the Pakistani education activist, to support their writing skills in understanding structures for formal speech, including the subjunctive form, expanding their range of devices to build cohesion, improve their use of and understanding of, synonyms and correctly (and consistently) choosing verb forms which include the present perfect form. The children will continue to secure their skills in using colons, brackets and dashes to mark boundaries between independent clauses. 

Reading will be further extended using the Class Book ‘Kick’ by Mitch Johnson, which will be used to develop vocabulary, comprehension and inference skills. This book, in conjunction with Malala’s, will support Y6’s understanding of Bristish Values and the UN Rights of the child (Section 24) as it refers to child labour in Jakarta.

There will also be SATs practices in Reading, Spelling and Grammar.

Role-play and discussions will play an integral part in their learning to support their understanding of the emotions, mood and atmosphere of the plot and theme of both stories. 

Spelling in Term 4, will be based on the ‘r-y’ statutory words for Y6. It will also review the homophones: dessert/ desert, stationery/stationary, complement/compliment, principle/principal, prophet/profit, dictation (to support handwriting) and proof-reading (to support editing skills). 

Handwriting and presentation will be a key focus across all subjects in Term 4 ensuring letter formation is clear and consistent, and the overall layout and appearance is fit for purpose. 

 

Maths
Maths in Term 4 will focus on their skills in using and applying perimeter, measure, area and volume with significance on converting the unit of measurement, ratio and proportion and statistics.

There will also be SATs practice Mental Maths and Maths Reasoning assessments. 

The Luckwell Maths Challenge for times tables will continue, with many of the children now tackling the ‘challenge’ questions for squared and cubed number questions at speed.

Timetables Rockstars should continue to be accessed at home to support quick recall of the times tables.

 

Science
Shooting Stars will learn part ‘2’ of Adaptation and Inheritance this term by investigating ‘inheritance’. They will learn that offspring can inherit characteristics from their parents through genetics such as: eye colour, hair colour, height and even things like earlobe shape. Y6 will investigate the many different combinations of offspring which can occur from parents (animal and human).

 

History
Shooting Stars will consider the question: What was the Golden Age of Islam? The children will track the development of the great Islamic city of Baghdad including trading practices and everyday life and compare it with contemporary cities in Western Europe. Learn about the spread of Islam through the Middle East and beyond and the legacy of and continuing influences of early Islam

 

Forest School
The majority of Forest School activities will be developed at Barton Camp in Week 5 of T4 however, the children will also have opportunities to investigate their history and science learning with Mrs Prewett.

 

PE
This term, PE will be hosted by the Robins Foundation Team on Wednesday afternoons (football), with the children continuing their regular session on a Friday morning. On Friday’s, Shooting Stars will focus on Tag Rugby- challenging themselves to find and fill space, pass and receive the ball and follow the basic rules of the game safely and respectfully. 

 

Art and D.T.
Shooting Stars will focus on D.T in Term 4. They will test and analyse various types of bridge to determine their strength and stability, exploring different materials properties - paper, straws, cardboard etc. before designing and assembling a ‘truss’ bridge. 

 

Music
Shooting Stars will pick-up from where they left off in Term 2’s music sessions. They will continue to learn how to play the glockenspiel alongside the song ‘Lean on Me’. They will consider tempo, pulse and beats. 

 

RE 
Shooting Stars will investigate the questions: ‘Is Christianity still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on Earth?’ and acknowledge the Christian festival of Easter. 

 

French
Year 6 will continue to learn how to say various food and drinks in French by taking part in role-play to ask for ‘orders’ in a café style atmosphere e.g. ‘je voudrais une pomme.’

 

PSHE
Term 4 PSHE is called ‘Relationship’. The children will learn about the importance of healthy relationships with friends and family. Both class books will support this aspect of the curriculum. Please note, that bereavement will also be covered during this unit. 

 

 

Summary of Term Three

Shooting Stars had a fabulous Term 3 full of exciting learning opportunities including: a visit from Explorer Dome, an E-Waste Sustainability workshop and an adventure to SPARKS in Broadmead to learn about ‘WEE’- how to reuse, recycle and safely dispose of electrical equipment (Y6 thoroughly enjoyed taking apart old laptops and radios, and mining for copper!)

Through Art, DT and Writing, Shooting Stars created fabulous descriptions and images of the character of ‘Skellig’ and in role-play, became evil, old hags and gentle and caring adventurers from the book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’.

Science lent itself to learning about Charles Darwin and his many discoveries on the Galapagos Islands. The children used these sessions as ‘awe and wonder’ moments learning how life forms will adapt depending on their climate, terrain and habitat. Shooting Stars shared this knowledge with Luckwell during their Assembly whilst also explaining their knowledge and understanding of Fairtrade.  

