Y5/6 The Caribbean


We are learning about living things and in particular:

  • To describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals;
  • To give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.

We are learning about changes in state and in particular:

  • To demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes;
  • To explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.


We are learning about the history of the Caribbean and in particular:

  • Tudor Exploration, the discovery of the islands and Christopher Columbus;
  • The history of the slave trade, including the trade triangle between Europe, Africa and the Caribbean;
  • The daily life of slaves;
  • Key figures in the anti-slavery movement, e.g. Harriet Tubman;
  • The abolition of the slave trade.


We are learning about the geography of The Caribbean and in particular:

  • To locate the Caribbean, using maps, concentrating on the environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities;
  • To identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night). To know where the Caribbean is in relation to these places;
  • To study physical geography, including: to describe and understand key aspects of climate zones and volcanoes;
  • To study human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water in The Caribbean.


We are learning about Caribbean art and in particular:

  • We are learning to develop techniques, including control and use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design;
  • To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including, painting and sculpture with a range of materials charcoal, paint, clay);
  • To know about great artists, architects and designers in The Caribbean.

Design Technology

We are learning about board games and in particular:

  • Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups;
  • To investigate and analyse a range of existing products;
  • To apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products;
  • To understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors];
  • To evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work;
  • To understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.


We are learning about Caribbean food and in particular:

  • To cook, taste and evaluate Caribbean dishes;
  • Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Religious Education

We are learning about how belief affects living: moral dilemma and in particular:

  • To know that the Bible is concerned with practical advice about the right way to live;
  • To think about the day-to-day effects of living with poverty;
  • To reflect on the consequences of their choices and to realise how poverty limits choice;
  • To develop an understanding of the concepts relating to power and responsibility found in the Bible;
  • To reflect on own ideas about definitions, causes and responsibilities for poverty and injustice;
  • To learn that Jesus and the Buddha used stories or parables to teach people the right way to live and to think about their own response to the suffering of others;
  • To think about the people they dislike or consider enemies;
  • To understand that the biblical view is that wisdom is something to be sought and valued and to reflect on their own concept of wisdom and the value they attach to it;
  • To reflect on areas of life where it is important to be fair and honest.

Year 5 Computing

We are learning about communication, collaboration and productivity:

5.5 We are bloggers – sharing experiences and opinions by learning:

  • To become familiar with blogs as a medium and a genre of writing;
  • To create a sequence of blog posts on a theme;
  • To incorporate additional media;
  • To comment on the posts of others;
  • To develop a critical, reflective view of a range of media, including text.

5.6 We are architects – Creating a virtual space by learning:

  • To understand the work of architects, designers and engineers working in 3D;
  • To develop familiarity with a simple CAD (computer aided design) tool;
  • To develop spatial awareness by exploring and experimenting with a 3D virtual environment;
  • To develop greater aesthetic awareness.

Year 6 Computing

We are learning about programming and creativity and in particular:

6.5 We are app developers – planning the creation of a mobile app by learning:

  • To become familiar with another programming toolkit or development platform;
  • To import existing media assets to their project;
  • To write down the algorithms for their app;
  • To program, debug and refine the code for their app;
  • To thoroughly test and evaluate their app.

6.6 We are marketers – creating video and web copy for a mobile phone app by learning:

  • To consider key marketing messages, including identifying a unique selling point;
  • To develop a printed flyer or brochure incorporating text and images;
  • To further develop knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to creating a website;
  • To further develop skills relating to shooting and editing video.

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