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Our Spring 1 Journey

 Our curriculum web for this half term:

spring 1 curriculum web.pdf

 Our homework web for this half term:

spring 1 homework web.pdf


This half term in Maths, we are focussing on fractions, decimals and percentages. We will be exploring how to:

  • Find equivalent fractions
  • Convert fractions from improper to mixed number fractions and vice versa
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide with fractions and decimals
  • Find fractions and percentages of amounts
  • Convert fractions to decimals and percentages

We will also begin to think about getting ready for our SATs, spending one of our Maths sessions per week recapping key skills and learning entirely new content. 


Our focus text this half term is 'Who let the God's out?' By Maz Evans. We began our half term by learning all about the signs of the Zodiac as this linked to one of the important characters from our book. During this session we explored the different signs of the zodiac and even got to read a simple horoscope. When looking, we noticed that some of us fit in well with the traits associated with our zodiac sign, while others did not!

We then completed the 'reading phase' of the unit where we dig deep into prediction, vocabulary, inference and summarising. We have read the first few chapters of our book and are loving it! The characters are funny and we are finding the plot really interesting. 

For our end of unit piece of writing, we are writing our very own newspaper report. We explored all of the grammar needed to be successful in this piece including: direct and reported speech, multi-clause sentences and how to accurately use semi-colons. We are now writing our newspaper reports based on 'Who Let the God's out?', describing one of the pivotal events from the story!


Year 6 Spring 1 English


Science: Animals including humans - The circulatory system and keeping healthy, 

We will be learning all about the heart, circulatory system and how to stay healthy in science this half term. 

During our first few sessions, we will be learning about the different parts of the heart and circulatory system and how each part works together to keep us alive. We will also be conducting an experiment by counting our pulse.


 Towards the end of the topic we will also look at how we can remain healthy throughout our lives and what to do, and not do, to remain so. 

Topic: Ancient Greece

This half term we will be learning about Ancient Greece. We have already learnt the difference between primary and secondary sources when researching about the past. We used these sources to make predictions about the lives of citizens in Ancient Greece and how they differ to our own.  


 During our second lesson, we used the Chromebooks to research all about different aspects of Ancient Greek life. We discussed using reputable websites and ensuring our information can be backed up. We also thought about the Ancient Greek timeline and identified where in Earth's history this period came. 

In the remaining lessons we have focussed on comparing and contrasting Ancient Greece with the modern day. We first explored the inventions from Ancient Greece that we still use or have altered today, including: cranes, medicine and even maths! We followed this by exploring what schools were like in Ancient Greece, specifically focussing on the differences between Sparta and Athens. We found out that Spartan children were sent to military school at only 7 years old! We then compared this to our schooling today.

In the subsequent lesson, we explored democracy - did you know the ancient Athenians invented democracy?! We learnt all about democracy in Athens and how it is similar and different to our British version of democracy. 

We finally explore the Olympics, an event celebrated all around the world that originated in the city of Olympia in ancient Greece. We learnt all about the ancient Olympics and even looked at the London 2012 Olympics to see what happened then.

We also went on an amazing trip to Leeds City Museum this half term to explore the amazing Ancient Greeks.

Year 6 Museum Trip



R.E What kind of King is Jesus?

 This half term we are discussing features of a king.

We have learnt about The Parable of the Mustard Seed and created our own art work surrounding the message from the parable -  “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”



RSE: Reaching for the stars

 In RSE this half term, we are exploring our goals and achievements. We began by considering what we already knew on the topic.

Values: Courage - Mohammad Ali

 We have learnt that courage is having the ability to do something that frightens youbravery. We are focusing on Muhammad Ali and the ways in which he showed courage throughout his life.




Year 6 Values