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Kings Worthy Primary School

Y6 Autumn 1 2018

Topic: Storm Chasers – a study of hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. Focussed on USA and exploring the causes and impacts of these natural phenomena

Key Questions for this unit:

  • Where on Earth is the USA?
  • What do I already know about this enormous country?
  • How does the geography of the USA change between the Pacific and Atlantic coasts?
  • Why do hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes affect some regions but not others?
  • Where is Washington DC, the capital of USA and what is it like?


  • Using maps to locate the countries of North America and to become familiar with some of the states of the USA
  • Using a range of  evidence to study the causes of hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Using case studies to focus on the human impact of these phenomenon
  • Using this theme to learn about the geography of USA


  • Revision and extension  of  sentence level grammar; labelling and understanding different word types
  • Using guided reading sessions to explore ways in which authors use grammar structures for effect
  • Using hurricanes as a theme and stimulus for story writing.  This will focus on planning and structure to create  tension and suspense


  • Mental calculations using all 4 number operations
  • Revision of formal written methods and the application of these in real life situations
  • Shape and geometry – including properties, nets and angles

Art: Pop Art

Gymnastics: focus on balance and counter-balance building in travel and partner work to create sequences of movement on floor and apparatus
Games: tag rugby

Journeys - what journeys have we made? Why might a journey might be special; to who and why? Look at pilgrimages made by people of different faiths.