An overview of the curriculum in Year 6

English

Texts studied: There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar; Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo; D’Aulaires/ Book of Norse Myths. Story-mapping and planning narrative writing; writing biography; Analysing poetry and writing personification poems; studying War poetry and writing War poems. Analysing and deconstructing newspaper reports and writing reports about the local area during the Blitz; Persuasive, discussion and instructional writing.

Maths

Place value, ordering, partitioning and rounding whole numbers and decimals. Solving one and two step problems. Multiplication and division, written and mental methods of addition and subtraction. Properties of 2d and 3d shapes and making nets. Calculating the mean, median and mean from gathered data. Interpreting graphs. Reading scales, converting between units of measure. Calculating probability, understanding ratio and proportion. Constructing triangles, working out the area and perimeter of compound shapes.

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Science

Electricity: Understanding how a current operates. Building and drawing series and parallel circuits.

Animals including humans:Understanding the main parts of the human circulatory system,how diet, drugs and exercise impact on my body and how water and nutrients are carried around my body.

Evolution and Inheritance: recognising that living things have changed over time and studying the work of Charles Darwin. Using evidence to understand how the earth was millions of years ago.
Living things and their habitats: Understanding why plants and animals are classifies into different groups by learning and understanding their different characteristics.

 

ICT

Understanding how to make an enhanced Power Point presentation using hyperlinks, Sound and video as an aid to independent research.
Word processing skills – changing and increasing font size; creating folders to keep pictures and internet research in; editing and evaluating layouts. Using publishing software to present independent projects.
Understanding how to use the internet safely and responsibly.

Enquiry based learning

Autumn Term
World War Two: Understanding the causes and effects of the war in
Europe and the rest of the world.; the role of women in the war; the Blitz and its effects on the population of Britain; air raid shelters; art projects based on War Artists’ work, museum visits to the Imperial War Museum.

Spring Term
Natural hazards: Learning about the tectonic plates that form the earth’s crust and how they move causing different natural hazards. Understanding the impact of volcanoes and earthquakes on the natural environment and on peoples’ lives. Focus on the UK, Iceland and Peru/Chile.

Summer Term
Uncover the Stone Age: Why is the Stone Age called the Stone Age? How did Britain change from the Stone Age to the Iron Age? How archaeology has been important in finding out about prehistory.Learning about cave paintings, Stonehenge, Skara Brae.

P.E

Hockey skills: dribbling, passing, chipping and long passes. Using a hockey stick safely. Playing five-a-side matches.
Netball skills: basic rules of netball, chest, shoulder and bounce passes, pivoting.
Athletics: improving strength, balance and coordination.
Swimming: front crawl, breathing and stamina.

Music

Year 6 will be taking part in a song writing, composition music development course throughout the summer term.

Weekly singing assemblies led by Mrs Healy which, this year, will culminate in a key stage 2 performance for parents at the end of the summer term.

R.E

Studying the sacred texts of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Sikhism.
Looking at how different religions have been reflected in the arts – including painting and music.
Looking at the events surrounding Easter and what the Resurrection means to Christians.
Looking at religion and philosophy and trying to answer Ultimate questions, such as “Why does God allow bad things to happen?”

French

They will revise the vocabulary and grammar covered in the Year 3 and 4 curriculum and continue their learning by covering the following topics: Nationalities, hobbies, telling the time, festivals and dates, instructions, numbers, saying where you are going, directions, weather, food shopping, asking how much something costs, simple opinions, countries, saying which languages you speak, clothes and colours. They will be able to:

  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words
  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help*
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures
  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases
  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English