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Year 6

Autumn Term

Would you swap places with a Victorian child?


Slip back in time to the Victorian era.  Discover how children lived during these years.  Compare the life of a rich child and that of the poor and consider how different their lives are today.  Develop research skills through I.T.  Using visual literacy, follow the ghost story ‘Shadow Play’ and explore the relationship of Hester and Ben as they unravel the mystery across 100 years.


Working along side the Black Country Museum, pupils will write, design and publish a tourist information leaflet to persuade others to visit.  The Victorian era saw many great inventions which the children will research to produce their own printed "Catalogue of Inventions" One of the most well known engineer was Isambard Kingdom Brunel. After studying his bridge designs, Year 6 will take part in a challenge to build their own bridge. After the half term holiday, this knowledge will be applied to creating a mobile phone app.  For the artistically talented, an exploration of the artist William Morris, allows for the production of design in the style.


Later on in the term, the modern classic, 'Streetchild' will be read and discussed. The children will also design and create their own Victorian style Christmas Stocking in our topic finale.




  • Visit to the Black Country Museum
  • Victorian school day experience – dressing up as Victorian child
  • A treat for parents and carers - 'A Mince Pie and a Carol or two'.
  • Christmas Stocking


Who dares wins:

have you got what it takes to survive?


An opportunity for an in depth study into a fantastic book.  Classes will explore a thrilling novel to analyse how characters, settings and plot are developed by an author in creating atmospheric tension that just wants to make you keep turning the pages!  As each dilemma arises the children are asked to consider the arguments for and against and predict what the characters might do.


Alongside this, children will investigate and discover the wilder side of the world. From raging tropical storms to violent, erupting volcanoes, to terrifying, towering tsunamis. They will also explore how these extremes affect people, communities and landscapes.



  • Watch the book come to life in a showing of the actual movie
  • Develop a life-long love of reading with the realisation that a book can transport you into a parallel world.
  • Write an extended story which is then published as a real book that can be shared or read by other children in the school.


Mystery and Magic




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