Dragonflies

Dragonflies: Spring term 2021

The Spring term 2021 has not turned out as we planned!

Here is the curriculum plan for the coming term and the Dragonflies class timetable. If you have any concerns or questions, please do contact me.

Kind regards,

Ms. Gilmour

English

In literacy we are reading two books: Carrie’s War and The Jungle Book. Each book gives rise to the various genres: writing balanced arguments, diary extracts, setting and character descriptions, newspaper reports, poetry, persuasive writing as well as their own stories. During class reading we look for the spelling or grammar rules in the text; which we have focussed on during our daily Spelling and Grammar activities.

Maths

Our term starts with Decimals, followed by Percentages, Algebra, Converting Units, Perimeter, Area and Volume and Ratio. We start each unit with a pre-test to find out what we remember from Year 5 and end with a check-up to see our progress.

Science

During this term, the children will look at Darwin. It follows to look at Living Things and their Habitats. We will use STEM processes to cover the scientific strands. This will be followed by Evolution and Inheritance.

RE

We will focus on Humanism in our further exploration of Christianity. Then Year 6 revisits the theme of Salvation, digging deeper into the subject.

PE

The children continue to improve their rugby, netball and gymnastic skills. PE lessons place each Thursday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has an appropriate kit for the colder weather. This includes a warm sweatshirt and possibly a base layer. Long hair should be tied up and all jewellery (especially earrings) are removed. Please let me know in writing if your child is not able to take part in PE. We will endeavour to run three times a week and share street dancing regularly.

Computing

Year 6 are learning how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. They will work on coding; to design, sequence and write programs. We are currently looking at Being Kind in E-safety.

Topic

Our topics integrate History and Geography and provide inspiration to other topics. This term we are studying the Second World War in Europe and why the Battle of Britain was such a significant turning point in British History.

Art

Our first project is based on WWII artists: Henry Moore’s sketches of people and Winston Churchill’s Watercolour paintings. Dragonflies’ artist for the school year is Picasso, so we will look at his art to inspire our work.

DT

The purpose is to design, make and evaluate products. The first project will be to make a dish from a WWII recipe book. Then to research, construct and test a model of an Anderson Shelter.

Music

This term the school wide book and music of Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of The Animals will inspire a class composition project.

MFL

Children will listen and learn from each other to discover new vocabulary in Spanish. We have started with basic introductions and will move on to days of the week, colours and animals. The emphasis is on listening, speaking, reading and then writing the language.

PSHE

There is a focus on relationships: friendships, communication and teamwork.

 

Homework expectations

Each Monday the children are given homework to practise their spelling and writing skills. They have a spelling test each Monday morning. There is a worksheet to practise writing skills and a grammar workbook; all are checked at the same time.

Also on a Monday we will check the most recent Mental Maths test. The children will start the new one in class and complete it at home for the following week. Maths homework includes: Mathletics challenges and Times Tables Rockstars.

To ensure that children are used to doing some form of homework each night, we would ask that your child reads for at least 20 minutes a few times a week and practice times tables/mental maths for a similar amount of time regularly. This is not formal homework but does prepare the children for nightly homework at secondary school.

Dragonflies: Autumn term

I hope you all had an enjoyable summer and that your children are looking forward to their final year at Thriplow. I would like to inform about the curriculum plan for the coming term and the Dragonflies class timetable. If you have any concerns or questions, please do come in to school to see me.

Kind regards,

Ms. Gilmour

 

English

Each morning begins with a burst of grammar or spelling which is followed for four days, one day focusses on reading skills.

We will use two classic books as the inspiration for our literacy. The two authors are Dickens and Tolkien, though we will enjoy Roald Dahl for the day on the 13th of September. Each book gives rise to the various genres: writing balanced arguments, diary extracts, setting and character descriptions, newspaper reports, poetry, persuasive writing as well as their own stories. Guided Reading will also focus on classic stories: Treasure Island, Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables. During this time I will be checking that the children have been reading regularly with an adult. We help them to choose quality aspirational texts to lift their language and literacy to a higher level.

 

Maths

Our term starts with Place Value, followed by addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, Fractions and then Geometry. We start each unit with a pre-test to find out what we remember from Year 5 and end with a check-up to see our progress.

 

Science

During this term, the children will be learning about light and electricity. This links with our topic and we will look at some history of Science; how was electricity discovered? We will use STEM processes to cover the scientific strands.

 

RE

Year 6 revisits the theme of Creation and The Fall, we will dig deeper into the subject. Multi-faith fortnight will focus on Methodism. Then as the term finishes we look at Incarnation in more depth.

 

PE

The children will be improving their rugby, netball and gymnastic skills. PE lessons will take place each Thursday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has an appropriate kit for the colder weather. This includes a warm sweatshirt and possibly a base layer. Long hair should be tied up and all jewellery (especially earrings) are removed. Please let me know in writing if your child is not able to take part in PE. We will endeavour to run three times a week and share street dancing regularly.

 

Computing

Year 6 will learn how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. They will work on coding; to design, sequence and write programs.

 

Topic

Our topics integrate History and Geography and provide inspiration to other topics. This term we are studying The Victorians: who they were, the Empire they created, the machines they invented and the changes they made to our country.

 

Art

There were many changes in art during the Victorian era and we will look in particular at the Art Nouveau and Pre-Raphaelites. Dragonflies’ artist for the school year is Picasso, so we will regularly look at his art.

 

DT

The purpose is to design, make and evaluate products. Our project will be to research, create a process and make an item of clothing. 

 

Music

This term we will start to learn how to play the recorder, so please ensure that your child has their own (named) instrument in class for their lesson each Friday. Alongside learning the how to make the notes, we will learn how to read music. Dragonflies’ composer for the school year is Stravinsky, so we will regularly listen to his music.

 

MFL

Children will listen and learn from each other to discover new food vocabulary in this lesson on shopping in France. Then we will learn body-related vocabulary. The emphasis is on listening, speaking, reading and then writing the language.

 

 

Homework expectations

Each Monday the children will be given homework to practise their spelling and writing skills. They will have a spelling test each Monday morning. 

Also on a Monday we will check the most recent Mental Maths test. The children will start the new one in class and complete it at home for the following week. Maths homework also includes challenges I set on Mathletics.

To ensure that children get used to doing some form of homework each night, we would ask that your child reads for at least 20 minutes a few times a week and practice times tables/mental maths for a similar amount of time regularly. This is not formal homework but does prepare the children for nightly homework at secondary school.

Please pop in if you have any questions.