WELCOME TO YEAR 6!
Year 6 is a huge year for children at Widden Primary School. This year, the children learn to develop their independence further and be more responsible as they begin the final steps of their journey towards secondary school. In the Summer, they will have their SATs but more than that, they benefit from an enriched curriculum. They will learn more about the world around them as well as about themselves and will make great strides in their preparation for the next big step. Year 6 is also a difficult year with lots of change and some big moments. However, the year 6 team work hard with all colleagues to ensure the children enjoy a happy and progressive year, which should be full of fun, laughter and responsibility. Throughout the year, they will all have experience of different roles within the school, including jobs where they will be able to develop confidence and empathy with others and their surroundings. We are very excited for the year ahead.
The Year 6 team:
Zephaniah - Mrs Wilson and Mr Baker
Blackman - Mrs Cowling (Mr Smith PPA)
Mrs Nanabawa and Mrs Dhalech
If you wish to contact the class teachers, please use the emails below:
Spring Term 2022-23
Where do we come from?
Welcome back after the Christmas break. We hope you all managed to have a restful break. This term we will be learning about evolution and inheritance. This will give us an opportunity to think about the different characteristics that we have inherited from our parents and how these inherited traits help living things to survive. We will use some different books to support our learning, including The Origin of the Species by Sabina Raneva and The Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas. These books will help us to understand Charles Darwin's theory of evolution but also inspire our writing of non-chronological reports and narrative poetry. Through our Art sessions we will be thinking about 'The path to Abstraction' gaining inspiration from the work of Wassily Kandinsky. We will mix colours to match subtle colour of someone doing something and use our sketchbooks to store information on colour mixing, brush mark and shapes. We will replicate patterns in the style of Kandinsky and use the book Ish by Peter Reynolds to inspire out final pieces. Through geography we will be learning about the formation of rivers and in history we will study migration to and from the UK. We have a busy term ahead as we prepare the children for their SAT's in the Summer term. These will take place from 9th-12th May 2023. Please ensure that any homework that is sent home is completed by the children as this will support their understanding and revision of key concepts. We are looking forward to another fun packed busy term. Keep an eye out for the fundraising activities that Year 6 will be organising to help fund their residential trip in June.
On the Origin of Species By Sabina Sadeva
'A long, long time ago, before humans even existed, the living world looked very different from how it looks today.'
For most of human history, people believed that everything in the world was created at once. But scientists started to challenge that idea and in 1859 Charles Darwin, a naturalist and biologist, wrote a famous book called On the Origin of Species that revolutionised the way that we have understood evolution ever since.
Now molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva has recreated Darwin's most famous work. The stunning pictures bring the theory of evolution to life.
Pulling together Darwin's observations from his travels around the world and his ground-breaking explanation of how species form, develop, and change over hundreds of thousands of years, On The Origin of Species is as relevant and important now as it ever was.
Moth: An Evolution Story By Isabel Thomas
"This is a story of light and dark."
Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Until the world begins to change ...
A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention. This is the amazing story of the peppered moth and is an introduction to natural selection and evolution.
Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot. In a beautiful landscape changed by humans how will one little moth survive?
Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in an introduction to Darwin's theory of Natural Selection.
The Journey by Francesca Sanna
“I look up to the birds that seem to be following us. They are migrating just like us. And their journey, like ours, is very long, but they don’t have to cross any borders.”
What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope.
Based on her own interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child, Francesca Sanna has created a beautiful and sensitive book that is full of significance for our time.
With haunting echoes of current affairs this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made, as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war.
Please find below our Topic Overview for the Autumn Term
RE / PSHE
*Writing to Entertain
Narrative based on Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan
*Writing to Inform
Recount based on Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll
*Writing to Entertain
Spooky narrative based on A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
*Writing to Persuade
Persuasive letter to Mr Scrooge
Why do Hindus try to be good? (Karma / dharma / samsara / moksha)
This unit supports the principal aim of RE: to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. This unit focuses on Hinduism and builds on work that pupils will have done earlier in Key Stage 2, where the focus was on Hindu life in Britain today. This unit covers key Hindu concepts about life, death and rebirth.
How can the media influence people?
1) Understand how the media, including online experiences, can affect people’s wellbeing – their thoughts, feelings and actions. 2) Know that not everything should be shared online or social media and that there are rules about this, including the distribution of images. 3) Know that mixed messages in the media exist (including about health, the news and different groups of people) and that these can influence opinions and decisions. 4) Understand that text and images can be manipulated or invented; strategies to recognise this.
Pupils will be continuing their learning on fractions.
This term, the main focus is on decimals.
Children will learn to:
Following this we will move on to units of measure - length, mass, volume and time.
