Year 6 Curriculum Booklet Autumn Term 2016

September 12th, 2016

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Published in Letters to Parents, Parents, Year 6

    Please note we are a nut and citrus free school

We hope you have enjoyed a relaxing summer break and that you are ready for an exciting, challenging and action-packed Autumn term! This year, our Year 6 team is Mr Jones, Mrs Anglin, Mrs Zubler, Mrs Musson, Mrs Bishop with support from Mrs Vass.

At Iver Heath Junior School, we are passionate about children’s learning and their wellbeing. There may be occasions where you wish to speak with your child’s teacher. The best time to do this is at the end of the school day, on the playground. If there are pressing situations that you feel may affect your child that day, please write a brief note in the homework diary so that we can read it at the start of the day.


Throughout Year 6, your child will receive daily homework for English, Maths and reading. This will give them opportunities to embed and further develop key skills they will need throughout the year working towards the SATs. The daily homework is designed to take up to 30 minutes and will be reviewed at the start of each day. This will allow the year six team to support children further where they need it. They will continue to receive weekly spellings and Education City homework.

Water Bottles

We encourage every child to bring a clear, plastic water bottle to school with their name clearly labelled on it.  Research shows that good hydration helps children to concentrate in lessons. Please ensure that only pure water is sent to school.  Squash, fruit juice, flavoured waters or soft drinks are fine for lunchtimes but are not acceptable in class.


Healthy Eating

With the learning challenges that the children will face, good nutrition is essential to their capacity to concentrate and focus throughout the whole school day. This begins with a good breakfast! Bringing in a healthy snack such as fruit or vegetables is also actively encouraged. Please note that if your child selects an unhealthy snack/ treat they will be made to put it away for lunch, e.g. crisps, chocolate bars, cake etc. Research has shown that children with good nutrition have better concentration and are healthier overall.


Learning begins promptly at 8.45am so it is vital that your child arrives punctually. If they are late they will miss vital instructions or learning opportunities. If this repeatedly happens it will have a detrimental effect on your child’s education. It also disrupts other children’s learning and can embarrass your child. Also as all Year 6 are the top of the school and many of them are prefects or house captains they need to set a good example to the whole school. As well as this some of them have early morning duties to complete.


Equipment and uniform

To ensure that your child is able to reach their potential we must maximise every learning opportunity. One way to aid this is ensuring your child has the correct equipment. Children in Year 6 are expected to have:

Pencil or Pen (where appropriate), 30 cm ruler, glue stick, white board pen, pencil sharpener, rubber

Optional items that would further enhance their learning include:

Colouring pencils, highlighter pens, art shirts and protractors.

Please ensure that your child wears the correct school uniform every day and that it is clearly labelled with their name, including their PE kit.

Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school all week.

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  Year  6   Term 1

Subject Your children will learn…
Science The Nature Library

This is a challenging module in which children will build on their knowledge of living things from previous years and deepen their understanding of why and how organisms are classified. They will explore the process of classification in some detail and how it differs from, but relates to, the identification of living things. The structure, function and purpose of classification systems will be explored with specific reference to living things. Children will become aware of the types and characteristics of organisms that belong in each of the five kingdoms of living things (animals, plants, fungi, bacteria and Protista) and the major sub-groups the kingdoms include.

DT Bird tables

Children will Use research and criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose. Use annotated sketches and prototypes to explain ideas. Then evaluate existing products and improve their work. They will finish by presenting their idea and a prototype design.

Computing Coding

Computers are a wonderful and vital part of modern life but have you ever wondered how they work? Children will learn what computational thinking is; how to create simple codes; how to develop these codes to be more complex and have various possible outcomes as well as apply these skills to create a playable computer game.



Living Earth

Studying the Earth in all its glory is fascinating; to this end the children will research areas of geology. They will find out about the structure of the Earth, volcanoes, earthquakes and plate tectonics.

History An African culture

Africa is a vast and incredible continent with a range of diverse cultures and landscapes. The children will learn about the continent as whole and then focus their study on specific cultures within it.

Art African art

In this unit of work, the theme of art from Africa is used to consolidate learning in sculpture,

textiles and printing to teach the technique of tie-dye.

