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Upper Key Stage 2 (Y5/6) Cycle A

 

AUTUMN A

SPRING A

SUMMER A

Theme

Blitz and pieces (WW2)

EXTREME EARTH

GROOVY GREEKS

Book/s

Carrie’s War

Goodnight Mr Tom

Room 13

Wreck of the Zanzibar

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Launch/Big Bang

Speech – going to war

Making gas masks

Propaganda poster

ID labels

Goodnight Mr Tom

 

The way we used to live

 

Twister (PG)

 

The Day After Tomorrow. (12A)

 

Magna trip – volcano/ rocks workshop

The Classical World –York Museum workshop

 

https://www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk/education/schools-2-2/workshop-programme-yorkshire-museum/

 

 

 

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – film later in the term.

 

History

  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • Historic research into Pompeii, Dormant volcanoes.
  • Historical extreme earth events.
  • History of the geographical formation of volcanos.
  • Exploring the effects of natural disasters on people and communities. – Boscastle.

 

  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

 

Geography

  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied
  • Measuring the weather, weather charts.
  • Mean median mode
  • Probability of weather– maths links
  • Tectonic plates

locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities

name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time

identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night)

  • Describe and understand key aspects of:
  • physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle

 

  • What is Greece like? Mapwork – identify landmarks, compare weather to UK. How does it differ to England? Look at landmarks and geographical features.
  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied

 

  • Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

 

Art

  • Silhouette
  • Remembrance day poppy pastels
  • Line drawing work soldiers
  • Spit fire line drawings
  • Hokusai’s wave mural.
  • Twister pictures
  • Paint with straws to create extreme earth style pictures.

 

  • Investigate portraits, considering how they tell us about an individual. Paint pictures of Ancient Greek Gods
  • Clay story pots.

DT

Spitfire

Gas mask

  • Rain collectors – measuring

 

  • Making volcanoes – mentos and coke experiment.

Clay story pots

Greek building models

Music

  • WW2 songs – we’ll meet again etc
  • Compose a piece of music that incorporates how different weathers may sound. – Sunshine style sounds to storm style weather in stages.
  • Weather forecast cards as a sequence for music production.

Research and re-enact Greek music.

Greek dancing.

Science

(Units that could have links to the theme)

Forces

  • explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
  • identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces
  • recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Making volcanoes – mentos and coke experiment.

 

  • Exploring the adaptations of animals and plants that live in extreme environments, such as deserts or polar regions. 2 Exploring condensation and evaporation to link to the water cycle
  • Light
  • Evolution and inheritance

Computing (Units that could have links to the theme)

Purple mash activities – Anne Frank, evacuation letter, being an evacuee, The Blitz, Remembrance day, mashcam, design a spitfire.

 

Cyberbullying / bullying

 

3D modelling unit at Christmas (Y5)

 

Online Safety

 

Spreadsheets – rain graph?

 

Databases linked to weather

 

Volcano leaflets

Earthquake work on purple mash.

Computing – Scratch maze game for Greek setting.

MFL

French to be taught in half hour blocks per week

French to be taught in half hour blocks per week

French to be taught in half hour blocks per week

Contextual Ideas

Once, soon, now, then.

 

 

 


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