What is my child learning this term?
Summer term 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
Please find below a detailed outline of this term’s curriculum as it relates to the National Curriculum:
This term, our topic is “Ancient Greece”. We will be covering much of the geography and history curriculum through our topic work, as well as using it as a basis for our work in English. Over the term, we will be learning about the Greek city states; the chronology of significant events; democracy; philosophy, education, the Olympics, slavery and Greek theatre.
We will continue to develop children’s reading skills through focusing on reading a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Children will be taught to infer meaning from texts and analyse the information containiend in a viariety of text types. Largely, they will focus on selecting evidence from a text to support an argument or to validate an opinion. Spellings will continue to follow the National Curriculum outlines.
In writing, we will continue to focus on developing pupils’ fluency in writing a range of styles. We will incorporate the teaching of spelling, punctuation and grammar into our topic based lessons. At the beginning of term, we will study the famous myth ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’; the children will retell, re-imagine and recount the tale in the form of a dramatic newspaper report. We will progress to writing information texts about the Greek gods. In the second half of term, we will look at Greek drama and will study a children’s version of the text of “Antigone”, before finishing the year with a unit of poetry – both writing and performing our own.
Over this year, the children have loved using the library and we will continue to provide opportunities for the children to visit – remember that it is also open after school on some days! We will continue our focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar, looking at more complex punctuation, writing in a variety of tenses and voices and using a larger range of conjunctions.
In Year Six, the children will revise the curriculum in preparation for the SATs tests. We will have a particular focus on the trickier elements of arithmetic, such as manipulating fractions. We will also develop the children’s reasoning skills – asking the children to explain how they know a fact to be correct or incorrect. In Year Six we will be revising:
In Science, children will begin by studying the solar system and come to understand how the celestial objects within it are placed and structured, as well as how they move and their relationships to each other. This will lead to the children making their own model of the solar system. Children will also learn about Galileo’s ideas and their ongoing impact on our understanding of the solar system.
In the second half of term, we will begin to look at the different types of matter extant on Earth under our topic: Animal, Mineral and Vegetable. This topic will also include the study of microbes and fungi.
Children will learn about the Ancient Greeks by studying sources and information that we have found through archaeology. The children will learn about the Greek city states; the first Olympic games and some of the major battles fought in this era. The children will compare the ancient civilisation with other ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians. We will also look at how the Greek language, culture and process of democracy still plays a role in modern society.
In Computing, pupils will learn how to be a ‘digital citizen’ – they will come to understand the responsibilities this carries and how to both behave and protect themselves online. Children will learn about online privacy, spam, passwords, cyber-bullying and data protection,as well as coming to understand how photographs and information can be manipulated online to make a particular impression.
Art / Design Technology
We are lucky to be working with Ms Byers and Mr Yusuf this term to make Greek warrior’s helmets; we will combine this with looking at vases. Both of these projects involve looking at symmetry and learning about the shapes, forms and uses of various types of vessel. Children will then draw them and use wax crayons to make a scratched pattern. We willstudy the proportions of the body and do lots of drawings in order to be able to draw figures on the vases. This will include life-drawing (getting a child to stay still whilst everyone else draws them). We will then look at modelling some from clay. This develops the children’s drawing and design skills as well as their abilities to make 3D models using paper-mache.
Our work with the London Youth Choir will culminate this term in a performance at the Royal Festival Hall. It is certain to be exciting and we hope that you will come and watch our big show!
In Year Six, we will be working with Pete Letanka as part of our preparations for the Year Six show. The children will compose, play musical instruments and sing as part of our show and we are sure that it will be even more spectacular than ever!
This term in Year Six, after SATS, we will be learning to use both the future and past tense, as well as using very high numbers in French and learning to talk and write about regional French food specialities.
This term, the main focus of children’s PE lessons will be on athletics. The children are preparing both for an athletics tournament and the school sports day. The pupils will practice running – individually and in teams – hop, skipping and jumping, long jump, javelin throwing and many other skills. Please ensure that your child has his or her trainers and PE kit in school on PE days as they won’t want to miss out – the best method for ensuring this is to send your child to school with their PE kit on Monday morning and then have them bring it home on Friday to be washed.
In RE, we will be learning about Sikhism. The children will be learning about the origins of Sikhism. We will consider Sikh beliefs and how these might apply to our lives. We will look at some Sikh stories and consider the moral messages held within them, as well as learning about Sikh places of worship and key figures in the Sikh religion. Children will also be asked to compare the Sikh traditions to those of their own life or religion and to identify how those traditions are similar to and differ from their own, thereby improving their understanding of the web of world religions.
In PSHCE, the children will be learning about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. We will discuss when it is acceptable to use (medicinal) drugs and to drink alcohol in moderation. We will then learn about different types of illegal drugs and why their abuse is a dangerous and illegal occupation. We will find out about the risks of alcohol misuse and alcoholism and will also consider the pressures of peers which may be placed upon them in secondary school.
Special events/ enrichment opportunities:
As part of our topic studies on Ancient Greece this term, Years Five and Six will be visiting the British Museum to see their exhibition of the Elgin Marbles. We will also be visiting the Royal Observatory in Greenwich as part of our science topic: the Solar System. We will also be visiting Dulwich park for a fun Sports activity day and, of course, rehearsing and performing the legendary Year Six show!
As the Year Six pupils prepare for their end of primary school assessments, it is more important than ever that you help to make sure that your child is supported in completing his or her home learning each week. We will be setting targeted maths and grammar homework which will help your child to perform to the best of his or her ability when the time comes. We have been extremely impressed by the progress that the Year Six pupils have made this term and we are already enormously proud of them as, we are sure, are you. Please do support them by reminding them that the SATs tests are only a brief snapshot of all of the many amazing things that they have done at primary school and, as such, are not to be worried about excessively. We are confident that every child will do his or her best on the day.
Year Six team