Year 6 – Spring Term
Formal writing: Analysing different forms of formal writing such as non-chronological reports; persuasive letters and information texts; evaluate the effectiveness of writing styles; practise writing to a variety of scenarios adopting formal language and use of rhetorical questioning.
Writing in the style of an author: Use a range of techniques to investigate writing styles; compare and contrast styles; explore use of complex sentence structures; write chapter openings emulating writing styles.
Journalistic writing: Compare and contrast journalistic styles; identifying fact and opinion; using direct and reported speech; investigating ethics and balance in journalistic writing; examining features of radio broadcasts; planning and writing newspaper reports; writing a radio news report.
Poetry – Finding a Voice: to explore and understand how different poets use different structures to create impact; responding to different styles of poem on the same themes; exploring poems by different authors on the same theme; writing poems communicating thoughts and feelings about an issue.
Presentations – Examine the structure of effective presentations; engaging with an audience; researching and developing notes; shaping presentations; producing power point slides to support talk.
Counting, Partitioning and Calculating: Solve multi-step problems involving decimals, fractions and percentages; choose appropriate calculation strategies; use decimal notation for tenths, hundredths and thousandths. Round and order decimals with up to three places and place on a number line; mental calculations with integers and decimals; use approximations, inverse operations and tests of divisibility to estimate and check results
Securing number facts, understanding shape: Derive squares of numbers to 12x12 and corresponding squares of multiples of 10; identify prime numbers; find prime factors of 2 digit numbers; use approximations, inverse operations and tests of divisibility to check results; describe, identify and visualise shapes using edges, vertices and faces to classify and recognise shapes; make drawings with increasing accuracy
Handling data and measures: Collect, organise and interpret information using ICT; describe and interpret results using mean, mode, range and median; describe and predict outcomes using the language of chance or likelihood ;use a range of measuring instruments converting between units using decimals to two decimal places.
Calculating, measuring and understanding shape: solve multi-step problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages; mental calculations involving integers and decimals; use efficient written methods to add and subtract integers and decimals; multiply and divide integers and decimals by a one digit integer and to multiply two-digit and three-digit integers by a two-digit integer; use approximations, inverse operations and tests of divisibility to estimate and check results; estimate angles and use a protractor to measure and draw them; draw on a grid where shapes will be after rotation, reflection or translation.
Securing number facts, relationships and calculating: tabulate systematically the information in a problem or puzzle; express a larger whole number as a fraction of a smaller one; simplify fractions; convert fractions with a common denominator; express one quantity as a percentage of another; find equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages; relate fractions to multiplication and division; solve simple problems involving direct proportion
Please note: The following scheme is merely a guide as to what Big Six students can expect to cover throughout the year. However, Big Six schemes of work are, by design, fluid and organic and thus open to change. Where possible, teachers will implement opportunities for students to develop knowledge and understanding based on their own interests and essentially, let students lead their own learning.
Groups will rotate between three members of staff and will thus cover two topics in each of biology, physics and chemistry as follows…
· Leaf adaptation
· Seed dispersal
· Growing seedlings/saplings
· Food chains and webs
· Oxygen and carbon dioxide
· Principles – fire triangle and safety
· Melting and burning
· Fuels - investigation
· Investigative work –properties of materials
· Materials project
· How do plants and animals get food?
· Photosynthesis in plants
· Digestive system
· Food groups
· Nutrition and balanced diets
· Who eats who?
· Forces – different types
· Structures and materials
· Investigating Lego
· Bridges investigation and competition
· Circuits: drawing and building
· Burglar Alarm project
Who were the ancient Greeks?
Features of a Greek city
How were city states ruled?
Athens and Sparta
Greek gods and worship
(The children may start a project on the Olympics to run into next term)
The children will research and present on the following topics:
Map world mountains
Excel comparing mountain heights
British Isles relief map
Mountains powerpoint presentation
Ourselves - Healthy Eating, Hygiene, Puberty
Understanding our bodies and how to keep them healthy
Making Games to encourage healthy eating
Harming our bodies - effects of drugs and alcohol
Creating healthy living guides and setting personal plans
Impact of poor diet
Puberty Talks (visiting nurse tbc)
Big Questions and concepts of God
Understanding 'ultimate questions'
Contemplating what the term God means to individuals
Artists and their lives
Art history - looking at the lives of different artists and how they reflect this in their work
Painting techniques with acrylic
Final piece of work based on student's own lives
Cooking (links to PSHE topics)
Health and safety in the kitchen
Food packaging design
Making tasks - tbc - students will have some input into deciding what to cook
Introduction to France , French speaking countries and French culture; meeting and greeting people; introducing your family; numbers 1-100;saying how old you are and asking someone else their age; describing what you and your family members look like; the weather.
Fruit and vegetables, buying food at a French market, shops and the revision of numbers. Asking for and understanding prices, weights and measures. Simple poems.
Countries and nationalities, forms of transport, holiday activities, buying snacks and icecream. Simple short stories.
Big 6 German – Outline
1st Half Term
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