# Autumn Term 2

Autumn Term 2

This term our topic is...

'The Victorians'

English

In English, we will be reading Charles Dickens' famous novel, Oliver Twist. Whilst we read through this classic fiction novel, we will analyse the way in which Dickens describes the characters, such as Oliver, Fagin and the Artful Dodger. We will use this to help us to describe characters within our own writing when we create our very own chapter of the story.

Maths

We will begin this half term working with decimals, fractions and percentages. We will learn different ways of calculating in these areas of maths, such as subtracting, adding, multiplying and dividing fractions. We will also learn how to simplify and order fractions and calculate percentages of amounts. In the second half of this half term, we will be working with different measures and the conversion of these.

History

We are going to be studying the period of history known as the Victorian era. We will look at the chronology of this period of history and place it amongst other periods of history studied in previous years. We will examine the Industrial Revolution and research how Burnley became an world renowned as a thriving cotton-weaving town during the late 19th century.

In History we have been looking at significant events and adding these to a timeline in chronological order.

In Year 6, we have also been investigating the ‘Transatlantic Slave Trade’. We have gathered information about what was traded between Britain, West Africa and North America and the West Indies.

We studied the conditions of the slave ships that travelled from Africa to America through the ‘Middle Passage’. Read about this horrendous journey in our accounts of this terrible voyage.

We studied the first every railway line from Liverpool to Manchester and explained why it was so significant. We also learned about the George Stephenson and his magnificent invention, The Rocket.

Geography

We are going to be studying the world's biomes during our Geography lessons. We will research these using our iPads and identify the different biomes in relation to their position on Earth. We will study the different characteristics of each biome before creating Keynote presentations about them.

Earthquakes

Art

In our art lessons, we are going to be looking at the work of L.S. Lowry. This world famous artist lived and grew up in the north of England and painted iconic scenes of the industrial north. We will attempt to create some of our own artwork based on Lowry's famous scenes.

## Gymnastics

We will create partner balances using matched and mirrored shapes. Perform counter and tension balances, creating sequences with our partners and in a group. We will perform sequences and develop them onto apparatus. We will evaluate success of paired and grouped sequences.