Year 6 2019 / 20
Welcome to the brand new Year 6 page for this academic year! Year 6 is quite possibly one of the most memorable years at primary school as the children enter their final academic year before transitioning to secondary school.
In Year 6, the children are provided with incredible learning opportunities which engage and enthuse them in their learning and bring it to life! As well as an exciting and engaging curriculum, we work hard on resilience, dealing with changes as we grow up and preparing for the next phase in our lives. All our ef
forts in Year 6 are geared towards ensuring every child is given the opportunity to unlock their full potential and has an opportunity to shine.
Our year kicks off with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to France and Belgium to visit sites of the World War I battlefields. This trip provides the most memorable experience and platform for our topic ‘Fallen Fields’. During this topic, we explore: how different countries remember and celebrate their fallen; what life was like in the trenches for soldiers; what it is was like back on the home front; the role of women during WW1 and many other aspects inspired by the children’s own research and curiosity about the topic.
This year, after the autumn half-term holiday, we will be moving into our rehearsals for our Christmas production of Mary Poppins; Year 6 will take the lead in the performance working alongside Year 5. Both year groups are going to go ‘Time Travelling with Poppins’ and will look at the life before WW1 (the original film is set in 1910), the suffragette movement (Mrs Banks was a suffragette), the depression as it continued into 1935 (when the newest film is set), the swinging 60s (when the first film was film
ed and released), and into modern day Britain (when the Mary Poppins Returns was filmed). Not only will the children be able to explore the changes in Britain from the start of the 20th Century to now, they will be able to hone and master their dramatic and musical skills as they take the stage to perform Mary Poppins Junior!
When the Year 6 children return to school in January we will be exploring our very relevant topic ‘Frozen Kingdom’. During this topic, we will develop children’s knowledge of polar regions. This topic will help teach children about the interconnections of this extreme ecosystem and how humans and animals seek to conquer it. A strong thread in this topic will be climate change and how we can seek to save our planet
– something the children showed they were very passionate about after listening to Greta Thunberg’s UN speech and TED Talk during a September assembly.
After the February half-term, the children will take on the amazing topic, ‘Darwin’s Delights’. They will develop knowledge of evolution and inheritance, and they will be taught about living things and their habitats, DNA and Darwin’s theory of natural selection.
To bring both of the above topics to life and provide memorable experiences for the children, we will be taking a trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, a huge conservation and welfare park with over 400 animals, many of whom are highly endangered or at risk of being endangered.
During the spring term, the Year 6 children are afforded the incredibly op
portunity to develop who they are as citizens and members of their community as they embark on weekly ‘Stepping Up’ PSHCE sessions.
The summer term will take us on a journey of discovery as we combine the scientific learning of ‘Blood Heart’ and the digital phenomenon ‘Tomorrow’s World’. We have a very creative and unique hybrid of these two topics planned to engage and enthuse our learners as we take them on a journey of self-discovery during their final term as they prepare for the next step in their lives. With our science focus of ‘Blood Heart’, we will learn all about the human circulatory system and heart health as well as significant scientific discoveries. During our computing focus of ‘Tomorrow’s World’, we will learn about modern-day communication, including how to build a website, e-safety, and the movers and shakers in the world of technology.
As well as the above, the children will take part in their outdoor learning residential at Bewerley Park, North Yorkshire. This is an active and inspirational five day residential where the children will face and overcome many challenges. The children participate in a wide range of adventurous activities including: kayaking, beck scrambling, climbing and fell walking. The residential is one of the most memorable experiences our children encounter; it makes a positive difference to students’ character, resilience, self-belief and motivation. It is a fantastic programme which supports children in building positive, healthy attitudes and a growth mindset.