Year 6 Spring Term – Take a Walk Through the Amazon Rainforest

This term, we will review what we have learned about climate zones with a particular focus on tropical rainforests. We will find out about the significance of these amazing places and the global impact of deforestation.

Geography

Our theme this term has a geography focus. We will review climate zones and then identify tropical rainforests using maps and interactive resources. We will then zone in on South America and the Amazon. We explore physical and human aspects of the region:

· We will study the rainforest itself

· Investigate settlements

· Study trade from the rainforest

· Find out about Fairtrade and the rainforest alliance

· Complete a river study of the Amazon and its basin

· Make comparisons between Brazil and the UK

Music

We listen to and analyse  music with a rainforest theme before composing and performing our own music using both tuned and untuned instruments. We then create and follow our own musical notation.

Art

Our focus this term is the use of colour in our art work. We study the work of Brazilian artist Romero Britto and then imitate his style on both a small and a large scale.

We also refine our sketching skills by completing still life drawings of tropical flowers.

Computing

We will continue our work on computer networks and describe how information is passed between computers and networks. We will also develop our presentation skills and create mixed media presentations containing animations and hyperlinks.

Design Technology

While studying a tropical rainforest, we will investigate import and export of goods from these places. We will then investigate fair trade before designing our own menus using fair trade products. We will then create dishes thinking about healthy eating and using a range of food technology skills.  We will also design and build our own rainforest dioramas to show this amazing habitat.

French

This term, we will continue to practise both our spoken and written French.

We will investigate clothing and describe what we might wear in different situations. We will add description by using previously taught vocabulary such as colours.

We are also going to be learning about modes of transport and will describe a journey using appropriate directional vocabulary.

Science

Our focus for this term is living things and their habitats. We will learn about the man who invented the classification system and develop our understanding of the way it works. We increase our knowledge of classification keys through practical activities before applying our knowledge to create our own key based on life in the Amazon rainforest.

During the second part of then term, we also investigate micro-organisms and learn the difference between those that are helpful and/or harmful.

PE

Our indoor PE this term has a dance focus. We work in small groups to choreograph routines that show change in height, jumps and turns and changes of speed. Children will combine taught movements with their own style. We will also be revisiting badminton and will learn how to score in doubles matches. In outdoor PE lessons, we will refine our skills in hockey before taking part in interclass competitions.

RE

We will continue to study Christianity in the spring term with an enquiry into  whether it is still a strong religion 2000 years after Jesus was on Earth. Children will learn about Christian festivals, religious buildings and symbols and the significance of Christian charities. In the later part of the term, we will review the Easter story and find out about Easter traditions around the world.

PHSE

This term, we will revisit our zones of regulation and the five ways to wellbeing. We will also think about ways to keep ourselves healthy both physically and emotionally.  We will have a visit from the nurse to learn about puberty and the things that are happening to our bodies.

In addition to the taught aspects of our curriculum we also provide children with many other opportunities to develop and extend their learning. Please click on one of the following links to find out more.