A Year in Violet and Lavender Classes!
During the year the children will be taking part in a number of cross-curricular topics. Some of these topics have been chosen directly from the National Curriculum Programmes of Study, others have been chosen by the children and planned with the help of their teachers. Further topics may well be developed as the year progresses in order to stimulate new interest and respond to current world and local events. We will always endeavour to ensure that each topic is enhanced by exciting activities which may include an educational visit or visitor.
The key topics/learning activities we have already decided for this year are:
- Harry Potter
- ‘So what did the Romans do for us?!’
- North and South America
The Romans -
The ‘Romanisation’ of Britain including the impact of culture, language, beliefs and early Christianity.
British resistance including Boudica and the building of Hadrian’s Wall
Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities.
Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern and Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, Arctic and Antarctic Circles, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night).
Place knowledge - Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region within North or South America.
Human and physical geography - Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, volcanoes and earthquakes.
Geographical Skills and fieldwork
Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.
Use the eight points of the compass and four and six figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of ordnance survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.
Hinduism – Brahman, the Trimurti and Creation Stories + Death, Reincarnation and Sacred Places
Judaism – The Jewish Home + The Synagogue
Sikhism – Sacred to Sikhs
Mountain Powerpoints, Keeping Safe Presentations, Soundscapes, Broom Adverts and America Fact Files.
Learn to protect password and other personal information
Explain the consequences of sharing too much personal information online.
Support friends to protect themselves, make good choices and report concerns to an adult.
Protect computers and devices from harm on the internet.
Devise, practice, refine and improve own programs for moving images.
Test and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of algorithms.
Select appropriate tool for data collection.
Check data for inaccuracies.
Interpret collected and presented data.
Interrogate a database.
Identify the potential of unfamiliar technology to increase creativity.
Combine a range of media including sound, text and images.
Be digitally discerning when evaluating the effectiveness of own and others work.
Technology in our Lives
Describe how information is transported on the internet.
Check the reliability of a website.
Know that websites can use data to make money and target their advertising.
Art and Design
Character and Scene sketches/paintings + looking at the work of Escher linked to the Moving Staircase through Harry Potter Topic. Exploring art from other cultures through North+South America Topic.
Use dry media to make different marks, lines, patterns and shapes within a drawing.
Use different techniques for different purposes i.e. shading, hatching within their own work.
Start to develop their own style using tonal contrast and mixed media
Begin to develop an awareness of composition, scale and proportion
Create imaginative work from a variety of sources
Compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others’ work and say what they think and feel about them.
Annotate work in a sketchbook, collecting and developing their ideas whilst identifying artists who have worked in a similar way to their own work.
Recognise and identify features of expression (phrasing, melody, dynamics etc) in live or recorded music.
Performing - Playing
Read and play with confidence from conventional notation.
Maintain own part on a pitched instrument in a small ensemble.
Know what makes a good performance.
Use musical vocabulary and knowledge to discuss music from a variety of sources, cultures and traditions, developing an understanding of the history of music.
Develop ideas using musical devices eg question+answer, ostinato etc.
Use characteristics of different musical styles.
Arrange a song for a class performance using appropriate pitched and unpitched percussion.
Compose music that reflects given intentions.
Use ICT to compose a ‘Harry Potter soundscape’.
Performing – Singing: UKS2 Performance
Diagon Alley, Hogwarts Dining Room and Feast
Developing and Planning –
Plan with intended purpose at centre of ideas.
Create prototypes of products.
Working with tools, equipment and materials –
Measure, mark, cut out and shape a range of materials
Assemble, join and combine components and materials accurately
Pin and tack fabric pieces together
Weigh and measure using scales
Cut and shape food ingredients using appropriate tools and equipment
Show awareness of a balanced diet
Use glue gun with close supervision (1:1)
Join fabrics using over sewing, back stitch, blanket stitch or machine stitching
Prepare food products taking into account the properties of ingredients and sensory characteristics
Select and prepare foods for a particular purpose or event
Join and combine food ingredients with appropriate techniques
Use design criteria to make informed decisions about how to develop work.
Identify strengths and weaknesses within completed work.
Record possible improvements that could be made to products.
Engage in conversations, asking and answering questions. Express opinions and respond to those of others.
Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly.
Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing.
Developing invasion skills through hockey and basketball
Exploring expressive movement through dance activities.
Developing gymnastic sequences on the floor, mats and apparatus, choosing and applying compositional principles; making judgements about their work and suggesting improvements.
Improving bat and ball skills through rounders and tennis.
For further information about topics, parents should ensure that they keep up to date with their child’s Home/School Book.
We will be following the appropriate Programmes of Study as outlined in National Curriculum 2014 for Reading, Writing, Maths and Science. Your child will be considered to be working at National Expectations if they have achieved each of the following Performance Indicators by the end of the year.
Use knowledge of morphology and etymology to read aloud and understand new words
Make comparisons within and across books
Increases familiarity with a wide range of books including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage and books from other cultures and traditions
Check that the book makes sense to them discussing their understand and exploring the meaning of words in context
Draw inferences such as characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justifying inferences with evidence
Summarises the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas
Retrieves, records and presents information from non-fiction
Explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read
Provide reasoned justifications for views about a book
Use the range of punctuation taught in Year 6 (and previous years) accurately
Spell accurately homophones identified in the Year 6 curriculum (and from earlier years)
Spell accurately words with prefixes and suffixes (in the Y6 curriculum and from earlier years)
Identify the audience and purpose before writing, and adapt accordingly
Accurately proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
Develop setting, atmosphere and character, including through dialogue
Select the appropriate form and use other similar writing as models for their own
Choose and use appropriate organisational and presentational devices to structure texts
Use the correct tense consistently throughout a piece of writing
Ensure correct subject and verb agreement
Use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely
Understand and apply vocabulary and structures that are appropriate for formal use
Use passive voice to affect the presentation of information in a sentence
Use relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or with an implied relative pronoun
Use negative numbers to calculate intervals across zero
Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy
Multiply up to ThHTU x TU using formal written methods
Divide up to ThHTU by TU using formal short division, interpreting remainders according to context
Choose correct operation to solve multi-step problems using +,-,x & ÷ and explain why
Perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers
Use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine an appropriate degree of accuracy
Add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers
Multiply simple pairs of proper fractions and divide proper fractions by a whole number
Solve problems which require answers to be rounded to specified degrees of accuracy
Recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages incl. diff. contexts
Solve problems involving the calculation of percentages
Solve problems involving unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples
Express missing number problems algebraically
Solve problems incl. the calculation & conversion of units of measure using decimals of up to 3 places
Convert units of measure between smaller and larger units (eg mm to m) using decimal notation of up to 3 places
Compare & classify geometric shapes based on properties & sizes
Find missing angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals and regular polygons
Draw and translate shapes on a co-ordinate grid and reflect in the axes
Calculate and interpret the mean as an average
Construct and interpret pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems
Use test results to design further investigations
Use simple models to describe scientific ideas
Identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments
Classify some plants, animals or micro-organisms, explaining the choices made
Explain the main parts and functions of the human circulatory system
Recognise that living things produce offspring, not usually identical to their parents
Identify how adaptation of plants and animals over time may lead to evolution
Explain that we see things which either give out or reflect light
Explain how the number of voltage of cells affects bulbs, buzzers or motors in a circuit
Use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram