Year 6 Summer Term

Revolution - The Victorians (Summer 1)


When the children return to school they will be taken back in time and experience a Victorian style lesson virtually. This will help the children to understand how rights of children have changed over the years and think about political shifts that have led to this. Learning will be linked to our PSHE and Global learning curriculum where we will review UNICEF and the rights of children now.

In science, the children will investigate potato power and discovery how potatoes can be used to power a lightbulb! It might be a surprise for a lot of people but potatoes can produce electricity. We will create a potato battery and use this to power a lightbulb and children will learn how currents are passed through a circuit. This will lead on to our electricity topic for this term.  

English and History will be combined to enable to us to really understand the key figures and events in the Victorian Period. We will use our reading lessons as an opportunity to research and understand the Victorian period.

In Art lessons, the children will learn about the Victorian artist William Morris, who was renowned for his wallpaper and textiles patterns. They will have opportunities to create William Morris style patterns, building on their previous knowledge and skills from research and work during Black culture Week and their study of Kehinde Wiley. Children will look at different ways to create patterns, such as stamps and stencils. They will explore different techniques to make their own cave style drawings including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials 

In History, children will discover the impact that the Victorian era had on today. Our text,  the Highway Man will be a great hook to engage children further. They need to understand that this is same Britain that we live in today, just in a different time-period. Geography lessons will be used to compare modern day Birmingham and Victorian Birmingham, comparing life and physical and human features of Birmingham. 

By the end of this unit, the children should be able to recall key information about the Victorians, including important facts and dates. They will understand the impact that this era has had upon life today. They will be able to create their own narrative work around the Victorians and they will be able to create a non-fiction text that details all the key information that they have learnt.