This term Oak Class topic is “A Voyage of Discovery”
In this topic the children will learn about Charles Darwin and his Voyage of Discovery aboard HMS Beagle. They will learn about how animals have been classified, how they have adapted and evolved over time. The children will go on an imaginary voyage, with opportunities for writing letters, explanations, note taking, recounts and discussions. The classroom can be both a Research Station and a ship. Pupils will imagine they are research scientists, collating their findings as evidence for different aspects of plant and animal evolution and human development, as well as getting ready and setting off on a voyage of discovery.
We will also be looking at other famous people who discovered great things. E.g Leonardo Da Vinci , and Isaak Newton. Also we will ensure that famous female scientists / Mathematicians feature to provide good role models for the girls. These will include: Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, Beatrix Potter, Maryam Mirzakhani and Florence Nightingale
In Science the children will be:
- Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.
- Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings where appropriate.
- Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs.
- Using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests.
- Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, casual relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations.
- Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.
They will learn about Evolution and inheritance:
- Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.
- Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.
- Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
In English there will be lots of opportunities to use a range of writing genres including reporting, letter writing, explanation, discursive and persuasive.
Children will continue to improve their grammar, spelling and handwriting as well as expanding their vocabulary and writing skills.
They will be reading from a range of sources including journals , non fiction texts and
In Maths there will be opportunities to measure and collect data and to present it in a variety of ways. Outside of the topic we will be consolidating our understanding of Calculation. Proportionality, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics.
New maths topics will include properties of circles, Ratio, Pie Charts, Algebra etc.
Year 6 children will be expected to attend the SATs Revision / Booster after School Session on a Monday after school.
There will also be an increase in the amount of homework that will be set to consolidate the children’s learning and better prepare them for KS3.