Year 6

English Overviews

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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 matery approach when teaching mathematics. For

Termly Overview

Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFS)

Topics & Overviews

Blood Heart

Topic Description

Let’s explore our circulatory system!

At the start of our project, we’ll dissect an animal heart, finding out about the different parts and how the blood flows. Afterwards, we’ll write a report of the experience and use software and models to learn more about how the circulatory system works. We’ll use a data logger to measure our heart rates and test how it is affected by exercise. In D&T, we’ll make model hearts, and test materials before making a stethoscope. As part of our music work, we’ll use our bodies as percussion instruments and feel our pulse. We’ll read shape poetry, and write poems inspired by the heart. We’ll learn about how smoking affects the heart and write adverts to persuade people to stop smoking. We’ll visit the ‘Give blood’ website, and make a flow diagram to illustrate the circulation process.

At the end of the ILP, we’ll create fact files to share what we have learned.

Help your child prepare for their project

Your heart will be with you forever, so it’s important to look after it. Why not research heart-healthy foods together and try out delicious, nutritious recipes that will make your heart happy? You could also set up an obstacle course in the garden and take each other’s pulse before and after exercise to see how it changes. Alternatively, you could investigate advice for keeping your heart healthy and make an informative poster.

Year 6 – Learning Overview – Autumn 1
Blood Heart Planning .pptx

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser

Frozen Kingdoms

Topic Description

In the Frozen Kingdoms project, your child will learn about the regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. They will learn about the similarities and differences between these two regions, including the climate, landscape and natural resources. They will learn how to use grid references, lines of latitude and longitude, contour lines and symbols to identify the geographical locations of the Arctic and Antarctic, and how these, along with the tilt of the Earth, affect day length and warmth. They will investigate polar oceans to learn how they differ from other oceans on Earth and how climate change increases Earth's temperature and leads to rising sea levels. They will learn about the indigenous people of the Arctic, including how their lives have changed over time, and about the positives and negatives of tourism in Antarctica. They will also learn about classifying animals, animal adaptations and evolution, and polar exploration and discovery.

Topic Overview 2020 Frozen Kingdom.pdf
Year 6 Frozen Kingdom Topic 2021 - Aut 2.pptx

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser

Britain at War

Topic Description

In the Britain at War project, your child will learn about the main causes of the First World War and which countries were the major players. They will investigate why so many men volunteered to fight and then sequence the events at the start of the war. Using various sources of evidence, the children will learn about life in the trenches and the consequences of new weaponry. They will listen to first-hand accounts of life on the home front and evaluate the impact of war on everyday life. They will also discover the events that led to the Allied Powers’ victory and the consequences of the Treaty of Versailles. The children will also learn about the causes and main events of the Second World War. They will find out how Britain prepared itself for war and the war’s impact on civilian life. They will learn about the Battle of Britain and how it proved to be a key turning point for the Allied Powers. They will also hear about Anne Frank and discover what her story tells us about the treatment of Jewish people by the Nazi Party. The children will research the causes and consequences of the end of the Second World War and investigate the legacy of the wars in Britain. Closer to home, the children will research the life of a local First World War hero who sacrificed their life fighting for Britain. They will also investigate the legacy of these global conflicts in the post-war period.

Topic Overview 2022 Britain at War.docx
Year 6 Britain at War Topic 2022 - Spr 1 .pptx

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser

Darwin's Delights

Topic Description

Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle.

During this half term, we’re going to investigate a range of animal specimens, describing the characteristics of the creatures, and labelling their body parts using software. We’ll use a range of non-fiction books to investigate adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. After examining letters and journal entries written by Darwin, we’ll write our own examples. We’ll collect natural items and discover what plants live around our school. We’ll retrace Darwin’s steps using maps and create sketchbooks to record the plants, flowers and trees we encounter. Using maps and globes, we’ll plan an expedition. What will the weather be like and what physical and man-made features might we encounter?

At the end of the ILP, we’ll think about why the Galapagos Islands developed such diverse animal life, and why they might be under threat. We’ll also think about what Darwin would have worked on if he were alive today. How would he use our technology?

Help your child prepare for their project

Charles Darwin was a world-renowned naturalist, geologist and physicist, and we’re going to follow in his footsteps. Why not collect samples of plant life from your garden and see if you can identify them? You could make detailed sketches of the plants you find, just like Darwin. Alternatively, visit a museum that has fossils on display. What can you learn about the animals from which they were formed?

Darwin's Delights Topic Overview .pdf
Year 6 Darwin's Delights Topic 2021.pptx

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser


Topic Description

In the Maafa project, your child will learn about Africa today and the ancient kingdoms that thrived on the continent for thousands of years. They will learn about the origins of the transatlantic slave trade in the 15th century and Britain’s involvement from the time of Elizabeth I, when John Hawkins became the first British slave trader. Your child will understand the structure of the transatlantic slave trade and the consequences of enslavement for enslaved people. They will also discover how the people of Britain benefited from the money and goods produced by the slave trade. They will learn about the causes and consequences of the abolition of slavery in the 19th century, the worldwide African diaspora and the European colonisation in Africa. They will explore the lives and actions of black people in 20th century Britain. They will understand how the Race Relations Act of 1965 became the first piece of British legislation to tackle racial discrimination and know that the Equality Act 2010 provides people with protection against racism and other forms of discrimination, today. Your child will also explore the lives of black people who have made significant contributions to Britain and will celebrate black culture in Britain today.

Y6 - Learning Overview - Summer 1 - Maafa.pdf
Maafa - Parent Overview.pptx

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser

Tomorrow's World

Topic Description

There are so many ways to communicate: text messages, blogs, emails and podcasts. Which do we prefer?

During this half term, we’ll interview a web designer or blogger, investigating the process their work goes through. After looking at a range of blogs and emails, we’ll write a letter to our headteacher to ask if we can create a class blog. We’ll learn about the history of computing, which surprisingly goes back 6000 years to the Antikythera mechanism, and find out how optical fibre cables are used. Through further exploration of modern technology, we’ll learn about some of the amazing people responsible for its development. In our ICT work, we’ll investigate how to decide whether a website is trustworthy and what malware is. We’ll write a thriller based on exciting technology and learn about how robots can help us. We’ll explore how to write an algorithm and how to keep safe online. Then, we’ll listen to and download music and create a mock-up website. We’ll learn all about lasers, and make periscopes and complex circuits. We’ll investigate robotic toys and make our own.

At the end of the ILP, we’ll create a podcast for you to listen to and we’ll think about the future of technology.

Help your child prepare for their project

If the world today relies so heavily on technology, what will it be like in ‘tomorrow’s world’? Why not go on a technology hunt to locate computerised and robotic devices in your home? You could also create a survey to find out how much time your family and friends spend using technology each day. Alternatively, go online to research a significant figure in the computing world. What did they discover and how did this influence our daily lives?

Tomorrow's World Topic Overview.docx.pdf
Year 6 Tomorrow's World Topic 2021.pptx

Topic Overview

Knowledge Organiser

Religious Education - Love To Celebrate!

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


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.


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.



(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.



(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.


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.


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


  • 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


  • 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