Venus (Year 6)


Year 6 spring term 1  Frozen Kingdom
Engage- Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands, which are incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly.
Develop– This half term, we’ll start by making and observing icebergs. We’ll then find out more about them using non-fiction books. We’ll learn technical vocabulary so we can write reports in the role of engineers. Using globes and maps, we’ll identify the polar regions, comparing the Arctic and Antarctic. We’ll also think about how we can protect the polar environment. When we’re more familiar with the polar regions, we’ll write exciting stories, poems and diary entries from the perspective of brave explorers such as Ernest Shackleton. We will research plant and food chains and find out about how life survives in such harsh conditions.

Urgent Memo FAO: Rescue staff @ Ice Station 54
Deception Island, South Shetland
(Antarctic Peninsula)
Coastguards…The holiday cruiser ‘Sub Zero’ (carrying 24 holidaymakers from Polar Expeditions) has hit densely packed ice off the coast of the Antarctic and is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands (120 kilometres north of the Antarctic Peninsula 62°0’S, 58°0’W) in the Antarctic Ocean. Much of its equipment has been lost in the water with the icy impact damaging its rear propellers and engines.
You have a window of 12 hours maximum to devise a rescue plan, after which it is estimated the ship will become submerged and lives lost.
Good luck.

FOCUS_ Geography
English- Chronological reports, non-chronological reports, poetry, diaries and letters
Geography- Features of the polar regions                                                                 
Art and Design- Painting, block printing, design
History- Exploration in the 1900s
Science – Living things and their habitats
P.E.- Tag Rugby
R.E.- (Understanding Christianity) Creation
French with Madame Day

The Polar Bear Explorers Club by Alex Bell
It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer – tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk – but Stella really, really didn’t want that to happen, just the same.
Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages . . .
When Stella and three other junior explorers get separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?
Keep up to date with what’s happening in year 6 with our Class Dojo


‘“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”
— Ernest Shackleton

Year 6 spring term 2  Darwin’s Delights

Engage– Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle.
Develop– During this half term, we’re going to investigate a range of animal specimens, describing the characteristics of the creatures, and labelling their body parts using software. We’ll use a range of non-fiction books to investigate adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. After examining letters and journal entries written by Darwin, we’ll write our own examples. We’ll collect natural items and discover what plants live around our school. We’ll retrace Darwin’s steps using maps and create sketchbooks to record the plants, flowers and trees we encounter. Using maps and globes, we’ll plan an expedition. What will the weather be like and what physical and man-made features might we encounter?
At the end of the ILP, we’ll think about why the Galapagos Islands developed such diverse animal life, and why they might be under threat. We’ll also think about what Darwin would have worked on if he were alive today. How would he use our technology?
Innovate Future Humans
Close your eyes and imagine you’ve been catapulted far into the future. You’re face to face with a human race that has gone through thousands of years of evolution. Everything is different. The environment has changed. Society has changed. Nothing looks the same. The world as you know it has changed and moved on, so how are you going to survive? What will you need in this new world? It’s time to meet your future self.

Focus- Science
English- labelling, journals, diaries, letters, explanations, reports,
Science- Evolution and inheritance, living things and their habitats
Art and Design- sketch books and observational drawing
Computing- research, understanding computer networks
Geography-Using maps, geographical similarities and differences, islands of the world
History- Significant individuals, Charles Darwin, David Attenborough, Mary Anning
RE- ( Understanding Christianity) Salvation
PE- Yoga
Maths- Inspire, circles, arithmetic, number

‘An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details. This is not an autobiography. I would never write a history of myself. On the other hand, throughout my young days at school and just afterwards a number of things happened to me that I have never forgotten . . .’








A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin


Year 6 – Reading at home. If you ever wonder what kind of books your year 6 child could be reading then please follow this link