Year 6 CG Spring Term Overview 2017



Year 6 CG Spring Term Overview 2017
Year 6 Spring Term 2017 Overview
Fictional Recounts
The chidden will be learning how to structure a recount about a fictional
alien landing. This will involve many different forms including newspapers,
diaries and letters about the events of the mysterious night.
Marvellous Machines – the children will be inventing their own machines and
explaining in detail how they work. This will involve complex sentences and
making sure their sentences are clear to another person.
Journalistic writing
The children will learn how to extend their previous recount knowledge into
a journalistic style. We will discuss the differences in fact and opinion and
how sentences can have bias.
The children will learn how to write a biography of a fictional ‘Great Briton’
Place value
We will briefly recap on place value and how knowledge of simple place value
calculations can improve our mental and written strategies. Children will be
expected to use knowledge of place value with greater speed and
independence at this point in the year.
Multiplication, division and factors
This continues to be an area of high importance and will give the children
greater confidence as we move towards the end of year;
Multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 are essential to lots of
work carried out in the mathematics curriculum and therefore it is
imperative that if children do not already have instant recall of these
facts, that they invest time in learning them. This is an area which
school are also investing lots of time in this term.
We will explore how to use mental multiplication strategies to multiply by
numbers such as 4, 8, 5, 25, 19, 29 and 99 as well as revising using short
multiplication to multiply 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. Children will
then use this to multiply amounts of money and solve word problems.
Fractions, decimals and negative numbers
Children will add and subtract unit fractions with different denominators
including mixed numbers; use mental strategies to find simple percentages
of amounts; multiply fractions less than 1 by whole numbers, convert
improper fractions to whole numbers and solve word problems involving
Geometry and Measures
Children will consolidate their ability to convert between grams and
kilograms, millilitres and litres, millimetres and centimetres, centimetres
and metres, metres and kilometres and miles and kilometres. During work
on time we will revise reading the 24-hour clock, convert 12-hour times to
24-hour and read and write Roman numerals.
After half term, we will learn how to calculate the perimeter, area and
volume of shapes, and know their units of measurement. A key learning
objective for the children will be to realise that shapes can have the same
perimeters but different areas and vice versa. We will also revise the
names and properties of 3D shapes, before comparing nets for different 3D
Problem Solving
This term, we will be focussing on problem solving and reasoning and
ensuring children are beginning to use the skills learned so far in a context
that they will need to become familiar with as they move towards their
SATs. A large focus on real life problems, test style questions and
investigations will ensure that they build confidence to choose the correct
and most efficient method or strategy to solve problems.
Everything Changes
In this unit, children explore variation in living things. They will recognise
that characteristics of living things can be inherited and affected by the
environment or result from a combination of the two. They will explore how
animals and plants have adapted to their environments to make them more
suited to their habitats. Finally they will explore environmental changes
that lead to animals and plants becoming extinct.
Danger! Low Voltage:
Children will revise and consolidate previous work on electricity, making
simple circuits and drawing circuit diagrams. They will then explore how to
make switches and then examine effect of adding different components to
a circuit. By the end of the unit, children will understand that the number
of components in a circuit affects the way the circuit performs.
In the first half term, our topic will be Out of this World
We will be looking at some important historical events in this topic such as
the Space Race and making a timeline of journeys to space. As a year group
we will focus on key figures from the space race e.g. Neil Armstrong, Buzz
Aldrin and Yuri Gagarin and children will have the opportunity to research
‘Space Disasters’ e.g. Challenger Mission 1986, Apollo 13. Our class will also
be going on a trip to Jodrell Bank.
Children will research and plot the different launch sites around the world
comparing and contrasting their localities. Then, we will find out about
different countries that have space programmes—which have launch
capability? Why? Finally we will move onto looking at what nationalities are
represented in the International Space Centre? How do they effectively
communicate with each other?
Yes Minister!
For the second half of the term children will use different sources of
research e.g. books, newspapers, Internet to find out about parliament.
They will also describe and understand the difference between rules and
laws and how they are made and enforced. In addition to this, they will
describe and understand the role of MPs.
We are Market Researchers
In this unit, children will create a survey to find out information, collects
and analyse the results and plan interviews or focus groups. They will run
the interviews or focus groups and analyse the information gathered.
Finally, the children will present their findings.
We are Interface Designers
In this unit, children will sketch ideas for an app interface. The screens for
the app will be planned the interface will be developed. Backgrounds,
images, sound effects and videos will be sourced and finally a screencast will
be recorded to explain how the app will work.
This term we will be exploring Christianity and the key question: ‘In what
way is life like a journey?’
During the topic we will explore a key question each week, encouraging
children to be empathetic and respectful of the opinions of others and to
develop their own confidence in sharing their thoughts and ideas. Our
weekly key questions will include: If life is a journey, where does it lead?
What makes a good life? Should we prepare for the future? Is there a map
for our journey? Who will we travel with? What is death? What do we
celebrate along the way?
We will be continuing our work on journeys but moving on to compare life as
a journey on a map with Islam. We will discuss - If life is a journey, where
does it lead? Will it bring happiness? We will also be thinking about which
types of religious and life journeys most suit our own personal outlook on
life and choosing which elements can support us on the ‘ups and downs’ of
our life.
In PE, children will be following the year 6 curriculum for REAL PE. The
scheme focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination,
healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique
approach to teaching and learning in PE.
This term, we will be looking carefully at different planets in our solar
system and will be making clay rockets and a scaled model of the solar
The children are looking forward to building on their knowledge from the
first half term, through seasonal vocabulary work and pushing forward their
understanding of how the French language works. In particular there will be
focuses on masculine and feminine words and singular and plural.
Throughout this work, children will explore French culture through
photographs and video clips and relate to life in the UK.
Cooking and Nutrition
Using our history topic as a stimulus, children will explore British cuisine and
cook a mixture of savoury and sweet dishes in order to have an afternoon
tea. They will become competent in a range of cooking techniques, for
example: selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical
equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste,
texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients;
adapting and using their own recipes. To share their culinary skills, children
will be hosting an afternoon tea.

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