This half term, Year 6’s topic is called Extreme Earth. The topic begins with a science week during which the children learn about, and investigate, different forces. They will then apply this knowledge throughout the topic when referring to different extreme weather systems.
During the topic, the children are introduced to the extreme weathers that occur around the world and what causes them. The children learn about the effects of a natural disaster and the challenges that people might face afterwards. This includes exploring the work of aid agencies to see what they do to support the victims of these natural disasters. The children will use their geography mapping skills to locate places that have been affected by these extreme weathers and their learning will be enhanced through their own research into different case studies.
As well as developing their geographical, scientific and empathy skills, the children will develop their Design and Technology skills by designing and make a waterproof container that could be used to protect precious objects during a natural disaster.
Alongside this work, in literacy, the children will be using two key fiction texts (Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit and Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick) to develop their understanding, as well as numerous non-fiction texts. They will then be applying their literacy skills to produce different setting descriptions, a recount, a short story and an explanation text.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY_3ggKg0Bc Clip will be used to write setting descriptions of Pompeii before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
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Different Extreme Weathers
Destruction of Indonesian Tsunami
Damage from Hurricane Katrina