Curriculum maps autumn Abbey 2019 v2

The Federation of Abbey Infant & Junior School Curriculum Map for Year 6 2019-20 - Autumn term For specific class information see For dates see Our topic is World War 2. World War 2 was a momentous time for the world and a period of massive change in the UK. The children will discover what life was like in Britain during the war. This topic is designed to build on children’s sense of chronology and of events in living memory. This will allow them to develop historical understanding and enquiry skills, cause and effect, creating historically valid questions, analysing primary and secondary sources of information including the use of artefacts. Children will discover what measures were taken during the war to help people survive The Blitz. They will also learn about rationing, make- do and mend and the Dig for Victory campaign. The changing roles of women during the war will also play a large part in our topic. Bucket List opportunities this term will include our residential trip to Plas Gwynant or an Adventurous activities day, World War 2 day and a World War 2 sleepover. Our educational visit will be to Weston Park, focussing on WW2, to launch the topic and develop their language, knowledge and curiosity. In Art we will create drawings of The Blitz which feature 3D and perspective effects. Design Technology will focus on designing, making and evaluating a gas mask with its accompanying box. There will be a parent workshop where parents will be invited to work alongside their child to create their gas mask and box. The ‘Life Skills’ of basic first aid, cycling proficiency and internet safety will be covered this term and we will provide opportunities for developing soft skills such as communication, co-operation, decision making and taking responsibility.


Computing Children’s knowledge of coding will build upon previous year groups’ work. By the end of the term, children will have used ‘Code Combat’ to develop simple algorithms, debug and create an effective set of code to solve problems, overcome obstacles and complete tasks. There will also be a strong focus on password security, online safety and cyber bullying. Children will develop the opportunity to question the reliability of information and consider the issues of ‘fake news’. Religious Education Our work this term will enables pupils to engage thoughtfully with questions of good and evil, right and wrong through thinking about temptation. The focus is on Islamic and Christian understandings of good and evil. Pupils will become familiar with stories of temptation and ritual practice from Islam and Christianity, and will also be enabled to think for themselves about questions to do with morals, choices and the impact of our behaviour on others. Science Children’s knowledge and skills will be developed through units of work on ‘Animals including Humans’ and ‘Living Things’ These units will provide opportunities to learn how a healthy diet and exercise affect our bodies; how the circulatory system works; the role of blood in our bodies we will also study classification, adaptation and evolution. Scientific working through practical experiments, use and analysis of data and consistent fair testing will feature throughout. English Children will be developing the use of formal language, direct and indirect speech, characterisation and a variety of complex sentence structures through the following text types:  Narrative with a problem/dare  Non-fiction report about World War 2  Newspaper article  Poems  Diary from the point of view of evacuees A continued application of spelling and grammar features will run throughout.

Children will begin by re-enforcing their knowledge and understanding of place value and the number system up to Ten Million. The formal written methods and informal strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division will be developed. This will extend to working with decimals and fractions. In geometry, children will study the properties of 2D

shapes; co-ordinates in four quadrants; the translation and reflection of 2D shapes.


Children will develop their singing or playing from memory through the song ‘Happy’ and a selection of jazz music. Games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments will all be linked throughout our lessons. Geography There will be a focus on human and geography, looking and how economic activity and distribution of resources were affected by WW2. There will be an opportunity to develop 6 figure grid referencing of OS maps through the themes of Blitz and rationing and the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of compass points to show direction. Geography skills will involve exploring topical geographical issues, such as evacuation, linked to the major cities and the impact of WW2 on the landscape and resources. MFL - French Pupils will decode Some longer pieces of text; learn about the countries and languages involved in World War II; the story of Ralph (an evacuee) and his experiences in London and then the countryside; What Vera saw in London and then as an evacuee in the countryside Decoding longer passage of text using key information from World War II


History Posing questions of significance about the WW2 topic will lead to children analysing historical sources of evidence. This is a significant period in British history and the implications are still felt today. Children will examine how the local and national life was affected including a detailed look at propaganda, evacuation, rationing, the role of women in the War and The Blitz. This period in history will allow children to look at contrasting sources of evidence and the influence on British society at the time.

Children will play basketball and complete a unit on gymnastics. The gym focus is on holding shapes that are strong, fluent and expressive in floor performances. The basketball focus is on teamwork, choosing and combining techniques in game situations (running, throwing, catching, passing, jumping, shooting etc.) and applying these skills to select the most appropriate strategy to win as a team.

Art & Design

Design Technology

Children will develop their drawing and shading skills, using different gradient pencils to create 3D effects on drawing inspired by the Blitz. They will learn how to use 1 and 2 point perspective to construct a drawing of a Blitz street scene. They will practice observational drawing and the use of the gridding technique. The children will explore the World War 2 artwork of Henry Moore.

Design, make and evaluate tasks will allow children the opportunity to design and build frameworks using card. Using the most appropriate joints and securing materials in different ways will lead to prototypes and finally, following evaluation and improvement, a WW2 gas mask and box.

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