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Year 6 - Autumn 1 Topic: 'Going Global'


Topic Work: Our topic this half term is ‘Going Global’. In this topic we will be studying the Earth and its composition, continental drift, tectonic plates, volcanoes, earthquakes and the changes the Earth has gone through over time. We will also study physical features of different places around the world including rivers.  In Art, will focus on the work of Friedensriech Hundertwasser.


Literacy: In Literacy, we are reading Classic Fiction and poetry. Children will be writing their own responses to the texts read in class. Other fiction writing will include character portraits and personal responses to a piece of text e.g. the children will be expected to use evidence from the text to back up their point of view.  Our class novel is Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden. In non-fiction genres, children will concentrate on report writing. In grammar and punctuation we will be concentrating on word classes (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions and determiners). We will also investigate verb forms and verb tenses. In Year 6, we study the whole range of punctuation.


Science: This half term, we will explore classification and habitats. We will focus on the theory of evolution and how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment. Children will explore the work of palaeontologists such as Mary Anning and how this relates to the work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace.


Maths: In maths, we will be focusing on mental maths strategies, place value up to 10 million (10,000,000), number (including all four operations and their inverse), fractions & decimal equivalences (up to 3 place decimals), missing number problems (algebra), 2D shape & their properties, measurements (including perimeters) and naming and constructing angles.  We will revise mathematical vocabulary including factors, multiples and prime numbers.


P.E: We have P.E. every Wednesday. This half term is gymnastics. The children should have a white T-shirt, black shorts and a pair of pumps. Trainers are only allowed for outdoor sports. We have a ‘no jewelry’ policy in the school and all pierced earrings will need to be removed. P.E. kits should stay in your child’s locker. We can send them home at half term for washing. Year 6 will have swimming sessions this half term on Tuesday afternoons from 12th September to 17th October inclusive.


Homework: Spellings will be sent home on Friday ready for a test the following Friday. Maths and Literacy (including online reading books) will be set every week on Active Learn. Please see your class teacher if you have any problems. Children are invited to make their own working model of a volcano.