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What are we learning this half term?

Summer 2


This half term, we are learning...


Collective Worship

Our value for this half term is 'Service’.

Throughout this half term, we will be learning about what service means and why it is important. We will also be listening to and responding to bible stories, which teach Christians about the importance of our value.


Don't forget to complete your values task at home - it could be included on our next newsletter!



This half term, we will be studying the question "What do religions say to us when life gets hard?"

We will also be answering 'Big Questions', which give us the opportunity to discuss and debate open-ended questions that have many possible answers.  These questions broaden our thinking, acting as a springboard to new ideas and opinions. 



This half term, we will be studying the text ‘The Arrival’.  This text has the theme of change and transition, which is particularly important to our Year 6’s as they prepare for their move up to high school at the end of this half term. Over the coming weeks, we will be applying our inference skills to the text to better understand the characters and events  and the author’s intentions. There will also be several writing opportunities across different genres throughout this unit, where we will be showcasing our depth of understanding of this text. This unit will conclude with us creating our own texts with a theme of change/transition. 


Reading Plus

This half term, we will be accessing Reading Plus on a weekly basis. The aim is for every child to complete a minimum of 5 reading sessions per week.  Most of these sessions will be completed in school, however it would be extremely beneficial for children to be accessing it from home on a weekly basis as well.  The aim of this programme is to improve children's reading and comprehension skills, by quickly adapting to meet the exact needs of every child. 



In maths, we will be focusing on Ratio (number), Properties of Shape (geometry) and Statistics. This will be underpinned by a weekly arithmetic lesson. Please ensure that your child has secure knowledge of the times-tables up to twelve multiplied by twelve, alongside the corresponding division facts. These should be practised at home on a regular basis through Times Tables Rockstars.  In addition to this, it is also essential that children can quickly and accurately recall other basic maths facts:

- properties of 2D and 3D shapes

- conversions between different units e.g. grams to kilograms

- conversions between equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages

- properties of different angles

- roman numerals

- cube and square numbers

- prime numbers

- multiples and factors of different numbers

- how to calculate the area, perimeter and volume of shapes

- the meaning of mathematical vocabulary e.g. unit fraction, composite number etc.

The maths knowledge organisers and fact sheets are a great way of learning the knowledge that is required of our Year 6 pupils. 



Our Science topic this half term is 'Electricity'. Please make sure that your child learns all the vocabulary definitions and facts that are listed on their Knowledge Organiser, so that they are fully prepared for their Science lessons. 



This half term, we are studying an aspect of British history beyond 1066 (Victorian seaside holidays). Within this unit, we will understand when the Victorian era appears in British history (in relation to other periods of study), understand what a Victorian seaside holiday was like and how it compares to our seaside holidays today and understand how the Victorians have influenced our lives in Britain today.