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Our project for the spring term is “Does Adversity Always Make Us Stronger?”, in particular we will be learning about mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes and what it is like to live in these challenging places in the world. The project has a strong focus on geography which will be enhanced by our learning in art, computing and design and technology to help us to understand how the challenges of these environments affects people’s lives. We will be also be exploring other situations in which people are affected by adversity both in this country and around the world. In computing, we will be exploring spreadsheets and using them to plan a fundraising event.

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Below is the knowledge organiser that contains key facts and information about this project. 

Spring Term Class Author

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman  was inborn NorwichEngland,  on the 19 October 1946. He is an English writer. He is the best-selling author of His Dark Materials, a trilogy of fantasy novels, and a number of other books. In 2008, The Times named Pullman in its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love  and food and fresh air and play. “ | Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Philip Pullman Pack: Ages 7-11 - Scholastic Shop

English

In English, we will be writing a ghost story as part of our focus on narrative writing and exploring persuasive writing, in particular travel brochures and will be writing our own versions for holiday destinations located within the Ring of Fire. We will have a very strong focus on embedding all of our learning from autumn term while extending our sentence types and vocabulary to include more formal language and the passive voice. Throughout all our writing tasks, the importance of editing and improving our work will remain a key feature of our learning. After half term, we will begin a structured revision programme to make sure that we are ready to achieve our very best in the SATs in May.

Maths

In maths, we will keep our strong focus on reasoning and problem solving as we extend our learning to include decimals, percentages and algebra. We have been practising our arithmetic skills regularly since October and will now challenge ourselves to score as highly as possible in weekly tests. As with English, we will begin a structured, rigorous revision programme in the second half of this term so that we can tackle our SATs with confidence and skill.

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Science

In science, we will be learning about electricity and light over the term. The focus in electricity will be on the effect of varying power sources and components in circuits and on drawing circuit diagrams using recognised symbols. We will have lots of opportunities for practical work and investigation. In our light topic, we will be exploring how light travels and how we see objects as a result of this. We will investigate the formation of shadows and how changing the distances between light source and object affect the size of the shadow. The famous scientists that we will learn about this term are Michael Faraday and Isaac Newton.

Things to remember:

Important things to remember:

     PE 

  • PE lessons will be on a Wednesday and Friday. Children need a full kit and a change of suitable footwear which they should keep in school every day.

    Homework

  • On Monday we will set a piece of English homework.
  • On Thursday we will set a piece of maths homework.
  • In Year 6 we are keen to develop good habits for high school so homework is always due in the day after it is set. Year 6 children have special study and workbooks for homework tasks. Children are expected to look after these books and bring them to school every day. Work in these books should be completed in pencil or pen and should be neatly presented.

  • In addition to this homework, we are also expected to practise our reading and number skills daily. Just like in every other year group, we need to have our reading records and Mad-About–Maths books signed every day.

Important dates:

  • SATs week begins on Monday 10th May 2021. The children will have tests on the mornings of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of that week. Please make sure that these dates are in your diary.
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