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Year 6 - Nelson Mandela Class

Year 6 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information


To start the year off, we will be reading a book called ‘Journey to Joburg’ 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 explore these questions further, by reading the book ‘We are all born free’ which outlines the universal declaration of human rights

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 a hero by people from all over the world. As Nelson Mandela is our class name, we have decided to use him as our focus for our Big Question this half term which is: Who is Nelson Mandela and why is he an important figure in history?

As Journey to Jo’burg 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 learn about the work of Esther Mahlango and re-create Ndebele designs.  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 and ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna 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.