Introducing Year 6: 2016-17
Welcome to the exciting world of Year Six!
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Class 17: Mrs Beacham, Mrs Rice, Mrs Dickson
Class 16: Miss Young, Mrs Betteridge
As Year 6, here at Lakeside, ends in an amazing residential visit to London, the whole year's theme is connected to the places we will visit there. Our learning journey continues with:
Summer Term's theme -'Whittle's Wings'
This term is an exciting one for Year 6. Not only have we got the London residential but we launch our topic by visiting the Jet-Age Museum. The pupils will learn about the production of Hurricane aeroplanes and how they were used in the Battle of Britain during the London Blitz. In addition, geographical skills will be enhanced through learning how to read OS maps, use 6-figure grid references to locate landmarks and use aerial photos.
Plenty of opportunities will be given to the children to be creative: constructing willow structures, lino- printing, animation films and of course drama, singing and dancing practice ready for the Leavers’ Variety show. With transfer to senior schools looming, the children will learn about peer support and peer pressure, the dangers of drugs and how to deal with changes in life and friendships.
Spring Term's theme -'Where is the justice?'
Click here for theme map: - /docs/Y6 Where is the justice - spring 2017.docx
Y6 spring theme : Where is the justice?
Over the course of the spring term, Year 6 will learn about how the House of Parliament became a democratic establishment. The children will have an opportunity to consider our British values and the part that they play in our democratic society.
Learning about historical events which changed the world is important. The children will watch the DVD ‘Amazing Grace’, (filmed partially at Gloucester Docks) to learn about William Wilberforce’s struggle to banish slavery from our land. They will visit Gloucester Docks, which was built on the back of the compensation given to business people for the loss of their slaves. During this trip, we will enable the children to apply real life mathematical skills: time and measures.
In addition, Year 6 will look at Jamaica geographically and learn more about the slavery culture. The slaves created quilts with patterns, incorporating messages about freedom and the pupils will reproduce this. Furthermore, they will study the impact of Bob Marley’s music on the change in attitude to black music. Food technology is always a great element to study. The pupils will make their own version of banana bread and have a Jamaican feast at the end of the term.
Autumn Term's theme - 'London's Eye'
Click here for theme map: London's Eye Theme Theme Map - Y6
Our autumn term class book will be 'The London Eye Mystery' by Siobhan Dowd.
This term, our pupils will find out how far it is to London (by coach) and plot the route which they will take in the summer term, on their monumental visit to London. Through this theme, they will study the course of the River Thames (which source is in the Cotswolds) and its economic impact on the country. During the term, Year 6 will become engineers and use examples of all the different types of bridges in London to construct their own - with an electronic warning system! The whole school is on a mission to develop art, with an emphasis on observation, the ability to sketch, draw and paint. Studying the changes in royalty over time will enable the children to create portraits in the styles of different artists as if they are kings and queens. Hands on learning on a visit to @Bristol will further enhance pupils' studies on scientific evolution. We hope that the Cheltenham Literature Festival will inspire our Year 6 children to become excited authors too! A busy term ahead, with Christmas and our London fundraising campaign to finish off 2016!
Last year's theme maps: 2015-2016
Summer Term 2016 - Summer Theme Map (London is Calling)
It is quite unbelievable that we are in the final term: SATs tests, London residential and transition. In fact this is a term that is so busy and fulfilling for the pupils.
The main emphasis in the theme is London. The children will learn about evolution and link it to the trip to Kew Gardens; learn about justice and British law in relation to the Houses of Parliament; along with the history of royalty and London. In addition to this, the Year 6 pupils will take part in the Cheltenham Mock Trial contest, visit the Science Festival and take part in a maths and book project to help the Reception children with their learning.
To end the year, we will have the Leavers’ Variety Show, the PTA Fun Day and the Leavers’ Assembly. Get your tissues at the ready for the last day at Lakeside.
Spring Term 2016 - Spring Theme Map (Jamaican Me Crazy)
This term, the Y6 pupils will ‘travel’ across the continents from Africa to North America. The Benin were a civilised tribe who later suffered at the hands of slavery merchants. Experiencing African drumming will help the pupils to understand about an African culture. Later in the theme, pupils will learn about life in Jamaica with the transition from a slavery culture to present day. Food always goes down well, the pupils will cook, taste and adapt banana bread recipes. Hopefully, the pupils will create their own composition based on Jamaican or African music.
Autumn Term 2015 - Autumn Theme (Freedom of Thought)
Our first theme of the year is "Freedom of Thought," which encompasses study of life in Spain, the Spanish Civil War, the Battle of Britain and the role Cheltenham played in the World War 2. The children will experience a Spanish-style party, sampling the local cuisine. We will also visit the Jet Age Museum in November.
Homework: Homework is given out on a Wednesday and brought back in to school the following Monday. Children are given English, Maths and spelling homework. It is suggested that children spend 30 minutes on each piece of homework.
P.E days: Monday (indoors) and Thursday (outdoor games). It is suggested that children keep P.E kit in school from Monday to Friday
London Residential Information
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Year 6 'Meet the Teacher' and PGL information
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