Year 6

At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield we aspire to achieve the highest quality outcomes.

During the Autumn 2, the learning in Year 6 will continue to be based around the global theme of 'Sustainability’. The focus of the term is the United Nations Goal ‘Life on Land’; we will be looking at the world’s rainforests and in particular the palm oil crisis and its effect on wildlife. The children will explore the impact of the consumer demand for palm oil, research and explore the conservation initiatives that are already in place. They will be able to reflect upon their own lifestyle choices to reduce their “palm oil footprint” and develop their skills and knowledge to make a meaningful change in their school and wider community. The project outcome for the learning journey will be designing an app to monitor the usage of sustainable palm oil in food and cooking a palm oil free meal.

In Maths this half term, Year 6 will be focusing on securing the four operations and fractions. We will begin by looking at formal written methods for multiplying and dividing 4 digit numbers before moving on to fractions. The learning will involve comparing and ordering fractions and then using these skills to add, subtract and multiply fractions. The children will also be applying their skills to real life problems and reasoning from known facts. Finally, we will also continue to review our learning from Autumn 1 and practise key arithmetic skills. Knowledge of the timestables will be essential this term so please encourage your child to use TimesTables Rockstars to recap and review the timestables.

In English will focus on fictional writing and will be reading our core text ‘Gorilla Dawn’ by Gill Lewis. We will be using the text as an inspiration for writing diary entries, setting descriptions and narratives. We will be exploring how to create atmospheric writing and analyse an author’s language choices. We will be learning how to create action and pace in our narratives before building up to writing our writing outcome.

As part of our Science learning journey, we will be learning about inheritance and evolution. Why do we look similar to our family members? Where have we inherited these traits from? Why is there such a wide diversity of life? How have animals changed and adapted over time? These are all questions we will explore in this exciting topic to improve our understanding of how a variety of species have evolved and adapted. We will also learn about key scientists such as Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution.

In Geography the children will develop their key knowledge linked to exploring a range of geographical processes and their effects on people and places. They will learn to define human and physical geography before looking at the uses of natural resources and how human action impacts the environment.

In PE, the children will be focusing on football. They will practise key skills including passing, tackling and dribbling before playing team tournaments.

As part of the statutory guidance on RSE, this half term the children will be looking at factors that affect wellbeing and body image.

In computing we will be planning the creation of a digital app which will monitor the inclusion sustainable palm oil in food. In music we will be preparing for our Christmas Carol concert by learning how to create melodies and perform to an audience.

In French, we will build on prior knowledge from Year 5 to find French equivalents for various items of clothing.  They will learn to describe clothing, give their opinions about different garments and identify what they prefer.  Looking at numbers to 60, they will also begin to ask and talk about prices.

In Art/D.T the children will be looking at Congolese masks. They will explore the art of central Africa and look at patterns, colours and the significance of masquerade masks before making their own as part of their final outcome.

As part of our enriching curriculum, the children will have the opportunity to listen to speakers from Greenpeace who will share their work on conserving the world’s rainforests. We are excited to also host ‘Roots to Food’ who will be delivering a cooking session; this will be a fantastic chance for the children to learn how to prepare and cook a meal from scratch.

Reading every day is essential. Please support your child at home and take the time to read a range of different texts which include newspapers, comics, fiction texts, blogs, information books. Children are encouraged to change their book every week and record their comments in their reading journal.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.