Prep 6 Curriculum Brief

English

English

Spellings will be based on the children’s own targets and focus on Year 5/6 spelling rules. Spelling tests will be held on Thursdays and new spellings (10 in total) will be given each week.

Grammar – within our grammar work this term, we will look at using devices to build cohesion within a paragraph and think about how we link ideas across paragraphs using adverbials of time and place or tense choices. We will also, link ideas across paragraphs by using a wider range of cohesive devices: repetition of a word or phrase and grammatical connections. In our non-fiction topics, we will revise using variety of descriptive devices but also focus on layout devices (e.g. headings, subheadings, columns, bullets, or tables to structure text). In our poetry topic, we will recap poetic devices (rhyming, personification, onomatopoeia, similes/metaphors etc) whilst using expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information concisely and using commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing.

Punctuation – in our punctuation lessons, we will revise key punctuation learnt in lower KS2 and KS1 whilst recapping our ability to use brackets, dashes or commas to indicate parenthesis and learn how to use semi-colons and dashes to mark the boundary between independent clauses.

Reading/ Comprehension – in our reading this term we will continue to read our own target books but also read a variety of genres and gain a deeper understanding of different writing styles and widen our vocabulary. We will continue to answer comprehension questions that get us to support answers with evidence from the text and be able to identify key literary devices in our model texts.

Creative Writing – During this term, we will write our own tension write based on the book ‘A Word in Your Ear’ by Tony Ross. We will also write a class book about different species of animals – focusing on ‘Animalium’ by Jenny Broom and Katie Scott as our model text. After this, we will read ‘The Sea by James Reevs and use this model text to create our own extended metaphor poem.

Mathematics

Mathematics

During the spring term, Prep 6 will continue to have weekly times tables tests and mental maths sessions to improve the children’s speed of calculation. They shall be challenged to be problem solvers throughout the topics as we consolidate skills and introduce new maths concepts. The main topic work to be covered includes the following:

Place Value: Negative numbers, inequalities and rounding.

Calculation: order of calculation – BODMASS, finding change when working with money, and multi-step word problems.

Measurement/data handling: Decimal numbers in measurement contexts, translations, reflections, pie charts, line graphs, conversion graphs, metric and imperial units, and perimeter, area, volume.

A range of fraction skills along with calculating percentages of amounts and mean averages.

Algebra – understand simple formulae, express missing values using algebra, describe linear number sequences, finding pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns.

Scaling and Ratio problems.

Science

Science

In the first half term Prep 6 will be learning about living things and their habitats. They will be classifying living things, observing and recording living things and recognising similarities and differences in living organisms.

After half term Prep 6 will be 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.

Geography

Geography

We will begin the term concluding our work on South America, comparing the physical geography (flora, fauna, rivers, landforms etc) and human geography (languages, religions, government, art and music). We will go on to look in detail at trading and economics between different countries and continents. The children will explore the UK’s trade links today and in the past, particularly with El Salvador, and discuss fair trade and the global supply chain.

History

History

This term Prep 6 will be learning about what it was like to be a child in Victorian Britain. They will consider what life was like for children in Victorian Britain, comparing rich to poor, comparing modern and Victorian schooling and looking at how children spent their leisure time. They will learn about the changes that took place for children in Victorian Britain.

Prep 6 will then be starting to learn about World War 1, including what elements led to the start of World War 1, what life was like on the front line, the involvement of animals and what life was like for the people of Britain during World War 1.

French

French

We will return to the key verbs être and avoir and start using them more extensively in our written work. We will also be revising possessive adjectives and pronouns. We will start learning to describe journeys and holidays, how and where we can travel to and understanding and giving directions.

Latin

Latin

We learn Latin using Minimus, a Latin course for children, based on the lives of a real Roman family living at Vindolanda. We will continue to consolidate our knowledge of verbs, adjectives, adverbs and look in greater detail at positive and negative commands. We will also expand our Latin vocabulary for military life, shopping and numbers. We will keep looking at how Latin has influenced the English language and enhance our understanding of Roman life through the myths they told (Odysseus and Echo and Narcissus).

RS

RS

In this Spring Term, Prep 6 will understand what ‘Epiphany’ means and read information to decipher the reality from the myth.  We will also look at how to recognise the reality of Jesus’ humanity through the stories of his life. During our ‘Multi-Faith Week’ we will be learning about the traditions of Islam. After our half term break, we will study Lent and develop the children’s understanding of the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection and how and why Christians celebrate Easter.

Art

Art

This term the class will be looking at the work of Op artists and Pop artists, creating art in a range of media. Continuing to develop their ideas as fully as they can, recording with increasing accuracy and attention to detail.

Music

Music

This term, Prep 6 will begin learning the Ukulele. The children will expand their knowledge of music by learning about simple chord progressions and alternative ways of writing music using chord symbols and tablature. Once they have grasped the basics, they will use the ukulele’s to accompany themselves singing and to write their own songs as well.

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 and 2 – Helter Skelter designs using 12mm PVC tubing, ball bearings, blockwood, plywood, modelling card and modelling foam.

Weeks 3 and 4 – Board Game designs starting with roll a dice. Card or plywood base, design and make players/pieces and incorporation of instructions.

Weeks 5 and 6 – Designs involving experimenting with cams and cam followers to create different types of movements with chosen models.  Materials include modelling card, styrofoam, laser ply, blockwood and dowelling.

Weeks 7 and 8 – Picture frame designs involving mounting board card, blockwood and dowelling.

Citizenship

Citizenship

ICT

ICT

This term pupils will complete an internet investigation – History of Communication – producing brief biographies of important figures.  Recap coding with Scratch ahead of set group task – designing and coding a simple Maths game.  They will also use the lessons to continue support for other subject areas. 

Drama

Drama

This term the pupils will be learning acting and performance techniques and developing an understanding of timing. They will also be learning how to create characters on stage. They will be learning scripts and being able to play set characters. Towards the end of term, they will be introduced to the school production.

PE/Games

PE/Games

P.E: Basketball. Handling, dribbling, movement into space and passing skills will be developed, especially in small game situations.

Handball. Learning the fundamentals and rules of the game. Passing and moving into space, attacking and defending and developing these skills into game situations.

Games: Cross Country, Football and Netball. Skills will be developed through various drills and activities, with game situations. Pupils will be asked to think about team and positional play.

PSHE

PSHE

Living in the wider world. This term, we will start by looking at how we belong to a community – specifically looking at valuing diversity and challenging stereotypes and discrimination. We will then focus on media literacy and digital resilience where we will evaluate different media sources and discuss sharing information online – specifically looking at social media sites. Finally, we will look at money and work. In this topic, we will focus on the influences and attitudes towards money and discuss financial risks.