Prep 6 Curriculum Brief

English

English

Spellings will be based upon the children’s own targets and focus will be on the Year 6 spelling rules. Spelling tests will be held on Thursdays and new spellings (10 in total) will be given each week.
Handwriting – This term we will continue to develop our cursive script and begin to use pens when ready.
Grammar – within our grammar work this term, we will focus on improving our descriptive language by using detailed noun phrases, use a wider variety of complex conjunctions to link clauses, use adverbial and prepositional phrases to express time, place and cause, continue to use and punctuate direct speech, use modal verbs to indicate likelihood, ability, permission or obligation, begin to use brackets and colons and continue use clear paragraphs to group related material.
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 the autumn term we will write our own narrative based on the book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will also write a Biography and use ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ as our model text. After this, we will read ‘Where My Wellies Take Me’ by Michael Morpurgo and use this model text to create our own poem. To finish the term, we will write a poem based on a special place and special events – using ‘Bethlehem’ by Carol Ann Duffy as our model text.

Mathematics

Mathematics

During the autumn term, Prep 6 will continue to have weekly times tables tests and a mental maths session. They will also enjoy some investigation work covering a breadth of topics. The children will be challenged to be problem solvers throughout the topics covered, applying skills to a variety of situations.
Place Value: We will work with 6-digit numbers, and will also be calculating with decimal numbers.
Calculation: We will be working with common multiples and factors, prime numbers, long and short multiplication, short division and writing fraction parts as decimals
Shape/Data handling: circles, quadrilaterals, missing angles, measurement conversions, time intervals and timetables.

Science

Science

This term Prep 6 will be learning about light. They will explore how light travels and how we see things. They will then be finding out about reflection, refraction and shadows.
For the second half of the term Prep 6 will be learning about electricity. They will understand and draw circuit diagrams and symbols and investigate the effects of changing voltage and how switches work. They will then use this knowledge to design and create their own Christmas light decoration.

Geography

Geography

We will begin with an initial revision and consolidation of our knowledge of world geography, longitude and latitude etc, use of an atlas and the information it provides. We will then put this knowledge to use focusing on the continents of North and South America. Looking in depth at these two continents, we will focus on physical and human geography, weather and climate and travel and tourism.

History

History

This term Prep 6 will be learning about the Stuarts. This will include the reigns of King James 1, King Charles 1, Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil Wars. They will study the Pilgrim Fathers and the Mayflower, using resources from the museum ‘The Box’ in Plymouth to find out about the impact of colonisation on the settlers and the indigenous population. They will also learn about The Gunpowder Plot, The Great Plague and the Fire of London.
After half term they will then move on to learning about the Victorians, finding out what it would have been like to be a child in Victorian Britain. We will find out about daily life for Victorian children, compare schooling from then to now, find out what changes took place for Victorian Children during this era and investigate how Victorian children spent their leisure time.

French

French

We will revise how to tell the time in French and what activities you do as part of your daily routine; vocabulary for weather and presenting a weather forecast to the class, We will revise our numbers well to 60 and understand some basic reflexive verbs and use the verb faire to make or do. We will revise être, avoir and -er verb endings. We will also increase our
knowledge of vocabulary for foods, and create our own menus in French and practice ordering food and drink in a restaurant/café. We will continue to follow the skoldo scheme.

Latin

Latin

We will be continuing to learn Latin using Minimus, a Latin course for children, based on the lives of a real Roman family living at Vindolanda. We will be consolidating our knowledge of verbs, adjectives, adverbs and imperatives (commands) and continuing to expand our Latin vocabulary. 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).

RS

RS

During the first half of term we will focus on God’s Creation and Harvest. We shall discover more about the Old Testament characters of Joseph, David, Solomon, Elisha and Elijah, which will lead into Advent and to the birth of Christ.

Art

Art

This term the class will create pieces inspired by Surrealism, making two and three dimensional pieces in a range of media further developing their ability to express and record their ideas more fully.

Music

Music

‘The Planets’ – the class will explore the music from ‘The Planets Suite’ by Gustav Holst and will learn a little about the composer. They will focus on ‘Mars, the Bringer of War’ and ‘Venus, the Bringer of Peace’ and will discuss how the composer has created the differing atmosphere and mood within the pieces. We will listen and discuss other pieces from the Suite and consider how ‘Mars’ and ‘Venus’ fit within the whole. Finally, the children will compose their own pieces, taking inspiration from ‘War’ or ‘Peace’ and will then perform their music to the whole class.

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 – ‘Structure Sculpture’ designs using 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 – Hydraulic designs using syringes and plastic tubing to create reciprocal movement. Materials used: syringes, PVC tubing, blockwood, laser plywood, modelling card and modelling foam.
Weeks 7 and 8 – Miniature torch/light designs involving simple circuits with switch, bulb and battery connected in series.

The latter part of term will involve individual projects of the children’s own choice, provided that they can show necessary thought and planning has gone into their ideas.

Citizenship

Citizenship

The children will start to gain an understanding about what Citizenship means. We explore this topic through many different themes:
Introduction to Parliament, Voting systems and General Elections, Forming a one policy Party and a vote, Black History Month, Remembrance Week and Stereotyping.

ICT

ICT

This term pupils will be using spreadsheets in various ways to record, input and calculate data. They will prepare a presentation using various applications to include text, images on a topic. They will be introduced to a concept of coding as a sequence of instructions to achieve a desired outcome.

Drama

Drama

This term the pupils will be developing and creating characters in a variety of scenarios. We will also focus on other acting and performance techniques such as freeze framing and improvisation. There will be a focus on Black History Month where pupils will re-enact historical moments.

PE/Games

PE/Games

P.E: Outdoor adventurous activities and team building activities.
Hockey. Simple skill practices will be followed by a short game. Within the game situation emphasis is now placed on the understanding of positional play and teamwork.
Games: Development of stamina through cross country running. Skill development and progression through to small sided games and then onto full sided matches including fixtures internally (inter house) and externally (against other schools) in tag rugby, football, hockey and netball.

PSHE

PSHE

Relationships – This term we will start by looking at friendships and identifying what positive relationships are and how we can deal/ solve arguments that we have. We will also look at managing loneliness and discuss what makes us feel lonely and how we can manage these feelings.