Overview of topic for term 1 (Pt 1)
Topic: Dinosaur discovery!
Hooks: Discovery of a dinosaur footprint in the school grounds / PGL fossil hunting
Leading subjects & key curriculum links:
Overview: Year 6 are going to take on the exciting role of paleontologists after they discover a dinosaur footprint in the school grounds. Following the discovery, year 6 will have the challenge of gathering evidence and clues to classify the dinosaur species they have found. Might there be a meat eater lurking in the school grounds, waiting to pounce? Having classified their dinosaur, year 6 will use presentation software to create a presentation to show their peers which dinosaur they believe they have found. They must use evidence to justify their view! Now that they have a dinosaur in the grounds, the children will be given the opportunity to learn to survive from a dinosaur attack using our much loved forest school. The children will have to consider how to dinosaur proof a shelter from attack, and justify their methodology!
Finding a dinosaur is big news! Year 6 will then take on the role of journalists and create a news report about the discovery, using video editing software to create an authentic looking broadcast. To improve their understanding on the dinosaur they believe they have found, year 6 will use the internet to research more about their discovery; using search engines to assist them. Inspired by their learning so far, year 6 will demonstrate their creativity by producing clay models of their dinosaur and will then use them to create a stop frame animation! This exciting topic will also give our year sixes the chance to learn about fossil finding and the history of dinosaurs, a topic which never fails to amaze and engage!