Year 6 - Nelson Mandela Class
Year 6 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information
To start the year off, we will be reading a book called ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ which is written by Mark Haddon. This contemporary, award-winning novel is narrated in the first–person perspective by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year old boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome. During our reading of this class novel, we will be able to explore the themes regarding difference, about being an outsider and about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way. We will answer questions such as: How are we different? How are we the same? We will also spend time reading the wonderful picture book ‘King of the Sky’ by Nicola Davies. We will use this story to explore important values such as friendship and to discuss themes such as loneliness and new beginnings.
Throughout the first half term, the children will be learning lots of information, developing skills and carrying out research on a variety of topics. In history, we will be exploring the suffragette movement and women’s rights alongside the picture book ‘Suffragettes: The Battle for Equality; by David Roberts, linked to our school value: respect. From our in depth-study the children will then answer our Big Question – How would our society be different without the suffragette movement? In geography, the children will develop their map reading skills and learn about longitude and latitude, time zones around the world and the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. From their learning, the children will then try and answer our geography Big Question: What can we learn from studying maps?
During the Autumn term - the children will continue to develop their scientific skills. They will learn about the heart, the circulation of blood, the function of blood vessels and blood pressure. The children will also develop their investigative skills and have the opportunity to carry out an investigation linked to what happens to your heart when resting and after exercise. In science, we will be asking ourselves: ‘Why and how should we protect our circulatory system?’
The children will also have the wonderful opportunity to develop their creative skills and will study and re-create pieces of art in the style of artists: such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. They will also be learning about pop and Motown music in their music lessons and thinking about what makes them happy?
We have many more things planned this term: including participating in a day which remembers the fantastic author Roald Dahl, learning about what life is like on a farm and having the wonderful opportunity to participate in some tennis sessions which will be run by professional coaches. What a fabulous and interesting start to year six! Let the learning commence.