The Maya - Summer 2
This half-term, we are very excited to introduce our final Y6 topic 'The Maya', which will predominantly have a history focus.
Throughout this topic, we will be exploring the history of the Maya civilisation and asking who,when, where and why as we learn more about this fascinating period of history. In addition, we will be developing our understanding of Maya beliefs, with regards to gods and societal hierarchy. As an added bonus, we will be embarking on an ambitious art and DT project involving making our own Maya-inspired masks.
The Human Body - Summer 1
This half-term, our Topic activities will have a science focus and will enable us to explore 'The Human Body'.
Throughout this topic, we will be exploring the workings of the human circulatory system, the digestive system and the skeleton-muscular system, as well as learning about the structure of the human eye and how light enables us to see. Additionally, we will also be applying our DARE understanding from last half-term in order to reflect further on the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way our bodies function.
London (mini-topic) - Spring 2
This half-term, our Topic sessions will initially be based around the topic of 'Fantastic Beasts' as we finish off this fantastic topic by learning all about the life and work of David Attenborough.
When this topic ends, we will then be embarking on a 'mini-topic' linked to our upcoming London residential and will thus be learning all about key London landmarks and tourism, as well as hopefully using our Design and Technology skills to design and create our own working model of the London Eye!
Fantastic Beasts - Spring 1
This half-term, our Topic sessions will all be based around the topic of 'Fantastic Beasts' and we have already extended this topic into the first 2 weeks of the Spring 2 half-term as there's just so many exciting things to do as part of it!
Within our Topic lessons, we will be exploring the science behind evolution and inheritance with an emphasis on the geography and history of the incredible Galapagos Islands and the ideas and theories of Charles Darwin, whilst familiarising ourselves with the style of Mary Ellen Taylor, who combines watercolour painting and sketching to create images of plants and animals from the Galapagos within our art lessons. Additionally, we will be developing our understanding of living things and their habitats including classifying animals and grouping species based upon their characteristics. Throughout, we will maintain a strong focus upon the work and legacies of David Attenborough and Mary Anning.
World War II - Autumn 2
This half-term, our Topic sessions will all be based around the topic of 'World War II' and will be supported by our visit to The National Holocaust Centre and Museum.
Within our Topic lessons, we will be exploring the geography, history and RE behind ‘World War II’ in terms of what it was like to grow up in wartime, experiencing evacuation, rationing, propaganda and The Blitz as a part of daily life. Additionally, at an age-appropriate level, we will be sensitively reflecting upon the wider implications of World War II, in terms of the Holocaust.
The Circus Ship - Autumn 1
Within our Topic lessons, we will be using 'The Circus Ship' as the stimulus for a Topic unit focusing initially on animal rights, PT Barnum and the history of the circus before moving on to consider the key events behind the sinking of the Titanic and who was to blame. We will also be engaging in a Y6 ‘Science Day’ linked to the book in the first few weeks of the half-term.