Year 6

Curriculum Overview for Year 6


Please click the button below for a termly overview of the curriculum topics that will be covered in Year 6.


Curriculum Information for Parents

The table below provides a more detailed overview of the curriculum, the specific topics to be covered, as well as practical ideas to help support your child’s learning at home.


MATHS Place Value: read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000; round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy; use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero; solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above.

Addition subtraction, multiplication and division: multiply a multi-digit number up to 4 digits by a 2-digit number using the formal written method of long multiplication; divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2-digit whole number using the formal written methods of short and long division, and interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions, or by rounding as appropriate for the context; identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers; use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations; solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Fractions: compare , order and simplify fractions using common factors and common multiples; add and subtract fractions with different denominations and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions; multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in its simplest form and divide proper fractions by whole numbers; associate a fraction with division and calculate decimal fraction equivalents; recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts.

Geometry: describe positions on the full coordinate grid (all four quadrants). Draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes.

Please encourage your child to keep practising their arithmetic skills with the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will use these in all areas of our maths and knowing facts off by heart will make it easier! They can also continue to use Times Tables Rock Stars to help with their multiplication and division recall speed. Each week in class your child will do a short arithmetic test, similar to the arithmetic paper they will do as part of the SATs. They will bring this home so that you can see the kinds of questions they will be expected to answer. Please discuss with them areas they are confident with and those that feel that they need to develop. You should see an increase in their scores week by week.
ENGLISH Linking with our World War I topic for this term, we will be reading Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. Told in the voice of Private Tommo Peaceful, the story follows twenty-four hours at the front, and captures his memories of family and village life before the war Full of vivid detail and engrossing atmosphere, leading to a dramatic and moving conclusion, Private Peaceful is a deeply moving account of the First World War. The children will read and discuss the characters, story and its many themes, building on their historical knowledge of WWI. They will use the text as a stimulus for writing in a variety of forms and styles, including a newspaper report; a balanced argument about corporal punishment; a persuasive speech opposing the war; and converting part of the text into a play script for a radio drama. They will be thinking carefully about audience, style and purpose and applying the grammar learnt so far to their writing. BBC Bitesize has excellent age-appropriate resources. Your child may enjoy learning about the war from a different perspective by reading War Horse (we have copies in school). The amazing stage production is coming to Sunderland in February.
SCIENCE In our first topic, the children will understand how living things can be classified into groups scientifically. They will build on their prior knowledge of vertebrates and invertebrates and learn how to subdivide these groups further using similarities and differences to classify living things. They will learn about the work of scientist Carl Linaeus and will explore 2 further classification groups: microbes and fungi. The children will learn about both good and bad bacteria and will be investigating the best conditions for growing mould.

Our second topic this term is all about light. The children will learn that light travels in straight lines and will explore the anatomy of the eye to help them understand how we see. They will investigate the formation of shadows and how the size of a shadow changes when the object is moved nearer the light source. They will also investigate how light can be reflected and bent and how white light can be split into the colour spectrum. They will use their knowledge to make periscopes in DT linking this to what they learn about trench warfare in history.

This website has a simple experiment you could do at home to investigate which solution turns an apple mouldy the fastest…and lots of other great experiments too.


HISTORY This year marks the commemoration of 100 years since the end of World War I which is our overarching topic in Year 6 this term. In history, the children will learn when and where World War I took place and the variety of events that caused it. They will find out why the war was dominated by trench warfare and what life was like for soldiers on both sides in the trenches, as well as finding out how the war affected everyday life in Britain. They will learn how the development of new technologies influenced the war and will investigate the role of propaganda, linking this to their art work. The children will be working towards a Remembrance service which will bring together music, drama, artwork and writing done throughout this topic. Why not find out more about World War I by researching using the internet or non-fiction books at the library? Your child may be lucky enough to have grandparents who can tell them about their parents’ experiences during WW I. Does anyone in the family have artefacts such as letters or postcards or medals that they could bring in to show their classmates? Please come along to our Remembrance service on Wednesday 7th November. Or perhaps as a family you could attend one of the other commemoration events taking place locally.
GEOGRAPHY Our geography topic this term is ‘The World’. The children will be develop their locational knowledge of continents, oceans and countries around the world, and use atlases to find and compare key information such as area and population. They will learn about lines of longitude and latitude (including the equator, prime meridian and tropics of cancer and Capricorn) and understand how to identify specific locations in degrees, minutes and seconds. Encourage your child to use atlases and online maps such as googlemaps to locate and research family holiday destinations. Perhaps you could put together a family wish list of places you’d all like to visit!


