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Lunsford

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Lunsford: A Journey of Success and Excellence

Zebra (Year 6)

Summer Term 1

It is crazy to think that we have just two terms left, and then Zebra Class will be moving to secondary school! This term is a very busy one: starting the end of year play, completing the SATs exams and beginning swimming lessons! 

In English this term, we are reading a famous Shakespearean play: Macbeth. It tells the story of one man’s violent rise to a position of power as king of his country and of his even more violent downfall. The play follows the progress of the title character as he becomes increasingly powerful, using any means to get what he wants – even murder! He is encouraged by the ruthless and bloodthirsty ambition of his wife, Lady Macbeth. It tells the story of one man’s violent rise to a position of power as king of his country and of his even more violent downfall. The play follows the progress of the title character as he becomes increasingly powerful, using any means to get what he wants – even murder! He is encouraged by the ruthless and bloodthirsty ambition of his wife, Lady Macbeth.

We will continue to work through and revise all grammatical concepts from year 3 to year 6. Finally, spellings will be taught four times a week, with all practising and testing completed within school. We are currently working through the year 5 and 6 spelling words, using both No Nonsense spellings and Sir Linkalot online. 

 

In maths this term, Zebra class will be spending the majority of their time before the SATs revising their arithmetic knowledge, particularly: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; fractions using the four operations; finding the percentage or fraction of an amount; multiplying by zero and multiplying and dividing by powers of ten. On top of this, in lessons, all children will be focusing on specific concepts, looking particularly at reasoning and problem solving.

Each week, the class will get a chance to use Times Tables Rock Stars at school, as mental calculations are so important in all aspects of maths! Children can also use this website at home to develop their efficiency and accuracy in times tables (please remind your children to continue practising on TTRS!)

 

In foundation subjects, we are learning about the following;

  • Science: All living things and their habitats;
  • Geography: The coast/ Isle of Wight;
  • Art: Famous artists (Andy Warhol and Pop Art);
  • Computing: Sensing and variables in games;
  • French: Me in the world;
  • RE: What do religions say to us when life gets hard?
  • Music: Developing melodic phrases and understanding structure and form
  • PSHE: Relationships
  • PE: Swimming at Larkfield Leisure Centre and Outdoors Adventurous Activities with Mrs Walker.

Spring Term 2

 

We are already half way through the school year; the children have endured so much this year, but taken it all in their stride! 

 

English

In English this term, we are reading a fictional novel called 'Rooftoppers'. Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck that left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive - but 'almost impossible' means 'still possible'. And you should never ignore a possible. 

 

We will be focusing on: setting description; a newspaper report; writing in role; persuasive writing and writing an alternative ending. We will be working through all of the grammar concepts of year 5 and 6 that have been taught in KS2. Finally, spellings will be taught four times a week, with all practising and testing completed within school. We are currently working through the year 5 and 6 spelling words. 

 

 

Maths

In maths this term, Zebra class will be recapping all topics, which includes: Number (place value, rounding and negative numbers); four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division); multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000; BODMAS; fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence; ratio; number properties (factors, multiples, roots, powers and prime numbers); measurement; geometry; statistics and average (mean). In lessons, children will have the opportunity to practise the 'fluency' of each concept before moving onto reasoning and problem solving.

Each week, the class will get a chance to use Times Tables Rock Stars at school, as mental calculations are so important in all aspects of maths! Children can also use this website at home to develop their efficiency and accuracy in times tables. 

 

Topic - History - Victorians;

Science: Light; 

Computing: Spreadsheets, using Microsoft Excel; 

D&T: Drawing and painting; 

RE: Differences between Humanism and Christianity - creating a code for living;

PSHE: Healthy Living;

French: The Weekend;

Music: You've got a friend. 

 

 

Spring Term 1

 

English:     

In English this term, we are reading a fictional graphic novel called 'The Savage'. Blue Baker is writing a story - not all that stuff about wizards and fairies and happily ever after - a real story, about blood and guts and adventures, because that's what life's really like. But Blue's story has a life of its own - weird and wild and magic and dark - and when the savage pays a night time visit to the town bully, Blue starts to wonder where he ends and his creation begins. 

We will be focusing on: both character and setting descriptions; a newspaper report; a balanced argument and writing a narrative. We will continue to work through concepts from year 5 and 6, including: different tenses, modal verbs, adverbs of possibility, hyphens and parenthesis. Finally, spellings will be taught four times a week, with all practising and testing completed within school. We are currently working through the year 4 and 5 spelling words. 

 

Maths:

In maths this term, Zebra class will be recapping on a number of concepts and learning new topics. This includes: decimals up to three decimal points; multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000; multiply and divide decimals by integers; decimals as fractions; fractions to decimals; fractions to percentages; equivalent fractions-decimals-percentages; and percentages of an amount. In lessons, children will have the opportunity to practise the 'fluency' of each concept before moving onto reasoning and problem solving. Due to the disruption that children have had in the last eighteen months, some concepts might need to be revised for longer.

Each week, the class will get a chance to use Times Tables Rock Stars at school, as mental calculations are so important in all aspects of maths! Children can also use this website at home to develop their efficiency and accuracy in times tables. 

 

Topic - Geography - Fairtrade;

Science: Evolution; 

Computing: Creating media - Web page creation; 

D&T: Famous artists - Andy Warhol; 

RE: Continuation of What difference does it make to believe in ahisma, grace and Ummah community? 

