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Year 6

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Autumn 1


This term we will be studying a unit on scandals during Tudor times.  During the unit we will look in detail at the life of Henry VIII, we will consider his power and look at the crime of treason and consider if the punishment fit the crime.    We will look at crimes and punishments in Tudor times and compare and contrast with other periods of history.  In addition to this we will study the work of the artist Hans Holbein and consider how accurate a portrait should be.    As artists we will produce portraits in the style of Holbein using pencil sketching and painting techniques.   As musicians and artists we will study music from the Tudor era and compose and choreograph our own work. 

To conclude our unit, children will consider if the monarchy today is more fair and just than in Tudor times.  They will present their research and evidence to the rest of the class.   


Autumn 2

This term we will be studying a unit called Extreme Survivors: adapting to life in extreme climates.

As Historians we will look at the history of arctic and Antarctic exploration.  We will focus on how Britain has had a major influence on this.

As Geographers we will look at the physical geography of the arctic and desert ; including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.  We will look at  the human geography of these regions, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

As Artists we focus on e-resources, we will use the I-pad to create the colours and images of the Aurora Borealis.

As Scientists we will study the unit evolution and inheritance – we will study how plants and animals have adapted to survive in extreme conditions.

To conclude our unit, children will consider if it is easier to adapt to life in the desert or in the Arctic circle.


Spring 1

The Mayans


As Historians we will locating the Mayan civilisation a timeline.  We will examine primary sources left behind by the Maya.  We will draw comparisons between the Maya pyramids and the pyramids of Ancient Egypt.    We will research Mayan religious practices and burial rites and write a report.  Finally we will research theories about the collapse of the Ancient Mayan civilisation. 

As Artists we focus on researching Mayan art using evidence from the ruins.  Children we use print making techniques and motifs to reproduce art in the style of the Maya.  We will compare this work with a current artist (Chris Ofilili) and make comparisons.  We will then create our own unique motif (in style of Mayan/Chris Ofili) and print onto t-shirts.  Finally we will evaluate our design. 

As geographers we will locate the countries of the Mayan civilisation on a map and look for key features.

In Literacy we will be reading examples of a Maya creation myth we will then re-tell the story in a multi-modal way.

As mathematicians we will learn to read and write Maya numbers.  We will demonstrate our understanding of the operations in mathematics using these numbers.    We will look at and demonstrate our understanding of their calendar system.

In PE we will explore the Mesoamerican ball game, can devise and play a similar ball game.

In ICT we will undertake historical research online, this will link with our understanding of e-safety as we will use search engines effectively and we will evaluate online content.

Spring 2

                                                         Brazil – the most diverse nation on earth?  


As Historians we will investigate the history of chocolate in the central and South American regions.

As geographers we will look at the physical and geographical landscape of Brazil, considering the people and climate.  We will investigate the region and think about the effects of fair trade on the area and the problems associated with deforestation.

As designers we will be tasting, designing and making our own chocolate product.

In Literacy we will be writing persuasive letters, debating issues of fair trade and producing powerful advertisements.

As scientists we will be looking at animals and plants in the Amazon Rainforest and classifying them.

As mathematicians we will be looking at pricing strategies and profit for our products.


Summer 1 and 2