We are so excited to get back to our learning after the Easter break and to see all of our amazing Year 6 children!
World War Two is always a favourite unit every year (with children and adults!) and it’s no different this time around. There is already a buzz around our upcoming history unit! Our Year 6 children have been learning about World War One in terms 3 and 4 and we are now learning about World War Two in our history lessons. Before Easter, we had a fantastic workshop, delivered over Zoom, where we learnt all about the Women’s Land Army, rationing and different jobs during the war. We are very excited and privileged to have a very knowledgeable local resident come in to speak to us later this term about how the war affected our local area of Welton in Lincolnshire. We’re going to be using dual coding (images along with spoken words) to help us learn (and crucially remember!) some of the key historical knowledge.
Our history learning will also feed in to our writing as we begin term 5 by writing a discussion text to analyse whether the decision to evacuate children during WW2 was a positive or negative one. We will be analysing many different historical sources to help us write this, which will include propaganda posters and first person accounts from evacuees. We are very excited to start our new class book this term which is called ‘Can You See Me?’. We have been lucky enough to purchase a class set of books so our children have already been reading the first four chapters over Easter! This book is perfect as we begin our transition work for secondary school as it is a beautifully written and compelling story about a girl called Tally who is autistic and is transitioning into Year 7. With diary entries written by eleven-year-old Libby Scott, based on her own experiences of autism, it is a book about empathy and kindness. ‘Be kind’ is one of our school rules.
This term’s RE unit is one where we always have some wonderfully deep and meaningful conversations in the classroom. We will be exploring the creation of the world through different beliefs and theories such as: Genesis, Cosmology (Big Bang), Evolution, and conflicting Christian opinions and those of Christian scientists. Exploring this will help us to come to our own conclusions as to whether creation and science is conflicting or complementary.
‘Light’ is out science topic for this term. We will explore how light travelling in straight lines helps us to explain how objects are seen, along with learning about shadows. By the end of the unit we will hopefully be able to explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes.
We will be continuing with our maths unit on measure in term 5 which will include looking at volume and the area of parallelograms and triangles. Further on in the term, we will learn about ratio and proportion, which is a new maths unit for our Year 6 children, and we will also engage with some geometry where we will investigate angles in polygons and parts of a circle, such as the radius and diameter.
We’re hoping for a bit more sun this term so that we can get outside and enjoy our athletics and rounders lessons in PE. These two PE units are always ones that we look forward to in the summer term in Year 6!
In Art, we are very excited to begin our Banksy unit where we will evaluate and analyse Banksy’s creative work and this contribution to our cultural history. We will then work towards create our own Banksy-inspired graffiti artwork using stencils and think about how we too can use artwork to provide an important message to others. Our DT unit in terms 5 and 6 involves us exploring shelters and the different properties that a shelter might need. We will practice exploring materials and applying different skills as we build up to creating an Anderson Shelter, which links in with our history learning.
Our computer suite will be put to very good use this term as we learn lots of new skills in Microsoft PowerPoint. We will be varying the layout and design of our presentations, to fit a particular audience or subject. Using PowerPoint will provide us with the opportunity to retrieve our knowledge of previous units of work in science and history as we create presentations showing what we can remember!
We would love for you to see some of this learning in action in Year 6 so follow our Twitter feed where we will be posting updates throughout the term!