Our Class 6 Curriculum 2020-21
In September 2020, we moved to mixed-age classes across school so our curriculum this year reflects this change. Some topics appear in more than one class this year.
Dazzling in Durham
Daily Life in Victorian Britain
Norman Cornish and the Pitman Painters
Taking Inspiration from the Great landscape artists
Food and Nutrition
Materials and Construction
Electricity (scientist – Nikola Tesla)
Evolution and Inheritance (scientist – Charles Darwin)
Digital Literacy and Coding (Fix the Factory)
Digital Literacy, Data Bases and Coding (code.org)
Digital Literacy, Lightbot and iMovie
The geography of our local area
The geographical features of Rivers
Significant people – local saints, famous people from Durham
Significant Victorian people
Igor Stravinsky The Firebird - suite (1911) (Finale)
Aaron Copland - Rodeo – Hoe-Down
Richard Wagner - ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from ‘Die Walküre’
A new year carol
You’ve Got a Friend
Reflect, Rewind, Replay
Health and Wellbeing – bias in the media, factors that affect our physical and mental health
Relationships - anti bullying - childline sessions, e safety, transitions and changes
Living in the Wider World – anti social behaviour, transitions and changes, different viewpoints
Gymnastics (Group Dynamics)
Dance (Making the Grade)
Athletics (Developing Athletes)
Striking and Fielding
We also have opportunities to work with sports coaches as part of our involvement in the Durham School Sports Partnership.
We take part in events and competitions throughout the year.
Ca pousse!, Christmas around the World
Le Carnaval des animaux
Monter un café
Multi-faith Unit Why is pilgrimage important to some believers?
Christianity What kind of King is Jesus? (Kingdom of God)
Christianity How can following God bring freedom and justice? (People of God)
Christianity What differences does the resurrection make for Christians? (Salvation)
Christianity Creation and science: conflicting or complimentary? (Creation/Fall)
Multi-faith Unit How do religions help people live through good times and bad times?
We will continue to develop our understanding of basic skills to ensure that we have a good awareness of these key objectives. We will apply our arithmetic skills and use our written methods to solve a range of reasoning and problem solving tasks. It is really important that you know all of the x and ÷ facts for all times tables up to 12x12 by heart and these facts will be tested regularly – keep working on Times Tables Rock Stars every week. We will continue to develop our understanding of all four mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and we will revise fractions, decimals and percentages as well as place value. Please think carefully about the homework tasks that are sent home every week as this will reinforce the work that is done in class.
Reading: We will continue to work on our reading accuracy and fluency as well as speed. The texts we use in Year 5 and Year 6 are quite long and it is important that you can read quickly and accurately. While reading, we will discuss the texts we have read and we will work through lots of different comprehension questions. When you are completing your homework, please remember the PEE technique (point, example, evidence). It is important that you develop your ideas fully, using evidence from the text to support your answers. Please read lots of different types of texts each week and write down everything you read in your Reading Together book (e.g. newspapers, recipes, instructions, leaflets) and bring your signed book into school every day. Please use Reading Plus as often as you can at home every week too – this really will make a difference to your reading ability.
Writing: We will continue to work on writing skills to ensure that our written work is accurate. Punctuation is essential so make sure you check this carefully every time you write. Sentence structure is important and you need to think carefully about your sentences – make sure you include multi-clause sentences in your writing, not just simple sentences. Think about the clauses and phrases you include to add extra information and make sure your vocabulary choices are adventurous and interesting. Spelling can be tricky so it is important that you practise the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 spelling word lists each week. It is also important that you learn the spelling rules that are sent home each week as these words will also be assessed through your writing. Please remember to go on Spelling Shed regularly every week as this will help to improve your spelling. The easiest thing to fix is your handwriting – if it looks neat and is clear to understand, people are more likely to want to read it so make sure you form every letter clearly, leave sensible finger spaces between your words and position your letters on the line accurately. Remember neat, joined handwriting!