Grade 6 Extended

Space Explorers Curriculum Letter

"To Boldly go where no one has gone before..."

New Topic...even more exciting learning!

We know that when we look up at our sky we will see the Sun, the Moon and the stars. We take them for granted. But why are they there? What do they do? How do they affect the Earth? Astronomy, like all sciences, is about asking questions. By becoming space
explorers, we can find out more about our solar system and the deeper mysteries of the universe.

Personal Goal - Enquiry

Enquiry is...

To think and ask questions about everything around us

Entry Point and Knowledge Harvest

Next half term our new topic will have an exciting blast off with the children researching, designing and creating their own rockets! These rockets will then be launched into space! Our Knowledge Harvest will provide the students with the opportunity to review their current knowledge about the Earth and Space. Through playing Space Explorer's True or False games and a very special Solar System 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' the children will begin to increase their bank of information. Most importantly, they start to list questions which will drive their learning this half term.

Please Help!

Please bring in a 2L or 1.5L empty bottles of fizzy drinks to use in our Entry Point!


  • Comparing the size of the planets and their distance from the Sun
  • Finding out about the movements of the Earth, Sun and Moon and how they affect us
  • Classifying rocks and comparing rocks on Earth with those on the Moon
  • Finding out about how craters are formed and the forces that are involved
  • Making a spectronometer to find out about light and what it contains
  • Finding out about how light travels
  • Creating a timeline to show the life cycle of a star
  • Finding out more about the planets in our solar system

Key learning goals:

Science 3.2b - Be able to choose an appropriate way to investigate a scientific issue

Science 3.2e - Be able to record and communicate their findings in accurate using the most appropriate medium and appropriate scientific vocabulary and conventions

Design Technology

  • Finding out about the technology that is being used to explore Mars
  • Designing and making our own vehicle to explore a planet’s surface


  • Finding out about what people in the past used to think about the Earth, Sun and Moon
  • Finding out about Galileo and his findings about the Earth, Sun and Moon
  • Finding out about the constellations and the stories that they tell
  • Making a timeline to show some of the important events in the history of astronomy and space


  • Finding out about the International Space Station (ISS)
  • Creating our own Voyager golden record to send into space


  • Finding out about nebulae and how we can capture their shape, colour and patterns in art
  • Finding out about satellites and how we can create our own satellite images
  • To help with these projects, students will develop skills in blending chalk pastels, using acrylic paint on canvas and using paper mache to create texture and pattern.


Unit 3: Getting to Know China

In Chinese, we will be working on:

Unit 3 Getting to know China

· Learn basic knowledge about China

· Introduction of historical sites, famous cities, landmarks and delicious Chinese food

Physical Education

In Grade 6 children will be continuing with their invasion games Unit. They will also be working on their 2nd Grade 6 Swimming block

In swimming activities students will:

•refine their arm and leg action in backstroke and butterfly

•be able to identify strengths and weaknesses in own and others strokes using ICT

•Improve breathing and body position in a range of strokes to improve efficiency in the water using feedback and observation

•be able to show a range of starts and finishes with improved efficiency, including racing starts and tumble turns

•Use teaching aids to isolate and improve specific elements of each swimming stroke

In Invasion Games children will:

•develop isolated skills and be able to select these skills appropriately

• show control and coordination in football, in passing, receipt and dribbling

• Exert an influence on the game in both attacking and defending positions.

• Create overload situations using 2 v 1 and 3 v 2

• Show clear decision-making, knowledge and confidence when officiating.

There will be a mini-unit on Athletic Activity. In this Unit children will:

• Practice a range of previously learnt Track and Field events

• Use data and performance feedback to select events

• Refine performance in chosen events in preparation for Sports Day

Swimming after the break...

After the October break all classes shall be returning to the pool once a week in PE lessons. A reminder that your grade lessons are:

Grade 6A CWo – Wednesday 9.20-10.20

Grade 6A DBa – Thursday 8.20-9.20am

Grade 6A DNi – Thursday 9.20-10.20am

Grade 6E ACo – Wednesday 8.20-9.20am

Grade 6E NCo – Monday 2.00-3.00pm


In this Unit, we will be looking at the compositional style known as Minimalism. It was an experimental wave of musical progression in the 1960s, a breakaway from traditional classical norm of structure and harmony with American composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Minimalism is usually recognized for its repetitive nature and relatively static harmony, as one hears in Indian Classical and the Indonesian Gamelan music. The musical process is created by implementing inventive figurations of rhythmic and melodic repetition, often creating a pulsing, hypnotic effect.

In this Unit, the following will be included.

