Class studies ~ here are details of the topics that the children are studying this term.
As part of the curriculum, all children, from Reception onwards will be learning French, and our Year 5 and Year 6 children will be learning Spanish weekly. We are also offering German and Spanish as a club to other year groups, and la Scuola Italia Broxbourne offers the opportunity for children in Years 1 to 6 to learn Italian; do see the clubs list.
Year 6 classes
Children’s scientific studies will focus on the topic Evolution and Inheritance, with a focus on adaptation, and Living Things and their Habitats. In history they will be studying the Changing Power of Monarchs, with a case study on Queen Victoria. Their Victorian studies will be complemented by a visit to The British Schools museum in Hitchin on the 24th November. In art, children will be exploring the work of William Morris, and creating their own patterns and a textile panel inspired by his designs. In religious education the children will be studying Christianity, and Buddhism and Hinduism, looking at worship, festivals and symbols. In design and technology, children will be investigating and building different types of structures, for example towers, domes and bridges. In computing children will be investigating automated systems and creating and debugging algorithms. They will programme physical devices, controlling inputs and outputs. In music children will be studying and performing music from the Victorian music hall tradition. They will also study the poetry of Victorian poets including Robert Louis Stevenson and Emily Dickinson. In PSHE&C children’s learning will relate to the themes of ‘being me in my world’ and relationships.
Chidren’s studies. Activities will be adapted for remote education.
Year 6 classes
Children will be studying animals, including humans, and this will include the human life cycle. In the second half of the term, children’s English studies will include the poetry of William Blake and William Wordsworth. In geography they will be carrying out class and individual studies on the European Union and researching different localities, explaining the physical and human features of the localities, and how they compare to our locality. They will be continuing their studies on Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism in religious education. Children’s computing studies will include planning, filming and editing movie trailers and looking at how animations are created, drawing on different genres. In art they will be focusing on still life painting, drawing inspiration from European artists including Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso. In design and technology children will be studying and creating structures and shelters. In music they will be creating, editing and evaluating compositions, using specialist software. Children’s PSHE&C studies will focus on the themes of maintaining physical and emotional health, including relationships, and transitioning to secondary school.
Activities will be adapted for remote learning.
Across the school in English, all children will be focusing on writing imaginative and thoughtful texts, which are appropriate to task, reader and purpose. In mathematics, we continue to focus on improving children’s mental arithmetic ability and number fluency, alongside teaching other areas.
Year 6 classes
In English, children will be focusing on writing a persuasive, one sided argument, and then learning how to develop this by writing balanced discussions. They will also explore the use of impersonal language in official documents. Children’s fiction studies will cover writing from alternative perspectives, and developing character depth and atmosphere, including the use of a range of suspense techniques, enabling them to develop a writer’s toolkit of stylistic features and devices. They will also be exploring the poetry of Maya Angelou. In science, children will be focusing on electricity and light, and the circulatory and respiratory systems. In geography, children will be studying current global environmental issues caused by man-made and natural changes. In design and technology, they will be designing and building a shelter for a specific purpose. In computing, children will be exploring how the internet is used for communication and collaboration. In history, children will be exploring the impact of the Victorian era on our locality. In art, they will design and create a sculpture to enhance an environment. In music, children will be continuing their learning of music notation, and constructing and composing chord patterns. In religious education they will be continuing their studies on Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism. Work in PSHE&C will relate to the themes of celebrating differences, and dreams and goals for the future.