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Year 5 & 6

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Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2
Conflict Earthquakes, Zones and Volcanoes Achievements and Legacies
Key Themes We will be studying conflict throughout British history. We will investigate patterns of earthquakes, mountains and volcanoes. We will explore different climate zones and biomes of the world whilst finding out about where natural resources are found. We will explore how countries are linked through their use of natural resources. We will study the development of achievements and legacies throughout British and World history. We will then learn about the achievements and legacies of the Ancient Greeks.
History We will look at some the major conflicts the world has seen – WW1 and WW2. We will also learn about present day forces – the Army, The Royal Navy and the RAF. We will then go on to look at conflict throughout history. The development of swords in the Bronze Age is the first clue that conflicts were beginning to arise. We will look at Iron Age warriors who tattooed themselves with blue dye (woad) to frighten their enemies; Roman weapons, armour and tactics used in battle. We will look in depth at some of the reasons for conflict and examine in depth some of the tragic events of WW1. We will begin by exploring our own personal achievements and then the things in modern life that we consider to be big achievements. We will look at the construction of the Humber Bridge, the invention of the Internet and the mobile technologies that have transformed our lives. We will explore some of the big achievements and legacies of the Ancient Greeks. We will look at the great achievements of Tudor and Elizabethan explorers, the first moon landings and the development of machines and healthcare. We will look at the marvellous inventions of the Victorian era and the achievements of significant people from our local area. As we think about moving to secondary school, we will think about our own achievements and legacies.
Geography We will look at Physical features of our world:
The ‘Ring of Fire’ – an amazing area of the world where most of the volcanoes and earthquakes may be found. We will examine the four types of volcanoes that can be found around the ring of fire (Stratovolcano/Composite; Shield; Cinder Cone; Lava Dome).We will learn about the world’s climate zones (polar, mountain, arid, tropical, temperate and Mediterranean) how the vegetation and animals differ in these places.
We will learn about the biomes of the world (Savanna, Desert, Temperate, Forest, Rainforest, Taiga Forest and Tundra). We will examine the water cycle and the distribution of water around the world. We will explore the Andes, the world’s longest mountain chain, and look at how it formed over many millions of years.

We will look at Human features of our world:
We will explore what is meant by ‘global trade’ and how many countries are involved in the production of goods (a pair of jeans). We will identify parts of the world where wood is produced, and consider the problems associated with its production.
We will learn about the impact of overfishing on the oceans and the problems of deforestation in the rainforest. We will explore how natural resources are extracted (Local links - gas extraction).
We will explore how scientists are trying to develop new energy resources and technologies ‘clean energy’ (wind farms, electric cars and solar energy). We will explore how communities and engineers deal with volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and understand the benefits of living near volcanoes.
Design Technology We will examine some of the recipes used during rationing in WW2. We will then make Honey Biscuits, a wartime favourite.
Art We will draw and paint images of Anglo-Saxon shields and create our own designs based on historical designs. We will learn about the significance of colours and what colour choices said about you in ancient times. We will study still life poppies and silhouettes, creating images inspired by the poem Flanders Fields. We will look at the work of artist Paul Nash, famous for his WW1 artworks that depict the devastation of war on nature. The children will recreate their own artworks using watercolour.
We will draw and paint images of the volcanoes we study. We will create sculptures of these amazing landmarks. We will study artwork by: Joseph Turner – Mount Vesuvius Eruption 1817;
Katsushika Holusai – the dragon on Smoke escaping from Mt Fuji; Andy Warhol – Vesuvius
We will create our own versions of these pieces of art.
We will work together to produce a piece of artwork (in the style of street art) that shows our achievements and legacies and will be displayed within the academy for future cohorts to see and aspire to.
Music Baroques – Vivaldi – Four Seasons
To explore emotions stimulated by music. Recognise different genres of music. Listen to Baroque music – Vivaldi – Four Seasons.