We are already looking forward to next term’s learning but particularly our trip to Barton Camp!

 

 

Overview for Term Three

English
In Term 3, Shooting Stars will use the book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray, to support their writing skills by creating character descriptions, using similes, metaphors and personification to describe movement, characters and events, and write stories with plot twists and complex sentences.

Reading will be further extended using the Class Book ‘Skellig’ by David Almond, which will include developing fluency, word knowledge and responding to questions using evidence from the text to support their opinions.

Role-play and discussions will play an integral part in their learning to support their understanding of the emotions, mood and atmosphere of the plot and theme of both stories.

Year 6 will develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of aspects of grammar including verbs, adverbials and active and passive forms of sentence structure through their writing, but there will also be standalone sessions using SATs style questions.

Spelling in T3, will be based on the ‘l-q’ statutory words for Y6 and also reviewing prefixes, suffixes, root words and homophones.

Handwriting and presentation will be a key focus across all subjects in Term 3, ensuring letter formation is clear and consistent, and the overall layout and appearance is fit for purpose.

 

Maths
Dividing fractions, and adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals and percentages will be the key elements of Term 3 in Shooting Stars maths sessions. As with English, there will also be standalone sessions using SATs past papers predominately to support speed and reinforcement of mental maths strategies- partitioning, times tables, number bonds and using known facts to calculate arithmetic questions with accuracy.

The Luckwell Maths Challenge for times tables will continue, with many Year 6 now tackling the ‘challenge’ questions for squared and cubed number questions at speed.

 

Science
Shooting Stars will learn about the life of Charles Darwin and his discoveries on the Galapagos Island. They will study and make comparisons of how and why animals have evolved over time: considering their habitats, food requirements, and the threat of predator and prey.

Whilst studying ‘inheritance’, Shooting Stars will discover that offspring can inherit characteristics from their parents through genetics such as: eye colour, hair colour, height and even things like ear lobe shape.

They will also have a ‘Space’ experience in the Science Dome when it visits school in January.

 

Geography
Term 3 is a geography term where Shooting Stars will examine the human and physical geography related to ‘Fair Trade’. They will track the geographical journey of food, discuss the history and purpose of the ‘fair trade’ movement and consider the cost for and to humans and the environmental impact of the foods we eat.

Year 6 will also participate in two environmental/recycling projects in Term 3. One at SPARKS- a refuse project- and the other as an in school session, hosted by the University of Bristol related to a STEM engineering activity- sustainability at home.

We will also visit the M-Shed to learn more about the Bristol Bus Boycotts and riots (linked to prior learning in Term 1 and future investigations connected to The Windrush Generation) and also take a wander through the WWII exhibition.

Forest School will continue to be linked to Science, D.T. and Geography.

 

PE
This term, PE will be hosted by the Robins Foundation Team on Wednesday afternoons (football), with the children continuing their regular session on a Friday morning. On Friday’s, Year 6 will carry on with their gymnastics journey in Unit 2 of using apparatus: creating paired climbing and acrobatic sequences- linking actions, creating smooth transitions and performing to others.

 

Art and D.T.
Shooting Stars will continue to examine how a picture can tell a story (using the work of Hockney) creating their own images to tell a story linked to their independent writing. They will also use DT skills during their two environmental workshops but also in cooking activities (supported by Forest School) whilst making links to their geography learning by tracing the journey of the ingredients for recipes, adapting recipes and considering the process of beef production.

 

RE
This term Y6 will examine ‘Is anything ever eternal?’ in the Christian faith examining the question ‘Does anything last forever?’- love, health, friendship, and so on. They will also reflect on the belief of ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’ and what they mean in different beliefs.

 

IT-computing
Using code.org, Shooting Stars will examine the use of social media in cyberbullying; the power of words, before moving on to understand computer science by becoming ‘sprite’ engineers.

 

French
Having reinforced greetings, how to ask and respond to social questions (name, age etc.) Year 6 will now learn how to say various food and drinks in French by taking part in role-play to ask for ‘orders’ in a café style atmosphere e.g. ‘je voudrais une pomme.’

 

PSHE
In a new term and a new year, Shooting Stars will discuss their ‘Dreams and Goals’ considering the School Values of perseverance and resilience, learning strategies, including having a positive mind-set, to encourage success.


