Year 6 - Eagles and Wolves
Autumn 2, 2022
We hope you had a lovely half term break and are ready to start the new half term at Cooks Spinney.
This page is designed to provide you with the information needed to make the year as successful as possible.
Topics this half term:
English - This half term we are reading Skellig by David Almond. A modern classic, Skellig is a life-affirming story about friendship and the power of kindness. Skellig won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.
This year, writing will be taught through The Write Stuff approach by Jane Considine. This method allows pupils to improve their oracy and widen their vocabulary in every lesson, whilst deepening their understanding of writerly choices.
Mathematics - This half term, pupils will be looking at fractions. As well as identifying fractions, pupils will simplify and find equivalent fractions, find fractions of an amount and calculate with fractions both with the same and different numerators and denominators.
Through Rapid Recall activities, pupils will continue to apply their understanding of the four operations in a range of contexts and will be reminded of the importance of using the inverse operation and estimation to check answers.
Pupils will also have the opportunity to try monthly challenges and take part in a variety of TTRS events and competitions.
Geography - Europe: Eastern Europe
Can I recall the countries and cities of eastern Europe?
How has eastern Europe changed over time?
Can I compare the physical features of eastern Europe with the UK?
Can I compare the climate of eastern European regions with that of my own area?
Can I describe the human characteristics of eastern European regions?
Social Studies - Civil rights: refugees and migrants
Who are refugees and migrants?
What rights do refugees and migrants have?
How do refugees and migrants travel?
What discrimination do refugees and migrants encounter?
What is culture and how do we share it?
Science - Animals including humans
Pupils will study the circulatory system, and go into more detail on diet and nutrition.
- Identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.
- Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.
- Describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.
PSHE - How can we keep healthy as we grow? Health and wellbeing: Looking after ourselves; growing up; becoming independent; taking more responsibility.
- What can I do to keep active?
- How can I make healthy food choices?
- How can I look after my teeth?
- Why is sleep important?
- What influences my healthy choices?
- How can drugs affect my health?
- P.E - Activities will include fitness testing, athletics, tennis and basketball. Year 6 P.E days this year will on Mondays (Eagles), Tuesdays (Wolves) and Thursdays (Eagles and Wolves). Your child must wear their P.E. kit on these days to and from school.
Failure to have it is likely to result in them not being able to participate in the lesson. In addition, children will not be able to participate if they do not have the correct P.E. kit. Please see the school website for more information on the P.E. kit requirements. If your child has their ears pierced, they will be required to either take out the earrings or cover them with tape for the lesson. Please remember Cooks Spinney only allows small stud earrings in school.
Homework and Spellings
Homework is an essential part of pupils' learning. It will be set every Friday and it will involve: spelling and grammar practice (Spelling Shed) and maths (Mathletics). It will also involve completing one or more of our Homework Projects. All children are expected to take part in a variety of homework tasks to enhance and support their work in class.
Reading is an integral part of Year 6.This year we are having a big push to promote a love of reading across the school. It is very important that you ensure your children are reading on a daily basis, and, where possible, ask them questions about what they have read to support their comprehension.
If you have any questions or concerns at any point throughout the year, please speak to either your child’s class teacher or another member of the Year 6 Team.
Mrs Dackombe, Mr Carr and Miss Whitbread