A New Year Carol
This is a six-week Unit of Work that builds on previous learning based on A Friday Afternoons Song by Benjamin Britten. Children will also be given the opportunity to research Benjamin Britten’s life and listen to many of his other works.
You’ve Got a Friend
All the learning in this unit is focused around one song: You've Got A Friend by Carole King.
The children will also listen to and appraise other songs by Carole King.
Music and Me
Music and Me is the first in a series of units focusing on inspirational women working in music, and part of Brighter Sound’s pioneering gender equality initiative, Both Sides Now, will explore the concept of ‘identity’ – the various elements that shape us.
Reflect, Rewind and Replay
This Unit of Work consolidates the learning that has occurred during the year. Learning focuses on revisiting songs and musical activities, a context for the History of Music and the beginnings of the Language of Music.
Science Animals, including humans
We will learn about the circulatory system and look at the importance of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle.
All living things and their habitats
We will look at how living things are classified and the reasons for this based on specific characteristics. We will explore the work of Carl Linnaeus.
We will look at how light travels and investigate shadows.

We will look at components of electrical circuits and compare and give reasons for the variances we find.
Sound and Hearing
We will look for patterns between the pitch and volume of a sound and features of the object that produced it.
Evolution and Inheritance
The children will recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. We will learn that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. Children will identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution. The children will continue to work scientifically.
Computer Science Bletchley Park
Children learn about the history of Bletchley Park, including: key historical figures, how the first modern computers were created at as part of a WWII code breaking team and consider how computers have evolved over time. They then go on to investigate secret codes and how they are created, exploring ‘brute force’ hacking.
Intro to Python
Building on their knowledge of coding from previous years, children are introduced to the text-based programming language Python, which is the language behind many apps and programs, such as Dropbox.
Big Data 1
Children learn how data is collected and stored by exploring barcodes, QR codes and RFID chips, and investigate how collecting big data can be used to help people in a variety of different scenarios.
Big Data 2
Children learn the difference between mobile data and WiFi and how data is transferred and use their understanding of big data to design their own smart school.
Skills Showcase
Reflecting on and showcasing their computing skills, pupils create an entire project around a specific theme.
RE How do Christians show they belong? - Rites of passage; include religions other than Christianity, Hinduism and Islam,
How do Hindus show they belong?
Hinduism: Life Journey, rites of passage
How do Jews show they belong? Judaism: Life Journey, rites of passage
Christianity and Judaism: Forgiveness
Explore the concept of forgiveness in different religious and non-religious worldviews. The value of forgiveness, the implications of forgiveness for the one being forgiven and the one forgiving.
Focussing on relationships and identifying who their VIPs are within their families and friendship groups and how important kindness and respect are within these relationships. Looking at secrets and dares as well as healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Be Yourself
Looking at how important it is to ‘be yourself’ and develop a positive view of themselves and enable them to recognise the importance of being proud of their individuality. Recognising situations where they need to make positive choices in order to do the right thing and avoid being led into tricky situations from peer pressure.
Understanding what happens when the law is broken; learning how to recognise and challenge discrimination; understanding the waste hierarchy; recognising the contribution people make to our community; exploring the link between rights and responsibilities; learning how parliament works.
Economic Wellbeing
Developing an understanding about income and expenditure, borrowing, risks with money and researching different careers and considering the routes into them.
Health and Wellbeing
Learning about the importance of relaxation and sleep; understanding how to cope with failure; learning how to set goals and how to achieve goals; taking precautions while in the sun; healthy meals and ingredients; learning about different emotions and possible ways of dealing with a difficult situation.
Safety and the changing body / Identity
Learning about online friendships and how to stay safe online; drugs, alcohol and tobacco and the influences that others have on us; how to deal with a choking emergency and understanding puberty.
French Les Verbes Reguliers A L’Ecole (At School) Au Week-end (The Weekend)

La Deuxième Guerre Mondiale (World War II)
Manger Et Bouger (Healthy Lifestyle)
Les Planètes (The Planets)
Rounders / Cricket

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