Curriculum Guides Year 6

English

Reading

  • Read a broad range of genres
  • Recommend books to others using the ‘Biblionasium’ website
  • Make comparisons within/across books through group discussion
  • Support inferences with evidence
  • Summarising key points from texts
  • Identify how language, structure, etc. contribute to meaning
  • Discuss use of language, including figurative
  • Discuss & explain reading, providing reasoned justifications for views

Writing

  • Use knowledge of morphology & etymology in spelling
  • Develop legible personal handwriting style
  • Plan writing to suit audience & purpose; use models of writing
  • Develop character & setting in narrative
  • Select grammar & vocabulary for effect
  • Use a wide range of cohesive devices
  • Ensure grammatical consistency

Grammar

  • Use appropriate register/ style
  • Use the passive voice for purpose
  • Use features to convey & clarify meaning
  • Use full punctuation
  • Use language of subject/object

Speaking and Listening

  • Use questions to build knowledge
  • Articulate arguments & opinions
  • Use spoken language to speculate, hypothesise & explore
  • Use appropriate register & language.

Homwwork

English homework will be set once a week. This may take the form of a comprehension, spelling, handwriting or grammar exercise. The children might also be asked to plan a story or add a paragraph to a story; prepare a topic to speak about in class; learn by heart some vocabulary, spellings or poetry. The Homework should take no longer an hour. It is also expected that some time will be set aside each day for reading.

Assessment

There will be an assessment at least once a term in English. This will consist of a reading comprehension test and a grammar, punctuation and spelling test. Writing is continually assessed throughout the year and the children have specific writing targets they are working on.


Mathematics

Number/Calculation

  • Secure place value & rounding to 10,000,000, including negatives
  • All written methods, including long division
  • Use order of operations (not indices)
  • Identify factors, multiples & primes
  • Solve multi-step number problems

Geometry and Measures

  • Confidently use a range of measures & conversions
  • Calculate area of triangles / parallelograms
  • Use area & volume formulas
  • Classify shapes by properties
  • Know and use angle rules
  • Translate & reflect shapes, using all four quadrants

Fractions

  • Compare & simplify fractions
  • Use equivalents to add fractions
  • Multiply simple fractions
  • Divide fractions by whole numbers
  • Solve problems using decimals & percentages
  • Use written division up to 2 decimal places
  • Introduce ratio & proportion

Data

  • Use pie charts
  • Calculate mean averages

Algebra

  • Introduce simple use of unknowns

Homwwork

There will be Maths Homework once a week. This will take the form of an exercise which should be familiar to the children in the form of revision of a concept already covered in class. The children are expected to play the online maths games on a regular basis to practise skills. The children will also be practising the multiplication tables.

Assessment

Maths will be assessed on a regular basis, usually once every 5 or 6 weeks. These assessments will be on the material covered during those weeks and are designed to inform the teachers whether the child has grasped the concepts or whether more work is needed. There will probably be multiplication and/or Mental Maths tests on a weekly basis. All of these test results, alongside the teachers' knowledge of the child's progress, will form the basis of the Grades on the school reports.


Science

Biology

  • Classification, including micro-organisms
  • Health & Lifestyles, incl. circulatory system
  • Evolution & Adaptation

Chemistry

Physics

  • Light & Shadows; the eye
  • Electricity: investigating circuits

Homwwork

Homework for Science may take a variety of forms. The children may be expected to comment or answer questions on an experiment carried out in class; they may have to research a famous scientist; they may be asked to carry out an investigation of their own; label a scientific diagram or to learn the definitions of scientific vocabulary.

Assessment

Teachers are constantly assessing the children on their knowledge and interest. However there will be a short, written test at the end of each scientific topic in order for teachers to pinpoint areas for improvement.


Spanish

Lectura

  • Leer expresiva y comprensivamente textos poéticos, teatrales y en prosa.
  • Incorporar a su expresión oral y escrita el vocabulario nuevo que vaya surgiendo en sus lecturas.
  • Inferir el significado de palabras y expresiones con ayuda del contexto.
  • Reconocer las ideas principales y secundarias de un texto.
  • Elaborar esquemas para resumir por escrito lo leído.
  • Utilizar de forma responsable y eficaz las TIC para la búsqueda y tratamiento de la información.

Escritura

  • Escribir textos propios de la vida cotidiana (diarios, cartas, correos electrónicos) imitando textos modelo.
  • Redactar textos narrativos que incluyan diálogos y descripciones.
  • Redactar biografías.
  • Elaborar un informe siguiendo un guion establecido.
  • Componer pequeños poemas.
  • Utilizar habitualmente el diccionario en el proceso de escritura.
  • Presentar con limpieza, claridad, precisión y orden sus escritos.
  • Utilizar correctamente las reglas básicas de ortografía y puntuación.

Conocimiento de la lengua

  • Formar y utilizar los comparativos y aumentativos más frecuentes.
  • Respetar la concordancia de género y número.
  • Identificar los tipos de palabras básicas de la oración y conocer su función.
  • Reconocer el infinitivo de un verbo a partir de cualquiera de sus formas.
  • Conocer cómo se forma la voz pasiva.

Comunicación oral

  • Narrar, describir, exponer y argumentar oralmente.
  • Ajustar adecuadamente entonación, ritmo y vocabulario a cada situación.
  • Representar dramáticamente textos, empleando voz, cuerpo y movimiento.
  • Memorizar y recitar poemas, cuidando la entonación y el ritmo.

Deberes

Habrá deberes una vez a la semana, consistentes en práctica ortográfica, cuya duración no será superior a una hora. También se espera la práctica diaria de la lectura.

Evaluación

La evaluación será continua, complementada con pruebas trimestrales de comprensión lectora, puntuación y ortografía.


