Yr 6 What We Are Learning

Beech Grove Primary School

Year 6

Autumn Term 2020

Head Teacher Message
Welcome back to our new Autumn term. On behalf of the staff we would like to welcome you to a new school year and hope that 2020/2021 is a good one for our whole school community and we can finally get back to some form of normality.
I cannot thank you enough for the tremendous home-schooling efforts you went to during the nations Covid19 lockdown. You all deserve a medal!
I hope that you have all had the chance to relax and recharge your batteries during the summer holidays. It is so important that our children now attend regularly to catch up the ‘missing months’. I’m positive with your continued support and our excellent teaching, our children will continue to achieve well and try their very best in all lessons.
We will one day look back on this period in time with immense pride of how well the children of Beech Grove did. I am so proud of them all and the way they have started back this Autumn term.
As always, our teachers have lots of interesting activities planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school. Reading is the key to everything! Please, please, please encourage them as much as you can with their reading at home. It’s greatly appreciated.

John Dixon

Our work for this term:

English
We are really focused on developing our reading and comprehension skills in English to develop a love for reading for enjoyment. Writing is a big focus in Y6, and we have lots of exciting writing opportunities coming our way! We will be writing a chronological report based on the LEGO story, and researching and writing a factual account of the sinking of the Titanic. We shall explore life in the Artic regions, writing a diary based on Scott of the Antarctic. In Autumn 2 we will look at Queen Victoria and write her biography. We shall also write an non-chronological report about inventions that have impacted life on the 21st century. Along the way, will further develop our grammar skills in using high level punctuation incorporating a variety of sentence types throughout our writing. Practising spelling high frequency words is a must and new wider topic vocabulary with be learned too.

Maths
This term we will work on our arithmetic skills, for quick recall of facts as well as focusing on the times tables.  We will be looking at place value, the four number operations (add, subtraction, multiplication and division), ordering and rounding numbers as well as incorporating negative numbers. We will look in depth at fractions (adding, subtracting multiplying and dividing them), finding equivalence and exploring percentages. In this term will be honing our reasoning skills when applying maths knowledge which will continue throughout the year.

Topic
Our Topics this half term are Frozen Kingdom and Revolution. Our focus will be on the Polar regions of the Frozen Kingdom, looking at climate change, animals and food chains.  Art-wise, we shall be looking at Inuit art forms and learning to sketch. During Revolutions, our focus will be looking at Victorian England, Queen Victoria, inventions that changed our lives, crime and punishments along with comparing rich and poor homes in that era. Across both topics we will be looking at world maps and understanding the geography of the world more thoroughly.

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
This term we will look at building positive relationships and be thinking about out mental well-being. We will carefully address any questions the children may have about hygiene and changes to their body also with regard personal hygiene and exercise.

Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term: Tuesday 1st September 2020 – Friday 18th December 2020
Half Term:       Monday 26th October 2020 – Friday 30th October 2020