In Year 6, the children work on a variety of subjects and topics. As a year group, we aim to make the learning experience exciting and as memorable as possible and this is achieved through linking subject areas through half-termly topics and using visits and visitors to their greatest potential.
For the first term, our topic will be centred around William Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The children will learn about some aspects of the history of London and about the life of William Shakespeare; they will study one of his most famous plays culminating in a magical performance for friends and families.
There is a residential opportunity open to all Year 6 pupils at the beginning of November to visit the Hollowford Centre in Derbyshire. This gives the children an opportunity to take part in some exciting ‘outdoor and adventurous’ activities and to develop their resilience, teamwork, leadership and perseverance skills.
SATs are an important part of this year and the children are well prepared for these National tests.
We have a thorough system for transition to High School and the children take part in a number of activities throughout the “Stepping Up” programme which is run by experienced High School staff. During this transition, the children will participate in a variety of single day events including CSI Day (looking at the forensic process of fingerprinting) and Orienteering; they will also have regular visits here at school from the High School staff.
The end of Year 6 is celebrated through a Prom and special Leavers’ Service at St John’s Church in Harleston, when the whole school looks back over the leavers’ years at school and looks forward to their new beginnings at High School.
During the year, Year 6 pupils will study Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Betsy Byars’ Midnight Fox; Micheal Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom and famous story of The Pied Piper. The children will read, write and take part in drama and performances in order to enhance their understanding of the texts as well as developing their speaking and listening skills. Children will also have grammar, punctuation and spelling lessons.
Year 6 will have the opportunity to read a variety of texts aloud as a class, independently and in small groups within lessons. This will include completing associated reading comprehension activities and talking about the text within class discussions. Children will work together on a class reader to develop inference and deduction skills and improve vocabulary. In addition to reading at school, all children are expected to read at home on a daily basis and discuss characters, settings and plot lines with an adult.
Children study spelling strategies through the Spellings Bees or Read, Write, Inc, Spell programmes and they work on a number of spelling patterns through the year which are linked to the NC year 5/6 spelling list.
During Year 6, pupils will develop their ability to solve a wider range of mathematical challenges, including increasingly complex problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. Pupils will be introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching of geometry and measures will consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Pupils will classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and they will learn the vocabulary they need to describe them. By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.
The Year 6 classes will study a variety of areas of the science curriculum: Animal Classification, Animals Including Humans, Evolution and Light and Sight. The children will take part in a variety of exciting investigations; study the famous scientist Charles Darwin and deepen their knowledge and understanding of each topic through different types of research.
Throughout the year, the children will cover a variety of periods and people in the history of the world including the Ancient Civilisation of the Mayas, London in the 1600s, World War II (including the significance of this to our locality) as well as influential scientists and artists.
During the year, the children will learn from and about our world religions and focus on particular areas of each: Stewardship and how Christians are inspired to look after the world; what it means to be a Saint; Zakat and its impact on Muslims’ lives; Karma, Samsara and Moksha; Lent and Easter, The Gospels and how Christians apply these to their daily lives.
Art and Design
In Art lessons, we shall be linking art and design to the Mayan culture, history and lifestyle. Through this, the children will gain an understanding of the significance of different artwork and artefacts for the Maya people throughout their 4,000 year history. Pupils will learn to develop their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing and illustration (Austin’s Butterfly and the illustrator Marcia Williams), painting (studying the works and lives of Picasso and Alexsanda Ekster) and sculpture (focusing on the work of Henry Moore).
Design and Technology
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. Our Design and Technology projects will be based on a variety of areas such as Mayan Jewellery, stage props for their performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Christmas decorations, the mighty egg drop and marble run.
Children will also attend a DT Day at the University Technical College in Norwich where they will have the opportunity to design, make and race compressed-gas powered wooden cars.
The children will be continuing with French into Year 6, developing the skills they have already learned and experimenting with the language. They will learn vocabulary which will help them do things such as instruct people using directions and how to ask for things in shops. They will speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say.
Children will learn to sing Titania’s lullaby in parts and harmony to sing as part of A Midsummer Night’s Dream production. Linking with our termly topic, we will be using percussion instruments to create a soundtrack about the Mayas. We will be using resources from Norfolk’s Charanga to study songs and composers and their influence on their audiences. They complete the year with composing and performing their own song.
PE – Swimming/Games
Pupils will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will learn to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other in a sporting environment (sportsmanship). They will develop an understanding of how to improve the different skills used in physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils will practice the skills of running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example, basketball, Kwik cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders, tag rugby and tennis), and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Through gymnastics and dance, the children will develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
Through swimming lessons all children will develop their knowledge of water safety and learn to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. They will use a range of strokes and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
During Year 6, the children will use a variety of software (Scratch, Kudos or Hopscotch) to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output, logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. They will develop an understanding of computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration and on-line safety.