Aqua 2023 - 2024
Welcome to Aqua Class
We are a Year 6 class who are taught by Mrs Lawton and Mrs Tyrrell, supported by Mrs Clogg and Miss Grindley.
This is what we will be learning about in the Autumn term:
Place Value: Numbers up to 1,000,000; Powers of 10; Number lines; Comparing and Ordering Integers; Rounding Integers; Negative Numbers
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division: Adding and Subtracting Integers; Common Factors; Common Multiples; Rules of Divisibility; Primes to 100; Square and Cube Numbers; Multiplying up to 4-digit number by a 2-digit number; Solving Problems with Multiplication; Short Division; Division Using Factors; Long Division; Solving problems
Fractions: Equivalent Fractions and Simplifying; Comparing and Ordering Fractions; Adding and Subtracting Fractions; Mixed Number Fractions; Multi-step Problems; Multiplying and Dividing Fractions; Fractions of an Amount
Converting Units: Metric Measures; Converting Metric Measures; Calculating Metric Measures; Miles and Kilometres; Imperial Measures
We will develop our reading and writing skills across a range of genres and text types using high quality texts.
This half term the children will be writing an exploration narrative and a formal report drawing on ideas from the non-fiction text: Where Once We Stood– Christopher Riley
Next half term the children will be writing a setting description based on the images within the text using the text FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith. They will then use these ideas to write a letter about a significant event in the story.
Earth and Space
The children will learn about spherical bodies (Sun, Moon, Earth). They will go on to describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the solar system. We will then look at the differences between Geocentric versus Heliocentric looking how scientific evidence can be used to support or refute these ideas. Finally touching on night and day, investigating it in different parts of the world.
Scientists and Inventors
They will learn about the life and work of David Attenborough. Going on to learn about how CSI technicians use scientific techniques to analyse evidence and prove or disprove theories. s. Children will find out about Margaret Hamilton and her invention of the software and computer code that enabled Apollo 11 to go the Moon. Whilst also looking at the lives and works of: Eva Crane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephanie Kwolek and Leonardo DaVinci.
History: Ancient Egypt
In this topic we will learn about the achievements of this ancient civilisation, where the ancient Egyptians lived, what was important to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians, who Tutankhamun was and how mummies were made. The children will also learn about how Egyptian people used hieroglyphs to communicate and compare the powers of different gods
Enough for Everyone
The children will think about the needs of a settlement, and the needs of the planet as a whole. They will find out where resource such as power and food come from, and look at ways in which natural resources can be conserved.
In computing this term, the children will learn about email safety with a focus on preventing and dealing with spam. They will consider the importance of strong passwords and how to create them.
The children will extend their drawing skills to create 3D models. They will then explore how to manipulate their drawings using a variety of tools.
Wildlife and Birds
In Art the children will have the opportunity to explore the work of the sculptor, Brancusi, and the paper designer, Richard Sweeney. They will also have the opportunity to use pencil, white pencil, print, make clay tiles and model to create quality art work that shows progression in skills.
Design and Technology:
In DT the children will have opportunities to further develop their understanding of mechanical systems. They will learn about controlling movement with a cam mechanism as part of an automata animal.
In RE this term we will be focusing on the topic of Hinduism. Focusing on commitment and how Hindu’s show their commitment to their faith.
The children will be learning about incarnation and whether Christmas has lost its true meaning.
In our Music lessons this term blue class will be looking at learning a song through time. Writing lyrics to their own song. Developing accompaniments using ostinato and invented or improvised rhythms.
For the second part of the term we will be listening to music with focus and analysing using musical vocabulary. We will be listening to music, focusing on dynamics and texture. Finally, we will be creating and presenting a performance of song, music and poetry.
M.F.L. - French:
Pleased to Meet You
In French this term the children will learn to express their emotions and to talk about the future, using two different tenses. An old favourite story provides a fun background for some of the grammar work, whereas career ambitions help with the rest. Each lesson includes detailed teacher guidance where necessary and all vocabulary is supported by sound files for correct pronunciation.
All Above Ourselves
They will learn to describe their own appearance and are introduced to some key grammatical features of French, such as the position and agreement of adjectives. Children will develop their conversational skills, learning to talk about emotions and health.
The children will have two P.E. sessions. Outdoor PE will be taught on a Monday. In the Autumn term children will be working to improve their striking and fielding skills and techniques. Indoor PE will be taught on a Thursday. Lessons will include Gymnastics.
On these days, the children will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. uniform: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt; navy tracksuit and light blue t-shirt. No logos or football kits. Trainers should be plain black or plain white. All long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed.
The children will focus on the importance of recognising situations where they need to make positive choices in order to do the right thing. They will also explore how to avoid being led into tricky situations and how to recognise and respond to peer pressure. The children will look at how to be confident and how to manage uncomfortable feelings. They will also investigate how to make things right when they make a mistake.
The children will learn that we all have a responsibility to help the environment and all living things throughout the world through the choices we make. They will explore the ideas of sustainability, the use of earth’s natural resources and the harmful effects of global warming. They will learn about the steps they can take to reduce these harmful effects. The children will also learn about biodiversity and its importance and explore what they would like to do to make the world a better place.
Maths: Maths homework will be set via Class DoJo on a Thursday to be completed by the following Wednesday. We ask for all children to continue to access Times Table Rockstars online to practice and improve instant recall of key multiplication and related division facts.
English: English homework will be set via Class DoJo on a Thursday to be completed by the following Wednesday. We ask that the children also engage frequently with Spelling Shed to practise their spellings.
Reading: At Weston, we encourage children to develop a lifelong love for reading. We ask for children to read regularly at home to adults and to themselves. Reading is fundamental to the wider academic and personal development of children and the need for children to read widely from a broad and challenging range of texts is even more crucial this term, due to the protracted absence from school. Children will be provided with quality texts appropriate for their age and ability. Furthermore, Bug Club will regularly be updated with ebooks and accompanying comprehension tasks to help extend learning and reading skills further.
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