History
  • An extended period study and a significant turning points in British history - World War 2
  • A non-European society, i.e.Mayan civilization

Homwwork

There will be History homework set on a regular basis.

Assessment

There will be no formal assessment test.


Geography
  • Name & locate counties, cities, regions & features of UK and Spain
  • Understand latitude, longitude, Equator, hemispheres, tropics, polar circles & time zones
  • Study a region of Europe and the region of North America
  • Understand biomes, vegetation belts, land use, economic activity, distribution of resources, etc., natural resources
  • Use 4- and 6-figure grid references on OS maps
  • Use fieldwork to record & explain areas

Homwwork

There will be Geography homework set on a regular basis.

Assessment

There will be no formal assessment test.


Sociales

Geografía Física

  • Conocer las diferencias entre paisajes naturales y paisajes humanizados.
  • Identificar las principales formas de relieve de la Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  • Conocer los principales ríos, embalses y lagunas de la C.A.M.
  • Relacionar las características y las variedades del clima de la C.A.M. con sus distintos paisajes.
  • Aprender las técnicas de representación y lectura en los mapas.
  • Comprender la necesidad de conservar los paisajes naturales y adoptar actitudes de respeto hacia ellos.

Geografía Política

  • Conocer el funcionamiento de las instituciones del gobierno de la Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  • Aprender a interpretar las técnicas de representación gráfica de las características de la población.
  • Aprender a calcular la densidad de población y entender las implicaciones de la misma.
  • Entender las diferentes formas de poblamiento según la densidad de población y las formas de asentamiento.
  • Identificar los principales símbolos y tradiciones de Madrid, conocer su significado y comprender su función en la vida social.

La Prehistoria

  • Distinguir entre Prehistoria e Historia.
  • Diferenciar las etapas prehistóricas y conocer la evolución de las formas de vida humana que las caracterizaron.
  • Interpretar y elaborar líneas de tiempo con los principales acontecimientos prehistóricos.
  • Distinguir entre Paleontología y Arqueología y valorar la importancia de ambas en el estudio de la Prehistoria.

Homwwork

Habrá deberes una vez a la semana, consistentes en alguna lectura, actividad práctica o investigación sobre el tema estudiado. Su duración no será superior a media hora.

Assessment

La evaluación será continua, complementada por pruebas trimestrales.


Art, Design and Technology
  • Use sketchbooks to collect, record, review, revisit & evaluate ideas
  • Improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials
  • Learn about great artists, architects & designers

Computing
  • Design & write programs to solve problems through group work
  • Use sequences, repetition, inputs, variables and outputs in programs to operate a range of devices
  • Detect & correct errors in programs through working with others
  • Understand uses of networks for collaboration & communication and represent in diagrams
  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content

Music

Introduction

At Runnymede the pupils develop their understanding and enjoyment of music by learning how it is constructed, produced and influenced. The aim in key stage 2 stage is to extend pupils' musical experience and knowledge, and develop their appreciation of the richness of different styles of music. Music appreciation is a part of class music and pupil performances are staged within the school. A wide variety of instrumental classes are available including piano, violin, viola, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone and percussion. Runnymede is a recognised centre for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams and pupils who wish to take these exams can take them in school on two occasions during the school year.

The pupils understanding and enjoyment of music is developed through activities that bring together requirements from Performing, Composing, Listening and Appraising. Pupils are encouraged to listen with understanding and to identify the development of musical ideas. These ideas include the musical elements of: Pitch, Duration, Dynamics, Tempo, Timbre, Texture, Structure.

  • Four main skills have been initially developed throughout this Key Stage
    Performing and Composing - there are opportunities to continue working in the school choir ( auditions are annual and inclusive of all pupils), the school band and a recorder / ocarina ensemble
  • Listening and Appraising
    Here pupils are helped to continue to develop their awareness of both recorded and live music in both an analytical and critical manner. The ocarina and descant recorder have already been introduced in class music and now a third instrument - a stringed instrument. - the ukulele is utilised. It works primarily as a chord playing instrument bur visually it is easily presented by means of its frets to begin explaining intervals and simple scale theory
  • The topics chosen in Year 6 to develop these skills are
    • Instrument shapes and sizes; how they produce sound.
    • The keyboard and how the pitch of other instruments is related.
    • The ukulele as a simple chord based instrument
    • Musical codes; pulse, tempo, rhythm; crotchets and quavers and general musical notation extending the stave notation to include the bass clef.
    • Early music; the instruments and their early development
    • word rhythms – accents and time; dotted notes.

Homwwork

Homework is limited and on an occasional basis in year 6 to include:

  • Music theory related to the music played in class.
  • Practical: a piece set for the recorder or ocarina to practice at home
  • Music history: background to pieces listened to in class.
  • Project work on topics introduced in class.

Assessment

Assessment consists of classroom performances as solos and in groups. Short evaluations take place throughout the year, with full performances at the end of term or the school year. Project work is brought in and graded according to the guidelines given.

Resources and Materials

INTERNET BASED RESOURCES

Internet based resources including www.philharmonia.co.uk, Grovemusiconline (oxfordmuisconline.com), cmuse.org, slideplayer.com

TEXT BOOKS

The Music express, Opus and Cambridge Music series of books

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Instruments: piano, keyboards, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, ukuleles, violins, recorders (bass, treble and descant), percussion from drum kits to clave, tuned percussion including glockenspiels, xylophones and chime bars


Physical Education
  • Use running, jumping, catching and throwing in isolation and in combination
  • Play competitive games, applying basic principles
  • Develop flexibility & control in gym, dance & athletics
  • Take part in Outdoor & Adventurous activities
  • Compare performances to achieve personal bests