Langley Mill Academy

Langley Mill Academy

Langley Mill Academy

Year 6 - class AB

Happy New Year & welcome to our Year 6 class page. Here you will find details of our curriculum and current topic, as well as information about visits we have been on, our work in class, our achievements and homework schedules. 

 

This  term will be a busy period for the Year 6 children, as we prepare for the exciting challenges and changes that a new year brings. In May of this year, the children will sit national Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) and then prepare for transition to secondary school in the summer. 

 Images from our recent trip Lea Green

 

Thank you to everybody who came and contributed to our VE Day Street Party on Monday 18th December. The morning was a huge success, and the children enjoyed showing off their work to their friends and family, and everybody enjoyed sampling cakes and treats that they had made. The children also had lots of fun building demonstrating their dancing and making war-time gardens. Click the gallery below to view photographs from the day and from our fantastic visit to Eden Camp, where we experienced the sights and sounds of World War Two. 

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Our new topic: Dawning of the Ages

 

This spring term we will be studying the early history of humans, journeying through the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. During this huge swathe of time humans developed from nomadic hunter gatherers to highly organised groups capable of erecting monuments which survive today. By the end of the Iron Age, Britain was inhabited by people who had a sophisticated culture & who created items of beautiful artwork from which we glean information about these communities today. A study of the ages will be undertaken with a weekly focus on the key features of each age.

                

 

Literacy units will study the myths associated with life through the ages, focusing on dragons and their representation in literature. We will learn about a range of mythical creatures and characters, including dragon slayers and hobbits. We will study work by J.R.R Tolkien, work on a short film known as 'The Dragon Slayer' and use the i-Pad app Epic Citadel  to write our own adventure novel about a thief, a dragon and an unsuspecting hobbit!

 

Later in the term we'll enjoy reading Clive King's story about a caveman, known as 'Stig of the Dump'.  

 

During this topic, the children will be using a variety of resources, media and learning styles to answer the following questions:

 

Challenge 1

When was the Stone Age? (history)

Prehistory / Religion

 

Challenge 2

 How did life change up to the Iron Age? (history) 

Farming, Trade

 

Challenge 3

 How did life change up to the Iron Age? (history)

Military Development, Buildings

 

Challenge 4

How can we copy drawings accurately making them bigger and smaller? (art – grid drawing)

How did stone age people tell stories? (art – cave drawings)

 

Challenge 5
 How can we recreate ancient artefacts?

 
Challenge 6
What is the purpose and value of a sacred space?
 

These questions contribute to answering the big question:

'How did Britain change from Stone Age to Iron Age?'

 

The learning log task for this topic will be to research and present information about a chosen mythical dragon. Children will receive a prompt sheet at the start of the term. This will then help to support a literacy unit in which we will be writing about our own dragons, building suspension and tension into our work. You could find about Smaug from 'The Hobbit' or discover more about the Chinese Lung & Frost Dragons. 

 

Our science topic: Electricity

In science we will be learning about electricity, associating the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit. We will compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches, and record our findings using recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

Mathematics 

 

Mathematics for this term will follow our school scheme, beginning with number and place value, addition and subtraction, and properties of shape. You can view our Year 6 long and medium term planning for the year by opening the link. In addition, parents will also receive a maths newsletter at the start of each 3 week unit which details the children's learning, as well as questions to ask and activities and games to play together so that every child is supported with their mathematics at home.

Homework

The learning log task for this topic will be to research and present information about a chosen mythical dragon. Children will receive a prompt sheet at the start of the term. This will then help to support a literacy unit in which we will be writing about our own dragons, building suspension and tension into our work. You could find about Smaug from 'The Hobbit' or discover more about the Chinese Lung & Frost Dragons. 

 

Please find below expected minimum homework requirements during this term.

 

Reading - 3 x 15 minutes per week

Maths - 1 set per week (Wednesday)

Spelling - 1 set per week (Monday)

Science / Topic – usually 1 piece per week (Friday)

 

Literacy – 1 piece every 3 -4 weeks (personal learning log)The ‘learning log’ is a piece of individual homework when your child may be imaginative, creative and resourceful in order to produce various pieces of work. Children will present their personal learning to the class throughout the topic and add any resources to our Learning Log Display.

 

Here to help 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us at school if you wish to discuss any issues regarding your child. We have a wealth of expertise and resources to support children in Year 6 and we are always ready to address any concerns you have, or celebrate any achievements you wish to share. 

 

Mr Bland