Years 5 and 6

Year 6

At Woodhill Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for in a cross-curricular way, this ensures that children are able to make links within their learning and away from school. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through high expectations of everyone at Woodhill we aspire to achieve outstanding outcomes.

During Summer term, Year 6’s learning will be based on ‘Wonder’, our core text by R.J Palacio. We will be using this enriching text to explore individuality and diversity, reflecting on how everyone is different but everyone is ‘wonder’-ful. Through this text, we will be challenging our pupils in a variety of ways, through problem solving, reasoning and hands on learning that will result in high-quality learning outcomes.

Over Summer term, children will continue to develop their fictional writing style as they write present-tense narratives in role of August (the main character of Wonder). They will learn to empathise with this character, who has learnt to cope with growing up having a facial disfigurement, before applying this to their own narratives and building upon their writer’s voice. Children will learn how to include a balance of dialogue and description to create imagery for the reader whilst also moving the plot forward. They will also be exposed to techniques that will allow them to switch appropriately between levels of formality; these include the use of technical vocabulary and ‘slang’. In the second part of the term, children will be writing in role of alternative characters from the text: ‘Wonder’, as they write a letter to an agony aunt discussing their worries and fears. Children will then switch their writer’s voice to create a thoughtful response from the agony aunt, offering advice and empathy. We will use both writing opportunities to develop the children’s voice as a writer and awareness of their audience, whilst simultaneously weaving in principles of sentence structures, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

In Maths, children will spend the first half-term revising key learning from the year in preparation for their SATS. We will use this opportunity to re-cap the four main operations in a range of contexts and problems whilst children will still be encouraged to explain their reasoning and thought-processes when solving them. Children will also continue to build upon their awareness of using formula and exploring algebra to solve problems by calculating unknown values, calculate missing angles using known rules, interpreting and comparing data and solving problems that involve fractions, decimals and percentages.

In Science, children will be exploring the topic ‘Light’; we will be using the British summer time to create our own investigation about how light changes throughout the day and children will be encouraged to work scientifically as they plan, carry out and evaluate these investigations. As children near the end of Year 6, there will also be opportunities for children to learn about changes they may recognise in themselves and others as they grow up. Children will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss these changes in their bodies to ensure they feel confident and comfortable in themselves as they move on to secondary school. In P.E, children will spend Summer term preparing themselves for Sports Day by developing their athletic abilities as well as learning skills for tennis.

In lead up to SATS, the afternoons will be spent sharpening our calculation skills through explicit arithmetic sessions, focusing on the four operations and fractions, decimals and percentages. Similarly, we will focus on developing our knowledge of key grammatical rules and terminology through engaging grammar sessions that will link closely with our learning in English. Children will continue to practice their French in class by learning how to have basic conversations, relating to their day-to-day routines. In Summer 2, Year 6 will be preparing for their ‘Woodhill Leaver’s Production’ concentrating on building their performance skills, creativity, confidence and collaboration. This will be incredibly enjoyable for them all and be a fantastic way to end the school year.

In Year 6, pupils are able to change their reading book once a week.  Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.  Please encourage your child to be reading for 30 minutes every night and to record their comments in their reading journals.