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Autumn Term Wider Curriculum Summaries


Y1 Autumn Term – Memory Box

This term’s learning is centred on what is familiar to the children so that they can relate to their learning.  In Geography, they will learn about their home, their school grounds and the immediate surrounding area, identifying the key human features (house, school, playground, shop, café) and why these places are needed. This will be done through observations and practical fieldwork activities, exploring the environment. Every child will be able to say where they live and know their home address.  They will also explore how they travel from place to place and link this to their learning in computing where they will create a set of instructions to get from one place to another, check them and debug.  In History, the children will explore changes within living history, specifically over the past 70 years so that they can compare their lives with the lives of their grandparents and/or great grandparents.  Firstly, they will identify the changes that they have experienced in their lives so far before comparing life now with the lives of their grandparents.  The children will be encouraged to pose their own questions about the past and to use sources, including people, to answer them. In Art, the children will develop their drawing skills to draw a picture of a cherished object that they have chosen themselves.  In Design and Technology, they will design, make and evaluate a model climbing frame that could be installed on the KS1 playground.

Y2 Autumn Term – Land Ahoy!

This term’s learning will focus on the UK, its coastline and surrounding seas and how they link to explorers, such as Captain Cook, travelling across the oceans to discover new lands. The children will use books, the Internet and stories to learn about Captain Cook and Grace Darling.  As they learn about Captain Cook and life at sea, they will also use maps and atlases to locate Australia and New Zealand (the countries that he discovered.) The children will also learn about Grace Darling and her bravery which led to her becoming a significant figure in History. How have her actions contributed to national achievements?  How does her rowing boat compare to modern-day lifeboats?  It is also an opportunity to compare Grace Darling’s way of life to Captain Cook’s. Our learners will also explore the similarities and differences between our locality and a town on the coastline (Llandudno), focusing on the key physical and human features. Once the children know all about life at sea, they will design and make a Vitamin C-rich fruit salad to prevent scurvy amongst the sailors and some savoury sea biscuits. In Art, they will continue to develop their drawing skills, using different grades of pencil to draw a ship.

Year 3 – Tribal Tales

‘Tribal Tales’ is a topic that takes the children on a journey through the Stone Age to the Bronze Age then to the Iron Age.   The children will place each period on to a class timeline and learn about the key events and aspects of life during each ‘age,’ including homes, clothes, hunting, food, farming, tools and weapons.  Throughout their lessons, the children will consider the main changes that took place.  How did the advances in tools and weaponry change life? To assess their understanding, the children will consider and answer the question: ‘In which ‘Age’ do you think it was better to live?’ stating reasons for their answer.  In Geography, the children will extend their learning about the UK, focusing on identifying and locating some counties and cities (including Stoke, Staffordshire, Staffordshire’s bordering counties and those cities/counties where there are surviving UK monuments and archaeological sites from the periods in History that are being studied.) They will also identify the human and physical features of these sites and use their knowledge and understanding to identify sites which would be suitable for an Iron Age settlement.  In Art, the children will continue to develop their sketching techniques, building on the skills learnt in Y2.  There is a cross-curricular opportunity in DT, where the children will use meat and vegetables to design and make a stew as hunter gatherers would have done in the past.

Y4 – Gods and Mortals

This term’s learning will focus on the life, achievements and legacy of the Ancient Greeks. Through their investigations, they children will learn about the city states of Athens and Sparta, Alexander the Great, everyday life, beliefs, culture, and through Greek mythology, some of the key events and individuals from this period. Following this, the children will answer the question: Can we thank the Ancient Greeks for anything in our lives today?  The children will use their enquiry skills to find out about the continuing legacy of the Ancient Greeks and explore their influence on the western world, in particular, the Olympic Games and other areas (this may include education, language, architecture and government.) In Geography, they will extend their learning about Europe with a particular focus on the geography of Greece and the Greek islands, making comparisons with the UK and with Ancient Greece.  Which human features still exist in Greece today?  Through their Art lessons, the children will develop their sketching skills, depicting the human form, and use their creativity to draw a scene from Greek mythology. Famous Greek buildings will be explored in DT with a view to designing and making a strong Greek temple, using pillars to support a roof (inspired by the Parthenon.) See Miss Marshall!!

Y5 – Sow, Grow, Farm (Refer to ‘Fire Damp and Davylamps’ for the mining project)

This term’s learning will be based around the key theme of land use: agricultural land use and mining (which was a key industry in Stoke on Trent.)  Agricultural land use in the UK can be divided into three main types, arable (growing crops), pastoral (livestock) and mixed (arable and pastoral). The children will also learn about farming abroad (what is grown where and why) and use this to learn about Fair Trade, the distribution of food, imports and exports.  By contrast, in History they will learn about the history of coal mining (with a particular focus on local history – Florence, Chatterley Whitfield and/or Apedale Colliery), mining strikes and their effects on the miners, their families and communities and the legacy and future of coal mining. Art skills will be developed through sketching still life drawings of fruit, using shading, tone and line to create depth. In DT, the children will use their innovative skills to design, make and evaluate a planter for a balcony garden.

Y6 – Revolution

The common theme this term is ‘change’ and it will focus on how and why life and work changed due to the Industrial Revolution.  The emphasis throughout the unit is on developing the children’s skills of historical enquiry including how evidence is used to make historical claims, and on developing their understanding of historical concepts such as continuity and change, similarity and difference, and significance. In Geography, the children will learn about climate change then look at the distribution of natural resources for energy and how the move towards renewable energy will impact on climate change.  In Art, the children will hone their drawing skills to create an industrial scene whilst in DT, they will look towards the future and a technological revolution to design and make a programmable device.

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