Scientific and Technological Understanding
Changing landscapes, changing lives.
Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding
Living things and their habitats:
*I can describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
*I can give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics
*Recognise that light appears to travel in a straight line including demonstrating angles of incidence and reflection in clear, detailed diagrams
Use the idea that light travels in a straight line to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
*Explain that we see things because light travels from a light source to objects then to our eyes, including explaining how the eyes work, using scientific vocabulary and illustrations
*Use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shapes as the objects that cast them
*Be able to explain what refraction is, associating with prisms and how rainbows are made
Design and Technology
Cooking and nutrition:Design and make a savoury dish to be shared with parents/residents of Great Western Court Nursing Home
*To relate the formation and continuum of rivers to their knowledge of the water cycle.
*To know that upper course river features include the source, V-shaped valleys, interlocking spurs, rapids, waterfalls and gorges
*That middle course river features include wider, shallower valleys, meanders, and oxbow lakes.
*That lower course river features include wide flat-bottomed valleys, floodplains and deltas at the estuary or river mouth.
*To know that rivers erode in four ways: Abrasion - when large pieces of bedload material wear away the river banks and bed; Attrition – when the bed itself is eroded when sediment particles knock against the bed or each other and break, becoming more rounded and smaller; hydraulic action – when the force of the water erodes softer rock; Solution or Corrosion – when acidic water erodes rock
*To know major rivers around the world and where they are located (revisiting the Amazon River from Y3 and Mississippi from Y4).
*Describe a study or an aspect or theme in British history that extends his/her chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
Migration – within the UK and to and from the UK
* Art – The Path to Abstraction (Kandinsky) Mix paint colours to match subtle colour of someone or something; Use a sketchbook to store information on colour mixing, brush marks, etc.
Replicate patterns, colours and textures in the style of Kandinsky – his style became more abstract over time. Design and paint an object, creating humour in the design. Kandinsky used music as a stimulus. (Book to use – ‘Ish’ – Peter Reynolds)
*Music – Unit: Benjamin Britten - A New Year Carol
Style: Benjamin Britten (Western Classical Music), Gospel, Bhangra.
Webpage creation -Designing and creating webpages, giving consideration to copyright, aesthetics, and navigation.
*To review an existing website and consider its structure.
*To plan the features of a web page.
*To consider the ownership and use of images (copyright).
*To recognise the need to preview pages.
*To outline the need for a navigation path.
*To recognise the implications of linking to content owned by other people.
Variables in games - Exploring variables when designing and coding a game.
*To define a ‘variable’ as something that is changeable.
*To explain why a variable is used in a program.
*To choose how to improve a game by using variables.
*To design a project that builds on a given example.
*To use my design to create a project.
*To evaluate my project. (Link to D&T)
*To create a dance using a random structure and perform the actions showing quality and control.
*To understand how changing the dynamics of an action changes the appearance of the performance.
*To understand and use relationships and space to change how a performance looks.
*To work with a group to create poses and link them together using transitions.
*To use choreographing devices when working as a group.
*To copy and repeat movements in the style of Bhangra.
*To work collaboratively with a group to create a dance in the style of Bhangra.
*To develop an understanding of yoga.
*To develop flexibility through the sun salutation flow.
*To develop strength through yoga flows.
*To create your own flow showing quality in control, balance and technique.
*To develop balance through yoga flows.
*To work collaboratively to create a controlled paired yoga flow.
*To create your own yoga flow that challenges technique, balance and control.
All classes are set a reading challenge every year. We follow the different bus routes to read a range of exciting texts. Choose one of the texts from the special baskets. When you have read it, you will get a 'red bus' stamp in your reading record. Which route are you going to explore? Can you complete them all before the end of the year?
PE this term will be on Tuesday and Thursday every week - please make sure you wear appropriate PE kit. Both of these sessions will take place in the hall.
Reading records are to be brought in daily. Please make sure that you are listening to your child read during the week and record this in their books.
Homework will be given to the children on a Friday. This may include: Maths, Writing/SPaG, and/or topic work. This will need to be completed in the homework books, unless told otherwise. Homework is to be brought back into school the following Wednesday.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Some useful websites to support your children's learning:
BBC Education have produced a whole host of materials for KS2. Follow the KS2 link and then select either Maths or English. Each area usually has an information section for reading, plus an activity and then quiz which is marked online. Some aspects require a subscription.
A site with both Maths and English based quizzes which are marked as you go along.
A site with a range of information and questions – great for revision purposes!
A revision site based upon the old Key Stage 2 Tests but still contains lots of useful information for both Maths and English.
This site has loads of Maths games which help to practise a range of skills.
A range of English games and activities.
Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.
A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.