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Summer 2

Adventure is out there!


Summer 1

What's the 'Real' Truth?


During the first part of the summer term, we were once again historians! This time, we explored, and evaluated, the impact of World War 2 (1939-1945) on our local area, considering how children and their rights were affected during the time. Analysing a range of primary and secondary sources, we considered why the war began and which countries were involved, as well as what life was like for local civilians. As well as this, we looked at how Basingstoke differed Geographically in the 1940s compared to today. To gain an insight into what WWII was like across the world, we used the powerful book 'Rose Blanche', by Roberto Innocenti, in our English lessons. We took on a variety of characters' viewpoints to produce a range of powerful pieces of writing. 

Summer 1 Project Overview

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Spring 2

Tales of Times Forgotten!

This half term, we were historians! We explored what life was like for the Maya, who lived in Central America thousands of years ago - some of whom still follow Mayan traditions today. Through our history sessions, we researched and presented our understanding about what life was like, focusing particularly on their successes, and also considering the range of theories about the mysterious disappearance and decline of the civilisation. We  questioned: Were the Maya really civilised or were they actually barbarians? We explored the many different interpretations of the Maya through time (including questions that still remain unanswered today). Through our English sessions will presented persuasive pitches linked to Mayan weaponry, as well as writing a narrative extract inspired by 'The Curse of the Maya'. Finally, the children created their own Mayan cities in the form of a non-chronological text, which they shared with each other.

Spring 2 Project Overview

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Spring 2 Home Learning

Spring 1

A Matter of Curiosity!

To begin the Spring term, we explored the powerful and thought-provoking picture book 'The Island', by Armin Greder, where we discussed the themes of immigration and prejudice that existed on an island where everybody should belong. At the end of the book study, the children worked in teams to produce an 'Island Law', advocating for change on the island. These have been displayed in frames around school.

The children then enjoyed visits to QMC, and from Mr Cushing, as a hook for our 'Science Week'! During the week, we revised forces and friction as learnt about how water rockets work. Using the book 'Until I met Dudley' as a stimulus, we wrote explanation texts in the style of Roger McGough.

Finally, we explored a different type of scientific 'matter' through our narrative unit linked to 'Northern Lights', by Philip Pullman (and supported by visual clips from 'His Dark Materials'). Throughout this two week unit, we focused on characterisation, discussing whether first impressions are always reliable: is every human being multifaceted?

Spring 1 Project Overview

Spring 1 Rationale

Spring 1 Home Learning

Autumn 2

Ambassadors for Change!

During the second half of the Autumn term, our project enabled the children to become advocates for a better world. Using David Attenborough's film, 'A Life on our Planet', we  considered the impact that our actions, as humans, continue to have on the natural world that we live in. As Geographers, we explored a variety of biomes across the globe and in English, we designed our own 'perfect biome' to live in, writing a non-chronological text to share in the Mocktail Bar. Towards the end of the project, the children wrote, and performed, powerful persuasive speeches for a better world; they then sent these off to their chosen audience. 

Autumn 2 Project Overview

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Autumn 1

Fight, flight or freeze?

Welcome to Year 6! Miss Chapman and Mrs Keefe are your class teachers this year, supported by Mrs Manning (our intervention support teacher), and Mrs Nunn & Miss Rock (our LSAs). PE days will be Wednesday and Friday. Reading logs need to be in school every day and you will need to read at least 5x a week. Homework will be handed out on Thursdays and handed back in on a Tuesday.

This half term, our project (which was inspired by the story 'Varjak Paw' by S. F. Said) explored the importance of having an identity (Article 8, UNCRC), dealing with conflict and belonging as part of a team, as the children settled in to their Year 6 classes.

Throughout the project, we explored the key characters in the story, discussing our responses to how Varjak is treated in his own family home, where he struggles desperately to fit in for being 'different'. We analysed the writer's language choices, unpicking some of the key characters in the text and considering how negative choices can affect ourselves and those around us. As principled Manor Field learners, we debated whether or not Varjak should risk leaving his family home for the outside world, whilst considering how the story related to our own behaviours and relationships...

Is the 'grass always greener' on the other side?

Autumn 1 Project Rationale

Autumn 1 Project Overview

Autumn 1 Home Learning