Curriculum Newsletter April-June Summer Term 2014 Year 6 Subject and Teacher English and Humanities Overview Ms Lynsey Collis Mr Adrian Jordan Description YEAR 6 ENGLISH/HUMANITIES Ongoing Skills built into each unit of work; Grammar skills, Reading Comprehension and Spelling. WEATHER AND CLIMATE Geography; The students will be finding out how weather and climate around the world impacts on people’s lives, as well as the effects of climate change and what we can do to safeguard our planet. They will use their own school made weather station to record daily weather information. Mrs Sarah Phoenix – Mrs Cindy Aoki English Fiction; Narrative Poetry, Personification Poetry Students will explore a variety of modern, historical and cultural poetry, including the classic narrative poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. Ms Shireen Abou- They will explore and identify the use of onomatopoeic words, similes, Abbas metaphors and powerful images in poetry. They will be asked to use these poetic techniques in their own writing. English Fiction; Novel Study; Clockwork by Phillip Pullman Through the short novel ‘Clockwork’ by Phillip Pullman, students will develop their comprehension skills and understanding of character, plot and narrative devices used within stories. They will be asked to write short descriptive passages uses metaphor, adjectives and similes all of which have been studied through the previous units of this terms work. EAP students will be working towards achieving a level of English that allows them to be assessed by UK National Curriculum Levels. With Y6, we will focus on re-enforcing topics covered in English and Humanities, as well as reading comprehension skills. We will allow students to acquire language skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Most exciting Ms Shireen Abou- of all, our students will have the opportunity to create their own movie trailer. English For Academic Purposes Abbas Mathematics is based on the UK National Curriculum and classes are taught in ability sets to best meet the needs of each individual student. Students will be able to move between sets after further assessment. Mathematics We aim to facilitate your child’s transition between Pre Prep and Senior Overview Mr Darshak Pandya Mr Balal Farooq Mr Peter Rizzardini School Mathematics. Students will be given the opportunity to refine their skills and solve Mathematical problems. Extension work is available during the lessons for students with a prior knowledge of the topics that we will be covering. A variety of interactive resources will be used during lessons and children will be expected to reconcile their learning at home. Year 6 Mathematics – Summer 2014 Negative Numbers Percentages Capacity Probability and Pie Charts Perimeter Time Reflection, Rotation and Translation Division Proportion Prime Numbers and Factors Science Overview Mr Russell Van Niekerk Mr Martin Towse This term we will start by studying Seeing Things. This is a Biology topic and will give the students the opportunity to investigate how we see, what makes shadows and how light travels. Students will finish this topic by producing a shadow puppet show that will bring together what they have learnt. Microbes will be our next topic. Students will learn about useful and harmful microbes and have the opportunity to make yogurt and bread. Our final topic will be called The Athlete. Students we will study the science of sport and investigate how our bodies can achieve sporting excellence shown by some athletes. At the end of the topic students will explain how sportsmen and women, and the professionals they work with, use science to help them improve their performance. Students will plan and carry out practical and investigative activities, both individually and in groups. There will be a glossary of words supplied for each topic. Art Overview In Year 6 we will be continuing our work on Friedrich Hundertwasser looking at his use of line and simplified shapes and the ability to stylise a building into patterns and organic forms. We will be doing a clay piece in the style of Hundertwasser and then paint this using the similar bright colours of Hundertwasser. Mrs Sarah Grimshaw The key skills underpinning learning in Art will be to develop creativity and in so doing, confidence and competence while working with materials. Students will engage with various artworks and discover their visual, tactile and sensory qualities. By analysing and reflecting on other's work and on their own the students will aim to gain an appreciation of various styles used in Art. Drama Overview The major focus for this term in Drama is to continue developing confidence when working with others and speaking/performing to the class. This will be done mainly through practical activities. The continuation of developing basic Drama Skills and Techniques will also be important. Mrs Sarah Grimshaw Music Overview Ms Jenny Finch ICT Overview This term we will be studying the life and works of William Shakespeare, and in particular, the play ‘Macbeth.’ We will look at character and motivation, themes and ideas, language and the play in Performance. The work will culminate in a Shakespeare Performance afternoon in April. Students will continue to work on Programme Music. In this project, they will engage in performing, listening and composing tasks. They will continue to develop their knowledge of notation and the history of music and will begin to develop their compositional ideas in a more structured manner. Their compositions will reflect a theme that they have chosen and will tell a story through the use of a variety of musical devices. Students will also engage in a song-writing task later in the term, where they will continue to deepen their knowledge of chords, as well as developing an awareness of the relationship between lyrics and melody. This term we aim to build on the skills learnt last term to produce a number of presentations. The first presentation will involve writing a hypothesis, and Mr Peter Rizzardini then testing this hypothesis by surveying the class. The students will then present their results to the class using PowerPoint incorporating tables made in Word and graphs made in Excel. The focus will be on explaining and interpreting their results and presenting the information they have learnt to the class. Topics and Assessment Tasks will be available on the VLE2. French Modern Foreign Languages Overview French Mrs Isabelle Henderson, Spanish Mrs Elise Rickford Design and Technology Overview Students will revise the vocabulary of description of self, adjectives to describe one’s personality and adjectival agreements. They will be introduced to the singular forms of the first category of verbs (–er ending) and learn about the places where people