Curriculum Newsletter Autumn Term 2017 Year 6


The Reading Challenge will continue to run this term. Pupils should read at least three times each week using their home reading book at least once. Only one read per day will count towards the Reading Challenge.

It is important to read a variety of texts including fiction and non-fiction to improve your child's vocabulary.

Last year, the children who achieved the Reading Challenge thoroughly enjoyed the rewards. I hope that this continues and you encourage your child to read at home.

Reading will be monitored daily with each new week beginning on a Monday through to Sunday.


Maths homework will be set on a Wednesday (due back Monday) and English homework will be set on a Friday (due back Wednesday).

Spellings will be handed out on Monday and children will be tested on the Friday.


P.E. kits should be kept in the Academy at all times. Please ensure your child has an indoor and outdoor kit, including plimsolls and trainers. The P.E. kit requirements can be found on the Academy website.

Please Remember:

P.E. kit on a Monday.

Home reading book and reading record every day.

To remove earrings for P.E. or provide plasters to cover them if they are within the first six weeks of being pierced.

The Academy uniform policy is on the Academy website. Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform. If you have any queries then please ask a member of staff.

Useful Websites:

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I will be learning:

Using a KWL to communicate knowledge about the Rainforests.

Narrative – Adventure Story

Following the plot of an original adventure story and adapting the characters, setting and plot.

Narrative – Suspense and Mystery

Develop skills of building up atmosphere in writing such as: passages building up suspense and flashbacks.

Non-Fiction – Report Writing

To write a report in the form of an information leaflet, in which two or more subjects are compared.

Non-Fiction – Explanation Text

Links to Geography – The role of rainforests in the water cycle.

Non-fiction – Instructions

Detailed instructions with a clear introduction, steps and a conclusion on how to make a biome.

Poetry – Vocabulary Building

Read, write and perform a free verse poem about a rainforest.


I will be learning:

  • read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000 and determine the value of each digit;
  • round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy;
  • solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above;
  • use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation to up to 3 decimal places;
  • use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the 4 operations;
  • perform mental calculations, including mixed operations and large numbers;
  • use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, an appropriate degree of accuracy;
  • use simple formulae;
  • generate and describe linear number sequences;
  • express missing number problems algebraically;
  • interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems;
  • multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication.


I will be learning:


  • New Beginnings
  • Something New
  • Precious Things
  • Friends
  • Sharing
  • Harvest
  • Citizenship
  • Family
  • Peace

Additional Information:

If the children have had good behaviour for 12 weeks they have been rewarded with a bronze pin badge. These need to be looked after as they will be traded for the silver pin after another 12 weeks. After a further 12 weeks a gold pin badge will be awarded.

This is an ongoing behavior strategy, meaning that the 12 weeks do not have to be consecutive. Your child will be awarded their pin badges after any 12 weeks of good behaviour, not necessarily consecutive.

Tropical Wonderland


As a musician I will be learning how to:

  • Recreate the sounds of the Rainforest. Identify the musical elements (and be able to define them) dynamics (loud and quiet); texture (Layering of sounds)
  • Explore and discover sound makers in the environment (including own body and voice)


I will be learning how to:

  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including the internet services and digital devices) to design and create a presentation on rainforests.
  • Using word processing to present a rainforest glossary.


As a geographer I will be learning:

Locational knowledge

Name and locate countries where rainforests are, and the location of Russia, concentrating on their environmental regions and key physical human characteristics and countries.

Geographical skills and fieldwork

Use maps, atlases and globes to locate countries and describe features studied and use a six figure grid reference.

Human and Physical geography

Describe and understand key aspects of:

  • Climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts; river and volcanoes and the effect a rainforest has on the water cycle.
  • Deforestation and the impact on animals and plants.
  • Describe the 4 layers of a rainforest and the animals who inhabit these.

The distribution of food, minerals and water, and trade links.


As a scientist I will be learning:

Living things and their habitats

  • Describe the differences in the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds.
  • Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
  • Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals.
  • Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.
  • Describe ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals.
  • Describe how animals and plants in the rainforest are connected by a food chain.

Evolution and inheritance

Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

Solids and liquids

Describe what chemical reaction takes place when certain solids are mixed with fluids.


I will be exploring:

  • Islamic Beliefs and Lifestyles
  • Christian Celebrations and Divali

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