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Fernhurst

Primary School

Badgers

Badgers is taught by Miss Stocker.

In Year 6 we aim to consolidate all the hard work of the children from throughout their years at primary school.  Preparation for the SATs (Standardised Assessment Tests) in the summer term, is achieved through a variety of engaging topics.  This year the children will be learning about: 

Blood Heart (Autumn 1) - At the start of our project, we will dissect an animal heart, finding out about the different parts and how the blood flows. Afterwards, we’ll write a report of the experience and use software and models to learn more about how the circulatory system works. We’ll learn our heart rates and test how it is affected by exercise. In D&T, we will make model hearts. We’ll learn about how smoking affects the heart and write adverts to persuade people to stop smoking. We'll also learn about British Heart Foundation (BHF), why it is important and what their charity does. We will design our own charity event to raise money for BHF.  

A Child's War (Autumn 2) - This half term, we’ll imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, including our key text ' Goodnight Mr Tom' we’ll learn about evacuation and write letters to our families ‘back home’. We’ll plot the Second World War’s events on a timeline and learn about rationing, Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain. From a range of sources, we’ll find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We’ll learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt. In D&T, we will make Anderson shelters and cook delicious wartime food.

Darwins Delights (Summer 1) - During this half term, we’re going to investigate a range of animal specimens, describing the characteristics of the creatures, and labelling their body parts using software. We’ll use a range of non-fiction books to investigate adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. We will collect natural items and discover what plants live around our school. We’ll retrace Darwin’s steps using maps and create sketchbooks to record the plants, flowers and trees we encounter. Using maps and globes, we’ll plan a mini expedition. What will the weather be like and what physical and man-made features might we encounter?

Hola Mexico (Summer 2) - During this half term, we will watch a traditional Mexican performance and join in with percussion instruments. We’ll use non-fiction books to find out about the importance of music in Mexican culture and have a go at folk dancing. We will learn about the ‘Day of the Dead’ and create 3-D skulls. We will read Mayan myths and legends, and write our own. Using maps, we’ll locate Mexico and explore its natural features. We’ll discover what daily life is like and how it has changed over time. Then we will craft Mayan chocolate and simple woodwind instruments from recycled materials. Who can make the highest, loudest and longest sounds?

In Year 6 the children are encouraged to take on more responsibilities and learn skills that will prepare them for the transition to secondary school.  They have the opportunity to become prefects or even Head-Boy or Girl; House Captains and take part in Sports Leadership training.  A week of road safety and bike skills, Bikeability, is always great fun. Towards the end of the year, after SATs, we will go on our residential to Cobnor. 

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