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Theme 1: Fit for Life


The Big Idea

Your body is the most valuable thing you will ever own. It’s your job to keep your body fit and healthy because it has to last you a lifetime! We are going to find out how best you can do that.


In English, we’ll be learning about:

  • Explanation and information (Y5)
  • Dramatic conventions (Y5)
  • Persuasive writing (Y5)
  • Persuasive writing (Y6)
  • Extended narrative (Y6)

In Maths, we’ll be learning about:

  • Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion
  • Using a calculator
  • Place value
  • Mental addition and subtraction
  • Subtraction by counting back and finding the difference
  • Written addition and subtraction
  • Measures and handling data: metric units in length, weight and capacity
  • Line graphs, frequency charts, graphs, pie charts
  • Mean, median, mode
  • Handling data and probability

In Physical Education, we’ll be:

  • Exploring the range of ways in which we can improve our physical fitness
  • Practising enjoyable activities that help us to become fitter
  • Taking regular exercise to see whether it makes a measurable difference to our fitness

In Art, we’ll be:

  • Looking at the ways artists have represented people and their activities
  • Recording ourselves and our activities

In Science, we’ll be:

  • Investigating measures of our fitness
  • Enquiring into diet and health
  • Critically examining the evidence we collect
  • Learning more about changes to our bodies that take place as we grow
  • Learning more about our bodies and how we can keep them in good condition

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • Finding out how people around the world keep fit and healthy

Theme 2: Space Explorers


The Big Idea

We know that when we look up at our sky we will see the Sun, the Moon and the stars. We take them for granted. But why are they there? What do they do? How do they affect the Earth? Astronomy, like all sciences, is about asking questions. By becoming space explorers, we can find out more about our solar system and the deeper mysteries of the universe.


In English, we’ll be focusing on:

  • Traditional stories, fables, myths and legends (Y5)
  • SATS revision - units dependent on children's needs (Y6)

In Maths, we’ll be working on:

  • Ordering numbers
  • Using a calculator
  • Reasoning and explaining
  • Fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion
  • Time: using 24 hr clock
  • Handling data: probability and mode

In Science, we’ll be:

  • Making a pinhole viewer to record the size of the Sun and the Moon
  • Comparing the size of the planets and their distance from the Sun
  • Finding out about the movements of the Earth, Sun and Moon and how they affect us
  • Classifying rocks and comparing rocks on Earth with those on the Moon
  • Finding out about how craters are formed and the forces that are involved
  • Making a spectronometer to find out about light and what it contains
  • Finding out about how light travels
  • Creating a timeline to show the life cycle of a star
  • Finding out more about the planets in our solar system

In History, we’ll be:

  • Finding out about what people in the past used to think about the Earth, Sun and Moon
  • Finding out about Galileo and his findings about the Earth, Sun and Moon
  • Finding out about the constellations and the stories that they tell
  • Making a timeline to show some of the important events in the history of astronomy and space 

In Art, we’ll be:

  • Finding out about nebulae and how we can capture their shape, colour and patterns in art
  • Finding out about satellites and how we can create our own satellite images

In Technology, we’ll be:

  • Finding out about the technology that is being used to explore Mars
  • Designing and making our own vehicle to explore a planet’s surface

In International, we’ll be:

  • Finding out about the International Space Station (ISS)
  • Creating our own Voyager golden record to send into space
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