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Year 6

The Year Six Cornerstones topics are described below. Teachers will plan to use a selection of these topics, usually six – one each half term, from the programme. 

Hola Mexico!

Welcome to Mexico! Get ready to explore this unique country, from its towering temples and stunning geography to its pulsing rhythms and fun-packed festivals.
Celebrate the festival of ‘Dias de los muertos’ – Days of the dead and the marriage of religion and culture behind it.
Conduct research into the climate and ecology of the vast Chihuahuan Desert and the waterways surrounding Mexico City, with particular regard to adaptation.
Discover the mysterious world of the ancient Maya civilisation. Make their chocolate, study their architecture and follow their crucial rituals.

Frozen Kingdom
Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands…vast wilds, hostile territories, incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.
Be alert, for magnificent mammals roam these lands, sometimes hungry or fresh for a fight. Perhaps a hungry polar bear or an arctic fox; hunting rodents and swift as the wind!
Research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and eco-systems and compose evocative poems about the Northern Lights.
Become part of an Antarctic rescue team, braving the elements to rescue terrified passengers from a ship struck by a deadly berg that hides deep beneath the Antarctic Ocean.
So wrap up well everyone and settle by the fire. I’m just going outside and may be some time.

Are you listening, boy? What is 27 plus 45? Come on – faster now, we haven’t got all day!
Find out about super-strict schools by travelling back in time to a Victorian classroom. Make sure you’re on your best behaviour though as punishments are unquestionably terrible!
Discover a time when great minds thought new thoughts and ingenious inventors created so many things we take for granted today: the electric light bulb, the telephone and even the first flushing loo!
Let’s forge ahead to research a time when Victoria was Queen and Albert was Prince Consort, and when some people lived in slums while others prospered.
Take on the role of an important reformer and present your good causes to the Queen. Can you gain support of a wealthy sponsor?
Full steam ahead to the Victorian age!

A Child’s War
A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Deep down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory.
Read the diary of Anne Frank, written whilst hiding from the terrifying stormtroopers in a secret annexe, and try to empathise with her hopes and fears.
Make do and mend – and cook up a family meal from meagre rations. Delve deep into a bygone era, when loose lips sank ships.
And, as peace is declared, let’s get ready to celebrate. Mr Churchill says, ‘It’s an unconditional surrender!’.

Blood Heart
Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry…blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system! Now surgeons, don’t be squeamish as we dissect an animal heart and examine veins, arteries and chambers up close. They all work hard to move the blood around our bodies.
William Harvey was fascinated with anatomy and made ground-breaking discoveries about valves. I wonder what we might uncover?
Let’s check out the most common blood groups in our class? Why do people give blood?
Find out how to keep your heart happy with cardiovascular exercise and healthy food. Kick-start a campaign to spread the word about the damage caused by smoking to the lungs and heart.
Hearts pound, flutter and maybe skip a beat…What makes your heart race? Is it a secret? Cross my heart, I won’t tell!

Who do you think you are? Are you an extrovert or an introvert, a singleton, a twin or even a triplet?
Let’s discover what makes you…you!
From your fingerprints and footprints, genes and DNA, everything is unique to you. So why do look like Mum or Dad… or even Auntie Rose?
Explore the world of human identity and how our unique features can be used to tell us apart from others or to solve a crime!
Write reports, adverts and poems all on the theme of identify and express your opinions, views and beliefs. Do you like the same things as others or are your tastes different?
Then it’s time for some detective work! In the case of the stolen handbag, use your knowledge and skills to solve the crime and identify the culprit.
And remember to love being you… Why? Because there’s only one of you: you’re one of a kind

Gallery Rebels
Colours collide, melting together on the canvas: an impression of light, a rage of red … This half term Year 6 pupils will lean about the creative, sometimes bizarre and eccentric minds of the gallery rebels!
Art can be an act of rebellion. Can you change the world with a paintbrush, a thought, or an idea?
Dream the dream – or show your nightmares! What do you see? Watches melting? Wheels spinning? A shark in a box? Can you express yourself without words?
Year 6 will have a fantastic learning experience this half term as they explore the art work of the gallery rebels!


Darwin’s Delights
Ship Ahoy! We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle; tracing his route across the vast ocean.
We’ll visit the magical Galapagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his ‘Theory of Evolution’ by natural selection.
We’ll find out what’s so special about a Lava Lizard and why Bluefooted Booby’s have blue feet. We’ll see how animals adapt to their environment over time and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists!
Humans have evolved over the past millions of years. What will we be like in a million more?
Let’s get ready to trace the ‘Origin of the Species’.
Land Ahoy!

Tomorrow’s World
Text messages, emails, websites, blogs and podcasts – there are so many ways to communicate.
Discover the movers and shakers in the world of technology – the people who’ve shaped the modern world. Perhaps you might be a visionary for the next generation?
Let’s start today on Tomorrow’s World…