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Autumn Term

Please see the table below to see all the exciting things we will be learning about this half term.

Learning Focus

Exploring the Ancient Maya Civilization and learning about the discovery and creation of one of their most important exports: Chocolate!

Topic Challenge

Hold our own Maya chocolate market. Design, market, create and sell our own chocolate-based goodies.

Key Text

"Middleworld - The Jaguar Stones Book 1" by J & P Voelkel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. “

Memorable Experiences

Visit to York Chocolate Story.

Marks and Spencer Chocolate Pudding Workshop.

Writing Opportunities

Create a graphic novel based on Maya Myths

Persuasive adverts

Instruction writing

Maya God Encyclopaedia entries


Life cycles and reproduction

Children will learn about the process of reproduction in different plants and animals. They will describe differences in the life cycles of birds, insects, amphibians and mammals.

Properties and Changes of Materials

Children will learn how to separate mixtures by evaporating, filtering and sieving. They will identify and describe reversible and irreversible changes


How do plants with no pollen create new life? Children will investigate how to create new plants from the cuttings of fully grown adult plants.

Do all solids dissolve? Children will test solids to find out which ones are soluble.

Art & DT

3D Modelling Children will design and create Maya masks using papier-mâché.

Cooking and Nutrition Children will use chocolate to create Mayan inspired foods

History & Geography

History: Children will explore Life in Maya civilization, Maya religion and gods, Maya number system, Maya food and Maya myths and legends. They will create a timeline of Maya history.

Geography:  Children will discover the Ancient Maya rainforest and map the ancient Maya civilization, comparing it to the area now, before looking at Fairtrade production of chocolate in the area.



Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Statistics, Multiplication and Division, Perimeter and Area


iJam Children will the genre of Hip Hop to create their own original Hip-Hop track. As well as using 'GarageBand', other apps will be introduced so participants can add their own drum rhythms, loops and sampled sounds to their compositions.

iProgram Children will use their knowledge of 'Blockly' to search through a broken program and repair the mistakes to make it function correctly. Pupils will then be able to apply this process to create programs of their own design.


Ukeleles Children will learn different playing techniques such as strumming chords and holding down multiple strings to make playing a succession of notes easier.

Song Writing with Glockenspiels Children will learn lots of different techniques to make writing a song a simple process.


Multi Sports Children will learn the techniques involved in athletics, net games, invasion games and striking and fielding games.

Boxercise Children will learn to confidently link movements together in combinations, including both hand and foot striking.



What values are shown in codes for living?

Children will identify values in human life, and think about their own values, with special reference to the values of Christians, Humanists, Jews and Muslims.

What do Christians believe about the old and new covenants?

Children will explore some of the different covenants between God and various key figures in the Bible in both the Old and New Testament, including Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus.


Keeping Safe and Managing Risk: When Things Go Wrong

Children will learn about keeping safe online, domestic violence and going missing from home.

Identity, society and equality: Stereotypes, discrimination and prejudice

Children will learn about the different types of stereotyping and how prejudice and discrimination makes people feel.