Welcome back to term 6, the final term for our year 6 children!

I am pleased to announce that the year 6 play this term will be ‘Oliver’ and I am very much looking forward to getting rehearsals underway for this production. This musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic novel Oliver Twist tells the story of Oliver, a young orphan raised in a workhouse seventy miles outside of London, who runs away and finds himself taken in by thieves. It was written partially in reaction to the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, which, among other things, essentially took the rights of citizenship away from paupers, who were interred in workhouses and forfeited their political rights in order to receive aid.

Children will respond in a variety of ways to both the film and the novel. They will work predominantly on developing skills in speaking and performing. Here are the over-arching learning outcomes:

• I can sustain a role throughout a performance

• I can give a coherent interpretation of a role

• I can communicate with an audience using voice, gesture, movement, timing and space

Further details will be sent once the term begins.

Science

As a result of spending time on revision for SAT tests last term, this term the children will continue with their study of ‘light’, an area of science in which I know they have shown a particular interest in the past. There is much scope within this topic to work scientifically. For example, the children will plan enquiries, control variables, collect and record results.  Pupils will draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings. We will explore how light travels and use this knowledge to explain how we see and how objects are seen by us. We will study shadows in order to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them. Key concepts and vocabulary include:  The Ray model of light, reflection, refraction, apparent movement of the sun, opaque, translucent, transparent, beam and shadow.

An interactive display and table will motivate and encourage children’s independence. Equipment includes a dark den, log box, home-made ray box, a range of torches and prisms and mirrors, protractors  and resources for making scientific equipment such as a ray box. I have set challenges which will enable children to solve problems, thinking scientifically and trying out ideas with independence. 

Towards the end of term, we shall focus on living things in their habitats, for example, describing how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals.

Theme – Dover after 1900.

During this theme, we shall be focusing on Dover during WW2. The over-arching question is: ‘What effects did WW2 have on people living in Dover’? Children will put their enquiry skills to the test, using photographs, sounds, artefacts and other sources such as written memories to find out about how the war affected men, women and children living in Dover at this time. They will create a time line, look at how the locality has changed over time and why, study why some children were not evacuated and consider the reasons for this and the consequences and compare memories of two evacuees in order to learn in more depth about the experience of being evacuated. Children will also study the role of women in Dover during the war and how the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk affected the town of Dover. Finally, children will undertake some artwork to portray the war in a visual sense.

Once again, I have created an interactive display and table which will enable the children to pursue several of their initiated ideas for this topic.

Physical Education

PE will take place each week this term on Wednesday. The focus of term six will be athletics, in preparation for Sports Day. As I am sure you are aware, it is really important that PE kits are in school for that day each week and are clearly labelled. We will continue to challenge ourselves to undertake the ‘Golden Mile’ which entails running 60 metres every day. The children will therefore need trainers in their lockers each day. Long hair must be tied back and all earrings removed for safety during PE sessions.  Thank you!

RE

The focus this term is Christianity: Living a life based on values. Children will discuss and raise questions around values and will study appropriate Bible stories which portray values and answer some of their questions. They will find out about a famous Christian and write about how he/she applies a particular value in his/her life. Children will research and present findings on how other religions they have studied may show a value.

Homework

The children have been set a project of their choice as homework this term. Here is a copy of the letter they received, for your information:

Year 6 Project - Term 6

Dear children in Le Ski De Descente,

Rather than our usual homework timetable, this term you have the exciting opportunity to write a project on a topic that really interests you. The project should be worked on at home and be completed and brought into school by the 10th July so that we can celebrate your hard work. You may complete the project in any way that you wish. For example, you might include a model, photographs, drawings, paintings, collage and written work.  There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded and everyone will receive a small token for their participation. I look forward to celebrating your projects and sharing them with the school towards the end of the term!!