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Year 6 Curriculum


Year 6 Term 1 - What Is The Cost of War?

In the Autumn Term, year 6 children will be organising and running an exhibition in the whole school pop-up museum related to World War II. They will read texts including Friend or Foe and Carrie’s War to enhance their learning about what it would have been like to be evacuated as a child during the war.  Whilst learning about the Blitz, children will take part in WWII role-play in Bewdley and then be able to evaluate various accounts of war - from local (Smethwick), UK (Coventry; London) and world perspectives (USA). They will explore light and electricity and how these technologies were used in wartime, for example in the blackouts; they will learn about some of the wartime vehicles used, having the opportunity to design and make a controllable vehicle that could be used by British forces. The children will also have the chance to  ‘make do and mend’, sketch poignant shelter scenes in the style of Henry Moore and learn wartime songs (accompanied on the ukulele). Through further reading, e.g. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, and in discussions with historians and charities, children will also begin to appreciate how certain groups of people were persecuted during the war - so that by the end of their learning challenge the children will have examined how war has and still can leave its mark. Pupils will be able to consider about how we can all make a positive impact on our world by trying to prevent future conflict.

Year 6 term 2 - Where in the World Have People Achieved Their Dreams?

In the Spring Term in year 6 children will create their own ‘dream’ speeches and share them with other children, parents and the local community. They will first look at where in the world people have achieved their dream, read speeches such as Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech and Malala Yousafzai's speech made when opening the new Birmingham library more recently - before considering their own visions and dreams for the future. Children will explore the journey different peoples have made when fighting for their civil rights, in South Africa and America but also in the UK.  This will include writing detailed biographies depicting their lives and the impact made on the world - both historically but also still today. Children will sketch and improve portraits of people who have inspired them, before also extending ideas using the the more abstract styles of Picasso, Warhol and Basquiat. By the end of the learning challenge children will have explored the lives of many other people, the impact they have had on the world and their communities, and also reflected upon their own dreams and aspirations - of who they wish to be in the future.

Year 6 term - How can we leave a legacy?

In the final term of year 6 our children will be exploring the concept of ‘legacy’ - and what positive marks they can leave behind following their own fund-raising projects. The focus will be agreed between the children and the teachers, for example last year the children raised money to buy a defibrillator for school and community use, whilst raising awareness about heart conditions and first aid with staff and children alike. This year, who knows what legacy the children will choose to leave? Children will read thought-provoking texts such as Skellig and Stormbreaker, where a legacy has been left. They will also consider the impact and changes made to trade, economics and leisure in the 20th century - how technology, fashion, entertainment and transport for example continue to affect our day-to-day life.  During the challenge the children will explore and develop the dream-like qualities of surrealist artists such as Dali and Miro, looking at how they have impacted artistic movements in the world, whilst also developing their own surrealist 2D ideas into 3D wire-framed sculptures. By the end of the learning challenge children will have considered how many different people and events have impacted on the world but also how to make positive changes locally… thereby leaving their own legacy for future children who will attend Christ Church CE School.

Please note that our learning challenge overview statements do not include every subject or area that will be taught that term. They are just to give you a flavour of the sort of things the children will be learning and the learning outcomes at the end of each term.

Christ Church C of E Primary School,
Albert Street, Oldbury, B69 4DE
Email: enquiries@christchurchsandwell.org
Tel: 0121 552 3625
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