Term 1 2019-20
Me & My World
PSHE Theme: Being Me in My World
Core Texts: Wonder by R. J. Palacio
- I can understand the importance of my role in the school community.
- I can understand how democracy and having a voice benefits the school community.
Topic overview: In this topic, we will be learning about ourselves, thinking about our roles at school, at home and in the wider community. We will centre our discussions around ‘Wonder’ – thinking about the impact of Auggie’s condition from different perspectives and understanding the positive and negative reactions to him. We will explore our own feelings of being ‘included’ or ‘on the outside’ and think about how our actions and words can have an impact on others.
Writing Opportunities: Writer’s perspective/changing viewpoint, diary entries, letters, debate, drama, characterisation, reading aloud.
Art/DT: Self-portraits in the style of ‘Wonder’. Precept wall art, colour-mixing with watercolours
Experiential Learning: Squash tuition at Racquets, Wonder DVD night,
- Place value revision,
- Four operations—formal written methods and mental strategies, introduction to algebra,
- Fractions – calculations with fractions, understanding word problems, converting units of measurement, times tables practice
Science: Electricity (building circuits and using circuit diagrams, electrical safety).
RE: Inspirational people and their qualities (Islam).
PE: Swimming & Squash/REAL PE.
ICT/Computing: Coding: WeDo
Music: Romantic music: Polka by Borodin, studying and composing ostinatos, 20th Century Music: Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland, learning to follow graphic scores and composing fanfares
Term 2 2019-20
Conflict and Resolution
PSHE Theme: Celebrating Difference
- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
- War Game by Michael Foreman
- I can explain ways in which difference can be a source of conflict or a cause for celebration.
- I can show empathy with people in either situation.
Topic Overview: This topic will centre around the events leading up to the first world war, the war itself and the path to peace and resolution. As well as our core text we will study propaganda as a tool for recruitment and explore first world war poetry to illustrate changing attitudes towards the war. We will look at the impact of war on Thame by studying the number of leaving and returning soldiers and the importance of remembrance in the lead up to 11th November.
Writing Opportunities: Recounts, diary entry, newspaper reports, letter writing, war poetry, descriptive writing, narrative writing
Art/DT: Trench boxes, propaganda posters, sewing Christmas stockings.
Mr Haigh visit to talk about his Grandfather in WW1, Remembrance Assembly led by Year 6, visit to Thame memorial garden, Field Week, Squash tuition at Racquets, visit to the Imperial War Museum
- Abacus/White Rose schemes of work and SATs practice (arithmetic & problem-solving/reasoning)
- Four operations—formal written methods and mental strategies
- Introduction to algebra
- Fractions and decimals– including calculations with
- Understanding word problems.
Science: Light – Electricity/circuits, electricity in WW1 trench models,
RE: Inspirational people and their qualities (Christianity and in our own lives).
PE: Squash/REAL PE, circuit training. Excalibur I.
ICT/Computing: Word Processing: Inserting images, text boxes, non-fiction layouts/features. Field Week Projects
Music: War poetry dramatic performance, Christmas Service singing practice.
Term 3 2019-20
Mandela & Apartheid
PSHE Theme: Dreams and Goals
Core Texts: Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo
- I can describe some ways in which I can work with other people to help make the world a better place.
- I can identify why I am motivated to do this.
Topic Overview: In this topic we will look at Nelson Mandela as an influential figure with a dream. Through the story we will look at the realities of apartheid and what this meant for people in South Africa and its impact on the world. We will also study extracts from ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ to unpick the chronology of Mandela’s fight and to consider our own endeavours and the goals we need to achieve to get there.
Writing Opportunities: Recounts, predictions, setting/character descriptions, diary entries, research and information texts (biography)
Art/DT: African landscapes, mark making, printing
Experiential Learning: African drumming workshop
- Abacus & White Rose schemes of work and SATs practice (arithmetic & reasoning)
- Mental calculations
- Decimals, percentages, fractions
- Written methods (4 operations)
- Place value
- Properties of shape
- Measures (including time, money and conversions)
Science: Evolution & Inheritance (Charles Darwin)
- Use fossil evidence to explain what life was like on earth millions of years ago
- Explain how the fossil record provides evidence for evolution. The life and research of Charles Darwin
RE: The Journey of Life & Death (Islam).
PE: Circuit Training, Table Tennis, REAL PE, Tag Rugby.
ICT/Computing: Coding: WeDo. Presenting & Using the Internet: Research, PowerPoints.
