This term our topic is:
Why Is The Heart The Most Important Pump We Own?
On average, your heart beats about 4,800 times per hour. That's a whopping 115,200 times per day. Over the course of a year, your heart beats around 42,048,000. If you lived to 80 years old, your heart would have beaten 3,363840,000 times!
During this topic, we will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood starting with a pig heart dissection. We will recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function and describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.
Our weekly focus questions are as follows:
Each week we will be focusing on an enquiry question:
Week 1: What happens to the oxygen we breath and could we describe our arteries and capillaries as the body’s motorway system?
Week 2: What is the relationship between our pulse and exercise?
Week 3: Why should having a defective heart be life-threatening to Cameron?
Week 4: Could Doctor Bryce be the modern William Harvey?
Week 5: What is the difference between the drugs Cameron takes and the drugs we know that could potentially cause our bodies serious damage?
Our Wow Day is on Tuesday 7th September!
Maths: We will begin by covering the conversion of units of measure; properties of shape and place value. We will also look at the 4 operations and the formal written methods for them.
English: Our Focus book this half term is Pig Heart Boy written by Malorie Blackman. The children will be working towards writing a narrative based on the book plus a non-chronological, report on how the heart works.
Art: We will work on the theme ‘Portraits’ throughout the term using the artist Hannah Hock as our prompt.
ICT: We will cover aspects of E-Safety including rejecting inappropriate representations, capturing evidence of bullying and reporting it and fake news.
RE: Our enquiry questions are: ‘What can we learn by reflecting on words of wisdom from religions and worldviews?’ ‘What do sacred texts and other sources say about God, the world and human life?’
PSHE: Mrs Bamford will be covering the theme ‘Aspirations’ with the class this half term. Our focus word is ‘responsibility’.
Should a Year 6 child have to isolate, all work will be delivered paperless via Seesaw which can be accessed at https://web.seesaw.me/. Your child’s class teacher will provide you with a code. There will be daily face to face opportunities with the class teacher to discuss work set. We will endeavour to provide the children with content as close to that which they would have been doing in class- although some adaptations will inevitably need to be made.
Should you wish to access any further resources in addition to those provided by school, here is a list of recommended sites.
White Rose Home Leaning: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/
Times Tables Rock Stars: https://ttrockstars.com/
Maths is Fun: https://www.mathsisfun.com/
BBC Home Learning: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/year-6-and-p7-english-lessons/1
Bug Club: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0 (your child will have been given an access code)
In KS2, children will be asked to complete the following pieces of homework on a weekly basis:
In addition to the above, you may be asked to complete topic-based homework such as a piece of art or conduct some research at home. When this happens, your class teacher will post instructions via the class Dojo page.
Every child in Years 2-6 have their own Times Tables Rock Stars log in which can be accessed via: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth. It is recommended that they take a little and often approach, aiming for 3-4 minutes, 5 times a week. The children will be rewarded with certificates- if they earn them- every Thursday. In order to move up to a new Rock Status, they need to play on ‘Studio’. After every 10 games, a new average score will be calculated which may lead to a change in their status.
Your child will bring home a book banded book in addition to a library book. The book banded book gives you an indication as to where your child is in terms of age related. By the end of Year 6, ideally your child will be on ‘Red’ book band. The children do not need to wait to be told to change their books, they may do so when they see fit.
In Year 6, we operate a reward system for the number of times they have read at home. For each read signed by a parent, they will receive a raffle ticket. The more tickets they earn the greater the chance of winning. You can see further details of our system on our Class Dojo page.
Please encourage your child to read for 10 minutes a night. In Year 6 it is absolutely acceptable that they will read to themselves.
Your child will receive up to 10 spellings each week. In KS2 we follow ‘No Nonsense Spelling’. In addition to practising their spellings at school, please encourage them to do so at home. Again, little and often is a good rule of thumb to follow.
PE for this year will take place on Thursdays and Fridays. Thursday's session will be guided by coaches from Next Level Sport. We ask that children come dressed in PE kits on these days.
PE kits consist of:
Plain white top
Black shorts or joggers (no leggings)
Each child should bring their own water bottle. It should be taken home each day to be washed so they can bring it to school the following day.
Year 6 children are required to equip themselves with a pencil case with essential items. Please refer to the welcome letter from July 2021.
Children will need their reading and spelling log books in school on a daily basis.
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