Welcome to the Year 6 curriculum page. This page will provide you with an overview of some of the learning the children will be immersed in. We are sure that your children will enjoy and benefit from their final year at Gomer Junior School.
Year 6 is a very exciting year! The children have reached the top of Gomer Junior School and now they have many fun responsibilities in leading their peers and running the school. It is the intention of the Y6 Team to prepare the children for secondary school through increasing their independence, leadership opportunities and academic success. Learning expectations are very high as we prepare to send them off in July.
Below is an overview of each term. For more detailed information regarding subject areas, please visit: http://gomerjuniorschool.co.uk/our-school/curriculum/
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SATs – working with the school to help your child
‘Learning For Today for the Challenge of Tomorrow’ is definitely a key statement within the Year 6 team. This is, unbelievably, the last term for our current Y6 at Gomer Junior School and what a packed term it is going to be with lots of activities and learning opportunities to be encountered between now and July.
To start the term we will be investigating the complexities of the Maya Civilisation and also making links with the Melody School in Guatemala- a traditional Maya School.
Our Secret Agent Tests (SATs) are a challenge that we are prepared for and with the positive / give it a go attitude in Year 6, WE ARE READY!
STEM is key to our learning and as we venture through our last term. We will be investigating, enquiring and developing ideas around the human circulatory system with links to the athletes that are training for the Americas Cup- INEOS Team UK.
And there is more! Year 6 will be involved in a transition project set by their new school, problem-solving in maths and the opportunity to study the classic novel, Frankenstein.
Many sporting opportunities feature in the summer term: cricket, tennis, athletics and of course sports day. As our pupils approach the end of term they will experience transition days where they visit their new setting. A key event within this term is the residential at PGL on the Isle of Wight. The excitement starts with four forms of travel before we even get to the centre. The pupils will encounter many exciting challenges both physical and personal through the fun packed activities package over a weekend in July.
Autumn Term 2018
It is with great pleasure that we welcome our new Year Six’s to back to Gomer Junior School. We have a challenging, thought-provoking and fun term ahead across a range of subjects. Our main text which underpins our literacy curriculum is Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’. From this stimulus we will be writing diary entries, information texts about wild sea creatures and perhaps a pinch of persuasive prose, too. But wait! It does not end there. Ever heard of The Great Wave by a Kanagawa? Fret not if not because we’ll be studying this important piece of art and applying our own watercolour skills too to recreate, reimagine and reinvent this 19th century masterpiece. In addition to flexing our mental power with the aforementioned in addition to maths (place value, four operations), gSTEM and science (evolution), we’ll also be flexing our bodies through gymnastics. A healthy body and an inquisitive mind packed with knowledge is the aim. Can we do it? Of course we can. Go Gomer!
Summer Term 2018
How time flies! This is, unbelievably, the last term for our current Year Sixes at Gomer Junior School. Our pupils’ next step is secondary school and in order to be ready for this transition lots of activities and learning opportunities will be encountered between now and July. Our children, as part of their transition project,will be studying Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. They will get the chance to create their own monster and write their own version of this gothic classic. As part of the maths transition programme, pupils will be further studying the Mayan number system and exploring how place value works when using other place value charts such as base 2 and base 5. A great deal of sporting opportunities feature in the summer term, also: cricket, rounders, dance workshops and of course sports day. As our pupils approach the end of term they will experience transition days where they visit their new setting. Beforehand, however, there will be plenty of opportunities to quiz former pupils and current secondary school teachers to help any nagging questions and also learn of the many opportunities which await them. Perhaps the most early anticipated part of the last term at Gomer is the residential at PGL in the Isle of Wight. This has always been an immensely appreciated and enjoyed opportunity and this year we expect no different as the pupils bid us farewell by zip-wiring, rope-climbing and obstacle-coursing into the next phase of their lives.
Spring Term 2018
We look forward to an exciting new term for our Year Six. Our pupils may be one term closer to secondary school but there are still lots of exciting opportunities between now and Easter. What better place to start than our electrifying science curriculum? That sets up for our new topic: electricity. Within this unit we will be studying simple circuits and utilising buzzers, switches and bulbs for our own creations. What a (potentially) bright idea!
If that wasn’t enough, we will also be programming… ROBOTS. In terms of topic, we will be investigating World War II. This is always one of our favourites and the main focus will be The Battle of Britain. This will link closely with our literacy and we will be sharpening our writing skills through newspaper articles. Read all about it!
Following the Christmas excess, we will be stretching our legs and working up a sweat through a variety of games and sports. A Gomer first this academic term will see us fencing. An opportunity available to a selection of students, a trained coach will be joining our teaching team to teach the children about this historic discipline and how to engage in the sport. Not every school does this and we can’t wait to see our pupils in action.
Back to the bookwork, our challenging maths curriculum moves onto fractions, decimals and percentages. We will be learning how to use these in real-life contexts and also – a discipline which is very important in preparation for our SATs – we will be aiming to become fluent in conversion. Do you know what 1/8 is as a decimal? If not, you soon will.