Summer Term Learning
We are very excited to begin the summer term with Shakespeare’s Macbeth. We will use Shakespeare’s animated tales, along with selected scenes from the original play, to engage the children in Shakespearean language. We will reinforce writing objectives such as the consistent use of a variety of punctuation, varying our sentence structure and interweaving dialogue throughout a narrative to move a story along. We will develop stamina through extended pieces of writing through genres like monologue writing, biography, narrative, diary entries and magazine articles. We will start to focus on writing in the subjunctive mood, develop complex sentences with relative and embedded clauses, and using formal and informal language appropriately. We will then move on to ‘Pirates and Pistols’ a selection of short stories that will encourage character descriptions as well as extended narrative writing.
Summer 1 is a vital term. SATs week is in the week of the 9th May and so we will spend the beginning of this half-term revising key learning and developing our strategies further. As well as preparing the children educationally, we will be supporting them with resilience and perseverance so that the children have the best possible training for the exam week.
Towards the end of the summer term, we will carry out two exciting maths projects. ‘Make £5 grow’ is an entrepreneurial project created by Richard Branson, and ‘Theme Park Maths’ will help us to design our own Theme Park.
We will start the term investigating ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. We will learn about both key concepts as well as about the famous figures associated with this study. In summer 2, we will research Inventors and Pioneers who have changed everyday lives in the modern age.
We will be exploring the idea of networking, tracing its origins and understanding the differences between the internet and the World Wide Web. We will be researching Tim Berners-Lee and learning about his contribution to technological advances.
We will begin the Summer term by looking at the Maya civilization of Central America. We will be examining their society, language and how the built an advanced community. We will explore their pace in history and place it on a timeline in comparison to topics learnt throughout the school. We will then explore the geography of Mexico in relation to the rest of the Southern Hemisphere and our location in the UK. We will then further explore elements of Maya society, comparing our lives with the experiences of Maya children.
We will be completing art and DT projects linked to our topic in the form of cookery and self-portraits. We will design and create Mayan masks and we will explore Mayan food and make some of our own.
We will also follow the ‘Make £5 grow’ project to learn about money, buying and selling.
We will be continuing to learn to sing ‘Happy’, a song written and performed by Pharrell Williams, as well as learning to play this on tuned instruments. We will be developing our signing voices by learning a variety of different songs for our school performance.
We will be continuing to focus in managing stress and mindfulness, and developing a positive mindset as an ongoing area of focus. We will also be addressing the transition to Secondary school through sharing opinions and questions and being able to research our new schools. In whole class reading, we will use ‘101 ways to prepare for secondary school’ to expose the children to the differences and similarities their new settings will bring. We will also work on secondary school transfer booklets, using Chromebooks to research our new school websites.
We will also be providing sex and relationship education, using the Chris Winter Project materials. If you would like to find out more about the project, you can look on the website: The focus in Year 6 is puberty, relationships and reproduction. A reminder that there is one lesson that was shared in the parent presentation, that you can withdraw your child from. Please see the parent mail from Mr Heale.
We will learn the names of some vegetables grown in a garden and how to say which we like and dislike. We will learn how to describe the life cycle of a plant in Spanish and work on the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Children will continue to develop the language and vocabulary needed to work on a simple story and add to their knowledge of nouns in Spanish.
PE will be focusing on cricket and tennis. We will be practising the different skills both of these activities involve including hand-eye accuracy and effective fielding.
This term we will be learning about Humanism; beliefs outside organised religion. We will be exploring worldviews, approaches, thinking and symbols associated with Humanism.
Trips and Special Events
Visits – Just to keep you on your toes, we have a busy last term:
- Friday 20th of May - Science Museum
- Thursday 9th of June - Bank of England Museum
- Thursday 16th of June - National Army Museum
- Monday 20th of June - British Museum
- Friday 24th of June - Imperial War Museum
Sports Day – 1st July
Year 6 Production – 7th July
PE is on a Wednesday for both classes - children can wear their PE kit into school