Grade 6 Extended Curriculum Letter

The Story of us All - People on the Move - Migration

MIGRATION- Moving people

April 8th to June 15th 2016

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Sometimes people choose to move, sometimes this movement is forced upon them. Both can have an impact on the societies and places that they leave behind, and those that they join at their journey’s end.

Key Learning Goals

Geography 3.13 Be able to use a variety of sources to gather geographical questions

Geography 3.14 Be able to collect and record evidence to answer geographical questions

Personal Goal

Thoughtfulness: To be able to reflect and consider other points of view.

Be able to identify and consider issues raised in their studies

Be able to draw conclusions and develop their own reasoned point of view

Be able to reflect on what they have learned and its implications for their own lives and the lives of other people

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ENTRY POINT - Tuesday, April 12th

Without doubt Grade 6 children's favorite Entry Point of the year. An email will be sent out on Monday afternoon with all the crucial details. Children will be asked to wear PE into school for the start of the day.

Our Final Exit Point - Top Secret

We will be inviting all the Grade 6 Extended Parents to this event. However, you must read our Grade 6 Extended Smore each week to find out the clues to our final Exit Point...first clue in next's weeks edition!

What does the learning look like this term?


In Geography, we’ll be finding out about:

· How and why our families have moved around the world,

· The different reasons for migrating, push and pull factors.


In History, we’ll be finding out about:

• Major Migrations of people in history

• The spread of ideas, technology, language, food, goods and culture through migration

• Influences of past movements of people on our present day societies


In Society, we’ll be finding out about:

• Human needs and rights

• Laws and rules and their enforcement by governments

• Refugees

• Organisations who support refugees and migrants


In International, we’ll be finding out about:

• Reasons for economic migration, its effects and laws to control


In Art we will be linking to the classroom unit titled Moving People. We will be exploring feelings, thoughts and ideas of our own personal migrations and using these images to create a unique work. Students will become knowledgeable about artistic responses by migrant artists as a form of communication and expression. To help us with this project, we will develop skills in drawing, painting, mixed media collage and being able to communicate through visual forms.


In Chinese, we will continue to work on - Hobbies, school life and location

  • Learn to describe one’s hobbies and ask others about their hobbies

  • Learn to describe leisure activities relate to the seasons

  • Learn about different accessories and quantifier

  • Learn basic conversation regarding one’s school

  • Learn names of various subjects and to describe one’s preference

  • Learn the various ECAs

  • Learn to say the name of our school and one’s current gradee

  • Learn names of facilities in the school and associated activities

  • Learn to describe the relative location of the various facilities


Listening and Appraising

This unit creates an opportunity for the class to talk about the music they like and listen to. The class will learn to draw out the key musical elements, like Form and Structure of one or two pieces from their listening library. They will learn the use and understanding of musical terms and apply them to their piece. The main study piece will be the Rondo movement from Haydn’s Horn Concerto in E flat major. The unit also includes a group composition project where each group will produce a piece in Rondo Form (ABACA)

In this Unit, the following will be included:

  • To learn to listen and to appraise
  • To learn to use musical terms appropriately
  • To learn about the Rondo Form
  • To compose an original piece in Rondo Form with class room instruments
  • To perform their composition to the class


In PE we will be continuing with the UES Swimming Programme, focusing on utilising stroke skills, stamina and leadership qualities to advance through the SJI Swim Awards. The course will also include elements of Swim Safety and Life-saving skills.

In Striking and Fielding Activities we will be developing the skills of striking, fielding and strategy in softball and rounders, where the focus will be on, tactical batting play and fielding support and set-plays.

The main focus will be on:

  • directional batting, (speed, distance and direction)
  • throwing and catching (distance and accuracy)
  • umpiring skills and decision-making
  • Leadership and tactical play


We will be exploring and creating surveys online, and analyzing and representing survey data. To help us with this project, we will:

· formulating questions

· using an online survey program to create a survey of our own design

· interpreting and analysing data collated

· representing the data in graph and chart form


In RME, we will be be focusing on interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that will enable students to better understand themselves and form healthier relationships with friends and family and to make good moral choices.

