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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6.

The Year 6 staff team are: Hannah Morris (Lead), Mags Norris, Naz Khan.

In the Autumn Term we begin by learning about The First Word War as part of our ‘Fallen Fields’ topic. We start the topic by learning about why World War One began and using our geographical skills to locate alliances across Europe. As part of our history work, we use a range of source material, including photographs, diaries and poetry, to learn about life in the trenches. In art, we use watercolours to create poppy pictures. During this topic, we explore the novel Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo by reading the book, watching the film and visiting the theatre to see the stage version. The vast majority of our English work is based around this book. To conclude our topic, we host a Remembrance Day service for parents and children, where we sell home-baked goods to raise money for the British Legion. We also work to the cenotaph to pay our respects to fallen soldiers.

After October half term, we continue our historical focus with our World War Two topic: ‘A Child’s War’ We imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we learn about: evacuation; children and school during the war and the discrimination that happened at the time. We plot the events of the Second World War on a timeline and learn about the impact of rationing on children and their families. We then use our food technology skills to cook a range of wartime food. From a range of U.K. maps, we identify safe and dangerous places during the war. After reading an extract from The Diary of Anne Frank, we then apply our knowledge to write our own diaries. We also learn about what is was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt.  To conclude our topic, we plan and host our own street party to celebrate Victory in Europe day.

During the Spring Term, we move our focus to geography as we study life on the planet’s coldest lands in our topic: Frozen Kingdom. We begin by making and observing icebergs and then find out more about them using a range of non-fiction sources. As part of this, we will learn technical vocabulary so we can write reports in the role of engineers. Using globes and maps, we identify the polar regions and compare and contrast the Arctic and Antarctic.  Once we are more familiar with the polar regions, we apply our knowledge to write exciting stories, poems and diary entries from the perspective of explorers. In our computing lessons, we download images of polar features and research our favourite polar animals. As part of our artwork, we create animal pictures inspired by the Inuit people and experiment with digital photography. We also think about how we can protect the polar environment. To conclude our topic, we present what we have learned and construct a large-scale model of an igloo. In the Spring Term, children will also complete their SATS test and more information about these tests can be found on the SATS information page of our website.

As we move into the Summer Term, we explore the country of Mexico in our topic: Hola Mexico. We start by watching a traditional Mexican performance and join in with percussion instruments. To cool down afterwards, we have a refreshing drink of sangrita and limeade. We use non-fiction books to find out about the importance of music in Mexican culture and have a go at folk dancing. Using our English skills, we write about festivals. To celebrate Mexican culture, we host our own Mexican food tasting session; we write invitation, cook our own savoury dishes and make delicious drinks. We also learn about the ‘Day of the Dead’ and create 3-D skulls. With the Chihuahuan Desert as our imagined location, we write postcards and clear instructions for a game. We read Maya myths and legends and write our own. Using our geographical skills, we locate Mexico and explore its natural features. We discover what daily life is like and how it has changed over time. Then, we craft Maya chocolate and simple woodwind instruments. To conclude our topic, we learn a traditional Mayan song and perform Mexican music from past and present.

Our last topic in Year Six focuses on science and the human body: Blood Heart. At the start of the project, we dissect an animal heart, finding out about the different parts and how the blood flows. Afterwards, we write a report of the experience and use software and models to learn more about the circulatory system works. We then use a data logger to measure our heart rates and test how it is affected by exercise. In Design and Technology, we make model hearts and test materials before making a stethoscope. As part of our music work, we use our bodies as percussion instruments and feel our pulse. In our English lessons, we read shape poetry and write poems inspired by the heart as well as leaflets persuading people to give up smoking. To conclude our topic, we create fact files to share what we have learned.