Butterfly (Year 6)

Module 1

Welcome back to school! It’s the start of a new year, and across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘Who We Are’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Change is part of being human.

We will be reading:

‘Skellig’ by David Almond

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Number and Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • Evolution
  • Religious beliefs around death
  • How friends and families can support us

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 1 Homework – Who We Are

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly homework. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 2 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in by Friday 15th October at the latest.

I am Balanced

Can you create a poster to share 9 daily activities to maintain good mental health?

I am Principled

The creature in our story is homeless. What actions can we take to support people without a home?

I am a Communicator

Design a superhero and write a short story about how they became immortal, what their weakness is and why.

I am Caring

How can you support someone who is dealing with loss? Show me.

I am an Inquirer

Choose a bird and find out as much as you can about it. Present your work in an exciting way ready to share!

I am Open-Minded

Create a painting to represent your understanding of the Buddhist concept of nirvana, the Hindu concept of moksha or the Sikh concept of mukti.

I am Reflective

Consider our theme ‘Who We Are’ and create a piece of artwork (using any medium) to explore this idea.

I am Knowledgeable

Research Humanist beliefs in death and eternity. What can you find out?

I am a Risk-Taker

What is adaptation?
Design your own species adapted to a particular habitat – will it survive?

Module 2

How We Express Ourselves

We hope that you enjoyed your October Half Term. This term, across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘How We Express Ourselves’. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Artists manipulate elements to create dramatic sensory experiences.

We will be reading:

‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Fractions
  • Position and Direction

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • How the designing and creating process works (Form).
  • Using our skills to create art (Function).
  • Artistic use of elements (Connection).

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 2 Homework

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly class homework, specific to their year group. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom.

I am a risk-taker…

To write a synopsis and title for your show. You may want to design a logo/title too.

I am caring…

To create characters and explain their motive. This could be a character biography, similar to the example & Juliet one.

I am an inquirer…

To design and create a setting for your show.  This could be a drawing or junk modelling.

I am knowledgeable…

To design (and maybe create!) a costume for a character in your show.

I am a thinker…

To rewrite the lyrics to a song so that a character could sing it in your show.  You may even want to record someone performing it too!

I am open-minded

To take a known story and rewrite it with a ‘twist’ to create something new! This could be a comic strip or text map to show the key parts of the story.

I am reflective…

To create a thought-shower of the themes in your show.  This could be a word map too.

I am balanced…

To make up a dance routine to go in your show.  You may want to record it too! It could be to the song lyrics you wrote.

I am principled…

To decide what instruments you’d need in your band and create a job advert for a musician. Think carefully about the instruments needed for the song you rewrote.

I am a communicator…

To create advertising for your show (poster, video, photos). Challenge – can you create it in Spanish too?

On Friday 12th November, you are visiting London to see ‘& Juliet’. This show is based on a play written by William Shakespeare which has been modernised with new songs, dances and a script.

Your Termly Homework challenge is to create your own show, based on a known story. On Monday 13th December, you will have the chance to share your ideas with the class at our Theatre Awards Ceremony.

Please ensure you have completed at least 4 of these challenges and have them in school (or posted on Classroom) ready to share with your classmates.

As with any good awards ceremony, there may be some prizes on offer….!

Poster for the London musical '& Juliet'.
Module 3

Where We Are In Place And Time

Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed the break with your families and have had a great start to the year. This term, across the school we will all be exploring the theme ‘Where We Are In Place & Time’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Conflict may have shaped our lives.

We will be reading:

‘Rose Blanche’ by Ian McEwan

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Algebra

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • Local and global causes of conflict (Causation).
  • Social developments caused by conflict (Change).
  • Points of view of children towards global conflict (Perspective).

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 3 Homework

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly class homework, specific to their year group. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 2 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in by Monday 7th February.

I am open-minded

Rationing had a big effect on diets in WW2. Can you be open-minded and create a recipe that can be made with rationed foods? You might even want to try cooking it at home!

I am reflective

We often hear about British perspectives of World War 2. Can you explore how the war would’ve looked for other countries?

I am a risk-taker

Find out about any event in World War 2 where a country took a risk and it paid off…can you think of any significant events which involved taking risks?

I am an inquirer

What was The Blitz and how did it affect London?

You might want to have a go at making your own gas mask box!

I am caring

How would a child feel about being evacuated? Explore evacuation and tell me more about what happened to children.

I am a communicator

Anne Frank was a famous communicator. Why? What can you find out about her?

I am principled

People often have to be brave in conflict. Can you find out about any individuals or groups that stood up for what they believed in during World War Two?

I am knowledgeable

Pick ANYTHING related to conflict (be it World War 2 or another conflict) and find out about it!

You might want to create a project on another historical conflict/event and share it with the class.

I am balanced

The role of women changed during World War Two and a fight for equality began. Can you find out about how women’s roles changed?

Module 4

Welcome back to school, we hope that you had a lovely half term! This term, across the school we will all be exploring the theme ‘How The World Works’. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Societies interact with systems of a changing Earth

We will be reading:

‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Measurement
  • Ratio
  • Shape
  • Statistics

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • Human developments through evolution (Function). 
  • Geographical changes to the Earth (Change).
  • Human actions changing Earth (Causation).