Our D&T projects this term will be linked to our World War I topic and our science. Applying their knowledge of how light travels in straight lines and can be reflected off different surfaces to change direction, the children will investigate the periscopes used in WWI trenches and will then design, make and evaluate their own periscopes. They will also research recipes from the time of WWI and design and make their own, using the produce and techniques available at that time. Do you have any wartime recipes that have been handed down through the generations in your family?
ART The children will be using a variety of techniques and media to create a piece of artwork to commemorate World War I and to contribute to our Remembrance gallery. They will learn how to use marble inks and how to applique and will combine these and other effects to create their final design.  
RE We will be asking the question ‘Why should people with a religious faith care about the environment?’ Through enquiry and discussions, the children will come to understand some of the beliefs and teachings of Christianity, Buddhism and Islam which relate to the natural world and how this influences the actions of people of different faiths in relation to the environment. The children will be encouraged to reflect on their own ideas, feelings, thoughts and values in relation to care for the natural world. As we approach Christmas in the second half term, the children will be comparing similarities and differences between the birth story in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, and considering some of the ideas that have grown up around the nativity story that are not part of the gospel stories There is so much in the media at the moment about human impact on the natural environment. Could you discuss some of these issues together as a family?

If you can, please joins us for our whole school Christmas carol service at All Saints’ Church. Date and time is on the ‘Dates for your Diary’ or can be obtained from the school office.

PE In our PE lessons over the course of the term, they will be practising invasion and ball skills in tag rugby with coaches from Mowden Rugby Club; learning about orienteering and practising skills around the school grounds; gymnastics and fitness. Please ensure that your child remembers to bring their PE kit every Tuesday. We will be outside in all weathers (within reason) so warm tracksuit, waterproof, hat and gloves are also needed as we head into winter.



As always we will be celebrating anti-bullying week in November which this year has the theme ‘Choose Respect’ and a special ‘Stop, Speak, Support’ theme focussing on cyberbullying.

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MUSIC In Autumn 1 the children will be working towards a Remembrance service to commemorate 100 years since the end of WWI. They will learn a range of songs from different genres and combine this with some drama. The children will be learning to adopt appropriate singing styles and follow a conductor. They will focus on singing in unison and in harmony and with sensitivity. As always they will have the opportunity and be encouraged to perform using the microphone and in front of an audience. In Autumn 2 they will be working towards the whole school Christmas carol service. Please join us for what we are sure will be a very moving Remembrance service and a very joyful Christmas carol service. Dates are on the ‘Dates for Your Diary’ or can be obtained from the school office.
FRENCH In our French lessons, the children will be building on their previous learning and developing their vocabulary to be able to use short sentences to ask and answer questions both verbally and in writing. They will be focussing on listening with care and speaking clearly and confidently. To begin the term, they will learn the names and languages of countries involved in WWI and some vocabulary linked to the war. Their next topic will be school: they will explore some of the similarities and differences between French and English schools and increase their vocabulary relating to school subjects and activities. Finally, we will be learning to sing a French Christmas carol which we hope to perform at our carol service. Listen to the French carol we will be learning here:


Can your child tell you what some of the words mean?

COMPUTING As part of our Digital Literacy learning, the children will be identifying the characteristics of safe talk online and exploring websites’ privacy policies and privacy seals of approval. They will further develop their understanding of what cyberbullying is and learn strategies to deal with it as well as reflecting critically on own behaviour and its impact on others. Throughout the year, the children will consolidate and extend their key IT skills, including word processing learning to use it appropriately and effectively for a variety of purposes. Please talk openly and often to your child about the importance of behaving respectfully and responsibly on line and protecting their own and others’ private information. Follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook for regular updates about keeping your child safe online.