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The Panthers (Year 6) Mr Barker

Welcome to Year 6 and Upper School!

We are very much looking forward to a productive and enjoyable year with your children in Panther Class. We have a busy and exciting term ahead! In our class the children are supported with their learning by Mrs Stubbings, Miss Park and Miss Cunningham.  

Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any concerns at all about your child’s progress or happiness at school, appointments can always be made at the beginning or end of the school day at a mutually convenient time.

Mr Barker (Class Teacher)

We are really looking forward to getting to know your children and learning alongside them this year. We hope that they will settle quickly into Year 6 and their final year at primary school. We have got an exciting year ahead of us, with many mysterious and challenging topics, which we know the children will relish.

Topics – Terms 1&2

A Voyage of Discovery

In this Unit pupils will be exploring how adaptation can lead to evolution, whilst recognising that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but that they vary from each other and their parents. They will also investigate variation in response to environment, Darwin’s work and how and why the human skeleton has changed since separating from the primates. We are hoping to visit the former home of Charles Darwin and the site where the internationally renowned 'On the Origin of Species' was written. 

Who’s the Mummy?

Pupils will be visiting an “Egyptian tomb” and answering questions from the scrolls they find in the ‘burial’ chamber. They then study the different Egyptian myths and legends about how the world was created and the Egyptian gods, especially the story of Isis and Osiris. Pupils then create a family tree of the Egyptian gods and explain why the Pharaohs were so important. In geography pupils learn about the location of Egypt and its principal features, before exploring facts about the geography of the country. In art pupils will explore different types of Egyptian jewellery whilst in their music lesson they listen to Egyptian music and learn to keep a steady pulse to a prescribed rhythm.

Topics - Terms 3, 4 & 5

Champions for Change

This Unit gives the children a chance to learn about politics and their government. They will learn about the system of government in their country, about the origins of democracy, how to create their own party logos and campaign posters and about global issues that should concern governments around the world. We plan to visit the Houses of Parliament with a tour of the Palace of Westminster. We will also take place in a general election where the children will experience what it is like to be a candidate and voter.


The Battle of Britain

During the Battle of Britain unit, pupils will take part in a recreation of an air raid practise as an introduction to understanding what life was like for ordinary people in the war.  The children will then find out more about the war in their history lesson by preparing questions and then interviewing a survivor or someone who lived through of WW2. Aspects of life during the war will be explored in music, where pupils consider the vital role-played by music, focusing in particular on songs performed by Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn, and also in art where pupils study the influence of posters in wartime. In English pupils use their imagination to write about the life of children who experienced air raids and evacuation and in science pupils learn that light travels in straight lines through the context of a Spitfire pilot and what he/she can see through the cockpit window. We hope to be visited by the Homefront Bus which will help bring to life what it was like during the Second World War for those in Britain.