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Geography Year 5

In Year 5 pupils complete an introductory project on the British Isles including its human and physical features. Students are introduced to the skill of creating and reading plans and maps and at the same time investigating different settlement functions and patterns with relevant case studies. Students then focus on the mountain environment and where these are located in the world and how they are formed. Students finish Year 5 with a study of Swanage, including an education of the town and its coast, which includes a field trip to the area.

Geography Year 6

In Year 6 students develop their Geographical skills and learn to locate cities around the world using latitude and longitude. Students then look at continents and oceans before focusing on countries of Europe and the wider world. Each student will start to investigate the water cycle and follow a water droplet on its journey around the closed system. Year 6 will finish with the topic of Weather and Climate investigating how weather can be measured and what effect the physical landscape has on the weather in the British Isles.

History Year 5

Pupils complete an introductory unit on artifacts and their significance. They then complete a presentation of an item of their choice. Students start to develop the skill of chronology by investigating what life was like over 4000 years ago during the Stone Age and complete a timeline of different periods in History. During this year students complete a local history of Windsor and are introduced to the Victorian Era. Throughout this topic they investigate life, school and living conditions and compare how lives at the time differ from ours today. This gives students a chance to study significant historical characters. There is even a chance to meet one such character and ask them questions!

History Year 6

Students start this year by investigating the past societies of the Mayans and the Aztecs. Both of these civilizations are located in the Americans and students look to explore how civilisations develop over time and what life was like living in this era. Part of this year is focused on the Vikings with different aspects of their life, society and plots to invade. Pupils during this study will improve their ability to empathise and compare ancient societies with that of today. Students will also investigate Britain since the 1930s looking at aspects of World War II including rationing and the Blitz.

Science Year 5

In Year 5, pupils are taught all 3 sciences in lab environments. Through studying forces, light, the circulatory system, life cycles and the properties of materials, they develop their ability to work scientifically and are encouraged to maintain their curiosity about the world around them. Our key principles for teaching and learning in Science are that pupils should be confident to ask questions and increasingly independent in making scientific decisions. The curriculum in science supports those of DT and PSHE in encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Science Year 6

In Year 6, pupils extend their scientific enquiry skills whilst studying evolution, the classification of animals, physical and chemical changes (including dissolving), the solar system and electricity. They continue to develop their investigative skills through planning their own experiments and learning to evaluate their results. They continue to look at the roles of some key scientists who have changed our understanding of science such as Charles Darwin.

Music Year 5

Baseline testing takes place at the start of Year 5 and working individually and in groups pupils are given the opportunity to practice their skills in performing, composing, listening, singing, and writing about music. They go on to learn about beats and rhythms and explore the capabilities of a range of classroom percussion instruments. Melodic work is then introduced and pupils compose their first tunes, usually using tuned percussion. They listen to music and learn how music has been created by other composers to tell stories and paint pictures in sound before working on their own group compositions. They also learn the importance of writing music down and develop their own forms of graphic notation.

Music Year 6

In Year 6 pupils start to work with electronic keyboards. They cover the basics of music theory and are assessed on their individual performing skills. They are introduced to music technology and have the chance to create music on the computer with a simple sequencing program. Composing is also developed working with the conventional notes of the stave. Pupils learn about the instruments of the orchestra and through a series of practical activities aimed at establishing their understanding of basic musical concepts they are prepared for the more challenging work they will meet at Key Stage 3.

Art Year 5

In the autumn term year 5 study different aspects of African art and use their knowledge and understanding to design African masks in cardboard. They look at how African art has influenced western art focusing on the work of Picasso. During the Spring term pupils will look at stained glass windows and insects. Pupils will produce a series of detailed observational drawings before creating their own stained glass window based on their research. During the summer term pupils will work on a cross curricular project with the Geography department, designing Swanage pirate treasure maps. Pupils will develop skills in observational drawing, collage, painting and sculpture during this year.

Art Year 6

In the Autumn term Year 6 will study the artist Hundertwasser. Pupils learn about colour theory and paint techniques, creating a final piece inspired by the local environment. During the Spring term pupils will study Japanese print. They use their knowledge and understanding to create Japanese styled self-portrait using inks and block-printing. During the Summer term we read about fantasy creatures in the Harry Potter books. Pupils design their own papier-mâché creature inspired by the Harry Potter sets, films and books. Pupils develop skills in observational drawing, painting, colour theory, papier-mâché, portraiture and block-printing.

Design & Technology Year 5

In Year 5 the pupils are introduced to the Design & Technology workshop, they learn a variety of practical skills from shaping to finishing and use a range of different tools and equipment. Throughout the year, pupils work in a variety of materials to build up their skills and confidence. Pupils work with Acrylic, Fabric and Wood to produce a range of products.

Design & Technology Year 6

In the Autumn term Year 6 pupils will design and make an Ugly Doll. They will work in fleece and felt fabrics and learn how to do a blanket stitch and applique. During the Spring term pupils will work with Aluminum to design and make their own Wind Chime. Pupils use a variety of tools equipment to shape and finish their products. In the Summer term pupils make a Picture Frame in MDF.

PE in KS2

KS2 PE Pupils are taught in mixed gender groups and receive 120 minutes of Physical Education per week. During this Key Stage pupils are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding required to develop:

  • Fundamental skills i.e. running, jumping, throwing, balance, strength, control and flexibility.
  • Competitive Games
  • Dance

Throughout the following activities students will learn how to self and peer assess to develop their own and others’ learning.

All pupils take part in House Matches.

All pupils will take part in a number of activities during the Key Stage; these include Netball, Football, Gymnastics, Dance, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Athletics, Rounders, Cricket, Tennis, Outdoor Adventurous activities and Cross Country.

Life Skills in KS2

Form tutors help pupils to become more aware of their own social and emotional needs. With this help pupils will learn to develop these skills and become more emotionally literate. Form tutor are to use discretion in their choice of activities in response to any significant incidents or issues their form group have displayed.

During Anti-bullying week the whole school takes part in the same activities and learning.

In addition to this year 6 are taught the topic of puberty by the school nurse in the Summer term.

RE Year 5

We are a Community school and as such follow the Locally Agreed Syllabus. This wants us to look at the balance of belonging, behaving and believing whilst being assessed through learning from and about religion.

Year 5 pupils are introduced to the six religions taught by studying some of the key festivals of light. This enables them to understand where comparisons and differences occur between them and begin to understand where religion can play a part in some people’s lives and to give it meaning. They also compare similar cultural festivals so they can see where some overlap of understanding can occur. They study Ramadan and both Eid celebrations in Islam. Divali in Hinduism and Sikhism are then compared, looking at some of the celebrations whilst also comparing them with elements of the cultural festivals of New Year and Guy Fawkes Night. Advent and Christmas are then followed by the cultural Chinese New Year. Finally Lent and Easter are explored. During the summer term the traditions of Sikhism are explored.

RE Year 6

Year 6 pupils at present are studying aspects of Judaism. They compare it with other religions so they can continue to develop opinions where and how religion plays an important role in our multicultural society today? During the Summer term some traditions of Hinduism are studied.