Dear Parents, Carers and Children,
Here is an overview of what we shall be learning in the Summer term of 2022:
Our topic for Spring term is The Ancient Maya. This topic follows on from our Spring topic on Mexico which we shall continue to study. We shall be learning about the main changes in the Mayan period of history (using terms such as social, religious, political, technological and cultural diversity) including: he Maya writing system; the importance of art; the Maya counting system and calendar; trade; religion; farming and everyday life. We shall also learn about Evolution in Science and about Animals including Humans. In RE, we shall learn about Hinduism and Islam. We shall also be preparing for transition to high school and in our RSE lessons, we shall learn about keeping safe and healthy and about puberty.
I look forward to a lovely Summer term.
Here is an overview of the Summer Year 6 curriculum:
History topic:This term, the children shall be exploring the Maya people as well as finish their Mexico topic. We shall begin with comparing the Maya with the Anglo-Saxons to enable the children to understand when the Maya people lived and compare with significant periods in British history. We shall look at the writing system used and create Maya writing of our own. We will learn about the meaning of the glyphs on the Copan Staircase and the importance of art in their culture, as well the Mayan counting system and their calendar. We shall also explore Mayan trade, religion, farming and everyday life.
Science:We shall also learn about evolution and recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago .Additionally, we shall look at how living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents, as well as learning to identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution. We shall also learn about animals including humans. We will learn about the human circulatory system, in particular, the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood; recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function; and, describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans. As part of Healthy Week in June, the children will take part in their ‘Growing Up’ talks where they will learn about puberty.
Art and DT:Our art and DT will be linked to our topic work on the ancient Maya civilisation. The children will first study the Maya written language and then learn how to draw the Maya glyphs to create their own names. They will also create their own glyphs to represent their own personalities and qualities. They will learn how the Maya were great artists and how art was used to decorate monuments to great rulers, such as the Copan Staircase. We shall also look at the role masks were used in their culture and hopefully make some of our own using paper maché.
Music:The children will study two units: Unit 5 Your song – The children will write and perform their own songs, including lyrics, melody and accompaniment.Unit 6 Lights, Camera, Action: The children will work together to create a multimedia production.
RE:This term, we will learn more about Islam: why the 5 Pillars are important to Muslims and how they affect their life choices. We shall also learn about Hindu beliefs about God and the created world, as well as life after death, practices and ways of like, and why and how Hindus show respect for all living things.
Computing:We shall learn how to use spreadsheets to enable more complex problem solving and ‘What if?’ scenarios. The children will also learn how to keep safe on the internet and on social media as part of their preparation for transition to high school. We shall continue to use the internet to search for information and learn how to determine reliable sources of information.
PE: This term, we will aim to work on our athletics skills which include throwing, jumping and running. We shall also learn about the sports played by the ancient Maya. The children should continue to use their Amaven account to try out some activities, where possible, to work on their fitness. We shall also be practising some events in preparation for our Sports Day which will take place in June, during Healthy Week.