Our Learning Project (KRP) for Spring Term 2022: Frozen Kingdoms
This term, we will be studying the Knowledge Rich Project (KRP) ‘Frozen Kingdoms’. This project has a Geography focus. It teaches children about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and includes a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them.
In order to ensure full curriculum coverage this will have mini companion projects that will sit alongside the topics.
Art Inuit This project teaches children about the Inuit way of life, including some of their cultural and artistic traditions.
Environmental artists; This project teaches children about the genre of environmental art. They study how artists create artwork that addresses social and political issues related to the natural and urban environment. Children work collaboratively to create artwork with an environmental message.
Science: Why are things classified? Children learn about the principles of classification and create their own keys to classify each other.
Electrical circuits and components This project teaches children about electrical circuits, their components and how they function. They recognise how the voltage of cells affects the output of a circuit and record circuits using standard symbols.
History: Learning in this subject will enhance other curriculum areas such as learning about significant scientists who gave us our classification system and significant bridge builders as part of our DT work.
DT Engineers; This project teaches children about remarkable engineers and significant bridges, learning to identify features, such as beams, arches and trusses. They complete a bridge-building engineering challenge to create a bridge prototype.
PSHE We will follow the SCARF units for PSHE which will include the units ‘Keeping myself safe’ and ‘Rights and Responsibilities’. These lessons will be blocked during the first weeks of both half term and will be revisited through our assemblies during the term also.
RE We are following a two-year programme of study from Curriculum Kernewek. Our first topic for Year 6 is a unit covering the Christianity unit of GOD: What does it mean if God is holy and loving? This will be followed by a unit looking at Judaism and considering the question Why is the Torah so important to Jewish people?
MFL We will continue to build on our French vocabulary, listening and writing skills through the units of 'This is France' and ‘All in a day’.
PE The first half term will have a sport focus of gymnastics, a fitness focus of step aerobics, and a health focus on healthy lifestyles. The second half term will have a sport focus of striking and Fielding games, a fitness focus of step aerobics, and a health focus on ‘you are what you eat’. Hopefully, with Covid restrictions allowing, there will be opportunities for children to participate in extracurricular clubs and sporting events and festivals as part of our links with the Newquay Schools sports partnership.
Music We will be embedding skills, knowledge and understanding through singing, playing, improvising, composing, and listening. We will be listening to and identifying music with a polyphonic texture; listening to and keeping a steady 3/4 beat or pulse; singing a round accurately and in legato style. The work will focus on the Latin song ‘Dona nobis pacem’ which is a round in three parts that is set to a short prayer for peace.
Computing: ICT will be used throughout all the other subject areas to enhance the children's understanding and for research purposes. Children will be encouraged to use ICT as a tool for furthering their understanding in other curriculum areas. Throughout the term there will be an emphasis on keeping ourselves safe online. Discovery Coding for Year 6 will be used as a tool to develop their understanding of Coding: designing, writing and debugging programs that accomplish specific goals. In addition to this, we are following two units on creating media: 3d modelling and web page creation.
Maths We will follow the White Rose Planning for Y6: Geometry: position and direction; decimals; percentages; algebra; measures: converting units; measures: perimeter, area and volume; and finally, ratio.
English Along with focusing on grammar, spelling, handwriting and reading skills, we will explore reports (non-chronological and journalistic) and poetry in our first half term and descriptive writing, narratives and spoken language in the second half term. Much of our writing will be cross curricular and we will be transferring skills learnt in English, to other curriculum areas.
Linked Text: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. Feo and her mother, Marina, live alone in the snowbound woods of Russia. They are wolf wilders (people who teach tamed wolves to live in the wild). When an infamous Russian general arrests Marina, Feo sets off on a quest to save her. With the help of her trusted wolves and a runaway Russian soldier, Feo travels across the frozen landscape and is swept up in the beginnings of a revolution.