Summer 1 - 2023
2023 Summer 1 – Revision Focus
Welcome to the first half of the Summer Term 2023; here is an overview of key learning areas this half-term. As we have the end of KS2 Sats to complete this term, our focus is very much on preparing the children fully and revisiting areas of the English, Maths and Science curriculum that need further development or to deepen understanding. Norwood Primary School and the Year 6 team would like to take this opportunity to assure you that there is no pressure associated with these assessments and all we would ever expect of the children is that they remain relaxed, display a growth mind set and simply endeavour to do their very best. Rest assured we are already proud of the progress and achievements of your children in every aspect of the curriculum both in and out of school greatly value their wider ongoing contributions to the Norwood School Community.
Our non-narrative piece will be journalistic writing (An Interview with Lighthouse Keeper) where the children will develop their ability to select vocabulary and grammatical structures that reflect what the writing requires including; modal verbs, active/passive voice and use of complex sentences.
Our narrative writing will be based on the story Tuesday by David Weisner. We will use all the techniques we have learned this year including: describing settings and characters to create atmosphere; selecting language that shows good awareness of the reader; integrating dialogue in narratives to convey character and advance the action and demonstrate the use of the range of punctuation taught at KS2 – “”,,()—‘;!?’
Within our guided reading sessions using short stories, the children will explore ideas around author use of character’s speech and actions to convey meaning in fiction texts – in particular the emotions they portray. We will also look more closely at fact and opinion, true and false and summarising in non-fiction texts.
Please continue to support your child by ensuring they read for a minimum of 10 minutes a day, either to themselves or to somebody else, and ensuring they have their reading diaries signed daily.
In Maths we will complete the curriculum coverage for Y6 by exploring angles and angle geometry within shapes before learning about coordinates and transformations.
Following this, we will be revisiting previously taught aspects of the maths curriculum to further deepen understanding. This will be achieved though providing rich and engaging problem-solving tasks and investigations. In addition to this, we will be improving arithmetic fluency and revisit work with fractions, decimals and percentages.
Vocabulary: acute, obtuse, reflex, opposite, parallel, perpendicular, quadrilateral, isosceles, equilateral, translate, transform, reflect, rotate, scale
Science - Animals including humans
We will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood and design and conduct experiments around pulse rate and blood flow.
In addition, we will recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way our bodies function.
Other Curriculum Areas
Geography – Why is California so Thirsty?
In this unit, the children will learn about the importance of water, how it is used and transported for farming, why the water is running out and what needs to be done to conserve water in the future.
Vocabulary: precipitation treated California drought almonds factors rainfall water supply aqueduct
PE – Athletics and Tennis
Athletics: In preparation for this year's Sports Day and to further their abilities and knowledge in a range of skills, pupils will take part in one Athletics lesson each week. Within these lessons they will do a range of fielding and track events. On the track they will focus on the perfect start, maintaining a constant stride pattern for the hurdles, develop the ability to pace themselves during a long distance event and finally execute a successful changeover in a relay. In the field they will recap previous throws as well as being introduced to the hammer throw. Finally, pupils will be practising both the long and triple jump with a focus on achieving maximum height during the flight stage.
Vocabulary: track field hammer throw heave throw distance pace maintain stamina cardiovascular endurance baton exchange handover changeover box height elevation propel flight vertical stride stride pattern leading leg trailing leg hop,skip and jump
Tennis: Building on from previous experience in Tennis, pupils will look to combine all of the skills learnt prior to maintain a successful rally and then match. Pupils will be expected to maintain the ready position, use a variety of grips depending on the type of shot being used, place the ball in various parts of the court using a range of power / control and carry out an overhead serve to start a game. Alongside this, pupils will be constantly assessing and adjusting their performance to suit their opponents and also their own performance.
Vocabulary: rally maintain deuce points love combine ready position serve service service box net power control technique grip continental grip hammer grip chopper grip court modify adapt opponent evaluate forehand backhand out second serve
PSHE – Economic Wellbeing
In this unit the children will be learning about how different people deal with money and the role emotions plays within this. We will discuss the risks associated with gambling and identify jobs that might be suitable for them in the future.
Vocabulary: gambling, growth-mindset, PIN, qualities, responsibility, skill