Children in Year 6 start each term with a new topic which begins with a Sensational Start and ends with a Fantastic Finish. Children will enjoy books throughout each topic, with two that they will become very familiar with. The book webs set out how subjects are woven throughout the topic.
Autumn Term - Keep Calm and Carry On
Sensational Start: Holdenby House Visit
Fantastic Finish: VE Day Celebration
Year 6 begin their final year at Southfield immersed in wartime Britain. They will visit Holdenby House in Northampton where they will experience life as evacuees of the time. The focus is on the significance of the Battle of Britain and what life was like during World War II. Children will use maps to mark battle sites both in Britain and across the world and through design technology they will develop their understanding of home grown food and seasonality. To celebrate the end of this topic the children will host a VE day celebration, an opportunity to reflect on all that they have learned and understand the significance of this milestone in history.
Spring Term - Mountain Kingdoms
Sensational Start: Big Rock Hub Indoor Climbing Visit
Fantastic Finish: Junior STEM Lego Robotics Workshop
Reading the book King of the Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgo develops children’s interest in learning about the Himalayan mountain range. Children are given an opportunity to challenge themselves at an indoor climbing centre giving them a hint of how difficult it would be to climb mountains. Through science children understand how living things are classified and begin to understand about evolution and inheritance. The work and life of the Palaeontologist Mary Anning is studied, in particular fossils which are then observed and sketched developing their drawing skills.
Summer Term - Out of Africa
Sensational Start: African Experience
Fantastic Finish: Exhibition of Work
This is a thought provoking topic, developing an understanding of the experiences of a refugee arriving in Britain and life during South Africa's apartheid. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and diversity of each African country as well as to reflect on the influence of this in multicultural Britain. Traditional patterns and colour will feature in children’s art work. The fantastic finish is an exhibition of work which parents will be invited to in addition to a leavers assembly. The end of Year 6, and their time at Southfield Primary, is marked by an opportunity to attend a residential visit to the Isle of Wight.