In Year 6 our Class Teacher is Miss Hudson and our Teaching Assistant is Miss Oliver. On this page, you can find out about the curriculum we are teaching this term. You can use this page to find out more about the subjects we teach in Year 6. We hope you enjoy having a look at our page!
This term, in history, we are learning about ‘The Maya Civilisation’.
The Mayan Empire, centered in the tropical lowlands of what is now Guatemala, reached the peak of its power and influence around the sixth century A.D. The Maya excelled at agriculture, pottery, writing, calendars and mathematics, and left behind an astonishing amount of impressive architecture and symbolic artwork. This term Year 6 are learning about the Maya and it’s dramatic, legendary history. They will be virtually examining artifacts with a Maya specialist, receiving a live Q&A with Dr Diane Davies (an archaeologist who is regularly in the Maya Forest leading excavation), learning about their achievements and daily life. They will learn about their settlement, their influence on construction, agriculture, their beliefs about the Maya Gods and sporting games (Pok-a-tok). They will have the opportunity to be history detectives to piece together the fragments from the past, debate theories and piece together their theory of why the Maya Civilisation ‘disappeared’. We will also be making comparisons to life in Britain during 900AD. They will also explore the importance of the cocoa bean during the Maya Civilisation. This term will be astronomical!
This term, in geography, we are learning about ‘South America: The Amazon Rainforest’.
In geography, the children will learn about the biome – tropical rainforest, where in the world they are located and why this impacts their climate, terrain and species. We will also be studying the Amazon Rainforest in much greater detail: uncovering its biggest threats (deforestation, logging, ‘slash and burn’, extraction of natural resources, unsustainable infrastructure building), researching different types of settlers, researching conservation projects (Rainforest Alliance Group, WWF and UNESCO) and learning about threats to the species that reside there (poaching, illegal selling of eggs, habitat loss, hunting and illegal pet trading).
This term, in science, we are learning about ‘Animals, including Humans’ and ‘Living Things and their Habitats’.
In termlet 1, the children will be learning about the circulatory system within the human body and within a range of different living things (including, the worm, spiders, fish, and a dog). During the term, the children will conduct a scientific enquiry to develop their knowledge about the composition of blood, osmosis/diffusion, how the heart beats and they will even get to dissect a lamb’s heart in order to learn about the parts of the heart and their function. We will also learn about the effects of exercise, substance use, and diet on the human body.
In termlet 2, the children will be learning about classification and will have the opportunity to handle a range of living things in order to classify them via their characteristics. We will be learning about Carl Linnaeus, the father of Taxonomy, to investigate how living things can be classified into their species. The children will also conduct a scientific enquiry into the local biodiversity at a local park and compare it to the biodiversity found on the school grounds, thinking about reasons for the difference.
This term, in art, we are learning about ‘Textiles’.
In art, the children will develop their weaving and stitching skills, to create a small woven tapestry that depicts aspects of Maya life, using different textures, colour pallets, sizes and materials for effect. They will use the characteristics of the physical geography of Mexico, along with historically accurate ideas of Maya life to create a landscape.