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Rolling Programme A

 

Autumn Term – Sand V Stone

 

Our topic for the Autumn term is 'Sand V Stone'. It focuses on different areas of history that happened at the same time, The Stone Age and The Egyptians. The main focus of the topic is to answer the question, ‘How was life different during The Stone Age and The Egyptians?’ 

 

In Science, children will focus their learning on electricity and sound. Children will learn about the difference between mains electricity and battery electricity and look at appliances that use electricity. They will then learn about circuits and symbols to represent circuits as well as how electricity travels through a circuit. Children will be encouraged to use this knowledge to know whether a circuit is complete or incomplete and whether it will light a bulb or not. They will then conduct a scientific experiment to discover which everyday materials are insulators or conductors. The children will then learn about how different instruments produce sounds by vibrating before learning about how these vibrations travel through the air into the ear and the information is sent to the brain. The children will also learn about pitch and volume and how instruments are made so that these can change depending on how the instrument is played, to see this first-hand the children will create their own set of panpipes to explore how they can change the pitch and volume of the sound made.

 

The children will be using their Science learning about circuits and switches to help them make their own torch in DT.  Finally in art, children will be comparing different types of art from the two periods in History. They will be looking at the colours used and how the art was created. Children will be learning about the importance of lines in their art before learning how to overlap the lines to create a more interesting picture. The children will also learn about the primary colours and how to mix these to create secondary and tertiary colours, so that they can create the correct colours from their time period on the art they will create, which will be in the style of either Ancient Egyptian art or Stone Age art.

 

 

Spring Term – Bem-Vindo Brazil!

 

Our topic for this term is Bem-Vindo Brazil!  The focus of the topic is on Brazil and everything to do with it, including the rainforest. The focus of the topic is science, geography, music and DT. To kick off such a fun topic, the children will take part in a Stunning Start to immerse themselves in learning about Brazil, its culture, language, music and history. 

 

In Science, children will be looking at all living things and the seven life processes that tell us how we know if an animal or plant is alive. The children  how they are classified into the different animal groups such as vertebrates and invertebrates, mammals, arachnids, insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians and many others. They will look at a range of classification keys before writing their own to classify animals found around the school grounds and animals that they could find in the Amazon rainforest. The children will then look at a range of food chains, before identifying the producers, consumers, predators and prey. They will also learn how a change in the environment can threaten life, which is predominant in Brazil, with deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest. Additionally, children will take part in a water pollution experiment where they will see how water can be polluted in many different ways and how difficult it can be to clean the water back to its original state. 

 

During our Bem-Vindo Brazil topic, children will take part in geography learning. They will first look at the continents of the world before using google maps to locate areas of similar environmental regions such as desert areas, tundra or tropical areas of the world. The children will then learn about the Equator and how this separate the different hemispheres of the world into the Northern and Southern hemisphere, they will also learn about how different regions of the worlds have different climates depending on how close or how far they are to the Equator. The children will use this knowledge to become weather forecasters and discuss what they think the weather and climate of Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest would be. In Geography, the children will also be looking at human affects on geography and looking at how deforestation of the rainforest affects the environment and the animals that live in it. 

 

Following this, in music the children will be looking closely at a Brazilian composer - Heitor Villa-Lobos. They will be listening to a piece of music, which he composed, all about a train travelling through the Brazilian countryside (Bachianas brasileiras No. 2, The Little Train of the Caipira). The children will then learn about how to speed up and slow down a song, keeping a steady beat, different rhythms and syncopation, which gives the train sounds. This will help children use and understand musical notations when planning and composing their piece of music. All the children will then create a class piece of music as an ensemble using Heitor Villa-Lobos' music as inspiration, using their voices and a range of instruments with accuracy, control and expression. 

 

For the children's DT learning, they will be making their own version of a Brazilian carnival float. Children will plan, design and make their float using wood to create a chassis which they will cut to the correct lengths themselves using a hack saw. They will then look at mechanisms they can include in their float to create a moving piece before adding axels and wheels, enabling their float to move. Then the children can decorate their float making sure it looks similar to Rio de Janerio carnival floats they saw during the planning and design stage. The children will then finish their DT learning by evaluating their carnival float against a range of design criteria that the class had chosen previously. 

During ‘Bem-vindo Brazil’, there will hopefully be a trip to the Eden Project to become a rainforest ranger. Finally at the end, the children will be planning and enjoying their own Callington Carnival for their fantastic finish. 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term – Strange and Dangerous Creatures

 

Our topic for the summer term is Strange and Dangerous Creatures. During this topic, our lessons will be focused on Science, Art, DT and Geography as the children. The children will also have explicit Computing, RE, PE and PSHE lessons along side these.

