Herne Bay Junior School
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Year 6



Topic Terms 1 and 2

Over the next two terms, our history will focus on Maafa (The Black African Slave Trade). We will teach children about Africa – past and present – and we will also explore Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade. In Science, our studies will begin with a bang! The heart dissection will introduce children to the human circulatory system. They will learn about the major organs, their primary functions, in addition to a healthy lifestyle. In English, we will link our writing to various texts. To begin with we will write a recount, before moving on to narrative units. First, in Maths, we will work on securing knowledge and the application of place value and the four operations.


Topic Terms 3 and 4

Moving away from the continent of Africa in Term 1 and 2, Year 6 are heading to the colder climates of the North and South Poles to explore the characteristics and features of these polar regions. Children will delve deeper into Arctic life through the study of Inuit culture. In this topic, children will explore some of the Inuit cultural and artistic traditions and have the opportunity to recreate some original Inuit art pieces. 


Topic Terms 5 and 6 

Beastly War 

The two terms ahead will be extremely busy for Year 6, who will be, amongst other things, rehearsing for their end of year production – Matilda. We are very excited about this and can’t wait to perform it to you all. In English, we will be using film clips and animations for writing inspiration. In Maths, we will be revising some concepts and introducing the children to some additional aspects of geometry in preparation for the Maths lessons in secondary school. For our topic, our studies will be centred around The Battle of Britain during World War II; we will also look at how the war began following on from World War 1. In addition to this, the children will be learning about light, followed by Evolution and Inheritance in Science. As part of RSE, our discussions will be around about relationships, love and loss to begin with and then, in the final term, we will be having our growing up talks. Finally, we have our activity days to look forward to.

In Science, children will learn about electrical circuits, their components and how they function. They will recognise how the voltage of cells affects the output of a circuit and record circuits using standard symbols. It also teaches children about programmable devices, sensors and monitoring. In term 4, children will learn how living things on Earth have changed over time, and how fossils provide evidence for this. They learn how characteristics are passed from parents to their offspring, and how variation in offspring can affect their survival, with changes (adaptations) possibly leading to evolution.

In DT, children will explore remarkable engineers and significant bridges, learning to identify features, such as beams, arches and trusses. Later in term 4, children will complete a bridge-building engineering challenge to create a bridge prototype.