Year 6

Topic Overview Summer 1 Newsletter Term: Summer 1
Topic: Extreme Earth

In year 6 our topic is extreme earth. We will be fox using on geography throughout this topic, looking at different physical features and weather types such as: mountains, rivers, volcanoes, earthquakes and tornadoes. We will be looking at how and why these things happen and are formed, also how these events may affect people.

In English we are studying the text 'queen of the falls'. It is a real life story of a lady that that wanted to become rich and seek fame and fortune through a death defying stunt. At the age of 62, the lady builds a barrel and travels down Niagara Falls in her carefully designed wooden container. Through this text we will build on reading skills, looking at inferring and deducing in more detail to understand reasons for particular events and how we can understand characters/people through actions. From this we will then write our own narrative text. Our science topic this term is living things, this links closely to our extreme earth topic as we can look at geographical ages and the change in animals and the adaptations to their habitats.

Topic Overview Spring 2 Newsletter Term: Spring 2
Topic: Arabian Nights

In this History based topic, children will study Baghdad as a civilisation from 570 AD. Children will look at the changes over time and the major historical events that have had a critical impact on the country.

The text we are focusing on for this topic are 'Tales from the Arabian nights', with a particular focus on one of these stories being 'Aladdin and the Enchanted lamp'. In English we will read the text, understanding the meaning of new and unfamiliar language, write our own Arabian stories and create newspaper reports of some of the major events that happened. In art and design we will look at the complex patterns that are created in many of the buildings and art work of the country.

Topic Overview Spring 1 Newsletter Term: Spring 1
Topic: Prince Caspian

In this History based topic, children will link their topic work to the text we will study in English and will also be exposed to other reading materials which relate to the Battle of Hastings. The text chosen for this term is 'Prince Caspian' (Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis. With this text we will look at persuasive writing, balanced arguments and descriptive writing. Non-chronological reports of some of 'The Battle of Hastings' will be included into topical lessons such as History.

In Design and Technology lessons, children will have the opportunity to analyse and investigate a range of historical armour. They will have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate products using a wide range of materials and components.

In Dance, children will have opportunities to create, evaluate and perform their own dances, they will use and respond to a variety of stimuli. Computing will allow the children to use tools to adapt and create documents. They will have the opportunity to develop their confidence and knowledge on the World, Wide, Web.

Topic Overview Autumn 2 Newsletter Term: Autumn 2
Topic: Kensuke's Kingdom

In this Geography based topic, children will link their topic work to the text we will study in English. The text chosen for this term is 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo. With this text we will look at first person accounts as Michael finds himself stranded on this lonely island. Newspaper reports for the families missing child and non-chronological reports of some of the animals living on this deserted island.

In Geography children will look at maps and study the geographical features of a land and compare different areas of the world. We will study the Amazon rainforest including the living things living there and the natural habitats they find themselves in. Then looking at deforestation and the effects of people on these living habitats around the world; looking at how we can begin to prevent these damages.

In Art and Design and Technology, children will have opportunities to build ships like that of the Peggy Sue and test them out scientifically to see whose can sail the stormy waters the best. Children will study famous artists who have created scenes of the Rainforest, using these artists styles to create our own.

Topic Overview Autumn 1 Newsletter Term: Autumn 1
Topic: World War Two

During this half term we will be basing our learning on World War Two. We will be exploring a range of genres through reading and writing. We will be writing setting descriptions, letters and diary entries. We will be reading extracts of the novel of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and will watch the film version of this in order to make comparisons - if you would not like your child to watch this film please let me know.

In Maths we will continue to extend and challenge ourselves within the number topic, we will continue to look at SATs problems and focus on fractions, decimals and percentages. Our Geography will be looking at countries that were involved in WW2, our History will look at WW2 and how this shaped the world we live in today. As part of our Science work we will be looking at Light. Our RE and PSHE will be looking at Rules and asking questions such as Is it right to fight?

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