 

As part of this topic, in Science, the children will learn about they different ways living things can be grouped, they will explore and use classification keys to help, group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment. They will learn to recognise that environments can change and that this can be sometimes pose dangers to living things. They also construct and interpret a range of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey. 

 

In Art, the children will be learning all about printing! They will look at the well-known artist, William Morris, and use his prints to inspire them to create their own patterns. They will then transfer these patterns onto their individual printing block before they begin printing their creative pattern to create a backdrop for their Strange and Dangerous Creature's habitat. 

 

During our DT learning, we will be learning and understanding the importance of a healthy and well-balanced diet. The children will then research appropriate food to take on an expedition. The children will then use the kitchens, their research and their knowledge of a healthy and well-balanced diet to plan and create an enjoyable lunch to take with them on an expedition to hunt for a strange and dangerous creature around the local area. After this, the children will evaluate their lunches and discuss what went well and what they could improve for next time.

 

As part of their Geography learning, children will be learning how to give directions using the 8 points of the compass and then plotting positions on a map using a 4-figure grid reference. This learning will be beneficial for their subsequent learning as they use a map to navigate the local area around Callington Primary School and plot areas of interest on the map accurately. The children will also be recording these areas of interest using sketch maps, which are maps that provide a representation of the landscape, and a range of graphs. 

 

To conclude this amazing topic, the children will enjoy an expedition as they search for a range of strange and dangerous creatures around the local area for their Fantastic Finish. The children will be creating their own food, activities and shelter for the expedition.

 

 

 

Rolling Programme B

 

Autumn Term - It's all Greek to me!

 

Our topic for this term is ‘It’s all Greek to me!’  The focus of the topic is on ancient Greece and we will be looking specifically at history, d.t, art, science and music. Our history lessons begin with answering our first enquiry question of, ‘How can we find out about the civilisation of Ancient Greece?’ This enquiry will take six lessons and we will be using primary sources such as architecture, artefacts and myths to find out about what life was like for the people of ancient Greece. Following this, we will be considering the enquiry question, ‘Can we thank the Ancient Greeks for anything in our lives today?’ The children will be learning about how our schools, language, buildings, government and the Olympics are influenced by and rooted in ancient Greece. The children will be using their historical skills to analyse and interpret primary (from the time) and secondary (written since the time) sources and discuss their own views and opinions on others’ interpretations of the past.

Following this, in art the children will be looking closely at Greek pottery. They will be considering the designs and decorations on traditional ancient Greek pots and comparing them to the pottery of modern day artist Betty Woodman. The designs that the children will be creating for their own pots will be based on an ancient Greek myth of their choosing. These designs will be painted onto the pot that they will create themselves using the ‘coil pot’ technique.

In science, the children will be looking at space.  They will be considering the impact the Ancient Greeks had on what we know about space from proving the Earth is spherical through observations to correctly theorising the Earth and planets spin around the sun rather than the solar system orbiting the Earth. We will be conducting experiments throughout the topic where possible to show how these initial ideas were first theorized and proved correct.

In design technology, the children will be using their understanding of different materials to design and create a pair of Greek sandals. They will be using a range of tools and equipment and combining this with newly learnt skills in textiles to create a well finished product that meets their desired design criteria.

Finally, the children will be studying music and will continue with the theme of space by looking at Hans Zimmer’s piece ‘Earth’. The children will start by listening to the composer and discussing thoughts towards the music. Later, they will begin to unpick the performance looking at pitch and duration of notes as well as the use of dynamics (volume). They will then begin to create their own musical piece.

It is hoped that ‘It’s all Greek to Me’ will conclude with a fantastic finish trip to the museum in Truro where they currently have an exhibition on the Ancient Greeks. We will update you later on in the term whether this trip will take place due to current government circumstances.

 

Our topic for this term is ‘It’s all Greek to me!’  The focus of the topic is on ancient Greece and we will be looking specifically at history, d.t, art, science and music. Our history lessons begin with answering our first enquiry question of, ‘How can we find out about the civilisation of Ancient Greece?’ This enquiry will take six lessons and we will be using primary sources such as architecture, artefacts and myths to find out about what life was like for the people of ancient Greece. Following this, we will be considering the enquiry question, ‘Can we thank the Ancient Greeks for anything in our lives today?’ The children will be learning about how our schools, language, buildings, government and the Olympics are influenced by and rooted in ancient Greece. The children will be using their historical skills to analyse and interpret primary (from the time) and secondary (written since the time) sources and discuss their own views and opinions on others’ interpretations of the past.

Following this, in art the children will be looking closely at Greek pottery. They will be considering the designs and decorations on traditional ancient Greek pots and comparing them to the pottery of modern day artist Betty Woodman. The designs that the children will be creating for their own pots will be based on an ancient Greek myth of their choosing. These designs will be painted onto the pot that they will create themselves using the ‘coil pot’ technique.

