Year 6 - Mr D Miree
Autumn term Topic Overview
“Nine years after the end of the Trojan War, a stranger washes up on the island of Scheria. He is found by Princess Nausicaa and taken to her father Alcinous' palace. There they discover that he is Odysseus, king of Ithaca, and he begins to tell his tale.”
–Adventures of Odysseus
Dear Parents and Carers...
Wow! all that sunbathing and flash-flooding seems distant galaxies away now and it also seems that the children have had plenty of fun over the summer break too.
It’s lovely to see smiling children who are eager to learn. We have spent time settling in to the new classroom and getting to know what is expected in order to succeed.
So begins a new academic journey. This exciting termly topic is based around Ancient Greece. Watch out Gods and Goddesses as it’s going to be awesome!
We will be using the Power of Reading to help develop our reading and creative writing skills. The book we will be focusing on is: Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lampton. We will also be reading Percy and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan too.
The children will consider how authors have developed characters and setting in what they have read, listened to or seen performed. In turn they will also learn how to describe settings, characters and atmosphere themselves; including using dialogue to advance the action. Furthermore, we will also be predicting and making inferences on the basis of what has been read, identify themes and conventions in a wide range of Greek myth stories, discuss words & phrases which interest the reader, explain the meaning of words in context and ask questions to improve our understanding of text.
We will also be updating our grammar skills by ensuring we can use verb agreement correctly, and learn how to use modal too. We will also be revisiting basic punctuation skills too.
It would be ideal if your child could bring their own copy of Percy and the Lightning thief to read alongside as our class novel over the coming weeks. Thank you.
This half term we will be covering key objectives within Place Value, numbers to ten million, rounding and negative numbers in context. We will revise the four operations and solve number and practical problems too.
The first half of the Autumn term will be about the human body. Your child will be taught to: identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood, recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function and describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans. Then in the second half of the Autumn term our topic will be on the topic of Light and how it travels in straight lines and to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye. They will also explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the original source.
History and Geography
In History, we will be learning the facts about ancient Greece! Your child will discover when and where the ancient Greeks lived, how they lived in separate city states, how their armies fought and were structured, the gods they worshipped and much more. During our Geography lessons, we will be looking at the population and culture of Greece today and allow your child to use a variety of different sources to find out about areas such as food, music, clothes and leisure. Your child will consider what they already know about Greek culture before carrying out some of their own research to further their understanding of this fascinating country.
We will be discussing being in our world, Children will have opportunities to think about themselves, learn from experience and recognise what they are good at, why and how rules and laws are made and enforced, why different rules are needed in different situations and how to take part in making and changing rules. Pupils will discuss what makes a healthy lifestyle, including the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, what affects mental health and how to make informed choices.
We will recap Internet Safety and how our actions affect themselves and others, to care about other people’s feelings and try to see things from their point of view. We will also become aware of different types of relationship, including marriage and those between family and friends, and to develop skills to be effective in these relationships. During this term the children will work collaboratively to develop a smartphone or tablet app. Pupils will learn how to apply computational thinking to the task of managing a complex project. They will also identify their existing talents and plan how they can develop further knowledge and skills and further use web-based research skills to source tools, content and other resources too.
Our main topic is Greek Vases, our class will have the chance to explore different examples of Greek vases and pottery, looking in particular at the use of style, colour and pattern. They are then challenged to either decorate a terracotta pot in the style of ancient Greek pottery, or create their own Greek vases/plates out of clay. We will also look at Greek Masks by exploring the comedy and tragedy masks of ancient Greece and what these Greek theatre masks were, and why and how they were used, children will then have the opportunity to create their own Greek mask using simple materials.
We will be integrating music into our topic and our focus will be creating atmosphere using a range of percussion instruments in order to help your child understand pulse, rhythm and meter. This will help us with our expressive techniques to create a quality performance relating to the Siege of Troy.
During this term we will be learning how Sikh show their commitment. We will look at how Sikhs focus their lives around their relationship with God, and being a part of the Sikh community. How the Sikh ideal combines action and belief. We will also learn how they live a good life and how a person should do good deeds as well as meditating on God.
Please note that Physical Education for this term will be on Friday afternoon so please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit available. TRAINERS must be worn not school shoes.
In P.E. we will be focusing on Football. Your child will be learning how to keep good balance, change direction, dribble, understand different types of shots, including vollies, half-vollies and learn how to improve their accuracy too. In the second half of the term our focus will be on Basketball – Your child will learn a variety of passing skills, teamwork and accuracy of Slam Dunking!
Homework will be given out every Friday and your child will be expected to hand their completed homework task back in first thing Monday morning. Please support your child by encouraging them to complete their independent learning task on time. All homework will be based on previous learning in the classroom which will help reinforce their knowledge.
Please note there are Mathematics (Monday with Mr Miree and Mrs Tuck) and Reading (Tuesdays with and Mrs Tuck) booster classes after school until 4pm. Please have your child bring along a signed note stating that you are wanting your child to benefit from these hourly lessons. Please indicate if you are picking your child up afterwards or allowing them to make their own way home. Thank You.
How can you help for SAT’s ?
Please remember that being in Year 6, the preparation for SAT’s is a stressful time of the year for your child, so if you need, please do not hesitate to come in for a chat. I will be holding a presentation earlier in the New year as a guidance on what you can do to help your child become ready for the adventures of Secondary School.
I hope you have found this information useful and that you can find ways to support your child’s learning. Here are some useful links to support your child.