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Curriculum Overview

Spring 1

English
Using the traditional tale of Hansel and Gretel the children will develop the knowledge to write their own ‘Dual Narrative’ and persuasive letters.

Maths

 

 

Science
Electricity- In this unit, children will use symbols to represent components of a circuit including batteries, wires, bulbs and switches. Children will learn about the importance of switches for conserving energy and for safety reasons. Children will build their understanding of batteries and their voltage.0020They will learn that adding more batteries to a circuit can increase the brightness of a bulb. 

Art
Victorian Art and Architecture- This unit builds on from the children’s learning about the Victorians in Year 5. They will study the work of the Victorian pre-Raphaelite artists. This necessitates reference to rejection the idealized forms of Raphael which they will be familiar with from the unit at the beginning of year 6 on the renaissance. They look in detail at Ophelia by Millais and The Annunciation by Rossetti and consider how these artists wanted to reflect reality in their paintings by engaging in careful observation. They practise careful observation themselves, by using watercolours to paint flowers.

History
The Rise of Hitler and World War II- During this unit the children will build on their understanding of the substantive concept: Nationalism. The children will learn about the nationalist political party known as the Nazi party, and how the Nazis controlled many aspects of life in Germany during this period, including roles of men and women and education. They will learn about Adolf Hitler and how he blamed Jewish people for things that were wrong and commanded that the German people avoid Jewish businesses, ordered books by Jewish authors to be burned, banned marriages between Jews and Germans and stopped Jewish children attending school.

Geography
North America-Children will identify the countries within this continent including the United States of America, Canada and Mexico. When looking at the United States of America, children will learn that the states have not always been united, and many battles have been fought over land and power. Children will study the biomes of the North American continent including coniferous forest, deciduous forest, temperate grassland semi-desert and tundra. They will learn about the permafrost that lies under the ground in the most northern parts of North America, creating a cold, tree-less landscape. They will contrast this with the temperate grassland in the Great Plains, and the prairie. In turn, this is will provide contrast with the tropical forest biome of some regions in Central America.

R.E
Humanism –Why do humanists say happiness is the goal of life?

Music
Recorders – the children will continue learning to play the recorder throughout the spring term.  Recapping their knowledge of the notes B, A and G and stave notation, before moving on to learning C, D and E.

French

 

DT
Electrical systems: Steady hand game. Using their understanding of electrical systems and design, pupils are challenged with designing and creating a steady hand game. Pupils will use nets to create their bases and their knowledge of electrical circuits to build a circuit with a buzzer which closes when the handle makes contact with the wire frame

Computing
Blogging- During this unit children will learn to a blog can be used as an informative text, understand the key features and work collaboratively to plan their own.

PE
In PE this half term during our indoor sessions the children will be performing their own Dance routines.

For outdoor sessions they will be learning the skills involved in playing hockey.


Autumn 2

English
In English this half-term our learning will be built around the text, The Ways of the Wolf. This will support us when writing a Suspense Narrative and a Balanced Argument.

Maths

 

Science
Classification -Building on prior knowledge of classification children will look further at the work of Carl Linnaeus and how he classified plants and animals. They will look at further subdivisions of groups such as classifying invertebrates into insects, arachnids, molluscs etc. They will discuss why particular living things are sorted into one group and not another. Children will learn that plant and animal cells are structured differently, and that plant cells contain chlorophyll, vital for the process of photosynthesis. Children will learn that organisms are divided into kingdoms, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species and that all organisms have a scientific name made of the genus and species.

Art
Renaissance Architecture and Sculpture- In this unit children will be focussing on the work of the architect Brunelleschi, and his design for the dome of Florence cathedral. The children make detailed drawings of this famous building. They then study works of renaissance sculpture by Ghiberti and Donatello. Through these works they explore the concept of relief sculpture, already studied by looking at the Parthenon Marbles.

History
The Suffragettes- This unit begins by looking at democracy in Britain up until the 19th century. The children are taught about the realities of democracy in Britain at this time, which they can compare with their knowledge of democracy today. Although Britain no longer had an absolute monarch, Parliament did not reflect the views of all people, or even a large majority of the population, as only the wealthy could vote. The children will learn about how and why the vote was extended to include more men, and how there were some people who believed that some women should also have the right to vote on the same terms as men.

Geography
British Geographical Issues- In this unit children will look at how the following issues impact on Britain; air pollution, flooding, waste and litter. They will use geographical data, including an option to use geographical information systems, to look at regions of the UK affected by these issues. Children will learn that government departments such as DEFRA (Department for Food and Rural Affairs) use data on these issues to make policy decisions that can impact upon people and the local environment.

R.E
People of God- Children will consider the question; How can following God bring freedom and Justice?

Music
In Music, we will be continuing to learn to play the ukulele and develop our understanding of ostinatos.

French
Year 6 this half-term will be learning about French food. They will also learn the French vocabulary for pieces of clothing.

DT
In DT, we will be designing and creating our own Waistcoats.

Computing
In computing, we will develop our understanding of using the Internet safety and then look at the uses of spreadsheets.

 

PE

 


Autumn Term 1

English
Our writing learning will be guided by the text ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ the children will be writing their own magazine article and endurance narrative, using elements from the text. They will think carefully about how the writing effects the reader.

Maths
In Maths the children will be building on their knowledge of Place Value and of the four key operations (addition, subtractions, multiplication and division).

Science
The Human Body- During this unit children will build on their knowledge of the circulatory system. They will learn that William Harvey was a doctor who suggested the heart was at the centre of a circulatory system that moved blood around the body. They will learn that now; scientists and doctors know that the heart and blood vessels are parts of our circulatory system and that our circulatory and respiratory systems keep us alive. We know that our heart is divided into four chambers and blood enters and exits the heart. As the heart beats, it pumps the blood out to the lungs for a new supply of oxygen. Blood vessels, called arteries, carry oxygen rich blood away from the heart. Blood vessels, called veins, carry blood back to your heart to be pumped to the lungs for more oxygen. Children will learn the importance of each part of the circulatory system including arteries, veins and capillaries.

Art
Art in the Italian Renaissance- Children are introduced to the art of the Italian renaissance by looking at The School of Athens by Raphael and Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci. Through these works they learn that Renaissance is a French word meaning rebirth, which is used to describe the revival of art that took place in Italy from about 1400 influenced by the rediscovery of classical art and culture.

History
World War 1- This unit allows children to apply their knowledge of Britain before the war to develop a deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of World War I on Britain, and the wider world. This unit focuses on developing two key concepts of Empire and War.

Geography
Spatial Sense- Children will revisit the lines that cartographers use to divide the world into sections in order to locate places accurately. They will study lines of longitude and latitude and the points at which they intersect; co-ordinates. Studying these lines will help children to understand that from our knowledge of the location of places, we can make educated guesses about the climate, as we know the further from the equator, the colder the climate will be. Children will look at the Arctic and Antarctic Circles and will learn more about the climate in these regions. They will look at diagrams to explain why there are points in the year when the sun does not set, and other points where the sun does not rise.

R.E
Creation- Children will consider creation and science and think about if this is a conflicting theme or complementary.

Music
The children will be learning to play the Ukulele this half-term.

French
French lessons will build on the vocabulary and phrases learnt last year. They will look at the subjects and places within French schools (A' L'ecole'). The children will also learn 'The Enormous Turnip' story in French.

DT
Mechanisms- Creating moving toys.

Computing
In computing the children will be developing their understanding of coding. They will think carefully about debugging a piece of code.

PE
During this half-term the children will be performing 'Street Dance' and playing Tag Rugby in PE.