Year 6

At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children can 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 Summer 2, the children will continue to learn about the impact of human activity on the geography of a location, comparing it with Britain and considering the future. They will explore the physical and human geography of Syria before and after the war and compare this with the geography of Britain after the war and now. The children will then move onto look at the Arabian Peninsula and the influence of the Eastern World. They will learn about the Golden Age of the Islamic Civilisation with a focus on Baghdad and the untold story of the early pioneers. They will link this to the influence of the East over the world. Arabian Nights will then be the theme for a production in which the children can share their character skills and talents. This will then be recorded for parents.

During Arts Fortnight, the whole school theme is community and reconnections. Year 5 will be focusing on peaceful protests. We will begin our arts fortnight by discussing the Equality Act of 2010 and how different people may be marginalised based on their gender, geography, ethnicity, religion, displacement, conflict or disability. We will then create art based on supporting those areas through protesting peacefully such as designing clothing and face coverings that could be worn to show solidarity and support as well as portraits using distortion to highlight the erasing of one’s identity. We will think about how we connected with our local and global community and how we felt about the events that occurred during last year including the lockdown, Black Lives Matter protests and online learning.

The children will also write a report on the history of peaceful protests that will coincide with their art.

In Year 6, we are excited to begin our new core text “One Thousand and One Arabian Nights”. The Arabian Nights is a story straight out of a romance novel. It's an epic collection of Arabic folk tales written during the Islamic Golden Age. Scorned by an unfaithful wife, Shahryar is the king of a great empire, but is broken-hearted. Shahryar chose to marry a new woman every day only to kill her the next morning.

For our writing outcomes, we will be writing in character a King’s address for the King to show his appreciation and admiration towards his wife, with the structure based on the following: Introduction and Reflection on the old opinions, how he has changed and what lead to the changes and the vision for his kingdom and the future.

In maths this half term, year 6 will be focusing on shape and space, such as angles, translation and area and perimeter. They will be learning how to effectively use a protractor to identify and measure different sized angles from acute to reflex, to look at congruent angles as well as solving maths problems involving angles. They will be progression their knowledge of coordinates from previous years to work on translation, the movement of a shape from part of a grid to another. Lastly, the children will be finding the area and perimeter of compound shapes, as well as investigating shapes that include triangles. They will use their knowledge of formulas to find the most effective ways to measure these. They will then reflect on the learning and consider their useful learning mistakes.

In science, year 6 will learn about famous scientists and inventors. They will learn about the life and work of Stephen Hawking, and carry out an investigation into Hawking’s theories on black holes. The children will learn about Libbie Hyman, a zoologist whose work on invertebrates informs much of what we know about the characteristics and classification of these creatures. Children will look at the effects of cholesterol on the heart and blood vessels in the footsteps of Marie Maynard Daly. Your children will find out about Alexander Fleming and his discovery of penicillin, and will interpret data in a scatter graph to come to a conclusion about the effects of penicillin. They will look at the evidence for human evolution, and will learn about Mary Leakey and her role in finding significant fossil evidence, and what her fossils prove about evolution. Children will explore the circulatory system and find out about the medical, and social, advancements made by Dr Daniel Hale Williams. Finally, children will find out about the life and work of Steve Jobs, and his development of new electronics and technologies.

We will be covering Christianity in R.E. The children will explore the lives of different Christian leaders and the roles they play within the religion. The children will visit Christian stories and compare these values/morals taught to their own lives outside of school and within school.

In PE, the children will be learning how to play cricket. They will learn how to retrieve, intercept and stop a ball when fielding as well as bowling a ball towards a target; these skills will lead to a game of diamond cricket where we will learn how to strike a bowled ball into selected zones and areas.