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What are we learning this half term?

Autumn 1


This half term, we are learning...


Collective Worship

Our values are Respect, Love, Forgiveness, Service, Friendship and Peace.


Throughout this half term, we will be learning about what each value means and how we can promote them through our everyday actions, contributing to a better society. We will also be listening to and responding to bible stories, which teach Christians about the importance of our values.


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, "Is it better to express your beliefs in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?"


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 ‘Gold of the Gods’ by Bear Grylls.  This text has the themes of survival, exploration and discovery. Over the coming weeks, we will be applying our inference skills to the text to better understand the characters and events, alongside 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 and of a range of grammatical devices to create our own texts with the themes of survival, exploration and discovery. 


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 learner. 



In our daily maths lessons, we will be focusing on Place Value (number) and the Four Operations (number).


This knowledge 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 'Evolution and Inheritance'. 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 knowledge will be tested in a quick quiz at the beginning of each lesson. A copy of this document is available on our class page and will be stuck in your child's Homework Book at the beginning of each half term.



This half term, we are studying the World's countries and their key features. Within this unit, we will study the location of continents, countries and oceans; key physical and human features of different countries; the impact of physical and human features on tourism and the economy; the time zones of the World and why these exist.