RE Beliefs about God

Children will investigate the different ways in which people believe in God. They will look at how this belief helps shape them personally and how it influences how they live their life.

PE Tag Rugby

Continuing IHJS’s partnership with PSD coaching company the children will have expert teaching to         develop their throwing, catching and passing skills. They will also develop their team work skills.


Children will learn about whole body and isolated body movements; they will learn to vary the tempo and height of these movement for effect. Then they will create routines and sequences based on a given idea.

PSHCE New beginnings

Developing skills to make a new start and being able to recognise their position and worth within a group or community. As this is an important transition year we will be supporting the children to develop their self-confidence through shared opportunities in confidential settings.

Say no to bullying

Throughout this unit children will look at the features of bullying and recognise the differences between bullying and falling out with friends. They will learn strategies to help them identify it in others and raise the alarm as well as ways to cope if they find themselves victim of it. During this unit there will be a national curriculum week ‘Anti- Bullying Week’ which we will take part in.

French Learning about me

Throughout the term children will learn to read, speak and write in French focusing on the topics: My time at school, My home and Celebrations.




                                      Singapore Maths


As a school we have undertaken an exciting and revolutionary approach to teaching maths from this year onwards. We have adopted a Singapore Maths style approach to delivering the curriculum. A great deal of research has been carried out related to maths teaching around the world. Much of it has found that Singapore schools consistently produce world-class levels of achievement in mathematics.

As a school we have invested significantly in the ‘Maths No Problem’ system. This company is a British company who have developed a Singapore style teaching system for British schools. The programme is designed to deliver the curriculum in a systematically and engaging way which can be accessed by all children.

The concept of teaching mathematics to mastery is to ensure that topics are well developed. Pupils will spend enough time to fully explore a concept before moving on to a different topic.

As idea is well formed they reinforced by ample practice. New knowledge is then used on subsequent lessons so that all ideas build on top of each other and pupils have ample opportunity to develop relationships between the topics. Ideas are revisited in a spiral as pupil’s progress through the years, each time at a higher level.

Children will be taught in mixed ability classes and will each have a textbook, work book and maths journal. Throughout their learning they will use a:


Practical > Pictorial > Abstract


approach to exploring and solving problems. This allows the children to progress at their own pace through the challenge that face them.

For more information about this new approach to maths please visit our website where you will find a set of videos created by one of the maths consultants for Maths No Problem designed specifically for parents.


This term we will be focusing on:

  • Number up to 10 million: place value, ordering, comparing and rounding.
  • Four operations using whole numbers: to develop written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and subtraction as well as finding common multiples and factors.
  • Fractions: simplifying fractions, adding and subtracting them as well as multiplying and dividing fractions by whole numbers.
  • Decimal numbers: including place value of digits, converting fractions and decimals as well as multiplying and dividing decimal numbers.
  • Measurements: converting units of measure dealing with length, mass, volume and time.


English through storytelling


We will be continuing to embed our storytelling techniques to help children develop their writing skills. This term we will be focusing on:


Science fiction stories (narrative):


Children will learn a science fiction story using story telling techniques. They will learn to identify and use the key features of science fiction writing and deepen their ideas about the story. Finally they will create a story written in the science fiction genre.


Explanation texts (non-fiction):


Continuing to use the science fiction story children will turn their mind to the imaginary technologies that we find in the genre. They will identify the key features and writing styles used in an explanation text. Eventually they will write an explanation text of an imagined technology.


Stories from other culture (narrative):


Using a story from an African culture, children will explore story telling from another part of the world. They will compare and contrast it to more familiar stories. Then they will explore and identify what make these stories from other culture special and unique. Once they have deepened their understanding they will plan and write their own version of an African story.


Recount (non-fiction):


Continuing the theme of African stories (as well as making links to our history topic) children will use their inference skills to imagine what it would be like to be a character in their story. They will then plan and write a recount of some of the key events that happened to them.


Reports (non-fiction):


Using all of their information and insight in to the new culture they have explored, the children will create a report about the culture/country they have used within their writing this term.


SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)


Throughout the year children will receive dedicated SPaG lessons to help them learn and deepen their understanding of the English Language and how to use it accurately.

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