Year 6 - Nelson Mandela Class
Year 6 Spring 1 Curriculum Information
In the Spring Term, year 6 will have the wonderful opportunity to read and explore the story ‘Macbeth’ which was written by the well renowned English poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare. This well -known play was the sixteenth century equivalent of a modern horror movie with its three witches, a ghost and a phantom dagger.
The children will absolutely love learning about the characters within this book - especially the power- hungry couple Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth who will kill their friends and family to fulfil their ambition of becoming royalty. Throughout the term, we will use this book to explore important values such as relationships and to discuss themes such as good versus evil, loyalty and guilt and the dangers of ambition. As with many Shakespeare plays - anger and conflict are two themes which also run throughout Macbeth. This will provide a wonderful opportunity to discuss with the children, during our Social and Emotional lessons, what strategies that they have to manage their feelings and manage their anger. What types of things make them angry? Why do they think they get angry? Is it a good emotion ever?
Throughout this half-term, the children will continue to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of subjects. In history, we will be learning about ‘The History of Human Rights and Equality in Britain.’ We will learn about what are human rights, racial equality and the freedom of thought, belief and religion. Alongside learning about this theme in history, the children will be given the wonderful opportunity to explore and read the picture book ‘Every Human has Rights’ which is written by Mary Robinson. From our in-depth study, the children will then answer the Big Question: How have Human rights changed over time?
During the Spring Term – the children will continue to develop their scientific skills. They will build on their prior learning and remind themselves about different types of electrical circuits including simple and parallel circuits. They will learn about switches and carry out an investigation which will involve designing and building a circuit for a purpose. In science, we will be asking ourselves: How can you light up a light bulb?
We have many more things planned this term including celebrating William Shakespeare’s birthday and participating in an interactive Shakespeare assembly from the Library services. A creative writing session and learning about religious festivals such as ‘Chinese New Year’, ‘St Valentine’s Day’ and Shrove Tuesday. The year sixes will also be going on their second trip to Leicester university where they will get the wonderful opportunity to learn about the careers that are available to them. Let the learning commence!
Year 6 Autumn Term 2 Curriculum Information
In the second half of the Autumn Term, year 6 will have the fantastic opportunity to listen to the classic novel ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. The novel is set in the days of sailing ships and pirates and tells the adventures of Jim Hawkins and his search for buried treasure of an evil pirate, Captain Flint. This much -loved adventure story, has everything from mutiny and murder to unforgettable characters such as the charismatic Long John Silver and the surly and rude Billy Bones. As the children listen to this story, not only will their love of vocabulary develop further, but they will also have the opportunity to explore our school values of ‘honesty’ and ‘courage’ as we discuss the actions of the characters. We will also spend time reading the wonderful picture book ‘Where the poppies grow’ by Hilary Robinson. This
beautifully illustrated picture book is written in rhyme and explores the theme of friendship which is tested but survives the tragedy of war.
Throughout the half-term, the children will continue to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of subjects. In history, we will be learning about World War 1. We will learn about what life was like on land, sea and in the air, the Home Front and the consequences of War. Alongside learning about this period of history, the children will read the picture book ‘The Best Christmas in the World’ From our in – depth study the children will then answer our Big Question : Why was World War 1 different to any previous war? In geography, the children will learn about the countries, rivers cities and environmental regions of North America. From their learning, the children will then try and answer our geography Big Question: How does North America compare with the United Kingdom?
During the Autumn Term – the children will continue to develop their scientific skills. They will build on their prior learning and remind themselves about what classification is and who Carl Linnaeus was. They will learn about classifying organisms including vertebrates and invertebrates and also develop their knowledge about plant and animal cells. In science, we will be asking ourselves: How are plants and animals the same and how are they different?
We have many more things planned this term: including a museum session which focuses on Remembrance and WW1, a military resilience training day, an art session which includes the children creating a piece of art work based on Richard the III and an interactive assembly learning about how Christmas was celebrated in 1891. What a busy but interesting half-term. Let the learning commence!
Year 6 Autumn Term 1 Curriculum Information
To start the year off, we will be reading an amazing book called ‘The Ogress and the Orphans’ which is written by the Newberry Medal recipient Kelly Barnhill. It is a new instant -classic fantasy about the power of generosity and love, and how a community suffers when they disappear. During our reading of this class novel, we will be able to consider different questions including: What is a neighbour? What happens when people are only concerned with ‘mine’ and not with ‘ours’? What happens when we lose empathy? This fantastically written book will have us gripped from beginning to end as we encounter many fantastic characters from the ogress, who is made a ‘scapegoat’ because she is different and ‘not one of us’, to the hissable villain who is the town mayor who turns the citizens against each other as part of his plan to seize all of the town’s wealth for himself. As we read the story, there is a lot of misunderstanding and cruelty as things unfold, but in the end, love rules the day. 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 British culture be different without the work of 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 is our circulatory system important?
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 and having the wonderful opportunity to go on our first year six trip to the Warning Zone. Here the children will learn about life skills and gain a clearer understanding of peer pressure, anti-social behaviour and the consequences of this. The children will also learn about E-Safety where the children will be educated on cyber-bullying, grooming, scammers and much more. What a fabulous and interesting start to year six! Let the learning commence.