Year 6 is an exciting and busy time for our children. In their final year of primary school, we aim to continue to develop the children both personally and intellectually, with a rich and cross-curricular approach, which builds on the skills and knowledge they have acquired in their previous year groups.
During the first half of the Autumn term, we will be travelling back to Victorian times. The children will be taking inspiration from an exciting text called ‘Cogheart’ by Peter Bunzl, which is the first adventure in an exciting trilogy. The story depicts a Victorian society of humans and mechanicals (including mechanimals).As well as designing and making airships and zoetropes, the children will spend time debating whether robots (mechanicals) could replace adults in the workplace. In October, we are looking forward to visiting the Weald and Downland museum in Chichester to find out about Victorian schooling and to experience chores in a Victorian household.
After half-term the children will be studying another fantastic text called ‘Beetle Boy’ by M. Leonard (an author who is obsessed with beetles!). This will link with our science learning on ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. In November, the children will have the opportunity to develop their cycling skills on the ‘Bikeability’ scheme – skills which are paramount to their safety awareness on the road.
During the spring, we will focus on different narratives. We begin by entering into the world of Shakespeare and contemplate the motives of Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Next we move onto the ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carrol and finally we look at the intriguing narrative ‘Beowulf’, whose story was written down in Anglo-Saxon in the eighth century. Kevin Crossley-Holland retells this story for children in strong, rhythmical prose.
Our science topics begin with the whole school focus on ‘Healthy Lifestyles’, where Year 6 will look at alternatives to sandwiches. Next comes ‘Light and Shadow’ and later ‘Evolution’. In Art, we will be looking at heroes and villains in the style of pop art. To culminate the Spring term, we would like to give the children the opportunity to take on an environmental project which is current and in the news. We will encourage children to respond in their own way and use their independence to direct their learning.
During the summer term, the children will sit the Year 6 National Curriculum Tests (NCTs) in Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling and Maths. As a basis for our writing, we will be using the beautiful story, ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan as well as learning about the circulatory system in Science. This will give children the opportunity to flourish in their work using their own imaginative ideas. As a celebration of their time at River Beach, the children will spend the final weeks of the summer term doing various fun and exciting activities. These include the opportunity to join us on our residential trip to Blackland Farm, near East Grinstead. We will also be preparing for our final graduation ceremony as well as producing a class magazine full of memories of their primary school life.