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Year 6 - Topic Overview

 

Amethyst Class                                          

Teacher: Mrs Newport

TA: Mrs Jones

HLTA: Mrs Heywood

Violet Class

Teacher: Miss Brisley

TA: Mrs Ramsden

 

 

TERM 1 - Gallery Rebels

 

Colours collide, melting together on the canvas: an impression light, a rage of red, a lobster perched on a telephone…

Come and find out about the bizarre and eccentric minds of the gallery rebels!

Subjects covered in this topic.

Literacy - Visit the abstract Ages of Tohamna, Spire, Haven and Serenia as we explore worlds inspired by Surrealism and create our own narratives based on clues we have discovered along our journey.

Maths - Secure our number understanding as we revisit place value, rounding, positive and negative numbers, the four operations and are introduced to algebra.

Science - How do we do admire these wonderful works of art? Light of course! Learn about how light behaves and travels and how our incredible eyes and brain are able to see.

Geography - Travel with us around the world visiting cities, museums and galleries across the globe, which hold the world’s most famous art from the last two centuries. You will even get to plan your own day trip to Paris; can you navigate your way through the ‘arrondissements municieaux’ using the Metro?

Art - Study and recreate different art styles from the last 200 years including: Impressionisms, Fauvism, Expressionism and Surrealism. As well as being inspired by world famous artists, we will also be visited by a special local artist!

Computing - Use Microsoft Publisher to create an informative booklet all about the Gallery Rebels! Become familiar with the functions of Publisher, research information with accuracy and learn how to scan and insert pictures and other tools.

 

TERM 2 - Frozen Kingdom

 

Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands… vast wilds, hostile territories, incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.

Wrap up well, everyone and settle by the fire. I’m just going outside and may be some time…

Subjects covered in this topic.

Literacy - Inspired by polar animals, create your own narrative short story, before we embark on a turbulent journey across the Atlantic on the HMS Titanic…

Maths - Build upon your Year 5 knowledge as we dive into our Fractions, Decimals and Percentages learning this term!

Science - Learn how polar animals have adapted to their environments. Create your own complex Antarctic food webs before looking at the classification system and comparing the World’s poles.

History & Geography - Begin by exploring the world’s biomes and continents before packing your bags and heading on an Antarctic expedition with an absolute legend: Sir David Attenborough. From one legend to the next, interview a real-life polar explorer and look at the importance of the Antarctic Treaty. Dive back in time to 1901 and reveal the secrets of the Antarctic learnt from Captain Robert F. Scott’s expedition.

Art and Design Technology - Design and create a block printing plate inspired by Inuit Artwork. Then use the TASC wheel to create your own polar-themed diorama using different medias. 

Computing - Work as a team to investigate research and present a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation on climate change and highlight the importance of how our behaviour affects the future of our planets.

Music - Discuss the dimensions of music using Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ before listening to and evaluating modern compositions and scores for effect. Create a music board and compose a musical score for a cheeky, thieving penguin. 

 

TERM 3 and 4 - A Child's War

 

A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson Shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territories. Delve deep into a bygone era, when loose lips sank ships.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Literacy - Transport back in time to the middle of 1940 and learn the importance of rationing by creating, evaluating and writing instructions for your very own eggless sponge or ‘Dig for Victory’ garden. Help an evacuee prepare for their new experiences as they are evacuated to the safety of the English countryside. Travel over to wartime Germany and meet young Rose Blanche, discovering how her life changes when war arrives in her town.

Hop on over back to the English countryside and join William and Tom in the well-loved novel ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. Create play scripts, persuasive letters and diary entries which retell their beloved time together.

Maths - Begin your Geometry adventure as we look at: area, perimeter, volume, units of measure (length, weight and capacity) and ratio and proportion. Practice quick arithmetic skills and embed your four operations skills.

Continue on your geometry journey with 2D and 3D shapes, nets, co-ordinates, properties of circles, translation, rotation, reflection and symmetry. All whilst still practising our multiplication tables and mental arithmetic skills.

Science - Start with learning about electric currents within a circuit. Make scientific prediction and test them and learn about how electricity is generated and used in everyday appliances.

