After two terms of war-related learning, in Terms 3 and 4, Year 6 will move from a History focus to a Geography one! Our new learning journey will be all about ‘displacement’ – looking at the human and physical reasons people choose – or are forced to – leave an area to move elsewhere.
In Term 3, we will focus on physical geography, particularly the effect of flooding. We will be basing our work in English on a book called ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick – a fantasy text, which centres on the area of East Anglia.
We will be looking more at the region itself, studying the effects of flooding in the UK and how our Government responds to natural disasters and comparing the impact here to the impact of flooding in other parts of the world, such as Bangladesh.
In Term 4, we will move our focus to human geography – in particular, the geography of conflict. We will probably be using a text called ‘Welcome to Nowhere’ by Elizabeth Laird, although we are hoping the children will help us plan the unit so this is still up for debate! The book focuses on the life of a boy called Omar and his family, who are growing up in Syria but are forced to flee as war takes hold. We plan to use this as a basis for looking at what it means to seek refuge and the impact of emigration and immigration on the distribution of natural resources such as food and water.
We will be doing lots of non-fiction writing over the two terms: newspaper reports, news bulletins, non-chronological reports and perhaps even some promotional campaigns, which should allow us to demonstrate appropriate use of formal and informal language and knowledge of when to shift between the two. We will also be really ‘honing our skills’ in using a wider variety of punctuation such as colons, semi-colons and dashes and use of more complex writing techniques such as passive voice and the subjunctive. Once again, we are going to involve the children in planning the unit of work and we hope they’ll let us know the types of writing they’d like to do more of!
Our RE work will link to our learning journey, as we look at the role of environment charities (during Term 3) and charities supporting refugees in times of crisis such as Christian Aid and Islamic Relief, during Term 4. In Art, we will be looking initially at a variety of images based upon extreme weather events and ultimately creating our own using pastels, charcoals and coloured pencil. During Term 4, we will be looking at artists who use their work to express political opinions and statements and creating our own newspaper collages, fine line and graffiti art.
In Maths, we will start by reviewing position and direction (coordinates, translation of shapes across all four quadrants etc.) and then move onto decimals, percentages and conversion between the two. In Term 4, we will look in greater depth at algebra, measurement and ratio and of course, as we creep ever closer to SATs, lots of exam technique and revision.
In Science, we will have a Biology focus: how our heart works and how to keep it healthy, blood and its components and the workings of our digestive systems.
We are really looking forward to our new learning journey and the opportunities for work across all the different curriculum areas that it brings. We will continue to have PE / Outdoor Learning on a rotation on a Monday afternoon and homework will continue to be set on a Friday for return the following Tuesday.
We appreciate all your support in ensuring your children complete their homework on time, get a good night’s sleep and bring a water bottle to school each day so they stay well-hydrated and focused on work.
We anticipate a successful (and busy) Terms 3 and 4 ahead!