Whaplode
Church of England
Primary School

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded

2 Chronicles 15:7

I can do all things through him who strengthens me

Welcome to Year 6

Curriculum

Following our updated curriculum, we will shortly be beginning our new focus question: how has North America changed as a result of British colonisation?

Our focus questions help us to accumulate knowledge over the course of this academic year to be able to answer our big question: do invasions change countries forever?

During this focus, we will be identifying the countries which make up North America and will be identifying the main physical and human features of these destinations. Additionally, unlike the United Kingdom, the Americas cover a huge area of the globe, extending over several lines of latitude and longitude. This means that the characteristics of different countries and regions vary significantly. The Americas as a whole include almost every climate zone … twice! Therefore, we will explore the biomes of North America. We will then begin to focus our attention on the USA and its states and capitals. Moreover, we will enhance our geographical skills further by focusing on the eight points of a compass, four-figure grid references, symbols and a key (that uses standard Ordnance Survey symbols). It is our intention to investigate a Boston vs Boston comparison (Lincolnshire Vs Massachusetts). Whilst comparing these locations, we will explore similarities/differences in their human and physical characteristics, and we will also conduct fieldwork in Boston, Lincolnshire. Subsequently, we will then focus on the historical background of British colonisation and learn about the impact this has had on North America including Thanksgiving and similarities with place names in the UK.

In our Design and Technology lessons, the children will be creating bunting/flags/decorations inspired by the American Flag. They will learn to join textiles with a combination of stitching techniques (such as back stitch for seams and running stitch to attach decoration). They will use the qualities of materials to create suitable visual and tactile effects in the decoration of textiles.

They will make products through stages of prototypes, making continual refinements, and they will ensure that their products have a high quality finish, using art skills where appropriate.

Geography 8 November

Year 6 have been learning about North America and have been using atlases to located the physical features of the continent including mountains and rivers.

DT

The children have sculpted their pencil sketched Roman bust designs using clay. 

Celtic towns vs Roman towns

TheYear 6 children have been learning about the impact of the Roman invasion of Britain. As part of this, they explored pre-Roman towns and learnt that the Celtic tribes lived in scattered villages. They lived in round houses with thatched roofs of straw or heather. They then looked at how this changed under the Romans who designed towns in the form of a grid, with streets built at right angles to each other and parallel with one of the two main roads. Their buildings were constructed from stone and brick. The children then made models to replicate their understanding of this.

Tone

The Year 6 children have been developing their art skills by exploring tone. They learnt about the hardness of different pencils.

Texture

The Year 6 children have been developing their art skills by exploring how lines can be used to show texture. The children looked at a variety of techniques including hatching, contour hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, smudging and random hatching. The children these used these techniques to shade a classroom object.

Roman Busts

The children are going to be making their own Roman busts from clay. To start with, they looked at pictures of Roman busts and learn that some are veristic (truthful, old and wrinkled to show experience and reliability) while others are idealistic (youthful and athletic looking). They have begun by completing initial designs for their Roman busts of themselves depicted in a Roman style. They are very impressive!

Macmillan Coffee Morning 27 September

The Y6 children did an excellent job holding a coffee morning for parents.

Collective Worship 12 September

Year 6 displayed a lovely collective worship to the rest of the school about the Bible and its contents. They role played two of its stories: Noah’s ark from Genesis and Jesus calming the storm from the New Testament.