Year 6

English Overviews

Reading Overview

Year 6.pdf

Writing Overview

Writing 6.pdf

Mathematics Overview & Support

We are proud to work with the Maths Hub for 2020 - 2022 to develop a mastery approach when teaching mathematics.

Termly Overview

Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFS)

Topics & Overviews

AUTUMN

SCIENCE

The Circulatory System

This project teaches children about the transport role of the human circulatory system, its main parts and primary functions. They learn about healthy lifestyle choices and the effects of harmful substances on the body.

Circulatory System.pdf

HISTORY

Britain at War

This project teaches children about the causes, events and consequences of the First and Second World Wars, the influence of new inventions on warfare, how life in Great Britain was affected and the legacy of the wars in the post-war period.

Britain at War.pdf

GEOGRAPHY

Our Changing World

This essential skills and knowledge project revises the features of Earth, time zones and lines of latitude and longitude to pinpoint places on a map. Children find out more about map scales, grid references, contour lines and map symbols. They learn about climate change and the importance of global trade. Children analyse data and carry out fieldwork to find out about local road safety. They study patterns of human settlements and carry out an enquiry to describe local settlement patterns.

Our Changing World.pdf

ART

Tints, Tones & Shades

This project teaches children about colour theory by studying the colour wheel and exploring mixing tints, shades and tones. They learn about significant landscape artworks and features of landscapes before using this knowledge to create landscape paintings.

Tints.pdf

ART

Bees, Beetles & Butterflies

This project teaches children about sketchbooks, observational drawing, mixed media collage and Pop Art. They consolidate their learning to make a final piece of artwork inspired by bees, beetles or butterflies.

Bees.pdf

DT

Make Do & Mend

This project teaches children a range of simple sewing stitches, including ways of recycling and repurposing old clothes and materials.

MUSIC

Composition

Use the fanfare, Battle of Britain, to listen, appreciate and compose a piece of music, using musical vocabulary to share our thoughts.

MUSIC

Rhythm & Pulse

Linking to our science learning, listen to and perform a range of rhythms and pulse, matching our circulatory system.

COMPUTING

App Prototype

In this unit, children will create an app prototype of their choice, manipulating information and layouts to achieve a published document, linking to our Britain at War topic.

COMPUTING

AR Interactive Scene

In this unit, children will use augmented reality to create an interactive scene connected to our topic of Bees, Butterflies and Beetles.

PE

Core

This unit teaches children to develop and understand their own health and fitness. Coordination is developed through sending and receiving and ball chasing is used to improve agility.

PE

Gym

This unit develops children’s gym skills using hand apparatus and low apparatus through the theme of rhythmic and bench sequences.

SPRING

SCIENCE

Electrical Circuits & Components

This project teaches children about electrical circuits, their components and how they function. They recognise how the voltage of cells affects the output of a circuit and record circuits using standard symbols. It also teaches children about programmable devices, sensors and monitoring. They combine their learning to design and make programmable home devices.

Electrical.pdf

HISTORY

Titanic

More info to follow ...

GEOGRAPHY

Frozen Kingdom

This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and includes a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them.

Frozen Kingdom.pdf

ART

Inuit

This project teaches children about the Inuit way of life, including some of their cultural and artistic traditions.

Inuit.pdf

ART

Environmental Artists

This project teaches children about the genre of environmental art. They study how artists create artwork that addresses social and political issues related to the natural and urban environment. Children work collaboratively to create artwork with an environmental message.

Environmental Artists.pdf

DT

Engineer

This project teaches children about remarkable engineers and significant bridges, learning to identify features, such as beams, arches and trusses. They complete a bridge-building engineering challenge to create a bridge prototype.

MUSIC

Singing & Performance

Create a piece of music to perform and sing, accompanied by musical instruments. This will be introduced through our topic of the Titanic.

MUSIC

Notation

Write a piece of music using the correct notation, focusing on an electronic & techno genre.

COMPUTING

3d lettering

In this unit, children will use computational thinking and programming to create 3d lettering, linking to our topic of Engineer.

COMPUTING

Computer Networks

In this unit, children will explore and understand computer networks, using HTML and making connections to our topic of Electricity.

PE

Core

This unit supports children to use their cognitive skills in their physical education. Coordination is developed through footwork and different stances are used to support static balance.

