Autumn Term – What lies beneath?
Our science-based topic ‘What lies beneath?’ begins with a Stunning Start where children are immersed with fun activities and learning experiences about the animals, plants and habitats that live under the ocean surfaces. Children create their own 3D sea creature models, investigate the layers of the ocean and the animals that live in those layers and create port hole art displays plus much more.
Within the topic we look at the basic needs for survival in plants and animals, we identify and classify animals into the different animal groups such as birds, reptiles, fish and mammals etc. We research and discover the different habitats around the world and how animals are adapted to live in that environment with a blubber experiment. We also look at food chains, how the energy is passed from one living thing to another and understand the 7 life processes in order to categorise things into whether they are living, dead or never been alive.
Within our learning of the Ocean environment, we also look at plastic pollution in our oceans, how it affects the marine life, their habitats, food chains and how plastic in the ocean affects us on land too!
In Geography, children will learn about how the world has 7 continents and 5 oceans. They will learn how to recognise and identify these continents and oceans using atlases, maps and globes.
In Art we start by creating a range of observational drawings of sea life. We then move towards investigating artists and designers who create sea creature sculptures. The children will compare different practices and explore many sculptural techniques in order to inform their own sea creature designs. They will by the end of the topic make their own sea creature sculpture out of a range of modelling materials.
In D&T children will be learning about textiles so that they can create whole-class mermaids. They will be looking at a range of fabrics to make scales, practice different joining techniques by sewing and then all of these scales will be combined to make a mermaid tail for our fantastic finish aquarium exhibition.
Alongside this learning, the children will be writing stories about a sea creature being washed ashore during a storm. They will also be creating their own fact file about a sea creature which we will then use to create a non-fiction information booklet to keep in our classes. They will use information from their science and geography learning to help them with their fact file.
During this term children will also be taking part in PSHE lessons and have forest school days. We hope to enhance this topic children by going on a trip to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.
This will involve spending the day being given a private tour around the Aquarium, watch feeding and diving shows and have an opportunity to continue their scientific learning.
What lies beneath will conclude with a Fantastic Finish in which the children's creations will all be combined to create a large scale aquarium display.
Spring Term – Fire! Fire!
Our topic for this term is Fire! Fire! The focus of the topic is on the Great Fire of London in 1666 and we will look specifically at history, D&T, science, music and computing. Our history lessons will focus on significant events and people. We will learn how the Great Fire of London started, how long it lasted, who was involved and how it was eventually put out. We will learn about Samuel Pepys and his importance in understanding about the Great Fire of London through his diary entries. Throughout our history learning we will be using primary sources such as architecture and artefacts to find out about what life was like in 1666 and how the people of London stopped the fire. We will also be comparing the past to the present and looking at the differences between fire services then and now but also how houses, streets and vehicles have changed since throughout history. Once we have studied Tudor houses we will create our own using cardboard boxes and straw.
We will then use these buildings in our Fantastic Finish.
As part of D&T we will be exploring, making and evaluating different types of bread and baking 17th Century bread as part of our food technology learning.
Within the science learning, children will be learning about different materials, their properties such as transparency, elasticity, and flexibility. They will take part in a range of experiments to test the materials for a range of properties before deciding the best materials to use to build a range of objects.
Following this, in Music the children will be looking closely at how music is created. We will be listening to and discussing pieces from different composers throughout the 17th century. The children will then learn the famous song 'London's Burning' and use their knowledge of the inter-related dimensions of music (tempo, dynamics, pitch, duration) to keep the beat and learn to sing in a round, where the children split off into multiple groups and start and stop singing at different times to each other.
In Computing, the children will be using the online platform Purple Mash to learn the basics of how to code a program to make objects move and react to controls, understand collision detection and add sounds and text to create a program.
Finally, at the end of the topic, children will have a Fantastic Finish where the local fire service will come in to speak to the children, show them their equipment and a tour of the fire engine before safely burning down the children’s Tudor houses so the children can see how quickly the fire would have spread back in 1666.
Additionally, within this topic the children also enjoy a day from an important historical figure, Samuel Pepys. They get to spend the day with this person with lots of fun activities, opportunities to role play and a fun quiz.
