Dear Year 6 parents,
Welcome to the new school year and the new term! It’s great to feel familiar with the new class, even before we begin and I hope that the children are looking forward to the year ahead, as am I. This is going to be a term packed with exciting and inter-linked learning.
We begin the year with an in-depth look at our class country, Brazil. We will learn about the lives of people living both in the cities and in the rainforest and focus in detail on rainforests during our whole-school Environmental Sustainability week in mid-October (more on this to follow). English work will be linked to this through the use of beautiful picture/story books about the rainforest in peril. I also hope to work the Brazil theme into our art and music work this term, while RE will focus on how religions can help to build a fairer world by looking at the work of Christian charities in Brazil. Science work on classification and variation will enable us to make links between local flora and fauna and those found in the rainforest.
Towards the end of the first half-term, our thoughts will turn to commemoration of the end of WWI and year 6 will be studying some of the poetry of the period, as well as writing their own poems to honour those who died. This work will continue after half-term, culminating in our annual commemoration of the fallen at the Hayfield memorial.
After half-term, our topic work is history-based and will be a local history focused study of the Victorian period. This will include a trip (either to Styal Mill or the Hat Museum in Stockport). We will consider whether the period should be considered a Golden Age or a Dark Age, through studying the genius of Victorian inventions, as well as looking at the lives of poor children in the period. Links will also be made to Science, when we study the electricity and light topics. Also in keeping with the Victorian era, English work will revolve around Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. RE work in this half-term will consider the deeper meaning of festivals and we will look at different religious festivals including Diwali, Hanukkah and Eid.
Maths will continue to follow a mastery approach and in the Autumn term will be heavily number-based, with an emphasis on the efficient use of calculation strategies. This will be constantly underpinned by reasoning and problem-solving, so that children become increasingly confident in explaining what they are doing and why. Later in the Autumn term, there will be a substantial period of focus on fractions, again with the aim of giving children a solid understanding of this important area of study, which forms a large proportion of the ‘new’ maths curriculum.
I hope this gives you a flavour of all that I hope to pack in before Christmas. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into these great topics and bringing them to life across the curriculum!