Terms 1 and 2 2018
Tides of Change
This term, Year 6 are learning all about the Victorians; a huge period of change. In English we're studying the excellent novel Street Child, a story about a poor orphan boy who escapes the Work House to begin a life on the busy London streets. Will he regret his decision to escape? Will he survive? We'll find out as we study this text.
To enable the children to get a feel for what is really was like in Victorian schools, we will be having a Victorian day when children will be able to dress up and learn in a Victorian classroom.
In science, we will cover two topics. The first is electricity, where we will learn how to develop and test electrical circuits and learn about conductors and insulators. Secondly, we will study evolution and inheritance where we will look at how different species change and adapt over time.
We'll also be learning about William Morris, a famous Victorian artist. We'll be creating our own copies of his designs and having a go at drawing our own William Morris inspired tiles that could be used in a Victorian printing press.
Towards the end of Term 2, we will be having our Great Exhibition; this will be an opportunity for children to showcase the homework projects and most importantly, the knowledge they have acquired through their learning.
Terms 5 and 6 2018
The Final Curtain
This term the children in Year 6 will be learning about the Ancient Greek civilisation. We will investigate the values and culture of the different city states of Sparta and Athens and discover how the legacy is carried into our own culture today by looking at Greek theatre, sport and democracy. The children will aim to answer the question, ‘Was the Ancient Greek civilisation a success?’ They will learn about the myths and the Greek gods and represent these in their own drama work. This focus on theatre then leads us into our work on the Year 6 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream when they will find out more about the life and work of Shakespeare.
Terms 3 and 4 2018
Carnival of Colour
The term ahead is packed full of activities for Year 6 who will be learning all about Brazil. We will explore the Amazon Rainforest looking at the diversity of life it holds. The children find out where Brazil is in the world, find out about the climate, the people and life in Brazil. Zoo Lab have already visited us and the children have had the opportunity to see, hold and learn about some of the different creatures that inhabit the rainforests. As part of our English, we will be publishing poems that use a range of descriptive writing techniques in addition to using two different films as stimuli for writing. In class, we will be reading 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell, a gripping story based on a group of children stuck in The Amazon Rainforest! Our science will introduce the children to the idea of evolution and inheritance. Art and D.T. sessions will include rainforest paintings and using papier mache to make Brazilian carnival masks. These will be used alongside the instruments, that we intend the children to make as part of a homework project, to celebrate in our grand finale ‘The Brazilian Carnival.’