Summer – Wasson’ Wallabies
Our Summer topic is a topic with a Geography focus. This topic kicks off with a Stunning Start where children spend time learning about Cornwall and enjoying Cornwall as if they were here on holiday. They create their own passport (which they will need later in the day), ‘visit’ a beach, make a pasty and learn about the history of Cornwall. After spending some time in Cornwall children board a flight and travel to Australia. Here they look at the animals, taste some Australian food and learn about what they could visit or do in Australia.
Alongside the Geography learning children will also be learning Science, Art, History, Computing and D&T.
As part of their Geography learning, children will recap the 7 continents and 5 oceans learning from Autumn before diving into learning about and comparing the human and physical geography of Cornwall and Australia. They will learn about the four countries of the UK, their capital cities and look at the capital city of Australia. Children will then learn about the compass and the four main compass points and use this learning to create a map and give directions around the local area.
In Science, as it is the Summer term, we feel it is the perfect time to learn about plants. Children will plant their own seed or bulb and observe its growth over the term. They will be learning about what a plant needs to survive, research if a bigger seed means that the plant will be larger than others, identify and name a range of plants and trees around the local area on a scavenger hunt but also looking at habitats and seeing how plants grow and survive in these places. We will also be researching how plants survive in extreme conditions such as the Australian Desert.
In Art, children will focus on Aboriginal Art and develop an understanding of why it is special. They will be looking at aboriginal art and discussing what they notice and like or dislike about it. They will notice that most of the art links to pointillism and through a range of lessons will make their own pointillist painting using a range of different mark making media and tools.
As part of History, children will be learning about local historical figures. Children will learn about Richard Trevithick, where he lived and what he did that made him well-known and become part of Cornish history. We will research Richard Trevithick’s inventions, find out why they were important in the history of transport and choose which invention we think was the best. We will use this to help our D&T learning.
We will then learn about an relevant historical figure from Australia and investigate his life and impact on Australia and compare who we think made the biggest impact on their country and why.
As mentioned, we will be using our history learning about Richard Trevithick’s inventions to support our D&T learning. Children will use their choice about what they thought was Richard Trevithick’s best invention and try to replicate it into their own vehicle. In D&T, children will be learning about wheels and axles which they will incorporate into their own vehicle so that it can move.
Throughout the term, children will be taking part in computing lessons to introduce them to programming. Children will learn about algorithms and programming as they use Beebots, coding caterpillars and Scratch. They will hopefully be able to program their own avatar on Scratch to move around the screen as they direct it.
During this topic, children will take part in half-termly forest school days, PSHE lessons and will create and advertise a product to sell at the Summer Fair. We also hope (weather permitting) that we will be able to enjoy a trip to the beach where children can explore the beach looking for plants and animals that live on the beach.
As part of our Fantastic Finish, children will become travel agents. The children will dress the classes up to resemble either Cornwall or Australia and then with their buddies from Year 6 will ‘visit’ each country, play traditional games, listen to music and learn traditional dances. The children will then vote for which country they preferred.
Autumn Term - Me, Myself and I
Our topic for the autumn term is ‘Me, Myself and I’. The children will begin their learning journey with their stunning start where they will start by learning about each other. What makes them similar? What makes them different? They will also have the opportunity to take part in a talent show to show off their individual talents. For the remainder of the day, the children will start to think about what being healthy means. They will prepare/ cook a healthy meal and take part in healthy activities.
Their topic lessons will begin with a Science focus where they children will begin by learning about the skeletons and muscles of humans and other animals and how these are used for support protection and movement. They will then consider the nutritional needs of humans and other animals where they will develop an understanding of the right types and amount of nutrition needed, that they cannot make their own food and that they get nutrition from what they eat.
The children’s Science learning will then move on to focus on light. The children will learn that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. They will think about the reflection of light from different surfaces. The children will look at shadows including how they are formed and patterns in the way that the size of shadows changes.
In this topic, the children’s Geography learning will focus on skills and fieldwork. They will use a map to plan and follow a route to a familiar location. During this activity, they will also use compasses to give and follow directions. They will study a map/ plan of the school and local area and identify the geographical features using a key. They will also have the opportunity to plan and carry out a local environmental survey.