  • Discovering Minimalism and the compositional techniques
  • Experimenting and composing in small groups
  • Class composition project and performance
  • Developing creativity, breaking away from the norm

Language Arts

Writing - Balanced Arguments

Over the next seven weeks we will be analyzing, drafting, writing and debating a host of arguments in class. Our first phase of learning we focus on immersing ourselves in a variety of balanced arguments. This will aid our gathering of vocabulary, connectives and openers which are specific to this type of text. The second stage of learning allows the children to share their thoughts on current debates and issues which effect them in their daily life's. It is at this moment we start to record ideas from different voices in our community (e.g. parents, teachers and Principal). Next we will enter our writing phase. Each child will take one area which they have a real a passion to write about. Here their craft to provide points for both sides will be tested. At this stage they will need to find data and current research to reinforce their arguments.

Finally, the class will be broken into groups of three. They will have two days to go away and plan their argument which they will deliver to the class. Throughout, we will stage mini debates over the first few weeks as we look to enhance articulating our ideas in front of an audience. Our Speaking and Listening skills were be tested like never before!


Through our reading sessions we will look to focus on enhancing our responses to specific inference and deduction questions. Through a modeled approach the children will gain a clearer idea of the detail required to explain and record their answers. Also, feedback from High School suggest that we look more closely at analytical skills. Therefore, we will introduce PEE, Point, Evidence, Explain to the children. Simply when answering a question, the children must state a point, back it up with a piece of evidence and then explain it. To help with this new skill, specific extracts from a range of classic text books will be used. Finally, during our reading time the children will complete their Giants of Science text.


The Grade 6 children will be working on Ratio, Speed and Solid figures after the October break.


The children will be able to:

1) express one value as a fraction of another given their ratio

2) solve direct proportion problems using the unitary method

3) solve ratio word problems including problems with 2 pairs of ratio (Changing ratio)

4) find how many times one value is as large as another given their ratio, and vice versa.

5) recognise two quantities that are in direct proportion

6) solve ratio problems involving three quantities given the ratios between two quantities


The children will be able to:

1) interpret speed as the distance travelled per unit of time

2) calculate distance travelled given speed and time taken

3) calculate average speed given distance travelled and time taken

4) calculate time taken given speed and distance travelled

5) solve word problems involving speed

Solid figures

The children will be able to:

1) associate 2-D drawings with 3-D solids

2) visualise prisms, pyramids and cylinders from drawings

3) identify the solid which can be formed by a net

Digital Literacy

We will be moving on to the manipulation of images, sound and text to create some imaginative films around school topics that arclose to our heart. The children have already suggested many varied possible topics - from the rules for pickup and drop off and pastoral care to the the Dewey System in the library. The children will storyboard their ideas and work in small creative teams on the script and direction of their short information film. Many of the films will need to be made outside of lesson time, we will inform you if any additional filming time is required outside of the school day. We hope to use many of our movies on our new VLE which launches later this term / early next term.

Religious and Moral Education

Grade 6 Extended RME taught by Simone Tan

This term, in the area of personal development and relationships, students had lessons on friendships helping them to explore the qualities they brought to friendships and those they admired in a friend. They enacted challenges in friendships and solutions. To create awareness of their lives, students were asked to name their roles and responsibilities. They thought about instances of positive and negative peer pressure and ways to say “no” to the latter. They had to reflect and identify their values and were challenged to make the connection between one’s values, thoughts and actions.

They were asked to evaluate their experience of being in the SJIIES community and challenged to think about playing their part in contributing to a caring and inclusive community. One of the three Brothers (Brother Larry, Brother John and Brother Jason) came to visit the students who had the chance to ask questions and listen to the Brother tell stories about his work.

When students return after the break, they will explore stereotyping and develop better social skills and strategies to stand up for themselves and others; including knowing what to say in common troublesome situations. (e.g. making requests of parents, making things right with friends, what to say to avoid hurting people’s feelings and knowing what to say when people take advantage of you.)

Home Learning

Monday and Wednesday - Maths

Tuesday - Spelling and Sentence Focus

Thursday - Writer's Notebook

Friday - IPC Project - Create your holiday guide to the Solar System with a Diorama to help guide your future customers to the best paces to visit in 2099! Take a look an Daniel's example from last year in the photo below!

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Important Dates

Space Explorers Entry Point - Monday, October 26th

Space Explorers Exit Point - Thursday, December 10th, 8.30 am

UES Open Morning Q and A - Wednesday, November 4th at 8 am

UES Sport's Day - Wednesday, November 25th, 8.15 am


Date/Day: 1st December 2015, Tuesday

Children are strongly encouraged to revise the topics that they have learnt, such as Algebra, Fractions and Percentage.

Telunas Expedition 2016 - February 1st - 5th (week before Chinese New Year holiday)