Year 6 are taught by Mrs Guyett-Smith, Miss Ingram & Mr Merrifield
Miss Lawson and Mrs Scott are our Year 6 Teaching Assistants and Miss Hannaway is our Learning Mentor (LAPS Team).
Home Learning – if you need to send anything to the school electronically, please email to: Y6@gomerjuniorschool.co.uk
Below is an learning overview of each term.Y6-2020-2021-Curriculum
SATs – working with the school to help your child
Autumn Term 2021
In a deep, dark forest where all is not as it seems is the start of our Year 6 journey. Through the power of imagery and imagination, we look at how images can be used to help us with both our Guided Reading and our writing. We will jump straight into narratives, where we will write a setting description and then our own end to the tale – imaginations at the ready!
In the afternoons, we will travel back to 1939 and the start of World War 2. Within Humanities, we will be learning about how and why the war started; key facts and dates; key characters and countries and the impact on people. Letters from The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll provides us with information about how the war affected children: what they saw, heard, felt and what happened to them when they were evacuated. This knowledge will be used in Guided Reading to feed into independent writing with further setting descriptions (building on our previous knowledge) and adding in character descriptions. We will have a chance to write our own diaries from a night during the war and a biography on a key character. All of this knowledge will be drawn together using filmography skills in computing, where we will produce our own WW2 fact files.
Place Value is our first step on a mathematical journey. Being able to explain and understand numbers up to 10 million is our aim – can we order them, compare, read, write, say, partition in both a standard manner and a non standard way (10345321 can be 10 million 3 hundred thousands, 4 ten thousands, 5 thousands, 3 hundreds, 2 tens and one ones but can also be 103 hundred thousands, 2 ten thousands 25 thousands and 321 ones). From here, we move onto applying this to all four operations and become experts at adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Skills which will be practised and applied in a weekly arithmetic lesson.
Science and STEM intertwine as we learn about electrical circuits and then apply this to building our own burglar alarm systems, before moving onto the different animal classification systems. Micro:bits will be revisited in computing and the challenge will be laid to see if we can use these in our burglar alarm systems. There will also be time to get creative in music where we will be creating and performing pop and jazz music. In art, it’s time to get messy and have fun whilst honing our clay skills to produce a WW2 medal. In French, we get to learn about school subjects and time tables. Invasion games will be led by the Bayhouse PE staff whilst back in the hall we can focus on our gymnastics and World War 2 dance skills. Finally, in RE we will look at the power of prayer and how this links to communication and the bibles’ different interpretation of the birth of Jesus.
With all this learning going on, it is important to remember to learn how to look after ourselves and our friends and it is family relationships which underpins our PSHE lessons. We will also look at diversity – how to embrace differences and how to help others to do this too – linking in nicely with our WW2 topic.
Spring Term 2021
Across the oceans, discovering wonders of the world, our Year 6 explorers will come across many challenges and theories. Meeting the mysterious Kensuke and following Michael on his epic survival journey, will give them an appetite for future discoveries, quests and the creation of technical documents. Through the art of literacy investigations, Year 6 children will endeavour to design their own island and create information text on its evolution. Be prepared for these extraordinary experiences to venture home in the form of Watch Hill Wonders, Pester your Parent quizzes and survival in the wild constructions.
The awesome adventures never end in Year 6, as towards the end of the half term there will be challenges from the Darwin’s theories on the concepts of evolution, using their scientific skills to untangle the challenges set through outdoor challenges as well as survival in our ever-changing world.
With their GSTEM and all inspiring talents, the children will be confronted with tasks from the discovering new concepts and ideas through Lego Spike Primes, designing survival equipment through our Dragon’s Den challenge and researching the effects that global warming on our natural environment.
Local field trips will enable Year 6 to investigate how our local coastline has changed and how this is managed. They will be carrying out comparisons to other local beaches and raising questions on the differences.
This term Year 6 will be immersed in a mind exploding adventures that will be talked about for many years to come.
Summer Term 2021
The accumulation of all personal learning and challenges that have been tackled across the years at Gomer, will support Year 6 in the final mission in growing their new academic wings flying into KS3 later on in the year. Awesome energy will be geared towards the May Mission, just one of the stepping stones encountered this term on the collection of their wing feathers. To support personal development, pupil’s will be learning about: the circulatory system, nutrition within food types and how this affects your body, fitness and designing their own workouts, as well as nutritional meals – Joe Wicks style.
Zooming back to 2600 BC, Year 6 will be submerged within Maya civilization comparing life to that of modern day Britain, identifying the influential attributes that this ancient civilisation offered to the foundations of modern day living. Through the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD), pupils will be recreating their own interpretation of Maya architecture with a modern day twist.
Jumping forward approximately 4000 years, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will be studied through the form of a graphic novel. As part of the collection of the pupils transitional feathers, they will be developing their skills within balanced arguments, re-creating monstrous monsters and working out mathematical challenges to support Frankenstein’s creator in his laboratory.
With full plumage that has been preened to that of the Gomer standard, each pupil will be ready to depart on their new academic journey.