Year 6 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information
To start the year off, we will be reading a book called ‘Journey to Jo’burg’ which is written by Beverley Naidoo. The book follows a young girl named Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro, on a journey that not only saves their family, but also opens their eyes to the nature of the world in which they live in.
We will use this book to explore what life was like for a black African during Apratheid in South Africa - where due to many rules and regulations the way in which black people and white people were treated was very different. We will be asking ourselves – should we all be treated equally? Should human rights belong to everybody whatever our differences? Do we all have a right to life and to live in freedom and safety?
We will also be travelling back in time to 1994, where we will learn about a famous black-African called Nelson Mandela. We will research and find out about his life and his achievements and why, to this day, he is considered to be a hero by people from all over the world. Whilst learning about Nelson Mandela, we will be also be asking ourselves, who makes the rules and what is a democracy.
As the book is set in Johannesburg, in Geography we will learn about South Africa and study its amazing diverse landscape and its unique culture. We will be thinking about how South Africa and the United Kingdom are both similar places and how they are different. In Art, we will spend time exploring natural patterns and recreating them using different mediums and in Design and Technology the children will have the wonderful opportunity to design and make their own African instruments and listen to traditional African music.
Alongside our class book, we will also be looking at extracts from other books including: ‘Welcome to Nowhere’, ‘The Other Side of the Truth’ and ‘Illegal’ where we will also explore the challenges faced by people living in countries where they do not feel safe.
We have many more things planned this half –term, which we cannot wait to share with you! Including providing an opportunity for the children to be able to plan and carry out fund-raising activities for people who face many challenges from across the world!