In science, the children will be looking at space.  They will be considering the impact the Ancient Greeks had on what we know about space from proving the Earth is spherical through observations to correctly theorising the Earth and planets spin around the sun rather than the solar system orbiting the Earth. We will be conducting experiments throughout the topic where possible to show how these initial ideas were first theorized and proved correct.

In design technology, the children will be using their understanding of different materials to design and create a pair of Greek sandals. They will be using a range of tools and equipment and combining this with newly learnt skills in textiles to create a well finished product that meets their desired design criteria.

Finally, the children will be studying music and will continue with the theme of space by looking at Hans Zimmer’s piece ‘Earth’. The children will start by listening to the composer and discussing thoughts towards the music. Later, they will begin to unpick the performance looking at pitch and duration of notes as well as the use of dynamics (volume). They will then begin to create their own musical piece.

It is hoped that ‘It’s all Greek to Me’ will conclude with a fantastic finish trip to the museum in Truro where they currently have an exhibition on the Ancient Greeks. We will update you later on in the term whether this trip will take place due to current government circumstances.

 

Spring Term - Planet in Peril

 

Our topic for the Autumn term is 'Planet in Peril'. It focuses on the dangers that are facing our planet at the moment - in particular, the climate crisis. The topic begins with a focus on what is happening. We will look closely at the geography and scientific understanding of the greenhouse effect and what causes it. The children will then move on to considering who and what is responsible for the greenhouse effect. Is there someone we can blame and is there anything we can do about that or is it something that should be considered as a global human problem that needs to be solved? Finally, the children will consider how we can end or slow the climate crisis and try to answer questions around what the best actions are to take in the situation we have found ourselves in. 

Alongside this geographical study, the children will be writing persuasively about clean energy (such as wind and solar power), learning the story of someone living in Bangladesh who has been severely affected by flooding caused by the climate crisis, finding out about Greta Thunberg - a young spokesperson for the crisis and writing a letter to the readers of our local newspaper about what they can do to solve these climate issues.

In science and D&T, the children will be learning about renewable energy and how it can be used to create electricity. This will lead into learning about electricity itself - how does it flow around a circuit? Then, the children will be creating their own mini wind turbines with a gear system inside that reflects the workings inside real wind turbines.

 

For more information see the topic web linked below.

 

 

Summer Term - Evolution and Expedition

 

Our summer term topic is ‘Evolution and Expedition’ which follows the world famous scientist Charles Darwin on his expedition on the HMS Beagle. The topic starts by learning about the father of evolution and his life and works which famously culminated in the writing the book ‘On the Origin of Species’.

 

The children will learn how this was inspired by his findings and observations after his worldwide voyage to places like the Galapagos Islands where he realised that some species of birds had adapted to their sounding but had a shared ancestry. As a result, a lot of science will be covered by the children who will learn about how living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. Furthermore,  the children will learn to identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution; in addition, they will also learn about life cycles of animals and plants amongst many other areas of science.

 

Geography will also feature in this topic. We will look at the voyage of the HMS Beagle which departed from Plymouth and we will compare how it has change from when Darwin set off to the present day. The children will also get to grips with grid references and hopefully how to use a map.

 

Art is the final area of the curriculum we will look at as famously Darwin recorded in detail all that he observed. Therefore, this will present a lovely opportunity for the children to learn and develop their sketching technique.

Rolling Programme C

Autumn Term – Aftermath

 

Our topic for the Autumn term is ‘Aftermath’. This topic has a strong geographical focus and learning will be focused around natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. The topic starts with a bang – the children find themselves in a natural disaster zone. They will have to complete a series of activities in order to survive!

 

In geography, the children will learn about the structure of the earth and how the earth is made from tectonic plates. The children will then explore the question ‘where are natural disasters most likely to take place and why?’ They will use their geographical skills to plot on a map the latitude and longitude of earthquakes and volcanoes. Once the children have learnt about tectonic plates, they will learn about what happens when they meet. There will be a focus on how volcanoes are forms and why earthquakes and tsunamis occur. The children will also consider relevant environmental issues and consider the impact upon people which live in areas susceptible to natural disasters.

Alongside this geographical study, the children will be learning a story about a first-hand experience of a volcanic eruption and creating a balanced argument considering whether foreign aid money should be sent abroad.  They will also be creating a newspaper report about an earthquake which shattered many people’s lives.

In Science and DT, the children will be learning about electrical circuits and creating their own buzzer system to warn for a natural disaster. In science, they will create simple circuits and experiment how different components impact upon the circuit. In DT, they will then apply this knowledge to design and make their own buzzer system incorporating a working electrical circuit.

In music, the children will continue their work on natural disasters and they will compose and perform a piece of music entitled ‘calm vs chaos’. They will improvise more complex cyclical pattern using beats and patterns of different length and then learn about how to depict these rhythmic phrases using musical notation.