Your country needs you! Conduct a range of scientific investigations to help the war effort. Working as a team, design a plane prototype for our troops, test parachute designs, develop survival skills by measuring wind speeds with limited equipment and finally explore the science behind the bouncing bomb. For each experiment you will create a scientific hypothesis and evaluate your findings like the true scientist you are.

Geography & History - We begin by looking at key wartime figures from across the world and the important events that took place throughout World War II. We will: look at the machinery that both the ‘Allies’ and ‘Axis’ powers used; use primary and secondary sources to discover information about the Battle of Britain; report on the events of Pearl Harbour; become wartime spies; undertake a geographical study of Warsaw, Poland and how the war changed this city; and finally learn about the D-day landings and the events which led to the end of the war.

Computing - We will use a variety of programmes across the term to enhance both our Topic learning and our navigation, research and computing skills.

Art- Design your own propaganda poster and moving images that capture war related scenes using a variety of medias.

PSHE - Empathise with people from the war as we look at different moral values that helped people to cope during and after the war. See how these values are still applicable in our daily lives and become a mindful citizen in our school.

Music - Turn on your wireless and sing along to Dame Vera Lynne, The Andrews Sisters and of course - soldier favourite - ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’. Warm up your vocals and stand to attention as we serenade Hawkinge House with our nostalgic performance.

 

TERM 5 - Hola Mexico!

 

Welcome to Mexico! Get ready to explore this unique country. From its towering temples and stunning geography to its pulsing rhythms and fun-packed festivals. Discover the mysterious world of the ancient Maya civilisation. Have you got what it takes to be a chief? Let’s find out…

Subjects covered in this topic.

Literacy - Become inspired by the tastes and sounds of Mexico as you create your own free verse poem. Draft a persuasive travel brochure to one of the world’s most picturesque destinations. Learn about the Coffee Vs Gangs initiative that helps Hondurans get off the street and onto coffee farms.

Maths - Learn about the inventors of 0 as you decode the Maya number system. Master your Maths learning as we revisit our Stage 6 objectives and apply them to problem solving and investigative work, polishing our understanding of key concepts ready for Secondary School.

Geography & History- Celebrate ‘Dia de los Muertos’ with full sugar skull make up and music to celebrate this special day. Jump into Google Maps and explore Central America and the key landmarks of the Ancient Maya civilisation. Use a range of sources to uncover the past learning about: Maya beliefs and Gods, social classes and daily life, important historical landmarks, Maya inventions and sports, and native animals to the countries of the continent.

Music - Absorb yourself in the dramatic tones of El Jarabe Tapatio and the playful uplifting Spanish sounds of La Cucaracha as we listens carefully to sounds and instruments that make up two very different musical scores. 

Design and Technology - Activate your tastebuds by experimenting with tropical flavours as you create your own fruity mocktails. Follow and implement a basic recipe when you create guacamole and salsa. Explore the history of chocolate making and create your own ‘arroz con leche’, a tradition Mexican dessert.

TERM 6 - Blood Heart

 

Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry… blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system! Now surgeons don’t be squeamish and examine the veins, arteries and chambers up close. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies. Hearts pound, flutter and maybe skip a beat… what makes your heart race? Is it a secret? Cross my heart, I won’t tell.

Subjects covered in this topic.

Literacy - Bring all your Literacy skills into your most important piece of writing, an autobiography all about you! Report upon the dangers of smoking and participate in a discursive debate about whether the Government are doing enough to stop smoking.

Maths - Master your Maths learning as we revisit our Stage 6 objectives and apply them to problem solving and investigative work, polishing our understanding of key concepts ready for Secondary School.

Science - Pump! Blood! Use song and drama to learn about the circulatory system of the body, learning the components of this system - including our heart - and how they work together to keep us alive. Reflect on a healthy lifestyle and discover the 8 main blood groups in an exciting, hands-on lesson (N.B. No creatures or children will be harmed in the name of Science.)

Topic - Research the life and time of William Harvey, finding out about his life work and how it has impacted people today. Understand the effects of drugs on the human body and how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Monitor your own cardio activity through different cardio tasks.

Computing - Crack codes, debug algorithms and become a keyboard genius with ‘Code Combat’. Can you escape the castle?

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