Our Maths lessons incorporate the four 'big ideas' of Maths - fluency, variation, mathematical thinking and different representations and structures. By showing the children a variety of ways that problems and questions can be presented, this equips them with the tools they need to find solutions.
Each Maths lesson begins with a Fluency Five session - 5 questions based around the current focus in lessons or 5 arithmetic style questions to revise for their end of year SATs. The children are offered the opportunity to experiment and conjecture theories within what we are learning. This can be a statement that can be proved always, sometimes or never true or leading them to find a generalisation. For example, one of the generalisations we have found this year is that the difference between each subsequent square number is the odd numbers going up in order.
Within this, we are building coherence between all that we do in Maths to best prepare our children for their transition into secondary school.
Autumn Term - Book foci: Darwin’s Dragons by Lindsay Galvin and Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Genres: narratives, biographies, descriptive writing, match reports
Spring Term - Book foci: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket and Holes by Louis Sachar
Genres: newspaper reports to discuss, comparative essays, explanation texts, campaigns
Summer Term - Book foci: When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle and What Are We Fighting For? by Roger Moses
Genres: diaries, descriptive writing, advertisements, war poetry
In Year 6, we expect the children to read a minimum of 60 pages per week. The diaries are checked by Mr. Collinge and Mrs. Garland on a weekly basis to monitor reading. Please ensure that if you read with your child you sign the diary to say you have done so.
We use the AR (Accelerated Reader) scheme to allow the children to quiz their books after reading. These quizzes showcase their understanding and help us to ensure the children are reading an appropriate level book.
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Spellings are sent home weekly and are tested on Fridays. The children are given the opportunity to practise their spellings every morning during registration as well as timetabled time during the week.
Science - Evolution and Inheritance/Light
History - Ancient Egypt - which kingdom left the most impressive legacy?
Geography - The Voyage of the Beagle
Art - Photography/Chiaroscuro
DT - Food Technology/Textiles (wooly hats)
RE - Creation and Science: Conflicting or Complimentary?/Why do some people believe in God and not others?
Science - Electricity/Animals including Humans (circulatory system)
History - Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th Century - How did the leisure time of people in the 20th century change?
Geography - Natural Disasters
Art - Still Life
DT - Steady Hand Games/Automata Toys
RE - Why do Hindus want to be good?/What did Jesus do to save people?
Science - Classification
History - World War II - What started the Second World War? How did it end?
Geography - Rivers and Dams
Art - Art and Design Skills
DT - Structure (rollercoasters)
RE - What kind of a king was Jesus?/How do people keep faith in challenging times?