Summer Term Curriculum
Re: YEAR SIX – SUMMER TERM
Thank you for your continued support during the Spring term. The children have been working extremely hard this year and we hope that we have planned some fun and exciting learning for their final term with us at St Anne’s.
Travel to school and mobile phones
In year six children are allowed to travel to and from school by themselves during daylight hours, children cannot go home by themselves when it is dark which is particularly relevant if children attend after school clubs in the winter months.
If your child will be travelling to/from school by themselves please provide a letter clearly stating which days your child will be travelling alone to the class teacher.
If children are travelling to or from school by bike or scooter, please ensure that they wear a helmet.
Children can only bring a mobile phone into school if they are travelling by themselves. Phones must be turned off once inside the school gate and handed to the class teacher at registration. Any misuse of mobile phones (including misuse of cameras and social media sites/apps) will result in the phone being confiscated from the child until a meeting with a parent can be arranged where the phone will be returned.
Following SATs children will be given weekly home learning sheets which will include maths, spelling and topic work as outlined in the school home learning policy (see website or home learning books).
As you know, it is essential that your child reads a wide range of genres (i.e. fiction, non-fiction, newspapers) and develops a good reading habit to help with their comprehension, writing and vocabulary. Children are expected to read for at least 20-25 minutes a night and to make a note of the pages that they have read in their reading record. We would also like children to record any unknown words / new words in their reading record so that they can look these up the next day in school. We kindly request that you oversee the reading record by adding your comments and signature at least once a week.
Spellings will be set on Tuesday using a ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ grid. Children will be asked to write extended, imaginative sentences for their ten spellings to consolidate their understanding of the words they are learning. They will then be tested on the spellings the following Tuesday. These spellings will include words from the year 5/6 spelling list which is a list of spellings published in the new National Curriculum which children must learn by the end of their primary education. Words may be repeated across the term for consolidation / if issues are still arising.
Year Six Curriculum
In maths we shall be revising and recapping on our learning for the year including; place value, written calculations, fractions-decimals-percentages, shape and problem solving (including those involving measures). Following SATs week we shall be taking a cross-curricular approach to maths by incorporating maths into our science and topic learning where appropriate. Our goal for this term is to ensure that your child is ‘secondary ready’ and as well prepared as possible for the learning they will encounter in year seven as possible.
In English we shall be working on our writing skills. We shall be looking at good examples of writing from a variety of genres including persuasive, discursive, traditional tales, non-chronological report writing and story writing. We shall be focussing on writing texts that are grammatically correct and engaging by working on our sentence structure and varying our sentence types for effect – and remember, better readers make better writers!
We shall start the term by learning about The Ascension and Pentecost. We shall research a modern witness to the power of The Holy Spirit, looking at the life of a Catholic Christian along with a non-Catholic Christian/believer of another faith who has given witness to the power of the Holy Spirit in their life. We shall keep in mind how we are all witnesses to the Holy Spirit in our own lives.
Our summer term will start with a topic about UK Geography. We shall be learning about significant cities, rivers and mountain ranges in the UK. Following that we shall be looking at the physical and human geography of our local area. Throughout we shall be developing our map reading skills and learning how to use ordinance survey maps correctly. The second half of the summer term will be spend learning about The Benin Civilization (of West Africa) which will provide an interesting contrast to the British history that we have studied so far this year.
We shall be learning about a range of topics in science this term; linking these to writing in English and using lessons as an opportunity to develop maths skills where possible. Topics to be covered include; evolution (including learning about fossils and fossilisation), adaptations and genetic inheritance in humans.
We will be spending time working on a project to develop an app during the summer term. This will also involve market research and learning about project management.
This term we will be learning skills for games in PE. PE is a National Curriculum requirement and all children are expected to participate. PE kits must remain in school and will be sent home for each holiday.
This term the children will be completing SRE (sex and relationship education). More details will follow in due course and there will be a parent information meeting later in the term.
Throughout the term we will continue to cover internet and personal safety. We will also be working in conjunction with The University of Glasgow on a ‘transition to Secondary School’ project.
Rights Respecting School:
This term we will also be looking at the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) focusing on different articles. We will continue to learn that every child has rights which cannot be taken away from them and focusing on the different ways that both adults and children can respect children’s rights. Look on the school website for more details about our Right Respecting School journey.
Thank you in advance for your support this term; we are always happy to arrange meetings after school if you have any questions or a concern about your child’s learning.
Miss Nottage, Mrs Moore & Mrs Howick