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Terms 3 & 4 : The Ancient Greeks

Welcome back to a new and very exciting start of term where we are looking forward to
stepping back in time, visiting our new topic of the Ancient Greeks! We hope you have all
had a lovely, relaxing Christmas break and are ready for all the exciting activities
planned this term.
Our topic of the Ancient Greeks will be steeped in history and discovery where we will
cover a number of interesting and interactive cross-curricular links. For a more detailed
overview of the aspects of the curriculum we intend to cover, please see the topic web.
Much of our English work will be based around reading and exploring several Greek myths,
leading towards writing our very own Greek-style stories. This will be a fantastic
opportunity for the children to use their imagination and creativity to produce some
wonderful writing with lots of figurative language and varied sentence structure. Later on
in the term, we will move onto more formal writing where we will be using a journalistic
approach to report the story of the Battle of Troy.
In ICT, we will be using the programming software Scratch to create our very own Ancient
Greek game.
We will look at some of the famous philosophers of Ancient Greek times including
Aristotle, Socrates and Pythagoras to inspire us in our mathematical thinking in maths!
We will be covering a variety of units, building on our understanding of number and place
value through ratio & proportion, fractions, decimals & percentages, measurement,
geometry (properties of shape) and algebra. The homework given will always reflect what
is currently being taught in the classroom.
In Art, we will be looking at pattern and form, producing a final product of a clay Greek
pot. DT will include the designing, making and evaluation of a slipper based on a Greek God
of the children’s choosing.
After our February break, our topic will be Evolution and Inheritance where we will learn
about the incredible species on the Galapagos Islands, Charles Darwin’s ‘Theory of
Evolution’, character traits and even get the chance to become palaeontologists!
In English, we will be examining the wonderful works of Shakespeare, exploring and
interpreting some of his similes and metaphors used in his play scripts. Our
Shakespeare theme also provides us with a number of interesting and interactive crosscurricular
links which involve elements of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth, especially in
dance, art and DT. We will be designing and creating a gruesome witches brew which the
children evaluate as a finished product and sample! Furthermore, we will use sections of
the film ‘West Side Story’ to develop a sequence of motifs and movement in a dance.
Homework will be given out on a Friday afternoon, and is due back in on Wednesday
morning. Longer, topic-related project will be set (one per term), however there will still
be weekly homework so children will need to manage their time effectively.
It is essential that PE kits, including appropriate footwear and clothing suitable for cold
weather, are in school ready for PE on a Monday and Thursday afternoon.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 6 Team
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