Towards the end of the topic, the children get to go on a trip to Truro to visit the Shelterbox headquarters. Shelterbox is a charity which provides emergency shelter to families who have lost their home to disaster, enabling them to rebuild their lives. As a fantastic finish, the children will then hold a sponsored event to try and raise money for this amazing charity. This event will be chosen and organised by the children.

 

Spring term – Coughs, Concoctions and Cures

 

Our topic for the spring term is ‘Coughs, Concoctions and Cures’. Our stunning starter will focus on the human skeleton. Through a series of activities children identify the key features of the skeleton and investigate the functions of the skeletal and the muscular system. Children design structures which provide support and compare them to different bones in the body. Investigating the protective qualities of different structures they then compare their design to various parts of the skeleton. They then create models of pairs of muscles and show how they work antagonistically to produce movement of the forearm round the elbow joint. Children arrange the bones of the body to build a skeleton using the 'Build a Body' game.

This topic has a scientific focus and learning will be focused around the human circulatory and digestion systems as well as describing the ways in which nutrients and water are transported. The children will have the opportunity to have a 'close' look at the the organs involved with dissections of hearts and lungs taking place. We will also be describing how living things are classified into broad groups including micro-organisms. To complement the study of the body, the children will be participating in a series of cookery lessons for D.T. They acquire a range of food skills, increasing in complexity and accuracy, to cook a range of dishes, safely and hygienically, and to apply their knowledge of nutrition and food provenance and seasonality. There will also be a historical element to the topic which medicine through the ages. The children will be looking at the evolution of modern medicine starting from the Greeks - Hippocrates and Thucydides - and then comparing their achievements with that of the Victorians. Along the learning journey the children will also be delving into the Black Death as well as the roles of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole to explore whether they were heroines or not by comparing contrasting accounts. In art, the children will be considering hospitals' impact on their landscape. The will explore pop art techniques and layering to create a 3D cityscape, learn how to use a palette knife and paint to create textured cityscapes and how to add detail into cityscape ink drawings before creating their own cityscape using a media of their choice. 

 

 

 

Summer Term- The Lost Kingdom of Benin

 

Our topic for this term is ‘The Lost Kingdom of Benin’. The focus on the topic is on the ancient kingdom of Benin in Africa and we will be looking specifically at history, art, science and geography. The topic will start with the children being transported back in time for a day in the life of Benin where they will take part in ceremonial dances, cook and eat traditional food and take on a role in the Oba’s kingdom.

Our history lessons will take an enquiry approach as the children aim to discover what life was like for the people of Benin, how the kingdom grew in power and subsequently came to an end. This unit provides the children with the opportunity to look at Benin, a non- European society which is very different to their own and make links between Benin and a bigger picture of Africa’s past as well as its changing relationship with Britain. The children will use a range of primary sources such as artefacts, written documents and maps to find out and formulate questions about the past. They will also consider several moral issues relating to the time such as invading and conquering by learning about the events of ‘The Punitive Expedition’ and the subsequent demise of the kingdom of Benin in 1897. The children will question and debate who the ‘Benin Bronzes’ belong to and if they should be returned. They will build upon their historical skills to analyse and interpret primary (from the time) and secondary (written since the time) sources and discuss their own views as well as question the validity of different interpretations of the past

 

Leading on from this in art the children will be looking closely at the famous Benin Bronzes. They will be investigating how the talented guild craft workers expressed and represented their ideas using different materials and will use these to design and create their own ceremonial mask out of clay. The children will experiment with increasingly complex 3D forms and techniques to join, combine and shape clay.

 

In geography the children will extend their locality knowledge by learning about a range of topographical feature, such as coasts, features of erosion, hill, mountains and rivers and will understand how these have changed over time. They will use this learning to compare and contrast the coastal regions Lagos to Plymouth in order to understand some of the key similarities and differences.

 

Alongside these areas of the curriculum, the children will be looking at Light in science. They will extend their existing knowledge by exploring the concept that light travels in straight lines to allow us to see. We will be planning and conducting experiments to investigate the concept of refraction and reflection and children will take more ownership in collecting and representing their findings to support their hypothesis. They will investigate the relationship between shadows and the objects that cast them through an exciting crime scene investigation task.

 

Finally, the summer term at Callington Primary always concludes with the Year 6 Production which will see the children take on roles on stage in a whole year group musical. In music, the children will learn to listen with attention to detail and recall sounds in order to perform them. They will further their singing and performance skills by performing solo pieces as well as in an ensemble, demonstrating accuracy, fluency and expression.

 

 ‘The Lost Kingdom of Benin’ will conclude with a ‘Welcome to Benin’ afternoon, where the children will  host their own Benin Kingdom in the classroom for their buddy class, including typical food, games and a ceremonial dance using their created masks.