Welcome back to Term 2 in Year 6. Everyone has settled in well and we now have a busy few weeks in the lead up to Christmas with lots of exciting learning to fit in!
Our topic this term is World War 1, where we will be focusing on the Impact World War 1 had on Britain. As part of our literacy lessons we are going to be using the book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo as our stimulus. The children are going to be immersed in the book and the topic by completing response writes that will include descriptions of the battle field, persuasive letters about the need for better equipment and training as well as the importance of animals in the war effort. Our grammar focus will be on using fronted adverbials for cohesion and complex punctuation including, semi-colons and brackets for parenthesis and semicolons and colons to separate clauses. In our topic sessions we are going to be looking at famous war artists and recreating some of their famous works of war time art. The children will also create their own pictures of a war time event in the style of an artist we have been looking at. In history we are going to be looking at the alliances that were formed between countries and how this impacted the result of the war. Finally we are going to be looking at major events and how they impacted on Britain and the final outcome of the war. These will include the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, zeppelin raids, the Christmas Day truce, the Battle of the Somme, the Lusitania and rationing. If you want to know any more about our topic read through our topic web, which can be found here.
In maths we are moving on to the formal methods of multiplication and division, including long division and long multiplication. The children will need to use their times table knowledge to help them answer calculations at speed. Once they are secure with the method they will move onto problems what involve the children using their reasoning skills to answer more complex problems. Finally, we will put together all we have learnt on the four operations so far to answer multi-step problems.
In addition we have a trip to the m-shed and singing at Tesco to fit in!
As always if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to come in and see me.