Human Circulatory System
As we are learning the names and functions of the parts of the human circulatory system, we have explored the internal workings of a lamb's heart. It was easy to locate the aorta and vena cavae as well as the two atria and two ventricles; it was not so easy to identify the pulmonary arteries and veins. We were surprised by how thick the muscle wall of the heart was and how heavy it was. Some of us definitely enjoyed it more than others!
Welcome to the Summer Term in Year 6!
All of our writing this term is based around our topic of the Ancient Egyptians and our Science topics: Animals including humans. We will be writing non-chronological reports, information texts, mixed-up tales and persuasive adverts . Across all aspects of our writing, we will be working on a range of grammatical features including the use of passive voice, the subjunctive form, parenthesis, relative clauses, expanded noun phrases and figurative language as well as the use of colons, semi-colons and hyphens.
This first half of term, we will be learning about algebra, substituting numbers for letters and solving simple one step and two step problems. We then move on to ratio and proportion which is followed by statistics (line and bar graphs, pie charts and finding the mean. After half term, we complete the Year 6 syllabus with properties of shape (angles).
We will be learning all about the human circulatory system as well as the digestive system (building on from what we learnt in Year 4.) We will also learn how the lungs work and the affect that drugs and alcohol have on the body.
Although this was covered in Year 4, due to the change in the LAT curriculum, we will be revisiting the Ancient Egyptians, building on and extending their knowledge. We will focus on key events in Egyptian history, research aspects of Ancient Egyptian life, compare gods and goddesses, their beliefs about life after death, the mummification process, the building of pyramids, the importance of the River Nile, Tutankhamun and Cleopatra.
This term's geography will focus on Egypt as well as latitude and longitude. We will learn about the importance of the River Nile to the Ancient Egyptians and how it influenced Egyptian life.
This term will focus on field events of throwing (javelin and vortex) as well as athletic events of sprinting and relay races. After half term, PE will focus on team building skills and problem solving outdoors.
For the first half of term we will be learning what kind of king Jesus is for Christians and, after half term, we will be understanding how a person’s faith helps them when life gets hard.
We will be creating our own canopic jars using clay coils for the jar and Modroc for the headed lid.
We will focus on clothes, colours, numbers and learn a traditional French tale.
We will be learning to drum using Djembe drums.
We will be learning about complex switches and circuits – programming, monitoring and control using microbits.
We will be learning how some simple algorithms work and use logical reasoning to detect and correct errors in algorithms. After half term, we will learn how computer networks and the internet work and how search results are ranked.
For the first half of term we will focus on relationships as well as mental health and grief and after half term, we will focus on how our bodies are changing and how that affects us.
PPA is on Wednesday and Mrs Palmer will be teaching arithmetic, whole class reading and RE.
Home learning: This will be set at the following times:
Maths – Monday to be handed in on Friday.
English – Wednesday to be handed in on the following Tuesday.
Reading – 10 minutes reading daily. We ask that an adult signs the reading diary and it is handed in at least once per week.
Times Tables – If your child is not fluent in all 12 tables, please practice with them little and often or use the TT Rockstars App with them.
Games and PE:
Children will need their PE kit in school all week however, gymnastics is now on a Tuesday afternoon and games on a Friday. We will be focusing on invasion games and gymnastic balances this term.
Kit: Trainers, white shirt, blue shorts, football socks.
In colder weather, a plain tracksuit should be worn outdoors for games.
Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. A small named bag containing your PE kit is all that is necessary, as cloakroom space is limited.
Due to Covid restrictions, please arrange to meet with me by contacting reception, see me at the front gate in the morning or at the end of the day or message me via Class Dojos if you want to discuss anything regarding your child's education, health or welfare.