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 this term, the learning in Year 6 will be based around the global theme of 'Peace and Conflict’. Our focus for the half term is World War 2 as a significant historical event of the modern ear.

In history, the children will explore the events that led up to the war and the historical figures associated with it. We will study the key events that occurred during the war including the invasion of Poland, the use of the Atomic bomb and the Normandy landings. Children will be able to reflect upon the importance of peace, the effects of conflict on people and places, and how countries establish peace after a war.

In Maths this half term, Year 6 will be focusing on securing their knowledge of fractions, decimal and percentages. We will begin by looking at fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents before calculating percentages of an amount. 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 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, we will focus on fictional writing and will be reading our core text, ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness. The book covers several hard-hitting themes such as coping with grief, the loss of a loved one, and the internal battle with our emotions. We will be using the text as an inspiration for writing setting descriptions and narratives. We will be exploring how to create atmospheric writing and analyse an author’s language choices. We will also 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 light. Why does light travel in straight lines? What is light made up of? How are shadows formed? How can we prove that light travels in straight lines? These are all questions we will explore in our unit to improve our understanding and critical thinking in science.

In RE, the children are learning about ‘The Journey of Life and Death’. The children will learn about the beliefs and customs of different religions regarding death and bereavement. We will compare and contrast the different religious beliefs about life after death and reflect on how we deal with grief and bereavement.

In PE, the children will be focusing on gymnastics. They will practise key skills including movement, balance and performing a sequence safely in groups.   

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 the children will be developing their ability to sing and play instruments (xylophone) in 2 parts. They will explore the effect of notes (chords) played together, and will experiment with melodic patterns, chords and drones to provide accompaniments. They will be listening to classical music, and analysing the music of the composer Ravel. They will also be learning songs in preparation for the Christmas Carol concert in December.

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 art by Jim Kay inspired. They will explore how to create kinetic drawings and observational art. As part of their final art outcome, the children will make a storyboard based on the core text.

As part of our enriching curriculum, the children will have the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum in London for their history unit.

Finally, please note that reading every day is essential. Please support your child at home and take the time to read a range of different texts, including 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 support with trips or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.