PSHE: Dreams and Goals;

French: Clothing;

Music: A new year carol.

Autumn Term 2

I can't believe that we are already in the run-up to Christmas! We have a lot going on again, so it will be a busy few weeks!

 

English:     

In English this term, we are reading a fictional text called 'The London Eye Mystery'. It tells the story of how Ted, a boy with Asperger syndrome, and his sister Kat, solve the mystery of how their cousin, Salim, seemingly vanishes from inside a sealed capsule on the London Eye. 

We will be focusing on: explanatory texts about autistic spectrum disorder; a police report including a newspaper and news report; a formal letter and an advertisement. Grammar topics will continue to be taught, but twice a week as a discrete lesson and as starters five times a week. This term, we are moving towards concepts from year 5 and 6, including: different tenses, modal verbs, adverbs of possibility, hyphens and parenthesis. Finally, spellings will be taught three times a week both in the morning and after lunch, with all practising and testing completed within school. We are currently working through the year 5 spelling words. 

 

Maths:

In maths this term, Zebra class will be recapping on a number of concepts and learning new topics. This includes: simplify fractions; convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers; fractions on a number line; add and subtract fractions; multiply and divide fractions; the four quadrants and translation. In lessons, children will have the opportunity to practise the 'fluency' of each concept before moving onto reasoning and problem solving. Due to the disruption that children have had in the last eighteen months, some concepts might need to be revised for longer.

Each week, the class will get a chance to use Times Tables Rock Stars at school, as mental calculations are so important in all aspects of maths! Children can also use this website at home to develop their efficiency and accuracy in times tables. 

 

Topic - Geography - London and other capital cities;

Science: Electricity;

Computing: Creating media - 3D modelling; 

D&T: Planning and creating an electrical Christmas decoration;

RE: What difference does it make to believe in ahisma, grace and Ummah community? 

PSHE: Celebrating Difference. 

Autumn Term 1

I hope that you all had a relaxing and safe six weeks holiday and are ready for the new school term! I am really excited to be meeting and teaching you all :). This year, the children will have Miss Walker, Mrs Cripps and Mrs Anderson (mornings). On a Wednesday morning, Mrs Davies will be teaching core topics, such as arithmetic, comprehension and writing skills. We have so much to get through this year and will be starting as we mean to go on! 

 

English:     

In English this term,  we will be reading a non-fiction text, 'Shackleton's Journey'. In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his brave crew set out to cross the frozen wastes of Antarctica, in what was to be the last expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Ahead of them lay unimaginable danger: ferocious seas, uncharted mountains, ice and snow. This is the true story of how Shackleton and his companions endured the hardships they faced, and ultimately managed to survive their perilous adventure. 

 We will be focusing on: newspaper reports; writing in role as your specific person within the voyage; letter and diary writing; a personal narrative and a job description. Grammar topics will be taught once a week as a discrete lesson and as starters five times a week. This term, we will be recapping concepts from year 3 - 5, including: nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, pronouns, adverbs, prepositions, commas in lists, fronted adverbials, synonyms and antonyms and formality/ informality. Finally, spellings will be taught three times a week both in the morning and after lunch, with all practising and testing completed within school. We will be revising the year 3 and 4 spelling rules before moving onto years 5 and 6. 

 

Maths:

In maths this term, Zebra class will be recapping on a number of concepts and learning new topics. This includes: reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000; determining the value of digits up to 10,000,000; rounding whole numbers and decimals; negative numbers; algebra (generating linear sequences, finding all possibilities of combinations); multiplication and division; common factors, prime numbers and estimation. In lessons, children will have the opportunity to practise the 'fluency' of each concept before moving onto reasoning and problem solving. Due to the disruption that children have had in the last eighteen months, some concepts might need to be revised for longer.

Each week, the class will get a chance to use Times Tables Rock Stars at school, as mental calculations are so important in all aspects of maths! Children can also use this website at home to develop their efficiency and accuracy in times tables. 

 

Topic - History: Mayans (civilisation, number and writing system, art, religion, atlas work);

Science: The circulatory system;

Computing: Internet Communications;

Art: creating Mayan masks using ModRoc (children will need to bring their own art t-shirt or apron in);

RE: Is it better to express your religion in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?

PSHE: Being Me (goals and aspirations).

 

PE will take place twice a week: Monday with Mr Dickinson and Tuesday in Term 1 will be cricket in the afternoon. Children need to bring their PE kit in and leave it at school. Forest School will take place regularly throughout the term: a list of dates will be made available as and when required. 

Homework will be sent home on a Thursday to be returned to school the following Wednesday. The children should complete their work in their homework book. Homework will be arithmetic or calculations practice and reading comprehension. All homework is discussed with the children before they take it home. However, if your child is unsure what to do, please encourage them to ask the class teacher for help before it is due in. 

The children should all be reading regularly at home, particularly if they are not confident readers. It is useful if children are discussing their reading with an adult to develop their comprehension and discussion skills and filling in their reading records with comments about what they are reading. The children are welcome to bring in a suitable reading book from home if they wish. 

 

 

Below, I have attached a range of websites for you to use while children are not in school or as additional homework. 

 

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Reading

 

Writing and spellings, grammar and punctuation (GPS)

 

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