Summary of Term Two

What a fabulous term we have had in Shooting Stars! 
Year 6 threw themselves into their history activities (WWII) learning about the allies and axis, rationing, the roles of women during wartime, evacuation and of course the impact of World War II on their local neighbourhood including a walking tour (dressed as evacuees) of the area and standing exactly where Churchill stood 80 years ago! 
Their empathy and curiosity of this topic was demonstrated in a pointent and emotional Armistice Day Assembly which encapsulated the consequences of war through stories, poetry and song, including a memorial towards Luckwell Alumni who fought and died in The Great War of 1914. 
Singing has created much fun (and laughter) amongst Shooting Stars whilst learning the beat, rhythm and lyrics of several songs... one of which might just be heard sometime in July! 
Swimming finally came to an end for the children after two fabulous terms at the local pool. Y6 took the plunge and jumped in at the deep end quite literally, having successfully achieved a variety of swim strokes and water survival skills. 
A terrific term, one which all Shooting Stars should be proud of! 

Overview for Term Two

English

Our focus for reading and writing this term is primarily linked to our History Unit: World War II.

Using ‘Rose Blanchet’ by Ian McEwan, based on the perspective of a German girl in WWII reflecting on what she sees, hears and feels during the invasion and treatment of the Jewish community, the children will develop their skills in: creating character descriptions, drama, writing in role from different perspectives of the characters, and narratives. They will participate in discussions to develop inference and also tackle comprehension questions linked to the text to improve skills in scanning, their understanding of the author’s choice of vocabulary, and reading and responding to questions with greater clarity. 

Shooting Stars will also use ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian as a stimulus for reading and writing with particular emphasis on setting descriptions and life as an evacuee.

Grammar and punctuation will be a main focus this term looking at pronouns, determiners and using vocabulary devices to build cohesion, including adverbials of time, place and number. We will also investigate how the differences in formality, formal and informal, can affect the mood of a text.

Spelling

We will continue learning the key Statutory Spellings for Y5-6: d-i, and spell some words with ‘silent’ letters. Year 6 will also continue to distinguish between homophones (‘ce’/‘se’) and other words which are often confused. Endings that similar sounds: ‘-cious’ or ‘-tious’ will also be reviewed.

Maths

In Term 2, shooting stars will continue to reinforce their understanding of division moving on to using the formal method of long division to divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two‐digit whole number and interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions, or by rounding, as appropriate for the context. New learning will use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination, compare and order fractions, add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in its simplest form and divide proper fractions by whole numbers.

We will also continue to use the Luckwell Maths Challenge including beyond Platinum to ensure times tables’ knowledge is consolidated.

Science

This term Shooting Stars will be investigating Light: It’s bright in here! They will learn that although light travels in a straight line, it can appear to bend through the process of refraction. Their understanding of how we see light will be consolidated as will their knowledge of the visible spectrum of colours. Year 6 will also learn about the invention of the light bulb and its impact on society.

History

Term 2 is a history focus and Y6 will be learning about World War II. By the end of the term, using research, reading, map work and writing, the children will be able to answer the following questions: What was Blitzkrieg? Which countries were in the Axis? Name some European countries invaded by Germany. What were Hitler’s beliefs about the German race? What was evacuation and who did it affect? What was rationing? What is amphibious? How was warfare in WW2 different from other conflicts? What is the NHS?

To honour Armistice Day, Year 6 will present a memorial Assembly using their knowledge of World War I and II to reflect upon the effects of war and the lasting consequences.

On November 15th, the children will have a learning walk around Bedminster investigating the effects of The Bristol Blitz on their neighbourhood. Michael from English Heritage will be leading this excellent learning opportunity.

 

Forest School/DT

As part of Forest School activities, linked to their understanding of rationing, Year 6 will develop cooking and baking skills using rationed portions and food stuffs to create food eaten by children of their age during WWII.

Music
Using the scheme ‘Bristol Plays Music’ Shooting Stars will learn the song ‘Poppies’ as part of their understanding of Remembrance Sunday. They will also learn ‘Lean on Me’ making connections to their PSHE of ‘Celebrating Differences’.

PSHE

Celebrating Differences is the key focus for Term 2. Shooting Stars will discuss how not all disabilities can be seen, the effects of living with a disability- for the persona and the family, and how what is seen as the ‘norm’ for one person may not be considered as such for another.

Art

Shooting Stars will learn about painting and mixed media using a variety of artists' work as stimuli including David Hockey's painting 'My Parents' and John Singer Sargent's World War 1 painting, ‘Gassed’. They will learn to ‘read’ a picture and see beyond the first glance, analysing and evaluating it successfully. Reflect on personal experiences to convey through their own piece of abstract art. The class will also consolidate their understanding of how to create a meaningful message to express mood and emotion.

RE

Year 6 will continue their learning journey about different faiths by investigating the Christian Faith in the lead up to Christmas. They will consider the question: ‘How significant is it that Mary was Jesus’ mother?’

French

Year 6 will continue to develop their understanding of French greetings and in new learning will begin to learn the French names for classroom subjects and stationery. They will also design Christmas Cards learning about the French vocabulary for the festive season.

