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Year 5/6

Spring 1: Tomb Raiders!

What's inside an Egyptian tomb?  This topic will begin with an exploration of replicas of Egyptian artefacts.  We will research Egyptian achievements, presenting our findings as electronic quizzes for others to test their knowledge.  Using maps, we will locate Egypt, thinking about the different landscapes and the importance of the river Nile.  We will create our own short stories set in Egypt, inspired by a short film clip.  We will also enjoy sharing our learning through creating information texts 'Horrible Histories' style.  Our artistic skills will be developed through creating our own tiles and printing Egyptian motifs.  In music we will work in groups to create our own soundtracks for a film extract set in Ancient Egypt. 



Autumn 2: I'm an evacuee, get me out of here!



This topic was focused on a significant event in British history - World War 2. To engage the children, they explored wartime life during our trip to Manor Farm. Through History, the children have had the opportunity to explore a variety of authentic artefacts from this time period and develop their knowledge of primary and secondary sources and bias. They have gathered information from these useful objects to identify what this time period was like and who the items may have belonged to. Through our PSHE lessons, the children have had the chance to investigate their differences and why difference needs to be valued. They have also explored War Memorial Park and reflected upon the significance of its existence and why we lay poppies in remembrance. As we delved into war-themed texts, the children created their own war poems and wrote persuasive texts about evacuation through our English sessions. 

Autumn 1: Mission to Mars



In Year 5/6, we have been focusing on our new topic - Mission to Mars! In this topic, we have been building on our scientific skills and exploring the solar system - identifying the planets within and exploring their orbits and rotation. As we delved deeper into space, the children explored Neil Armstrong and the first moon landing in detail. This topic provided children with the opportunity to develop their own lines of enquiry and answer their own questions about space. Through our English sessions, the children created a variety of texts to inform others about the wonders of our solar system.