Topics this term include:

-respect and speaking up assertively

- resisting materialism and consumerism

- the values portrayed by media and influence on body image

- the danger of addictions (smoking and alcohol) and resisting negative peer pressure

- a puberty program where details once finalised will be further communicated

Language Arts

Writing - Stories with a Dilemma

Our final writing task will be to write a story about a child or family facing a major dilemma. Their home land has been ripped apart and a decision to stay or leave has to be made.

We will immerse ourselves in a variety of texts to gain an insight into the struggles migrants faced in history and today as they look to rebuild their lives. Through our characterization and figurative language we aim grab our readers attention with vivid images of heartache, pain and hope.

Each child has specific targets in the final weeks to help enhance their writing skills, which they will review with peers at five specific times over the coming weeks.

We look forward to sharing these stories with you at our Exit Point.

Reading - Refugee Stories

The Breadwinner and Pavana's Journey by Deborah Ellis

Oranges in No Man's Land by Elizabeth Lair

Journey to Johannesburg by Beverley Naidoo

An Elephant in the Garden - Michael Murpurgo

In our reading groups we will be focusing of one of the above books. Each book looks at the trials and tribulations faced by it's main characters during desperate times in their country or community. This reading experience will aid our writing as we gain insight into migrant's stories but also how an author describes setting and builds characters.

The key skills we will focus on...

To deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from texts.

To identify and comment on writers’ purposes and viewpoints, and the overall effect of the text on the reader.

To relate texts to their social, cultural and historical traditions


The children will be working on the following topics:

1) Volume
: To find the height of a cuboid/cube given 2 dimensions and the volume.
: To find the base area of a cuboid given the height and the volume.
: To find the length of a square base given the volume and the height.
: To use the symbol square root and cube root.
: To solve 2 steps or more problems involving volume.

2) Angles in Geometrical figures

: To recall the properties of triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezium and parallelogram.
: To solve 2 steps or more problems involving triangles and four-sided figures


3) Word problems
: To solve 2 steps or more word problems involving Algebra, Fractions, Ratio, Percentage, Circles, Speed and Pie Charts

Helpful Websites The British Red Cross website hosts a number of video diaries in which refugees talk about their experiences. The UN Refugee Agency website has resources, news stories, videos and photo galleries, charting international aid efforts across the world. The UN Refugee Agency co-ordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Respect refugees provides a letter exchange program introducing refugee students to non-refugee students. The Migration Policy Institute provides news, analysis and other resources about migration around the world. The Action Aid website has a good news and media section with up-to-date articles on world events that would influence the migration of people. The United Nations website has sections on international law, economic and social development, human rights and humanitarian affairs.

Home Learning this Week

All Home Learning can now be found on the class VLE

Key Dates

Touch Cyber Wellness - New Technologies and Social Media Workshop for parents - ES Hall, Tuesday April 12th at 6 pm

UES Swimming Gala - Tuesday May, 3rd from 8.30 am

Labour Day - Monday May 2nd (Holiday)

Olympic Star UES Visit - Wednesday, May 11th at 8 am

Grade 6 Chinese Exams - Thursday, May 12th at 2pm

Founders Day - Friday 15th (School finishes at 12.20 pm)

Grade 4 - 6 Sports Day at Clementi - May 18th from 8.30 am

Cinema Under the Stars - Friday, May 20th

Grade 6 Migration Exit Point - Wednesday, June 15th

End of School Year - Friday, June 17th at 12.20pm

Swimming Update

Xpress Swimming Timetable (April 2016)

The SJIIES Swim Gala’s are fast approaching (week starting 2nd May) and children are working hard in swim lessons preparing for their events. Those classes who are currently on a Land PE Block will be given an Xpress Swimming Unit for 2 weeks so that they too can have preparation and practice time for their Galas.

These swimming lessons are as follows:

Grade 6NCo

Wednesday 20th April @ 1pm (doubling up with 5SBa)

Wednesday 27th April @ 1pm (doubling up with 5SBa)