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Year 6

We have two Year 6 classes

Mrs Ferguson Mr Priest Mrs Rogers
6FS Class 6PS Class 6FS and 6FS Classes

Topic Autumn 1 - A Child's War

A siren sounds and a Spitfire zooms overhead! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war.

This half term, we’ll imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we’ll learn about evacuation and write letters to our families ‘back home’. We’ll plot the Second World War’s events on a timeline and learn about rationing, Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain. From a range of maps, we’ll identify safe and dangerous places during the war and make persuasive posters to support the war effort. After reading an extract from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, we’ll write our own diaries. From a range of sources, we’ll find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We’ll learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt. In D&T, we’ll make Anderson shelters and cook delicious wartime food.

At the end of the ILP, we’ll reflect on Winston Churchill’s stirring speeches and write our own. We’ll compose and perform wartime songs and create a presentation to show what we have learned.

Help your child prepare for their project
We’ll meet again! Why not visit a local museum together to investigate how the Second World War affected your local area? You could also read an exciting fiction book set during the war. Alternatively, you could ‘make do and mend’, working together to create a model inspired by the Second World War from recycled materials or unwanted household items.

Suggested text

Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian; The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier

Memorable experience Evacuees
Innovate challenge Street party
English Letters; Diaries; Persuasive posters; Narrative dialogue; Speeches
History Second World War
Computing Search technologies; Presentations
D&T Recipes; Structures
Geography Human geography; Cities of the UK
Music Listening, performing and composing
PSHE Empathising with people in different times
PE Competitive games; Dance
Science investigations How can you send a coded message?

Topic Autumn 2 - Blood Heart

Let’s explore our circulatory system!

At the start of our project, we’ll dissect an animal heart, finding out about the different parts and how the blood flows. Afterwards, we’ll write a report of the experience and use software and models to learn more about how the circulatory system works. We’ll use a data logger to measure our heart rates and test how it is affected by exercise. In D&T, we’ll make model hearts, and test materials before making a stethoscope. As part of our music work, we’ll use our bodies as percussion instruments and feel our pulse. We’ll read shape poetry, and write poems inspired by the heart. We’ll learn about how smoking affects the heart and write adverts to persuade people to stop smoking. We’ll visit the ‘Give blood’ website, and make a flow diagram to illustrate the circulation process.

At the end of the ILP, we’ll create fact files to share what we have learned.

Help your child prepare for their project
Your heart will be with you forever, so it’s important to look after it. Why not research heart-healthy foods together and try out delicious, nutritious recipes that will make your heart happy? You could also set up an obstacle course in the garden and take each other’s pulse before and after exercise to see how it changes. Alternatively, you could investigate advice for keeping your heart healthy and make an informative poster.

Suggested text

Pig Heart Boy – Malorie Blackman

Memorable experience Sheep's heart dissection
Innovate challenge Heart charity fundraiser
English Non-chronological reports; Shape poetry; Slogans and adverts; Biographies; Narratives using personification
Science Circulatory system; Measuring heart rate; Lifestyle effects; Working scientifically
A&D Modelling and sculpture; Abstract art
Computing Websites; Flow diagrams
D&T Tools and equipment; Recipes; Packaging; Working models
Music Pulse; Raps
PSHE Harmful substances; Caring about others
PE Cardiovascular exercise
Science investigations How does blood flow? What’s in blood? What can your heart rate tell you?