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Chestnut & Willow Class

Autumn term

In this term our history topic is the Vikings and we begin with a fantastic Viking day with Partake. We learn about where the Vikings came from and why they decided to settle in Britain together with aspects of their daily life.  We read traditional sagas during our Literacy lessons and create our own.  Our topic concludes with another Viking day where we dress in traditional Viking clothing and learn how to use the Viking runic alphabet amongst other activities for example: trade using Viking coins, create Viking artefacts and make and taste Viking bread and soup. Our geography topic is based upon Kensuke’s Kingdom, a story by Michael Morpurgo about a boy who is stranded on an island in the Pacific Ocean.  In our Literacy lessons we write newspaper reports, stories, haiku poems and recounts from different perspectives. As part of our science topic, we learn about adaptation and classification of plants and animals and develop our knowledge of electricity culminating in a DT project creating a beacon.  We also develop our geography mapping skills, learn how to use map references and how to read map symbols.  During our computing lessons we learn about on-line safety when using websites and we develop our coding skills.  Our RE topic is Divali and we also visit our local church to celebrate Christmas. We develop our enterprise skills, as well as support national charities, when we organise and run our Children In Need stalls hoping to raise  huge amounts of money!  In French, we learn about clothes and places in a town and our PE lessons have focussed on developing the skills of rugby, netball and hockey.

Spring term

Our science topic concerns evolution and how Darwin developed his theories based upon other scientists and theorists through history. In our Literacy lessons we write adventure stories, as well as biographies about Victorian scientists. Our history topic teaches us about the Industrial Revolution, and we will visit Cromford Mills, where we can discover first-hand what it would be like to work in a textile mill.  We learn about some of this era’s most famous historical characters, including Lord Shaftesbury and Thomas Barnardo.  In computing we will continue to learn how to stay safe on-line and we develop our skills for effective internet research.   In RE our topics include the study of prayer whilst in PE our topics are dance and athletics.  Our French lessons include learning about the weather and St Lucia, a French speaking Caribbean island. Of course much of the term will be spent preparing for SATs.

Summer term

Our science topic is to explore the circulatory system, where we learn about the heart and the effect of exercise on our bodies. Our literacy lessons are inspired by Shakespeare and involve writing short stories, biographies and fact files, as well as beginning to understand the richness of the language of Shakespeare. Our music, dance and development of speaking and listening skills will be focused on our Y6 production, based on one of Shakespeare’s plays.  In PE we focus on athletics, preparing for sports day. We will complete transition work in preparation for secondary school and will be taught our final SRE unit of work. Our RE concerns how marriage is celebrated in different religions and of course there will be the usual Y6 party night, a trip to Megazone, one to Stratford as well as our residential to White Hall!