ICT

Using code.org, Shooting Stars will develop their skills in coding: designing, creating and following instructions to create games and avatars.

PE

In Term 2, Year 6 will work on their gymnastics skills developing and improving their techniques on floor work and low level apparatus: the key focus will be on developing counter balances with a partner and dynamic balance whilst remaining in control. In continuing to improve their sportsmanlike attitude, Shooting Stars will focus on organising equipment, involving others to boost motivation and perform better, and to give constructive feedback. Or

Swimming will continue on Tuesday afternoons. guide a small group through a task.

 

 

Summary of Term One

Shooting Stars got off to an electrifying start to the school year learning about circuits, electrical components and symbols in Science culminating in a fascinating workshop from Babcock International. They even learned a song about electricity as part of their music curriculum.

In their geography, Shooting Stars learned about the Alps- its location in Europe, its physical features, how animals and plants have adapted to the changing climate due to global warming, and the effects of tourism on this alpine biome. Just as in Science, music played its part too- the children composed their own pieces of music to reflect the terrain, the climate and the sounds of the funicular railway!

Year 6 have also been incredible authors this term. Their writing has ranged from persuasive pieces to encourage others to visit ‘Lifeskills’, stimulated from their own visit in September, imaginative work describing the emotions of being on, and what can be seen from, The London Eye (based on the class book), beautiful descriptions of a mermaid overlooking the sea, to a sequence of emotive texts written as diary entries to explain the journey and experiences of an arctic animal caught in the midst of climate change.

In maths, the children have been making connections with their knowledge of the times tables applying them as factors and factor pairs to short division calculations. They have reinforced their understanding of place value and long multiplication.

Finally in Art, Shooting Stars learned how simple Mayan symbols inspired the art work of Dan Fenelon and today’s ‘Street Art’ and graffiti, creating their own images and signs to reflect their personalities- a lovely way to make connections to their PSHE: ‘Being me in my world’.

What an amazing start to their final year at Luckwell!

 

Overview of Term One


English

This term Y6 will be using the fiction book: The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, as inspiration for character descriptions, understanding and using idioms and the author’s choice of vocabulary to engage the reader.

A key focus in all aspects of handwriting will be appropriate handwriting, punctuation and an improved awareness of presentation.

Speaking and listening will focus on discussions around graffiti- Art or an act of Vandalism? and will include a wander along North Street and debate leading to writing a balanced argument. 

 

Maths

Place Value to millions is the target focus for the first few weeks on Term 1 which will progress into adding and subtracting 4 and more digit numbers.

Mental maths will primarily be the recall of number bonds to 100 (if I know 20 + 80 = 100, then I know 200 + 800 = 1000 etc.) and times tables: timed assessments, use of TT RockStars and games.

 

Science

Children will learn the symbols and names of electrical components and create complete circuits to light a bulb, connect a battery or fan. The children will investigate voltage and how it affects the brightness/sound level of a component.

 

Geography

The Alps is the focus for Term 1 and will include learning about the location, the terrain, climate and tourism. Pupils will also learn about the effects of climate change on The Alps- writing some emotive diary entries. Through Forest School, Year 6 will learn about mountain survival skills. 

 

PSHE

Using the Jigsaw scheme of learning, children will investigate the theme of: Being in my world, which includes lessons on Self-Identity, Group Identity, Responsibilities, Consequences, Teamwork and introduces the Jigsaw Charter for expectations as a pupil in Year 6. The School Values and British Values will also be reinforced.

 

PE

Swimming will take place on Tuesday afternoons.

The additional PE session, on a Friday morning, will focus on skills from the Real PE scheme of learning- hand and feet co-ordination with balls and agility for reaction / response to send and receive a ball.

Games to support the learning will include hand tennis/racket tennis and netball.

 

RE

Shooting Stars will learn about Islam in Term 1 considering what the best way for a Muslin to show commitment to their faith, learning about the Five Pillars of Islam and moral values.

 

Art & DT

Year 6 Shooting Stars will learn skills in collage learning how various medium can create different effects- monochromatic, colourful, autumnal etc.

The children will also explore Mayan Art: investigating a variety of expressive drawing techniques whilst making connections with historical markings to today’s graffiti.

In D.T. the children will improve their fine motor control skills when creating a ‘London Eye’ using paper and scissors.

 

Music

Using the Charanga scheme of work, the Shooting Stars of Year 6 will learn the songs: Happy and Electricity, to perform to an audience in unison. In doing so, they will learn about rhythm, pulse and pitch.

 

French

Year 6 will review their knowledge of greetings and introducing themselves in French: name, age, nationality.

 

Additional Information

PE- Tuesday (Swimming) Friday

Forest School- Friday