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Paston Ridings 
Primary School

Year 6 Curriculum Information

Autumn Term 1

Our Topic is "A Child's War". 

This is a history topic and focuses on children's experiences in World War II. Our children will have opportunities to sing songs from WWII in music lessons and compose their own short songs. In DT they will examine how different bomb shelters were designed.  They will then have the opportunity to build their own model Anderson or Morrison shelter, using wood and the Jinx technique.

In English lessons, the children will develop their story writing skills, writing a story based on the short film, "The Piano."  They will research the life of Anne Frank and write a newspaper report about this.  As we approach Remembrance Day, the children will explore war poetry and write their own poems about the war. The reading text for this topic is: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian.

We hope to have opportunities in this topic for the children to dress up as evacuees and visit IWM Duxford.

Autumn Term 2

Our topic is "Frozen Kingdom".

This topic is geography based and gives children the chance to explore the Arctic and Antarctica. They will develop their use of atlases to locate countries on a world map. They will compare and contrast the Arctic and Antarctic.  In science, the children will investigate food chains from these regions.  The children will look at art created by the Inuits and create their own pieces based on these.

In English lessons, the children will write balanced arguments about whether or not we should act now to stop climate change.  We will investigate what happened onboard the Titanic and the children will write the biography of a Titanic passenger. The reading text for this topic is: Voyage on the Great Titanic by Ellen Emerson White.

Spring Term 1

Our topic is "Darwin's Delights".

This is a science based topic that explores Darwin's theory of evolution. In particular, the children will focus on Darwin's journey to the Galapagos Islands and his discoveries there. Children will investigate scientifically to see how creatures adapt to preserve favourable characteristics.

In English, the children will write non-chronological reports about different animals. They then spend time writing a longer narrative about an animal character.  The reading text for this term is: SkyHawk by Gill Lewis.

Spring Term 2

Our topic is "ID".

This topic encourages children to think about what makes them individuals. In DT they will look at designs for bags for life and then design and make their own bag to represent them.  In music we look at personal taste and how this varies; the children will share some music that they enjoy with their class. In science the children will investigate fingerprints.

In English, the children will create poems about themselves, developing their use of figurative language. They will then write a discussion text about whether or not animal organs should be used in human transplants.  Our reading text for this term is: Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman.

Summer Term 1

Our topic is "Gallery Rebels"

This topic is based on different art movements. It allows lots of time for children to explore different art movements and have a go at creating their own art in different styles. This is the perfect topic for the children in a term where they are really focused on maths and English as they approach their SATs.

The children will write narratives based on the picture The Scream by Edvard Munch. The reading text this term is: Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald.

Summer Term 2

Our topic is "Hola Mexico"

In this topic, the children compare and contrast their lives and country with another location - Mexico. In addition, the children get chance to think historically about the Maya people. 

There is a strong PSHE link to this topic, as a large part of this term is spent preparing the children for secondary school. The reading text this term is: Holes by Louis Sacher.