PE

Gym

This unit develops children’s gym skills using large apparatus and partner work through the theme of acrobatic and climbing sequences.

SUMMER

SCIENCE

Light Theory

This project teaches children about the way that light behaves, travelling in straight lines from a source or reflector, into the eye. They explore how we see light and colours, and phenomena associated with light, including shadows, reflections and refraction.

Light Theory.pdf

SCIENCE

Evolution & Inheritance

This project teaches children how living things on Earth have changed over time and how fossils provide evidence for this. They learn how characteristics are passed from parents to their offspring and how variation in offspring can affect their survival, with changes (adaptations) possibly leading to the evolution of a species.

Y6 Evolution.pdf

HISTORY

Mafaa

This project teaches children about Africa past and present and the development of the slave trade. It also explores Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, the causes and consequences of the European colonisation of Africa and the worldwide communities that make up the African diaspora.

Mafaa.pdf

ART

Distortion & Abstraction

This project teaches children about the concepts of abstraction and distortion. They study the visual characteristics of abstraction and create a musically-inspired, abstract painting.

Distortion.pdf

ART

Trail Blazers, Barrier Breakers

This project teaches children about significant black artists and their work, and provides opportunities to analyse and create artwork inspired by them.

Trail blazers.pdf

DT

Food for Life

This project teaches children about processed food and healthy food choices. They make bread and pasta sauces and learn about the benefits of whole foods. They plan and make meals as part of a healthy daily menu, and evaluate their completed products.

MUSIC

Music appreciation and listening

Perform a piece of music to an audience, adopting a call and response technique to engage the listeners.

MUSIC

Significant People

Identify and appreciate significant musicians and explore their impact on societal change.

COMPUTING

Green Screen special effects

In this unit, children will use special effects green screen to support video creation, animation and critically evaluating a piece of work. This unit will link to our Evolution and Inheritance learning.

COMPUTING

Animation

In this unit, children will create an animated film, adding subtitles and designing animations, linking to our topic of Evolution and Inheritance.

PE

Core

This unit supports each child's physical education. Agility is developed through jumping and landing and one leg balances are used to support static balance.

PE

Core

This unit supports children to develop their creative skills. Seated balance and floor work is used to support a child’s static balance.

Religious Education - Love To Celebrate!

We look at six celebrations from across the major religions of the world

Sikhism

Bandi Chhor Divas

(Autumn 2)

When Hindus and others celebrate Divali, the festival of lights, Sikhs remember the release from prison and return to Amritsar of the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind in 1619. The name Bandi Chhor Divas means liberation of prisoners day.

According to tradition, Guru Hargobind was released from prison in Gwalior and reached Amritsar on Divali. He would only agree to leave prison if 52 Hindu princes who were in prison with him could also go free. The Emperor Jahangir, said that those who clung to the Guru's coat would be able to go free. This was meant to limit the number of prisoners who could be released. However, Guru Hargobind had a coat made with 52 tassels attached to it so that all of the princes could leave prison with him.

The story reminds Sikhs of freedom and human rights and this is what they celebrate on Bandi Chhor Divas.

Divali means 'row of lights'. This is because Hindus, Sikhs and Jains decorate houses, shops and public places in India with small oil lamps called Divas. These lamps are often placed in rows in windows, doors and outside buildings as decoration. Electric lights too are used in Divali displays and fireworks are also a big part of the Divali celebrations.

Divali is a time for giving and receiving gifts for Sikhs. Traditionally, sweets and dried fruit are exchanged.

Christianity

Sunday

(Summer 2)

In most western countries, Sunday is part of the weekend and most Christians see it as a day of worship and rest. Practising Christians worship in many different ways and have many different traditions ... but most will go to church, sing hymns, listen to Bible readings, say prayers and spend time together.

Worshippers from other faiths and cultures also celebrate holy days, but at different times of the week. Friday is a day for Muslims to gather in the mosque for prayers and Saturday (Shabbat) is a day of rest for Jewish people.

Judaism

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

(Autumn 1)

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year festival. It lasts two days and commemorates the creation of the world.

Rosh Hashanah is also a judgement day, when Jews believe that God considers a person's good and bad deeds over the last year and decides what the next year will be like for them.

