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Here in Year 6, everyone is eagerly awaiting spring! As days become longer, our children continue to work with the same dedication and enthusiasm as before.
A topic of great interest this term is ‘Volcanoes’. The study of this natural phenomenon has excited and awed in equal measure. Children were extremely interested in discovering more about the most dangerous planet on earth (Mount Vesuvius) and not on earth (Olympus Mons on Mars). Needless to say, their curiosity and sense of adventure were gloriously ignited (no pun intended)! Children were amazed that Vesuvius is considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet, which is largely due to the population of around three million people living nearby.
In literacy, children will be writing balanced arguments and persuasive texts. Spag.Com and reading comprehension will be our drivers this half term. Pupils will be reinforcing learning strategies on vocabulary and inference. Inference skills are an interpretation that goes beyond the literal information given. In order to be able to infer and deduce from a text children need to be able to decode confidently and teachers are helping pupils acquire these skills.
In Maths the driver focus will be revision of key topics and data handling. Our topic in Science is Evolution and inheritance. Children are learning to recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago; recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents and identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.