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Below is a list of history and science topics that children will be covering during the spring/summer term. We would like to have children research these topics and show their understanding of these topics in different ways. 

Children can create a spider diagram, table, poster, or fact file to demonstrate what they have learned about each topic. Remember to be creative and think about good presentation.    



Year 1

  • Look at the local area using Google Maps or Google Earth. What shops and services do we have? How do they help us?
  • Write about the changes that happen in spring. Draw a picture/diagram to show these changes. Think about the type of weather that we have during each season. 
  • Does it sink or float? Use objects from around your house and test if it sinks or floats. Write down what you have tested and what you learned. 
  • Research common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals African/British. Find out if they are herbivores or carnivores. Draw pictures and create a fact file for different animals.

Year 2

  • Research the Mayflower Ship. What was the journey it took, why did the people take this journey and how did it change the world? 
  • Research different animals and create a fact file. What do they eat to stay healthy? What habitat do they live in? How are they suited for their habitat?  
  • Use Google Maps and Google Earth to locate landmarks and basic human and physical features in England. Write down or create a of the different things you were able to find. 
  • Find the hot and cold places on Earth. Why are these places hot and cold? Write down what you know about the equator and the poles.

Year 3

  • Explain how the Romans conquer Britain. What impact did the Roman Empire have on Britain? Are their signs of them today? 
  • Over a week, find patterns in changing shadows. What do you notice about the shadows in the morning, midday, and evening? 
  • Identify animals that have skeletons and muscles. How are they different from other animals? 
  • Identify and describe parts of flowering plants. Explore the requirements that plants need to live. Explore how the flowers play a role in the plant’s life cycle.
  • Know that mountain habitats vary and a variety of animals live in them. What animals live in these regions and how have they adapted to this habitat? Understand that mountains are used differently in different seasons and how mountaineers stay safe in extreme conditions

Year 4

  • Complete a fact file on a living thing and its habitat.
  • Explore the different continents of the world. What are the similarities and differences between the continents? Explore and learn about a different country on each continent. 
  • Use a map to learn about the names of countries on the different continents and major features/landforms.  
  • What are the features of a mountain and how were they formed? What are some of the largest mountain ranges in the world and where are they located?

Year 5

  • Identify different mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. Explain the similarities and differences between these animal classes. 
  • Forces: What is gravity?  Explain air and wind resistance and give some real life examples of where you may find these types of resistance. What is friction?  
  • What is Fair Trade? Why is it important to know and understand about fair trade as a global citizen? 
  • Study one region in the UK and one region in South America. How are these regions similar to one another and how are they different? Think about physical and human made characteristics.

Year 6

  • What are some of the early Islam inventions and how they have impacted us today? After you have researched the many different inventions, write a fact file about one of them and explain how it influenced later inventions or helps us today. 
  • Research the polar explorers Scott and Admundsen. Write a fact file about one of the explorers. How have their expeditions helped us? 
  • What are the characteristics of a desert? What are the major deserts in the world? Write about one desert and explain what lives and grows there. How can life be sustained in these regions? 
  • Draw a diagram to show how our eyes see. How do our eyes see colour?