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Autumn - Where does all of our stuff come from?
During this unit, the children will work on a variety of mapping tasks, from mapping the locations where their clothes and lunch originate, to working with climate zone maps. They will also look at the journeys of various familiar foodstuffs, household products and recycled items.
The children will go on a field visit to investigate the products available in the local area, and find out about which products are produced locally and which are imported. They will be posing their own enquiry questions and collecting the information to answer their questions.
English: compiling a leaflet explaining clothing production, with advice on ethical consumerism : scripting a documentary discussing issues involved in buying locally produced versus imported products, writing an adventure story on the journey of a product.
Mathematics: creating a frequency chart and bar graph showing countries of origin for products at home, handling data to create tables, graphs, and charts. Calculating food miles.
Science: learning about seasons, the life cycle of plants and seed dispersal
Art & design: drawing and annotating: school uniform, fruits and their origins.
History: discussing exploration and trade, with a link to Tudor times.
Spring - Are we damaging our world?
The children will use maps and atlases throughout this unit to locate different countries, regions, oceans and habitats. They will learn to read a range of different types of map, including those that show mineral distribution around the world.
This unit includes opportunities for fieldwork within the school grounds, looking at how the school grounds can be made more attractive to wildlife and investigating how sustainable the school is, and suggesting areas for improvement. The children will pose their own specific enquiry question, before collecting evidence from around the school.
English: writing a script, producing a fact sheet, formal letter writing and persuasive texts, report writing.
Science: learning about minerals, learning about energy production, learning about habitats, learning about marine life.
Computing: researching online, creating a comic strip, creating a website.
Summer - How will our world look in the future?
The children will work with local maps to identify the current features of the area. They will also look at historical maps, in comparison to modern maps, noting any changes to the area. The children may create their own maps of the future
This unit has many opportunities for fieldwork and any of the lessons could potentially include an element of fieldwork. The children will plan and carry out fieldwork activities, answering enquiry questions such as: What, in our region, should we preserve for the future? They will also look at the types of housing and industry in the region. Key to this unit is understanding and considering the views and needs of the community.
English: writing surveys/questionnaires, reports, captions, a job advert, persuasive speech, diary entry, annotating maps.
Maths: interpreting a line graph
Art & design: artwork, exploring the work of L.S. Lowry Computing: researching online, using a mapping tool, creating an app or website
Design & technology: learning about architecture and housing design
History: learning about local history
PSCHE: considering the needs of others, developing community spirit.