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Earlsmead Primary School

Earlsmead Primary School


Spring term


This term in maths, Year 6 covered the following topics: fractions, converting units and ratio. In our unit of fractions, we learnt how to multiply and divide fractions by an integer and how to find a fraction of an amount. For converting units, we covered both metric and imperial units of measure, exploring how to convert between different units using multiplying/dividing by 10, 100, and 1000. We then used our understanding of fractions when we began our unit of ratio, where we looked at scale drawings, using scale factors, similar shapes and ratio problems. 

At the end of Spring Term 2, we had lots of fun with algebraic expressions and equations. We really enjoyed using simple formulae to solve 2-step problems. We then ended the term by reinforcing what we know already about decimals and solving a variety of multiplication and division questions relating to decimals.

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Key learning we will remember in relation to Ratio:


The Ways of the Wolf | Smriti Halls                Shackleton's Journey: 1 : William Grill: Amazon.co.uk: Books 

This term, Year 6 will be using the above Vehicle Texts in English. In Spring Term 1, the children studied 'The Ways of the Wolf' by Smriti Halls. Their writing outcomes included a Documentary Narrative and a Hunted Narrative. They produced some excellent final pieces using the key grammar and writer's knowledge studied so far for these units.

In Spring Term 2, we explored 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill - a uniquely visual non-fiction re-telling of Ernest Shackleton's epic expedition across the Antarctic. At the start, we could not even begin to imagine what it must've been like for the crew when their ship, Endurance, became trapped in crushing pack ice and sank. However, after lots of research and character role play, we were able to write exciting narratives with themes of team-work, resilience and, of course, endurance. 

The wider curriculum

Year 6 have enjoyed learning about the similarities and differences between the ancient Maya and Anglo-Saxon civilisations during the first half-term.  They used timelines to explore where key events fit into wider historical context.  They explored how the Maya survived in rainforests and how both civilisations built homes.

Did you know the Maya were very clever and invented lots of things?  This included their own calendars, farming methods, writing systems, sports and religion!

In Spring Term 2, Year 6 explored the Alps mountain range.  There was a strong focus here on exploring the human and physical features of the Alps.  The children then progressed on to comparing one particular city, Innsbruck in Austria, to our local area of Harrow.

Year 6 also had the chance to explore spreadsheets in computing and the circulatory system in science, amongst other learning in Spring Term 1.  In Spring Term 2, the class explored 3D modelling in computing and what it means to keep healthy and look after yourself in science.