Rosh Hashanah is a time of asking for forgiveness of sins. Many Jews believe that God keeps a Book of Life with the names of everyone who is sorry for what they have done wrong. At Rosh Hashanah, Jews hope that they and their loved ones will be written in the Book of Life.

Judaism teaches that God decides on the first day of the year who will be forgiven, so they will ensure they apologise to everybody they have been unkind to during the past year. God makes his final judgement on Yom Kippur which means Day of Atonement.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a chance for Jews to ask questions about their actions and life throughout the year.

Islaam

Lailat al Miraj

(Spring 2)

Lailat al Miraj celebrates the story of Muhammad’s Night Journey. The angel Jibreel (Gabriel) is said to have visited Muhammad while he slept near the Kabah in Mecca and taken him on a 666 mile journey to the farthest mosque, the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, on the back of a winged creature called Buraq.

When he reached Jerusalem, Muhammad is said to have ascended into heaven, prayed with the prophets including Isa Jesus) and Ibrahim (Abraham) and met with Allah. Allah gave Muhammad the instruction that all Muslims should pray five times a day, which is Salat, one of The Five Pillars of Islam. Muhammad travelled back to Mecca on Buraq that same night and began to tell others of his Night Journey.

The Night Journey is celebrated by Muslims around the world. During the celebrations, the story is retold, special prayers are said and sweets and refreshments are shared.

Buddhism

Parinirvana

(Spring 1)

Parinirvana Day, also known as Nirvana Day, is an annual Mahayana Buddhist holiday which is celebrated in East Asia. It's celebrated by some on February 8th, but it's mostly celebrated on February 15th.

It remembers the death of the Buddha when he reached the age of 80. When he died, Buddhists believed that he reached a state of Parinirvana, which means Nirvana without end.

Nirvana is a state of complete understanding, when no more suffering can be experienced.

Hinduism

Kumbh Mela

(Summer 1)

One of the most important pilgrimages in Hinduism is Kumbh Mela. This is the largest gathering of people in the world. Millions of people attend and bathe in the Ganges (in North India). The main Kumbh Mela gathering takes place every 12 years, with other events taking place every three years at four different sites (a different site is used every three years).

It started because of the story of the Garuda, which was a bird. The bird picked up a jar that contained immortality nectar, but four drops of the nectar fell into the Ganges. Hindus therefore bathe in the Ganges with the hope of having their sin washed away and their soul purified.

The Kumbh Mela pilgrimage lasts for 55 days and hosts many different types of Hindus, who tell stories and entertain other people. Many Hindus wear flower garlands around their neck and then throw them into the Ganges as an offering. Hindu holy men attend the pilgrimage and lead processions into the Ganges.

Hindus hope that this pilgrimage will make them blessed by God and help them achieve their ultimate goal of moksha through their devotion.

P.S.H.E - Personal Social Health Education (Including Relationships & Sex Education)

We follow six key themes in P.S.H.E. that are taught at the same time across the school, below is the specific theme covered.

Being Me In My World

  • Identifying goals for the year

  • Global citizenship

  • Children’s universal rights

  • Feeling welcome and valued

  • Choices, consequences and

rewards

  • Group dynamics

  • Democracy, having a voice

  • Anti-social behaviour

  • Role-modelling

Celebrating Difference

  • Perceptions of normality

  • Understanding disability

  • Power struggles

  • Understanding bullying

  • Inclusion/exclusion

  • Differences as conflict,

difference as celebration

  • Empathy

Dreams & Goals

  • Personal learning goals, in and

  • out of school

  • Success criteria

  • Emotions in success

  • Making a difference in the world

  • Motivation

  • Recognising achievements

  • Compliments

Healthy Me

  • Taking personal responsibility

  • How substances affect the body

  • Exploitation, including ‘county

lines’ and gang culture

  • Emotional and mental health

  • Managing stress

Relationships

  • Mental health

  • Identifying mental health worries and sources of support

  • Love and loss

  • Managing feelings

  • Power and control

  • Assertiveness

  • Technology safety

  • Take responsibility with technology use

Changing Me

  • Self-image

  • Body image

  • Puberty and feelings

  • Conception to birth

  • Reflections about change

  • Physical attraction

  • Respect and consent

  • Boyfriends/girlfriends

  • Sexting

  • Transition