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.

SPRING TERM
SUBJECT OVERVIEW OF LEARNING IDEAS FOR LEARNING AT HOME
MATHS

 

Decimals: Identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places and multiply numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to 3dp. Multiply one digit numbers with up to 2dp by whole numbers. Use written division methods in cases where the answer has up to two decimal places.

Percentages: Solve problems involving the calculation of percentages [for example, of measures and such as 15% of 360] and the use of percentages for comparison. Recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages including in different contexts.

Algebra: Use simple formulae. Generate and describe linear number sequences. Express missing number problems algebraically. Find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns.

Measurement: Solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to three decimal places where appropriate. Use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa. Convert between miles and kilometres. Recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa. Recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes. Calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles. Calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids.

Ratio: Solve problems involving the relative sizes of two quantities. Solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found. Solve problems involving unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples.

Geometry and Statistics: Illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference and know that the diameter is twice the radius. Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems. Calculate the mean as an average.

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.

 

Over the Easter break, your child will be given a fun maths homework booklet to complete.  It covers arithmetic and reasoning questions and comes with the answers so they can self-check as they go.  Doing this daily is crucial to ensure your child’s skills stay sharp.

ENGLISH

 

 

This term will start with a whole school writing project. This is a lovely opportunity for the children to work with others across the school. They will join together with other children from each year group to listen to and learn one of our classic nursery rhymes. Back in class, the children will share each other’s nursery rhymes and then each class will produce writing about the nursery rhymes based on different genres. In Year 6, the children will be asked to select from a range of forms and choose which one they want to use to retell their nursery rhyme. At the end of the project, the children will meet in their mixed groups to share their work. Our main text for this term is ‘Room 13’ by Robert Swindell, a gripping and spooky tale that takes place at the Crow’s Nest Hotel, in Whitby where Fliss and her friends are staying on a school trip. They think that there is no room 13, but at the stroke of midnight, peculiar and sinister things begin to happen. Through this text, we will be focussing on how to create tension and atmosphere in our writing and the children will be writing their own extended story. We will also be exploring the graphic novel ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan, a poignant story of a father’s journey to an unknown land in search of a better life for him and his family.  As well as using this text as a stimulus to write poetry and a non-linear story, it will allow opportunities for discussions about immigration and the challenges individuals and countries face.

 

Your child is expected to be reading a novel at home for at least twenty minutes each night or morning.  This novel should be brought into school daily. STS are awarded for each completed novel.

 

Your child will be given a weekly reading text as homework.  This will contain a range of questions that they will encounter in their SATs reading paper.  We will discuss the answers back in class so it is vital that your child completes this.

 

Newsround is an excellent resource for children to use regarding immigration.

SCIENCE

Our topic for this term is Electricity. The children will revisit and extend their knowledge from Year 4 and will begin by using their prior knowledge of electrical circuits to build their own ‘scribblebots’. They will learn the symbols used for electrical components and be able to use them in circuit diagrams. They will work scientifically to explore the effect of changing one component at a time in a circuit, for example, the number of batteries, thickness of wire, length of wire, and why there are variations in how the components function. The children will apply their knowledge to design, make and evaluate a useful circuit of their choice, for example, vehicle alarm, alarm for a valuable artefact, electrical board game etc.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

 

This term our D & T will be linked to our science topic (details above). Please discuss with your child the device that they are interested in making.  We will provide the circuit components but welcome other materials from home that they will need to complete their product.
ART

 

Our art work this term will be linked to our English text, Room 13, which is set in Whitby. The children will study the life and work of the pioneering, 19th century photographer Frank Sutcliffe, whose photographs recorded life in Whitby in the 1800s.  The children will become familiar with his work, exploring the effect of light, colour, texture and tone and then recreate drawings of some of his work using a range of materials to produce line, tone and shade.
RE

Our RE this term focusses on Easter and in particular why Good Friday and Easter Sunday are the most important days for Christians. We will be talking about the significance of the crucifixion and resurrection; some of the feelings and ideas associated with the Easter story: sadness and joy, fear and hope; and the impact of these beliefs on Christians today.

 

PE

PE will continue on Tuesday afternoons. The children will focus on travelling and turning in gymnastics, on accuracy and rallies when playing net games, and on invading to score in hockey and football. They will continue to work on core fitness through circuits.  Year 6 will be swimming every Wednesday for the first half term and we will be entering the Darlington schools swimming gala which takes place in March.

 

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. Also, swimming kits on Wednesdays for the 1st half term. We very much appreciate the support from parents with transporting children to and from sporting events – thank you!
PSHE

The girls will be taking part in sessions regarding puberty this term.  Reinforcing the session they had with the school nurse in Year 5, they will explore sanitary products, will be told about the areas they can use in school during their periods and will be able to have any questions answered.  The Sex and Relationship programme of study will be delivered during the summer as a whole class.

 

Please talk openly with your child if they have any questions on this matter.
MUSIC

This term, the children will widen their repertoire to include more challenging songs; singing in unison, harmonies, group and solo parts. They will discuss genres such as hymns, chants, folk and pop songs and learn how to identify and explain some of the differences between them. The children will continue to practise following a conductor, use musical vocabulary to explain dynamics, pitch and general mood of songs. They will continue to polish performances, take turns in singing on the microphone to build their confidence and to sensitively appraise other singers. Date and time of the children’s end of term performance are on the ‘Dates for Your Diary’ or can be obtained from the school office. They will have worked very hard to polish their performance so please come along to support them and enjoy their singing.
FRENCH

In French this term the children will be learning to ask what time it is and answer, including o’clock, half past and quarter past and to. They will use this new vocabulary and previous vocabulary they have learnt relating to school subjects to look at a school timetable, ask questions and respond to what time a certain subject is taught. We will then be thinking about some similarities and differences between homes in the UK and in France and the children will learn and use vocabulary related to rooms and items within the home.
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.

 


 

AUTUMN TERM
SUBJECT OVERVIEW OF LEARNING IDEAS FOR 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.

 

http://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/moldy-apples/

 

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!
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

 

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.
PSHE

 

 

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.

Find out more at:

www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week

 

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:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co1gq2n-qKM

 

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.