Curriculum Overview

Year 6 - Summer 2

This page explains what your child will be learning this half-term as their main project in class. Please use the menu at the side to view objectives for additional objectives for the stand-alone subjects (Mathematics, Physical Education, Computing, Music, Languages, PSHCE and Religious Education) and for our extended curriculum.

Β‘Hola Mexico!

Unit Overview

Welcome to Mexico! Get ready to explore this unique country, from its towering temples and stunning geography to its pulsing rhythms and fun-packed festivals. Tummy rumbling? Concoct a traditional fruit cocktail or delicious Mexican meal. What’s on your shopping list? Go steady with the spices! Discover the mysterious world of the ancient Maya civilisation. Make their chocolate, learn their poetry, play their ball game and follow all their curious rituals. Just try to keep your head! Feel like celebrating? Design a flute, grab a drum, join a tribe and make some noise! Have you got what it takes to be chief? Let’s find out…

❇ MEMORABLE MOMENT

Listen to and watch a traditional Mexican musical performance, such as the mariachi or ranchera.

🏁 BIG FINISH

Use a 3-D animal former and, applying collage and painting techniques, decorate it with Mexican pattern work and colours typical of the genre.

πŸ‘‰ DRIVERS & ENHANCERS

The driver subject for this unit of work is Geography & Science.

The unit will be enhanced through Design & Technology.

πŸ“– FOCUS TEXT(S)

The class will be reading The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

️✏️ WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

Throughout this unit of work we will be writing a range of texts such as holiday brochures, scientific investigations and historical information texts.

🌳 LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

In this unit of work we will investigate the environment around us and how it can be used to prepare for our investigations.

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. Identify the position and explain the significance of latitude, longitude, equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, the Prime (or Greenwich) Meridian and time zones (including day and night)
  2. Use lines of longitude and latitude or grid references to find the position of different geographical areas and features.
  3. Explain how humans function in the place they live.
  4. Create an in-depth study of the characteristics and importance of a past or ancient civilisation or society (people, culture, art, politics, hierarchy).
  5. Explain, using words, diagrams or a model, why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them and how shadows can be changed (Science)
  6. Use research skills to find out about the insect Dactylopius coccus (Companion project forScience)
  7. Ask and answer deeper and broader scientific questions about the local and wider world that build on and extend their own and others' experiences and knowledge (companion project for Science)
  8. Explain how the brightness of a lamp or volume of a buzzer is affected by the number and voltage of cells used in a circuit (companion project for science),
  9. Describe, using diagrams, how light behaves when reflected off a mirror (plane, convex or concave) and when passing through a lens (concave or convex).

APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF UNIT: 10 hours

Enhancer Subjects: Learning Intentions

  1. Listen to and comment on a wide range of genres and musical styles using a broad musical vocabulary.
  2. Follow a recipe that requires a variety of techniques and source the necessary ingredients independently.
  3. Vary dynamics of movements or dance, developing actions in time to music with a partner or as a part of a group.
  4. Create a 3-D form using malleable materials in the style of a significant artist, architect or designer.
  5. Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others.
  6. Retrieve, record and present a range of relevant information from fiction and non-fiction texts, focusing on the evidence from the text.
  7. Use a range of organisational devices effectively, adapting their text to suit the audience and purpose.

APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF ENHANCER UNIT: 7 hours