Welcome to the Spring Term
This term, our topic is called Frozen Kingdoms. We will learn about the regions of the Arctic and Antarctic; about the similarities and differences between these two regions (including the climate, landscape and natural resources) and they will learn how to use grid references, lines of latitude and longitude, contour lines and symbols to identify the geographical locations of the Arctic and Antarctic. In our learning, we will investigate polar oceans to learn how they differ from other oceans on Earth and how climate change increases Earth's temperature and leads to rising sea levels. We will learn about the indigenous people of the Arctic, including how their lives have changed over time, and about the positives and negatives of tourism in Antarctica. Additionally, we will also learn about classifying animals, animal adaptations and evolution, and polar exploration and discovery.
At the bottom of this page are three documents - vocabulary, a knowledge organiser and home learning tasks for this unit. The home learning tasks are optional and do not need to be brought into school but will support your child's learning.
In addition, we will be following the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths, Science, RHSE and R.E. In English, we will be looking at a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts and developing our understanding of spellings, punctuation and grammar. In Maths, we will be developing and applying the number system, securing numerical fluency, calculations and reasoning skills. We will also be exploring fractions, measure, statistics and understanding geometry (properties of shape). In Science, we will be exploring the electrical circuits this will be done through a blend of theoretical and practice exploration.
P.E. at school will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays where we will continue to wear our PE kit to school. The kit consist of a sky blue polo, royal blue Oaklands jumper, royal blue cotton shorts, socks and suitable sports trainers. For health and safety reasons earrings and watches should be removed for all PE lessons and long hair must be tied up.
Reading: Every night (15 minutes – please comment on your child’s reading record). Reading books will be changed on a Monday and each pupil will take two books home depending on their level of reading ability. Please make sure children have their books available to read every day.
Maths/Literacy: Maths and literacy homework will be set every week, it will focus on skills currently being taught in class, areas previously taught and occasionally will contain content that is upcoming, allowing your child to apply their knowledge. The purpose of this homework is to support in-class learning but to also prepare your child for the increased level and quantity of homework as they enter secondary school.
Doodle Maths: Daily Maths practice to ensure that gaps are continually being filled and there is continual progression. Doodle maths is excellent practice for increasing speed in number fluency as well as developing understanding of test style questions.
On Monday afternoons, Mrs Morgan will be teaching the class and on Wednesday afternoons, Miss Morehouse and Mrs Andreas will teach PE and RSHE. We are supported in class by Mrs Pepechkova every day. If you, or anyone you know, has skills or knowledge that could enrich our in-class learning, we would love to hear from you and see if we can make use of this in our lessons.
If you have any concerns, or questions regarding your child, please contact the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a meeting.
Year six teacher
Useful information to support your child in the project 'Frozen Kingdoms'
Below are two PDF documents.
- The first is a topic information sheet showing you the main areas of learning that we will be covering in the classroom.
- The second is a range of vocabulary that we will be using throughout the project.
Please discuss these with your child, as it will enhance their overall understanding of the project.