What to Expect in Year Six
In English, we will become astronauts and use the story of Apollo 13 as a basis for a range of writing including descriptive writing of a rocket launch and narrative writing examining plot line and characters through the use of visual literacy. The skills that we will be focusing on during the half term will include the use of figurative language (simile, metaphor and personification) to provide clear imagery in the mind of the reader. To enhance our writing skills further, we will be developing levels of control over a range of text types by varying the position of phrases and clauses to add variety and sustain the interest of the reader.
In Maths, we will continue to practise the skills to enable us to be problem solvers. We will learn how to use the four operations in relation to fractions as well as apply this understanding to problem solving and reasoning problems. We will also begin to look at position and direction of different shapes within the four quadrants as well as understand how shapes can be reflected and translated over a given axis.
In the second half of Autumn Term, we will be voyaging far from home through our project work ‘Out of This World’. At the beginning of the half term, we will be visiting the National Space Centre in Leicester and, following on from this, we will be looking at the history of the space race. We will devise timelines to compare the progress made by the main participants in the race to venture further into the universe: U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A. In addition, we will investigate geographical aspects of the Earth including time zones across the world and the lines of latitude and longitude. Let’s hope we don’t encounter any alien life forms on our journey!
Finally, in Science we will be studying a new topic, “light” to discover how our eyes work and how we see things. We will investigate, using different light sources, the ways in which light travels and how shadows are formed as well as how they can change. We will also investigate how light can change direction. We will also investigate into different reflective surfaces.