Termly Overview

Beaver Road Curriculum Newsletter
Autumn 1 - 2017
Dear Parents/Carers,
Here are some details about the topics we will be studying throughout this half term, along with information about supporting your child.
The children begin this half-term by looking in detail at non-chronological reports.  Our writing will have strong links with the learning challenge question - ‘Why was the Islamic Civilisation around AD900 known as the ‘Golden Age?’ We will also be writing journey stories focusing on the stories of Sinbad the Sailor – Looking at writing our own versions of the classic tales. All of these will be taught using Talk 4 Writing.
SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar) will be taught throughout our writing lessons but also during discrete grammar lessons. The work will be connected to the area of writing we are studying so the children understand the grammar in context. The children will also receive spellings from the Year 5&6 national curriculum spelling list to learn each week and grammar homework.
In this half term the main focus is on place value, the four written operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and using and applying these strategies to a range of word problems. We will then begin work on fractions, percentages and decimals.
Rapid recall will take place twice a week and children will be tested on their times tables. Please support your child to learn their times tables these are integral to most areas of maths at Upper Key Stage 2.
In year 6 we teach the Science through interactive experiments which allow the children to develop their investigation and questioning skills.  Our Learning Challenge is, ‘What would a journey through your body look like’?  We will be focusing specifically on the heart and circulation system.
PE Games: Invasion games/Traditional Games .
Mr Knowles and Mr Costello will be teaching the children PE this half term. The children will learn the basic skills and rules of traditional team games and also learn how to invent their own small games, and how to implement them to work with younger children.
Outdoor PE for Year 6 is Monday and Indoor PE is Thursday.
PE KIT REMINDER: No Football Shirts Please
Thursday - Indoor PE – White/Yellow T-shirt and Blue or Black Shorts/Leggings
Monday - Outdoor PE – White/Yellow T-Shirt/Jumper and Blue or Black Shorts/Tracksuit Bottoms
Remember to bring waterproofs in case of inclement weather.
RE & P.S.H.E   
This half-term the children will be looking at Islamic traditions, including the sacred book, place of worship and festivals celebrated.  
IPads and Laptops will be used to enhance the childrens’ work across the curriculum. During their computational thinking they will be looking at how to code.
History – Historical Overview
Our Learning Challenge this half term is ‘Why was the Islamic Civilisation around AD900 known as the ‘Golden Age’?  During this theme we will be looking at why this was a golden age and what legacies this period has had on today’s civilisations.   Look out for our entry point where we will be creating our own Virtual Civilisations.  Our exit point will be creating our own TV documentary about what we have found out.
Modern Foreign Languages
This half term your child will continue to develop their ability in speaking and understanding Spanish. The new vocabulary they will be learning relates to animals.
Parents Page
We look forward to meeting you all at our showcase. Keep an eye out for updates on what we’ve been up to in our lessons on twitter @BeaverRoad_Yr6
Remember that your child receives each week: spellings to learn, a piece of Maths and English homework.  Your child may also have Guided Reading work that may need to be completed before they work with their teacher.
Once again, many thanks for your support.
The Year 6 Team
Mrs R Byrne
Mrs H Silva
Mr S Costello