Year 6 - Eagles and Wolves
Summer Term 1 2023
We hope you had a lovely Easter 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 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. It is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–1798 and published in 1798 in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is about a man on a voyage by ship, who in one impulsive and heinous act, changes the course of his life – and death. The Mariner faces an inner struggle over the crime he has committed, and must understand his actions and perform his penance.
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 - In mathematics this term, pupils will be looking at:
- language and symbols used relating to ratio
- how to use scale factors to solve problems
- what algebra is and how to form expressions
- when to use substitution and how to write and solve formulae
- converting between fractions, decimals and percentages
- the relationships and differences between area, perimeter and volume
Key skills (using and applying the four operations for example) will be revised during additional sessions (after school tuition, in class support and afternoon revision activities).
Pupils will also have the opportunity to try monthly challenges and take part in a variety of TTRS events and competitions.
Science - Electricity
Students will build on what they learned about electricity previously, this time building their own circuits, using different components and being able to recognise different circuit symbols. Students will continue to build on this topic in year 8.
- Associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit
- Compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches
- Use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram
RE - Theological Debate
- Do you need faith to be good?
- Should people be allowed to express religion in public or should it be kept private?
- What are the similarities between faith and non-faith perspectives?
PSHE - How can media influence people? Living in the wider world.
- How does the internet target us online?
- How is my information and data used?
- How do I know if online content is age appropriate?
- How do I report innapropriate content?
- What is gambling?
Computing - Coding
P.E - Activities will include fitness, cricket, athletics andboccia/kurling. Year 6 P.E days this year will on Mondays and Tuesdays (Eagles), Tuesdays and Thursdays (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