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Has there ever been a better time to live?



This half term, we will begin our new topic, ‘Has there ever been a better time to live?’  This unit helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity.  We will begin the topic with a visit to the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham to learn about how Crime and Punishment has changed over the years.  Their learning this half-term will conclude with the children giving persuasive presentations to parents, carers and family members.



During the first part of the Spring Term, Year 6 children will focus on fractions, decimals and percentages.


The key Concepts they will cover:

  • compare and order fractions
  • simplify fractions
  • add and subtract fractions with different denominators
  • multiply pairs of fractions
  • divide fractions by whole numbers
  • be able to match equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages


Vocabulary they will need to know:

  • fraction
  • improper fraction
  • mixed number
  • numerator/denominator
  • decimal
  • percentage

How can I support my child in numeracy?

The children in Year 6 are expected to complete weekly maths homework, set on ‘My Maths’.  If you do not have access to the internet, the children will have access to the laptops on a Thursday lunchtime. 


In addition to their morning maths sessions, the children also have a focused times tables session in the afternoon. Your child has been allocated a specific times table to learn based on gaps in their knowledge. Please support your child to help them learn their multiplication tables at home and try and beat the next ‘Superhero’!




This term, the children will have the opportunity to develop their persuasive writing skills. This unit will form the foundation of their topic as they will use their learning to develop their own persuasive presentations which will be delivered as part of the final outcome. The aim of this unit is to encourage use of a range of higher level punctuation (including brackets, dashes, semi-colons, hyphens and colons), use of paragraphs and use of simple and complex sentences for effect.


In addition to this, the children will also spend one week (towards the end of the half-term) focusing on their use of figurative language and ambitious vocabulary as they develop their descriptive writing skills.



How can I support my child in literacy?


Children in Year 6 should complete weekly homework on www.spag.com. Passwords to access this site can be found in the children’s reading diaries. This will usually be based around basic skills involving use of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Please ensure that your child completes this homework on a weekly basis.


The expectation is that children read at home at least 3 times a week. Reading is an essential part of your child’s learning and progress. Please sign your child’s reading diary to confirm that this is taking place.


Weekly spellings will be sent home on Mondays for your child to learn. Please make sure that they have understood the spelling rule/pattern. This will help them to apply their learning within their own writing.