Year 6 (Poplar, Ash, Aspen & Oak)

We w​ill be using the non-fiction text ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ as our stimulus for writing.  This is a detailed visual narrative ofErnest Shackleton’s attempt to cross Antarctica. Based upon the information in the text, we will write a range of genres: persuasive speeches, formal letters and newspaper reports.  
In reading, we will continue to focus on our ability to retrieve information and our inference and deduction skills, whilst reading a range of fiction and non-fiction text types. These will include the diary entries of another famous polar explorer, Robert Falcon Scott, as well as tales of other intrepid adventurers.
We will be learning about ratio and proportion, algebra, measures and statistics.  We will also study position and direction in geometry. We will be applying our skills to reasoning and problem-solving, as well as continuing to practice our arithmetic skills every day.
Our topic is ‘Why was Shackleton a Successful Explorer?’, which focuses on exploration of the polar regions.  We will begin this with an orienteering activity around school, in which we will have to read maps and crack codes to try to deduce what our topic will be about.  
In geography, as well as using maps to locate various places, we will identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, the Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere and the Arctic and Antarctic Circle.  
In history, we will create a polar exploration timeline, considering the most significant expeditions of the last 120 years.  We will look at primary sources of history, such as photographs, letters and diaries, in order to discover what life was like aboard the Endurance in 1914.
In art we will be using sketch books to record our observations of Inuit influenced designs, before producing printed patterns in the style of Christopher Dresser. 
Our science topic is evolution and inheritance. As well as looking at how plants and animals adapt to their environments, we will be studying the work of the famous palaeontologist, Mary Anning, and learning about Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Our learning in RE will focus on how and why religious people celebrate festivals, particularly the Sikh festival of Baisakhi.  We will also be considering what food Chinese people like to eat, particularly when they celebrate Chinese New Year.