Spring One 2018 - Overview

Class 4

Spring Term is a very busy term in Year 6, one where I consolidate learning ensuring all children are prepared for their SAT Tests in May.

This term we are learning:

Literacy –In Literacy this term we will be reading The Arrival by Sean Tan, linking to both our topic and R.E. We will be using visual images to stimulate discussion and as inspiration for our independent writing. We will also be reading(and writing) News Reports, linked to refugees and Natural Disasters.  In grammar we will continue to revise all the grammar terminology and apply the grammar rules in our own writing. Spelling will continue to be done daily, where we will be identifying spelling patterns, and testing these regularly. Throughout the half term children will be assessed using old SAT papers, making sure everyone is confident with the format. All children need to be reading independently at home, both fiction and non-fiction.

Numeracy –This half term we will be focussing on Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. We will continue to practise the four number operations making sure everyone is competent using numbers, including decimal and negative numbers. We are also going to be looking at 2D and 3D shapes, finding area, perimeter and volume. We will reflect, translate and rotate shapes. We will also work with angles- identifying, measuring and finding missing angles in shapes and straight lines. Finally we will solve simple equations, work algebraically, and carry out ratio investigations. Throughout the half term we will recap weights and measures, looking at conversions. We will continue to daily practice arithmetic, and weekly test reasoning, using a range of testing materials including SAT papers. Please try to attend the Math’s information evening as I will be giving advice on different ways to support your child with their math’s homework.



Our topic this half term is Natural Disasters, where we will be finding out about Continental Drift, the structure of the earth and tectonic plates – explaining what makes the earth angry. We will find out about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, typhoons, tornadoes, droughts, floods, blizzards and plagues. We will watch actual footage of recent disasters and try to understand why people continue to live in danger zones. We will find out about Pompeii, looking at witness accounts and using the internet to look at artefacts. We will carry out scientific experiments, simulating volcanic explosions and tornadoes. We will use all this material to help support different writing tasks, including information sheets, diary entries and news report. If anyone has any resources (Volcanic rock – photographs of natural disaster sites), please may we look at them?


Science this half term is Electricity. We will look at a time line of electricity, finding out who discovered what, and when. We will think about the impact on our lives because of these electrical discoveries and what life would be like without them. Then we will research circuits, looking at symbols and components. We will make simple series and parallel circuits, identifying how to alter brightness of bulbs. Children will carry out investigations, using fair testing and predictions. They will observe and record the results of their testing, using the correct scientific vocabulary. We will be focussing on practical science, using mathematical skills to carry out and record experiments. If any of you work in a job that is science or maths related we would love for you to come in and talk to us, giving us s greater understanding of how science and maths is applied in real life.





Our R.E topic this half term is about Refugees. We will be looking at migration and why people leave their own homes to move to other places. We will use Amnesty International resources to learn about refugee stories, linking to famous refugees and studying Benjamin Zephaniahs poem We Refugees – looking at how Britain is made up of diverse groups. We will also be talking about differences, and friendships – looking at ways to celebrate differences and gaining insight into different people’s perspectives.

Art and DT

In art we will be honing in on our observational skills, using a variety of medium to draw and paint natural objects. We will link this to environmental art, researching environmental artists - Andy Goldsworthy and Land Artists. We will use natural materials to create art, which is temporary – we will photograph these works then work on the photographs to create prints.


P.E is on Thursday and Friday, so please ensure all children have an indoor and outdoor kit in school at all times. On Thursday the children are doing Multi Skills, and on Friday they are doing some gym work – focusing on balancing.


In I.C.T children will be looking at coding and algorithms, using different programmes and creating their own.


So, yet again a very busy half term!

Deborah Gardner