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school inquiries, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

MODULE 4 Homework – How The World Works

Please find the Homework Grid below. Each week, you will get Maths and Reading homework. These tasks can be completed over the term. Please hand in at least 2 termly Homework Tasks by Friday 1st April.

I am knowledgeable

Can you write a short play script and create a short film explaining the known stages of human evolution?

I am reflective

Carry out a detailed study into one of the world’s major rivers – for example, why was the Nile so important in ancient Egypt, or why is the River Ganges so important to the people of India?

I am a risk-taker

Build your own dam. Use a water tray or storage box as your “river” and use construction equipment – (e.g. gravel or sand, cardboard, tape, foil, plastic wrap, cups, straws, paper clips, wooden dowels, cotton balls, plastic sheets, clothes pegs, wire, string, fabric, etc.)

I am a thinker

What happens when water falls on different surfaces? Carry out a scientific experiment to find out. Which areas of ground would absorb rainwater and which hold it at the surface? You could look at how this links to flood management in high risk areas.

I am caring

In 30 years time, a large part of the Hoo Peninsula will be underwater. How could this be stopped? Research and find out some actions people could take, small or large.

I am an inquirer

Use websites such as this one (https://www.wwf.org.uk/uk-rivers-map) to create a series of River Fact cards about rivers in the UK. Can you find out how the UK’s landscape is changing due to flooding?

I am principled

Hydroelectric power is one source of renewable energy. Find out about the other ways power can be generated. Which ways are most effective? Which ways are most reliable?

I am a communicator

Watch some documentaries by Sir David Attenborough. Can you research an animal and its adaptive traits, and create your own documentary?

I am balanced

How can you use energy in a balanced way to minimise your impact on the changing systems of Earth due to climate change? Present it in a clear and eye-catching way.

Module 5

We hope that you had an enjoyable Easter Break. This term, the school will be learning around the theme ‘Sharing The Planet’. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Behaviour influences access to opportunities and resources.

We will be reading:

‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Shapes and Statistics
  • Revision of KS2 Curriculum

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore: 

  • The relationship between human rights and justice (Connection).
  • The consequences of the choices we make (Responsibility).
  • Points of view on behaviours (Perspective).

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 5 Homework – Sharing The Planet

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly Year 6 homework. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 2 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought by Monday 23rd May.

I am open-minded

Research and share a situation (story, historical event etc) where there are different perspectives about what actually happened (the facts). Be ready to share with the class.

I am reflective

Consider the freedoms you have and how you can use them. Consider how this is different in other parts of the UK or the world. Reflect on how what you have learnt is going to impact on your choices
and actions.

I am an inquirer

Research the history of human rights – you could create a research booklet to share your findings with the class.

I am a thinker

Create a fact sheet about one of the key individuals in any nonviolent protest movement. Include key information, dates and why you believe them to be significant.

I am caring

Research your local and regional history. Explore links with national and international non-violent protests. Share what you have found out. Is nonviolent protest a good option?

I am a communicator

Discuss justice and freedom with a range of people (family, friends, teachers etc). Share different views in a way of your choice.

I am principled

Choices vs consequences – can you create a poster or piece of artwork that shows how every choice we make has a consequence?

I am knowledgeable

Choose a civil rights movement and research key events, turning points and significant individuals. Be ready to share with the whole class.

I am balanced

Is it fair that some people have more money than others? Reflect on this question and present your findings (video, poster, Google Slides, piece of writing).

Module 6

It is the final term of Year 6! Across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘How We Organise Ourselves’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Different occupations are essential for the wellbeing of the community.

We will be reading:

‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Geometry
  • Application of KS2 Skills

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • The variety of occupations in our community (Form).
  • Points of view around wellbeing (Perspective).
  • My role in the community (Responsibility).

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 6 Homework – How We Organise Ourselves

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly Year 6 homework. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 2 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought by Friday 15th July.

I am open-minded

Research and share examples of occupations that society may view as less or more important. Explain why these are viewed in different ways with justifications.

I am reflective

Consider the changes you will experience when growing up and moving to Secondary school. Reflect on how you will feel and list the potential positive changes that might take place.

I am an inquirer

Research the history of crime and punishment throughout time – consider how you can present this to share your findings with the class.

I am a thinker

Create a fact sheet about an occupation of your choice. Include information about the profession including possible positives and negatives of the occupation in the long term.

I am caring

Research a range of economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment. What type of economic activity did you find out about? What is the impact of these?

I am a communicator

Discuss your current role in the community and compare to your future role in the community. How will this differ to the role of family or friends? Share your views.

I am principled

Choices vs consequences – can you create a poster or piece of artwork that shows how every choice we make has a consequence?

I am knowledgeable

Choose a unique occupation and research the requirements to start this career. For example: Marine biologist, etc. Be ready to share with the whole class.

I am balanced

Is it important to ensure physical and mental wellbeing? Reflect on this question and present your findings (video, poster, Google Slides, piece of writing).