In History, the children will be given the opportunity to think about their own personal History including discussions with a family member about events beyond their living memory. They will also learn about the History of Launceston including events that have impacted the area and changes in lifestyle between the past and modern day.
In Music, the children will be focusing on sounds made using body percussion. They will explore ways in which sounds can be combined and used expressively, create layers of sound and repeating patterns. They will represent the sounds that they have created and musical direction by creating a simple score.
In computing, the children will have the chance to code using Purple Mash.
Spring Term - Invaders
Our topic for the Spring term is Invaders! The children will begin their learning journey with their stunning start where they will take part in a Roman workshop. They will learn about battle formations and tactics, what the Romans did for us, handle weapons and equipment and even take part in a mini archaeological dig.
Their topic lessons will begin in 753 BCE with the establishment of Rome. They will consider the expansion of the Roman empire and the reasons behind this before studying the invasions of Britain led by Julius Caesar (55 BCE and 54 BCE) and Claudius (43 BCE). The children will study aspects of the Roman army such as why their armour was so effective and who was able to join the army. They will then move on to look at Hadrian’s wall – why it was built and the advantages and disadvantages of the site.
The children will consider Boudicca’s resistance in the Roman’s invasion of Britain (her story will also be the focus of their literacy lessons for the beginning of this half term) and research other tribes in the UK and the way in which they reacted to the Roman invasions – did they support or resist them? Boudicca will remain the focus for the children to deliberate the reliability of historic evidence. When was it written? Who wrote it? Why did they write it?
The children will then investigate the way that Celtic people lived. They will look at how their settlements were set up, how they used space for living, the facilities that they had and how these things changed when the Romans arrived. Having considered these things, the children will have the opportunity to create their own interpretation of a Celtic settlement.
The focus will then progress to the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. The children will begin by considering the reasons that they came to Britain and the kind of people that they were (including different social classes and religious groups). Myths and legends such as Beowulf will be introduced here and the children will again be able to consider the reliability of historic evidence.
Anglo-Saxon and Viking settlements will then be explored. The children will think about why they chose to settle where they did, what these settlements were like, how they used the land, how that land use has changed today and the challenges that they faced in establishing their settlements.
The children will then examine how much fear was caused by the Viking raids. They will discuss monasteries and why they were good places for raids, the technological skills and seamanship of the Vikings, how far the Vikings had travelled and what the Anglo-Saxons might have been able to do about it. They will then think about how the Anglo-Saxons organised themselves (different Kings, Bretwalda, the emergence of Wessex) and why this was likely to help them against the Vikings. They will also consider whether there are any parallels with racial tension today and make comparisons with modern day events.
This will move into the consideration of whether the Anglo-Saxons or Vikings were more successful. The children will be provided with different evidence which will enable them to come to their own conclusions. They will then look at the differences in the lives of the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings – including things such as lives of different groups of people, values and attitudes and laws and justice. They will also think about the importance of religion to the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. This will include paganism, the return of Christianity and stories of saints and missionaries.
The children’s history learning will conclude with them using evidence to build a picture of what this area would have been like in the times of the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. They will also consider the contributions of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to our lives today and what we have to be thankful to them for.
In Art and Design, the children will be exploring colour through shading and tinting. They will learn about primary colours and how to create secondary colours. Using this knowledge, children will then create a mosaic.
Although this is a very heavy history based topic, the children will also be exposed to the science curriculum where they will be looking at ‘Forces and Magnets’.
Summer Term - Passport to Europe
Our topic for the Summer term is ‘Passport to Europe’ The children will begin their learning journey with their stunning start where they will create their own CPS passports and visit/take part in a range of experiences from different European countries. They will cook and taste samples of different foods, listen and dance to traditional music, learn the languages and recognise key landmarks from a selection of European countries.
Their topic lessons will begin with a Geography focus, where they children will compare the United Kingdom to different European countries. The children will use a range of maps, atlases, globes and computer mapping to locate these countries. The children will then identify key physical and human characteristics: as well as; countries, major cities, capital cities and famous landmarks.
We will also look into more detail about the different environmental regions of Europe and discuss environmental conditions such as climate landforms, soil etc.
This topic has a large creative element to it, focusing on the curriculum areas of: Music, Art and Design and Technology. In Music, the children will have the opportunity to learn the violin.
