Autumn - Ice World
6 children arrived to be confronted with huge block of ice inside which
concealed some thought provoking artefacts!
term’s learning focuses on Shackleton's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica. The
children will learn about the freezing environment and the amazing animals that
can survive there.
literacy, the children will write a persuasive letter explaining to Shackleton
why they should be chosen for the expedition. They will write a diary using
their imagination to describe what the expedition would have been like and a
biography about Shackleton.
In our science work they will be studying and researching
Antarctic life in their habitats and comparing them with other life forms,
using the classification table.
this year there will be a greater emphasis on reading, therefore it is
essential you encourage your child to read for at least 30 minutes, five nights
a week. It is expected that their reading record will be signed and handed in
to the class teacher every morning. Also, spellings, reading, punctuation and
grammar and mathematics will be key aspects.
Spring - Titanic
Year 6 are going on a voyage of
discovery, back to 1912, boarding White Star Line’s RMS Titanic. As the
children arrived, they were given a boarding pass and told whether they were 1st or
3rd class passengers! The topic looks at many aspects of life
on board such as: the different classes of passengers; the building of the ship
and the crew; the sinking and whose fault it was that the ship sank. We have
begun the topic with historical research linked to the children’s passenger
(with most of them immediately wanting to find out if they survived the tragedy
or died!). The children are also learning how to use iPads to present their
Our learning journey will include:-
· A visit to the Titanic museum in
· Opportunities to role-play as 1st and
3rd class passengers
· A detailed debate about whose fault it
was that the ship sank
· Research about life in 1900’s – 1920’s
· Making choices about who you would save
Our journey will conclude with an
opportunity for you all to come aboard the Titanic, with your child choosing an
area of most interest to them to deliver at the Fab Finish!
Summer - Going for Gold
The summer term is a very busy one for
Year 6. Our first event is the Year 6 Statutory Assessment tests, which take
place in May. The children have worked hard to prepare for these and we are
confident they will all be great. The rest of the term is filled with camp,
transition visits and activities to prepare the children for their move to
secondary school. Our theme ‘Going for Gold’, focuses on the book 'Holes' by Louis Sachar and gives the pupils the opportunity to find out about
inspirational people (past and present and starts them on their own journey to
their future. We will be working with the children to decide what their aspirations
are; what their Plan A and Plan B might be for their future careers, and how
they might achieve these dreams. The children’s final term at Southway Primary
School ends with two very special events – firstly our Leavers’ Awards evening
where you and your children are invited to celebrate their achievements during
their time at Southway and secondly our end of year production – Porridge.
Details of both to follow, as we do not want to give too much away!