Upper Meadow Curriculum
Years 5 & 6
Pupils who are taught in our DSP receive the same curriculum over a two-year rolling programme as pupils who are taught in mainstream classes, although curriculum content is carefully adapted according to ability. Wherever possible, we also ensure that DSP pupils benefit from a wide range of curriculum enrichment activities, such as trips and visitors.
Spring Term B
World War II and the Holocaust
The children will look in some depth at the Battle of Britain - a battle fought entirely in the skies and the Blitz - a strategy used by the German air force to try and force Britain to surrender. The unit focuses on the Battle of Britain and the Blitz from a military context. The social context is explored in more detail when the children look at life on the Home Front.
The children will look in more depth at the role that intelligence and code-breaking played in winning the war. They will learn about the code-breakers at Bletchley Park (75% of them were women), including some significant people who played a vital role in supporting the war effort- Alan Turing and Mavis Batey.
The children will build upon their knowledge of Nazi Germany, and look at what happened following the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party. This unit will introduce a new concept: genocide. They will look at the atrocities committed, interpreting sources with a focus on learning about what life was like for Jewish people at this time.
Art and Design
The children start by looking at Morris’ wallpaper designs, learning that these were stylized forms based on nature, bearing the influence of Islamic design. They learn how the wallpaper was produced by block printing and create their own Morris inspired designs printed using the reduction method (essentially the opposite of block printing) on polystyrene tiles.
The children go on to explore how Morris was not only a designer but a businessman and a writer. They look at the houses which he built and where he lived, noting the gothic influences demonstrated in his architectural design. They learn that he was a key figure in the arts and crafts movement, and how this movement rejected industrialization of the Victorian age, looking to models of traditional production and craftsmanship of the medieval age.
Design & Technology
Children will make a card which operates using an electrical circuit for a friend/member if their family.
In this unit, children will study the human and physical geography of South America. Children will use maps of South America to identify key countries and key physical features, including the Andes Mountains. They will use different maps to identify landscapes, biomes, industry and population distribution. Children will secure locational knowledge as they identify countries within South America. They will explore why geologists and scientists think South America and Africa were joined many millions of years ago.
Children will learn about the Inca Empire and understand how the Inca overcame the challenge of the terrain to build an empire across the Andes Mountain range.
Children will explore the interconnection between humans and the environment when they study the Amazon Rainforest and the forest fires that have occurred there in recent years. They will consider the impact human activity has on the environment and the threat it can cause to biodiversity.
Classification of Living Things
Pupils will learn the five kingdoms of living things and they will then look at further sub-divisions of groups, such as classifying invertebrates into insects, arachnids, molluscs etc. They will discuss why particular living things are sorted into one group and not another. Children will learn that plant and animal cells are structured differently and that plant cells contain chlorophyll, which is vital for the process of photosynthesis.
Children will learn that organisms are classified into kingdoms, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species and that all organisms have a scientific name made of the genus and species, e.g. Dog = Canis Familiaris, Human = Homo Sapiens.
In this unit, children will build on their knowledge of invertebrates studying insects, arachnids and molluscs. They will also learn about cnidarian (pronounced nai-deuhre-uhn) invertebrates that live in a marine or freshwater environment, such as jellyfish, sea anemones and coral. They will reflect on the differences between cnidarian and insects, thinking deeply about the features of living things.
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