Prep 6 Curriculum Brief – Summer 2022

English

English

Comprehension work will see development of techniques and skills required to answer various types of questions – to include interpretation of words and phrases, reasoning and opinions, as well as open ended questions. In the creative writing importance, again, will be placed on the planning of each piece of work, together with emphasis on correct grammar, punctuation and spelling. Weekly spelling lists, with follow up tests, will continue.

Mathematics

Mathematics

During the summer term, prep 6 will continue to have weekly times tables tests and a mental maths sessions to improve the children’s fluency of calculation. Main areas of topic work will include the following:

Place Value: rounding, decimals, negative numbers

Calculation: column – & +, multi-step problems in context, short and long multiplication, short and long division, four operation puzzles

Measurement/data handling: missing angles, bar & pie charts, line graphs, linear number sequences, estimations of measurement, means and graphs with results, tessellate 2D shapes, translations rotations and reflections.

Fractions, percentages, ratio, scaling: mult/div decimals, sole ratio problems, find fractions and percentages of money, four operations with fractions.

Our special investigation topics at the end of prep 6 will include:
-Measuring ourselves and what’s around us
-problem solving using a calculator
-logic puzzles and investigations
-large number games and puzzles
-history of maths
-maths in art and nature

Science

Science

In the first half term Prep 6 will be continuing their learning about evolution and inheritance. This will include finding out about parents, offspring and variation, adaptations in animals and plants, living things and their habitats and the fossil record.
They will then be learning about animals including humans. They will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. They will be recognising the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function and describing the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

Geography

Geography

This term pupils will be exploring the impressive geography of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in the United States. We will explore how the Colorado River along with debris flows and weather, continue to shape the landscape. Pupils will learn about the people who live there and see the region through the photography of Ansel Adams. They will explore some of the wonder of this place through their own art and set up a visitor centre for another class to explore the Grand Canyon region in comparison to our local area.

History

History

This term Prep 6 will be learning about World War II. They will be exploring why the war started, learning about significant key events, explaining how and why the changing role of women was significant to the war effort and finding out key facts about rationing, evacuation and the Holocaust.

French

French

This term we will build on our knowledge from last term’s written work, but the focus will be mainly on spoken French. This will mean lessons
will be taught mostly in French to allow the children to develop their comprehension skills. Topics will include: revision of talking about
myself and my family, travel, study, shopping and using the past tense to describe things I have done.

Latin

Latin

Prep 6 will continue to explore the Latin language – we will be moving on to Book 2 which extends learning. They will use this knowledge to start to complete more complex translations while still following the Minimus scheme.

RS

RS

The focus this term is ‘Pentecost’ and how the arrival of the Holy Spirit empowered the Apostles and the early Church. We shall look at the fellow workers of Paul and how we can continue their work in our own lives.

Art

Art

This term the class will be creating a graphics project, developing a Logo and designing products for an invented business of their own choice.

Music

Music

‘Mary Poppins’ – both year groups will be focusing on preparing their end of year performance of Mary Poppins. We will focus on engaging the audience, stage craft and enjoying the role of ‘performer’.

DT

DT

Due to the exploratory and ‘spontaneous’ approach in this subject, we will often go off in different directions depending on the ideas and interest of the children. And so the formal lesson plans are often deviated from to preserve a flexibility and originality of approach. New projects often ‘evolve’ from the children’s ideas in the sessions and it is an important part of the approach and style in this subject to maintain this flexibility and spontaneity. This generates a feeling with the children that they are going on a ‘journey’ in this subject each term. The formal lesson plans are only intended to be used as a basis and guide to the type of work and projects that are covered and are not intended to be rigidly adhered to.

Weeks 1 – 3 – Theatre Project involving script writing, scene construction, design and construction of props and actors.
Weeks 4, 5 and 6 – Clock Face designs incorporating electronic clock movement.
Weeks 7, 8 and 9 – mobile sculpture designs using a range of materials, including dowelling, acrylic and plywood.

Citizenship

Citizenship

Having explored the history of law, learnt about the House of Commons, House of Lords and the system that makes up the United Kingdom’s laws, the children will start to focus on their role in the community.

ICT

ICT

This term the pupils will be working with links to the STEM project. Research and prepare Powerpoint/Word document on fossil fuels. Research and prepare document on Renewable Energy. Do follow up to STEM project and their visit. They will also look at animated programmes and create a short piece of their own creation.

Drama

Drama

They will rehearse the school play in the summer term.  They will be learning acting and performance techniques and working with musical theatre.  They will also be learning how to create characters on stage. They will also gain an understanding of how to put a play together including lighting, props and backstage instructions.

PE/Games

PE/Games

PE/ Games – Games: Simple cricket/rounders activities, based around limited game situations. The skills involved in catching, throwing, bowling and hitting will be developed. Athletics – to include sprints, hurdles and relays. In field events simple javelin/long jump/high jump (where possible).

P.E. A collection of activities linked to the cricket/rounders sessions. Racket skills linked to tennis and table tennis.

Swimming: Water time will be spent on the development of correct technique and other related activities. All work based on the ASA ‘National Plan for Teaching Swimming’.