Year 6 – What am I learning now? (Term 2 2022-23)

Where we are in place and time

Central idea

Past societies can influence how we live.

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • The creation of civilisations (Form).
  • How leaders guide societies (Function).
  • How decisions transform lives (Change).

Subject Focus

  • English
  • Spoken Language
  • Art
  • Geography
  • History
  • PE (Dance)


The children will explore three different workshops. They will take on a character role from a scene in Oliver Twist in the workhouse. Also, they will experience the games some children used to play during the Victorian era such as a spinning top and thaumatrope. They will also explore what life was like during the Victorian times by looking at a range of different sources. The children will look at where the Victorian period fits on a timeline in history.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Explore the life of a Victorian.
  • Create a fact file on Queen Victoria.
  • Explain the influence that the Victorian era had on society.
  • Explore what the world would be like if we did not have the Victorian era.

Class Stories

  • Street Child – Berlie Doherty
  • Explore! Victorians

Transferrable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Research (presenting research findings).
  • Thinking (analysis).
  • Social (group decision making and co-operating).

Links to PSHE / SMSC

The children will be learning about conflicts and disputes and how these can be resolved. They will be linking this to the decisions made by leaders through the Victorian era.

Key Vocabulary

  • British Empire
  • Economy
  • Appropriate
  • Simultaneous
  • Prejudice
  • Controversy
  • Resolve
  • Disputes
  • Compromise
  • Cumulative
  • Plausible
  • Consequences
  • Digital Art
  • Transfer Paper
  • Atmosphere

Career Links

  • Historians
  • Leaders
  • Charity Workers
  • Poets
  • Authors
  • Actors/Actresses

Sharing Success

During the term, children will be able to request a selfie of their work to be uploaded onto their Class Dojo profiles. The children will be sharing and advertising their charities and poems with their peers at the end of term.


The children will be creating their own charity/campaign to change the lives of the poor during the Victorian era. They will also create their own logo for their charity using digital art as inspired by William Morris. Finally, the children will advertise their charity by writing a poem and taking part in a Poetry Slam with their peers.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

  • Writing a diary entry, non-chronological report and poem.
  • Developing their ideas for writing through a drafting process.
  • Describe characters, settings and atmosphere.
  • Evaluating their own and others’ writing.
  • Use paragraphs to develop and expand some ideas in depth.
  • Use a range of punctuation: brackets and dashes; commas for pauses; colons for lists; hyphens; ellipses for suspense and bullet points.
  • Using modal verbs for degrees of possibility.
  • Summarise longer passages.
  • Combine compound and complex clauses to create sentences.
  • Adapt form and style to suit purpose and audience.
  • Using my reading skills in a range of different contexts.
  • Write legibly and fluently and making choices over whether to join or not.
  • Spelling words from the statutory word list and antonyms using prefixes.
  • Recall words that have more than one meaning.
  • Use appropriate intonation, tone and volume when reciting or reading aloud to an audience.
  • Adapt a character to different scenarios and sustain a role effectively.
  • Explore printing techniques used by various artists.
  • Design a specific print using an artist for inspiration.
  • Use computer software packages to create designs and a digital piece of art to print onto fabric.
  • Physical features of different places around the world and their similarities and differences.
  • Human features of different places around the world and their similarities and differences.
  • British Empire and the relationships this made with other countries.
  • Establish narratives across and within periods of history locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Summarise how Britain has had a major influence on world history.
  • Describe features of historical events, periods and past societies.
  • Use precise dates to date events and explain why this is important.
  • Apply historical vocabulary.
  • Understand tertiary sources.
  • Assemble, join and combine materials and components.
  • Follow the design process of research, design, make and evaluate to make a product that incorporates complex electrical circuits.
  • Name the different parts of an electrical circuit.
  • Use symbols when representing circuits.
  • Know what a fuse is and explain the dangers of a short circuit.
  • Using and spelling scientific vocabulary linked to the topic.
  • Understand functions and how they are used in a game.
  • Learn how to make a game using 2Code with a timer and a score using selection and variables.
  • Explain how to use launch command and flowcharts to debug.
  • Create stimulation of a room that can be controlled.
  • Explain user input and in a program.
  • Describe and explain how to capture and report online bullying.
  • Explain how to have boundaries and be respectful online.
  • Explain the consequences of their actions online.
  • Explain Christians views on good and bad and the belief that human beings are made in the image of God.
  • Understand how people live by morals and how it links to people’s values.
  • Understand a song’s structure.
  • Learn major and minor note patterns.
  • Explore, develop and perform a pop song.
  • Developing fundamental skills in Athletics, Netball and Dance.
  • Understand positive, healthy relationships.
  • Understand different partnerships are commitment and require a legal age.
  • Explain ‘psychological bullying’.
  • Managing feelings in bullying situations and understanding bullying behaviours.
  • Learning strategies for negotiation and compromise and understanding violence is never the answer.