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Year 6 - Nelson Mandela Class

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.