French: French speaking countries
Music: Arts Week Music, Studying Waltz time and composing own carousel piece in ¾ time
Term 4 2019-20
Head and Heart
PSHE Theme: Healthy Me
Core Texts: Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman
- I can evaluate ethics and express how I am feeling in an appropriate way and recognise when I need help to work through my feelings.
- I can understand how drugs, smoking and alcohol affect the body and evaluate when alcohol is being used responsibly, anti-socially or being misused.
Topic Overview: This topic explores the journey of a young boy with a heart condition who is part of a ground-breaking procedure to save his life. Within this topic, we will look at the ethics around new medical procedures and animal experimentation, as well as the complexities of relationships as emotions run high. We will look at the circulatory and respiratory systems in the human body and explore the impact that drugs, smoking and alcohol can have on it.
Writing Opportunities: Diary entries, narrative writing, information texts, scientific research and formal writing, debate and persuasive writing,
Art/DT: Paper models/diagrams, observational drawing, shading, sketching
Experiential Learning: Junior Citizen – safety and dealing with emergencies, Life Education Bus (‘Decisions’)
Maths: Abacus and White Rose schemes of work, SATs practice and revision (arithmetic & reasoning).
Science: Big Science Event: devising, conducting and presenting group science experiment.
Animals including humans (Keeping Healthy) – The circulatory system, the structure of the heart and lungs, healthy lifestyles and the impact of an unhealthy lifestyle and drugs on the body.
RE: The Journey of Life & Death (Christianity)
PE: Netball, Hockey & REAL PE, Excalibur Challenge II.
ICT/Computing: Data handling/ Spreadsheets: Collecting data, using formulae, creating graphs. Word Processing:
Publishing written work, page layout, editing.
Music: Minor and Major chords and using them in own song compositions
Term 5 2019-20
Muggles, Magic & Mythical Creatures
PSHE Theme: Relationships
Core Texts: Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling
- I can recognise when people are trying to gain power or control.
- I can demonstrate ways I could stand up for myself and my friends in situations where others are trying to gain power or control.
Topic Overview: This topic will look at the complexities of relationships between cultures, peers, teacher & peers, parents & children. Themes such as power/abuse of power, violence and hatred, love, loss, prejudice, and free choice will be explored and pupils will write from the perspectives of different characters and viewpoints as they try to unpick and empathise with their actions.
Writing Opportunities: Recounts, predictions, setting/character descriptions, diary entries, letters, play scripts, information texts (Fantastic Beasts) and newspaper reports.
Art/DT: Diagon Alley watercolour art, Fantastic Beasts (sketching and scientific diagrams)
- Harry Potter Studio Tour,
- Lord Williams’s School Primary Dance Festival,
- School Nurse Visits (Puberty and Sex & Relationships)
- Abacus and White Rose schemes of work
- SATs practice and revision (arithmetic & reasoning)
- Weekly after-school SATs revision drop-in sessions.
Science: Living things and their Habitats – Classification and grouping, characteristics, Linnaeus, adaptation to habitat factors, variation between species.
RE: Religion and the individual: What is expected of a person in following a religion or belief? (Islam)
PE: Cricket, REAL PE, Athletics.
ICT/Computing: Multimedia: Stop animation, Green Screen. Creating Harry Potter stop-animation and green screen projects.
Music: Production singing and music.
Term 6 2019-20
PSHE Theme: Changing Me
Core Texts: To be revealed
- I can talk about the changes that are happening to me physically and socially and explore my feelings about leaving primary school.
- I can describe how a baby develops from conception through the nine months of pregnancy, and how it is born.
Topic Overview: Throughout this topic, we will be exploring themes of change, difference and acceptance, relating it to our own transition to Secondary. We will be looking at behaviours of characters and relating it to our own fears and insecurities, and how we develop our growth mindset as we move towards new challenges.
- Setting descriptions, character descriptions, scripts and drama.
- Transition writing: persuasive arguments
Art/DT: Production art, prop-making, programmes, posters
Experiential Learning: Summer Production, Sleepover, Sports week (various coaching sessions inc: tennis, cricket, Zumba)
Maths: Consolidation of arithmetic and reasoning through investigations and word problems. Transition project: number walls.
RE: Religion and the individual: What is expected of a person in following a religion or belief? (Christianity)
PE: Athletics (preparation for Sports Day events), Dance (leading to Dance Festival performance and Summer Production)
ICT/Computing: LWS Transition Project (Hour of Code). Production green screen animation, advertisements.
Music: Production singing and music.