live. In addition, students will revise nationalities and countries and the verb être. Finally, they will finish by learning how to describe and talk about their house and their bedroom. Spanish The students will continue with work that will give them a platform for basic interaction and will help them to cope with a languages classroom. They will learn classroom instructions, classroom objects and questioning words and learn how to express a need for something. They will learn basic introductions and the numbers up to 31. They will learn the days of the week, how to give dates and learn about important dates in Spanish speaking countries. They will learn the seasons and activities that would be appropriate to the different seasons. They will learn the alphabet and colours and begin to learn about word order and the grammatical detail related to the gender of nouns and adjective agreement. In Year 6 we will introduce the design process and then continuing with our study of materials, this time working with fabrics to design and create aprons that can be used for later practical work in Design and Technology. Mr Paul Hogan PE and Games Overview Athletics Students will have the opportunity to develop their technique and strategies for running, jumping and throwing. The students will not only explore the basic body movements required for running faster, jumping higher and throwing Mr David Sargent further. They will also be introduced to the correct techniques for competing in the recognized Olympics track and field events, such as javelin, shot putt, Mr Adam Tuck triple, discus, long jump, high jump, sprinting, long distance and relays. The climax of this unit will be Sports Day on April 22nd when all the student in the Miss Siobhan Crowley Prep Phase will be involved in athletic type events trying to accumulate points for their House. Rugby Students will get the opportunity to gain familiarity with the rugby ball and particularly the way that it is passed from one player to the next. The students will be taught running with the ball, including dodging, side-stepping and how and when to transfer the ball. The rules of the game, in particular the concept of having to pass backwards, will be explored. The students will also investigate the different types of kick that are important in rugby, including place kicking, drop kicking and grubbers. Small sided and modified games of ‘tag’ rugby will be used to investigate passing and game play. Net Games Students will focus primarily on badminton, but will also explore other net games such as tennis and table tennis. Through these games students will gain an understanding of basic tactics and strategy, including court position, maneuvering your opponent, feinting and serving. Within each game studied the students will develop their technique beginning with how to grip the racket. They will then explore how to serve correctly and effectively before moving on to forehands, backhands and various styles of attacking shots from drop shots to smashes. In individual matches and pairs the students will develop their skills and understanding of the rules by engaging in modified games and the full version of the recognized game itself. Striking & Fielding In this unit students will look at the generic skills inherent in all striking and fielding games, such as catching, fielding, throwing and hitting. They will explore how to catch using proper technique. They will also explore the different types of throw available to them and identify when each type of throw is most effective. Students will have the opportunity to investigate hitting technique and how to ensure maximum reward consistently looking at hitting for distance as well as hitting for accuracy. Students will learn the rules and tactics to striking and fielding games primarily, but not exclusively through softball. Netball Students will get the opportunity to gain familiarity with the rules of netball, which are quite unique, particularly the way that it is passed from one player to the next and the restrictions on movement around the court. The students will be taught how and when to transfer the ball looking specifically at the footwork rules and how to pivot. The rules of the game, in particular the concept of which players can be in which zones, will be explored. Small sided and modified games of netball will be used to investigate passing, movement and game play. Mandarin Overview Miss Rebecca Li Mrs Maggie Li Mrs Eva Zhao Miss Stacy Gao Pathway 1:(Non Chinese native speaker) – by Rebecca Li During the Summer Term, Year 6 students are going to learn about Furniture, Neighbourhood and Pets and Animals. They are going to learn texts concerning these topics. Through the texts, they are going to learn key words related to these topics and how to use them to communicate with classmates. They are going to learn grammar and sentence structures and try to use them to compose short pieces of writing. Pathway 2:(Non Chinese native speaker) – by Stacy Gao During the Summer term, Year 6 pathway 2 students are going to learn about Travelling, Neighbourhood and School Events. They are going to learn texts that concern these topics. They are expected to learn key words and phrases related to these topics and how to use them in daily communication. Moreover, they are going to compose a short piece of writing related to each topic. Pathway 3:(Near Native group)-by Maggie Li This term, students will continue to learn the texts that are selected from Zhong Wen. They will be able to read short articles fluently and understand the meaning of the texts. Moreover, they are required to write and recognise the new characters, phrases, and use the sentence patterns to make their own sentence. Also, they will be able to write compositions. Pathway 4:(Native group) – by Eva Zhao The pupils will learn the local Mandarin textbook. They will learn different types of articles and are supposed to know the differences between fiction and nonfiction and the differences between explanation, instruction, poetry and so on. Also, they need to read extra books to increase their views on Chinese cultures. They also are required to compose different types of articles. Homework Year 6 students are expected to do up to a maximum of 1 hour of homework each weeknight. Homework is usually set twice each week by Mathematics and English and once each week by other subjects including Science and Mandarin. Other subjects such as Humanities, Art, EAP, ICT, Music and MFL may also set homework as needed. All homework should be recorded by the student in their Student Planner. If a student does not have any homework they should continue to read (in English) and complete activities and tasks on Manga High and Myimaths.
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