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Summer Term 2022 - Maafa History

Year 6 - Freedom

We hope you all had a lovely, relaxing Easter with your families. This term we are doing the topic ‘Maafa History’ and will be reading the novel Freedom by Catherine Johnson as part of our learning. 

 

It all looks very exciting! 

 

Mrs Raison and Ms Mitchell xx

Summer Term 2022

In the Maafa project, your child will learn about Africa today and the ancient kingdoms that thrived on the continent for thousands of years. They will learn about the origins of the transatlantic slave trade in the 15th century and Britain’s involvement from the time of Elizabeth I, when John Hawkins became the first British slave trader. Your child will understand the structure of the transatlantic slave trade and the consequences of enslavement for enslaved people. They will also discover how the people of Britain benefited from the money and goods produced by the slave trade. They will learn about the causes and consequences of the abolition of slavery in the 19th century, the worldwide African diaspora and the European colonisation in Africa. They will explore the lives and actions of black people in 20th century Britain. They will understand how the Race Relations Act of 1965 became the first piece of British legislation to tackle racial discrimination and know that the Equality Act 2010 provides people with protection against racism and other forms of discrimination, today. Your child will also explore the lives of black people who have made significant contributions to Britain and will celebrate black culture in Britain today.

MathsWe will continue to use our maths curriculum called Abacus to support mathematical understanding and bridge any remaining gaps from the previous year, due to the interrupted learning:  

 

Week 1 focuses on the use of written algorithms in multiplying and dividing large numbers; both long and short versions of these methods are taught.  

 

Week 2 Algebra; ratio - focuses on the use of generalisations and simple formula, including to find the nth term in a sequence; then moves on to ratio.  

 

Revision: place value and decimals - Week 3 focuses on revision of place value in large numbers and in decimal fractions. 

 

Revision: Week 4 focuses on revision of: mental and written strategies in addition and subtraction; finding percentages; order of operations; and finding unknowns in equations.  

 

Revision: multiplication and division - Weeks 5 and 6 focus on revision of: written algorithms for multiplication and division and mental strategies including the use of factors; finding fractions of amounts; and calculating mean average.  

 

Revision: fractions; ratio - Week 7 focuses on revision of: equivalence in fractions; and using this to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions; and solving ratio problems.  

 

Revision - Week 8 focuses on revision of: properties of 2D shapes; angle types and theorems; perimeter, area and volume; 24-hour clock time intervals; and tables, graphs and charts.  

 

Further mathematical ideas - Weeks 9 and 10 focus on exploration of a variety of interesting mathematical concepts and processes, including binary numbers and Napier’s bones; playing with numbers, discovering patterns and solving mathematical puzzles.  

 

We will also continue to challenge our learners with plenty of reasoning opportunities using ‘I see Reasoning’, Testbase, SATs papers and resources from Nrich. 

English:  We shall continue to enjoy writing using the inspirational ‘The Write Stuff’ units. As mentioned above, we will be using our new class novel, Freedom, by Catherine Johnson as part of our curriculum. We will be writing in a variety of genres to suit purpose and audience, making sure that our level of formality is appropriate. 

 

As part of our transition to Y7 we shall be reminiscing and recounting our primary memories with Labelling and Journaling. 

Science:  In our lessons, we will be looking at the circulatory system and investigating questions such as: How does blood flow?  What can your heart rate tell you?  What’s in blood?

PE:  Mr Lyons will continue to lead our PE lessons which will feature Tennis/Fitness for the first half term. Our sessions will be Thursday and Friday afternoons – so it is even more important that you remember to come in your kit!

 

After half term we move onto Athletics and Cricket. 

 

REWe will be looking at the theme of Beliefs and moral values and considering plenty of thought-provoking questions to learn more about religions in the local community such as: Should religious people be sad when someone dies?  

Art and Design:  Our art project focuses on Trailblazers and will look at breaking barriers including undertaking some critical analysis and ‘Lessons In the style of …' various black artists. 

ICT:  We will continue to use Purple Mash materials. This term will begin with lessons on Unit 6.5 Text adventures with (2Cas) and will then move onto Unit 6.6 Networks (2code).

Spanish:  We will continue to learn using our new iLanguages units, where this term we will learn to: 

 

- Extend sentences with pero  

- Use definite (el,la,los,las) and indefinite (un, una, unos, unas) articles 

- Use Quisiera (I would like)  

- Extend sentences with también   

- Use Numbers 1-30  

- Use Days of the week  / months of the year 

- R, U, I, hard g phonemes Assessments   

- Attempt the Barcelona project  

PSCHE:  We will be looking initially at the relationships unit and the responsibility involved with growing up, along with a new scheme called Jigsaw with some interesting characters and activities. After half term we move onto the ‘Changing Me’ unit which tackles puberty and issues around reproduction. 

Geography:  Our learning this term will include: 

 

- Features of Earth 

- Time Zones 

- Using lines of longitude and latitude 

- Using scale on a map 

- Scale and distance 

- Grid references, contours and symbols 

- Climate Change 

- Climate Change, extreme weather and people 

- Trade around the world 

- Natural resource management 

History:  As part of our learning about Black History, we will be exploring ‘Africa Today’. We shall learn about Inspirational Black Britons such as John Blanke, Ignatius Sancho, Olaudah Equiano, William Cuffay, Mary Seacole, Claudia Jones, Lenford Kwassi Garrison and Olive Morri. We will consider sources of information about the significant individuals, including:  Who created the source? Why was the source created? Does the source contain any bias? When was the source created? Is the source similar to others made at the same time? Does the source contain any information that is untrue?  

 

We will also be looking at:  

 

- Ancient African Kingdoms  

- God, gold and glory 

- Britain and the Maafa 

- Triangular slave trade 

- Human impact of the triangular slave trade 

- Life on a Caribbean plantation 

- Evidence of life on the plantations 

- Resistance, revolt and refusal 

- Benefits of enslavement for Britain 

- Abolition of slavery 

- Life after abolition 

- Colonisation of Africa 

- Black people in Britain in the 20th Century 

- Race Relations Act 

- Lives of Black people in Britain today

Music:  Using Charanga, our music scheme, we will be looking at Music and Identity.  We will talk about the musical dimensions working together in the Unit songs. We shall talk about the music and how it makes you feel, using musical language to describe the music.  We will be listening carefully and respectfully to other people’s thoughts about the music.  We will know and talk about that fact that we each have a musical identity. 

 

After half term, we will move onto the next unit: Reflect, Rewind and Replay, where we will be focusing on the history of music - look back and consolidate your learning, learn some of the language of music. 

Ways to help your child:

  • By talking about the topics and finding information from books, library, computers or the internet. Please do encourage them to bring in any information they to school, so we can share what they have found out.
  • By discussing any maths home learning with them and helping and encouraging them to complete tasks on time.
  • By sharpening their multiplication skills and quizzing them on their times tables – you can make this fun by doing it at random times or using playing cards to generate numbers.
  • By chatting with them about their English work and taking an interest in their spelling lists.
  • By reading with them regularly for about 10 minutes (longer if it is fun) and talking with them about the book they bring home. There will be a reading diary to complete at home and plenty of dojos awarded for regular readers (3 per day)!
  • By supporting our behaviour policy and reminding your child of the expectations that they do their very best at all times.

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