In D.T, the children will explore a range of European flags and use these ideas to create and sketch their own design – creating a new British flag. Next, the children will select materials and components to make a template of the flag they wish to create. Then they will use textiles to create the flag.
Although this topics main focus is Geography, the children will also be exposed to other curriculum areas including the science curriculum where they will be looking at ‘Rocks, Fossils and Plants’. In computing, they will be learning about how to write an email and create a graph.
Autumn Term - Who's that trip trapping over my bridge?
This topic is based on the story of The Billy Goats Gruff, a familiar story for the children.
Our Stunning start is called 'Busy Builders and Exciting Engineers'. It gives the children the chance to explore a variety of construction materials and build for a purpose. This will start off our DT work, moving forward we will be designing, making and evaluating our own bridge.
In Literacy we will be looking at the story of 'The Billy Goats Gruff' we carry out role play activities, story mapping and we will look at character description. We will also look at writing instructions and a letter.
In science we will be focusing on materials and answering questions including
Which material makes the strongest bridge? Which shape makes a bridge strong?
We will use our senses to explore materials and classify them. There will be a lot of experimenting so we can come to some conclusions.
In Geography we will be looking at our own local area and the human and physical features we can see.
In History we will be exploring bridges of the past. We will compare bridges in and around Cornwall. One of our focus questions will be How did Brunel help improve our travel?
Our maths learning focuses on place value and number knowledge. This then leads into addition and subtraction followed by shapes.
Our Fantastic Finish is a display of bridges we have created.
During this topic we will be answering lots of questions including:
Where in the world are we? Was Columbus a hero? Do African drums make you want to move?
Our Stunning Start Day sees us training as explorers. Throughout the day we will be making binoculars, packing our back packs, collaging the world, making passports and completing physical training. Once we have completed our training, we are ready to explore the world!
In Geography, we will be naming the continents and oceans. As we will travel to each continent, we will discover the human and physical features typical for this area. We will use this information to create our own explorer fact files.
In History, we will find out about some real explorers including Robert Falcon Scott and Christopher Columbus. We will be using photos as artefacts and listening to stories to help us answer questions about the people and events.
In Science, we will be thinking how we can group animals, naming and learning about the structure of mammals, birds and fish. We will use our geography knowledge to help us talk about the habitats where some of these animals can naturally be found. Our trip will allow us to closely observe animals in our own environment which will include pond dipping and looking for clues of nocturnal animals. We will match animals to their offspring.
We will be looking at the continent of Africa in more detail. In Music, we will listen and watch traditional ngoma drums being played. We will be listening out for the rhythm and describe the sounds created by the percussion instruments. We will then create our own music in a similar style. In Art, we will explore Adinkra textiles, looking at patterns and printing. We will then design our own pieces of art.
We will use ICT to add detail to our fact files, using the internet safely to find pictures and using word to type labels.
After exploring the world and making lots of amazing discoveries we plan to present our fantastic findings in the form of a sensational safari, sharing African music, our art and our fact files.
During this topic we will be answering lots of questions including:
Do people with bigger hands need larger boots? What was bath time like long ago?
Our Stunning Start Day sees us thinking about both plants and ourselves growing. We will be sharing “All about me” boxes, planting seeds and finding out about the inside of our bodies.
In Science, we will be discovering trees and plants in our local environment. We have been finding out about seasons all year and will complete our studies by thinking about summer. After learning which senses are associated with which body part, we will start to think about how we keep ourselves clean and healthy. Our trip to a local farm will allow us to find out about how plants come from food.
In History, we will find out about how health and hygiene practice has changed within living memory. We using artefacts and finding out about Florence Nightingale and Mary Secole.
In music, we will be exploring different genres of music, how they make us feel, and focus on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. We will use our colour mixing exploration in art to create pictures in response to listening to the music. We will also think about texture and collage in art as we recreate Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s famous fruit face.
In DT, we will apply our learning to design and make healthy snacks and packed lunch boxes.
Our topic ends with our fantastic finish which sees us rescuing teddy bears. After nursing them back to health we will have our very own teddy bears picnic where we will get to enjoy eating our delicious healthy snacks.