Year 6 Spring Term 1

In English Year 6, we will finish our study of the text, ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ by William Grill. This text focuses on the historic exploration by Shackleton and his crew on Endurance and it offers a unique visual re-telling of their expedition to Antarctica.

We will then go onto studying ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick. This book is set in an all too believable near future when many parts of England are submerged in water and people drift into gangs, divided due to the scarcity of resources. Over a period of five weeks, the dilemmas and challenges experienced by the protagonists allow our pupils to explore character development, emotional response and setting in narrative fiction. Our children will participate in role-play activities during this teaching sequence and they will produce a range of writing in response to their learning including setting descriptions, writing in role, letter writing, persuasive speeches and poetry.

In Maths this term, Year 6 will continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding of fractions. Children will be extending their fluency skills through learning how to solve fraction calculations involving the four operations. They will then apply these skills to reasoning and problem-solving tasks. Children will then move on to plotting coordinates for translations and reflections in all four quadrants.

In Science, our topic is ‘Changing Circuits’. We will build electrical circuits and use the correct symbols to create circuit diagrams. We will learn the function of electrical components and see how they work in different configurations. Working scientifically, children will carry out investigations and fair tests to observe how a bulb can be made brighter within a circuit and how this is affected by adding or removing various components. We will also ‘fault find’ when circuits are not working and create a diagram to check all possibilities in order to solve the problem.

In our History lessons, we will begin a new unit of work called, ‘Frozen Planet.’ During this topic, the children will be introduced to the planet’s coldest lands, vast wilds and hostile territories, which can be incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. Throughout the topic, they will use globes and atlases to find and name both Polar Regions and other significant geographical features of the world. They will then identify and record the longitude and latitude of both Polar Regions whilst working in research teams to identify the similarities and differences between the Arctic and Antarctic. They will record data and information in simple charts, tables or spreadsheets, using headings, such as Climate, Population, Settlements, Animal life, Plant life and Seasonal change. Finally, they will read a range of specialist polar travel brochures and websites, making a list of activities available and special things to see on a polar trip. This will culminate in writing an imaginary postcard, as if on a polar holiday, telling someone at home about their exciting, icy activities. 

In Art this term, the children will be investigating the traditional art of Cape Dorset in Nunavut. The children will first study the pieces of traditional artist Kenojuak Ashevak based on the creatures and lifestyle within the Arctic Circle. They will then have the opportunity to design their own piece sympathetic to this style and will use these designs to create a block printed piece of work 

Year 6 Autumn Term 2

In English Year 6, we will finish our study of the text, ‘Stay Where You Are And Then Leave’, by John Boyne which focuses on the experiences of a young boy and his family during the First World War.

We will then move on to study ‘Shackleton’s Journey,’ by William Grill. This text focuses on the historic exploration by Shackleton and his crew on Endurance and it offers a unique visual re-telling of their expedition to Antarctica.

Our pupils will begin by examining the illustration on the book cover to develop their inferential skills and to form predictions. During the learning sequence, children will examine and discuss the differences between information and fiction texts; they will develop their knowledge of, and empathise with, characters through exploring dilemmas; they will participate in role-play activities and will produce a range of writing in response to their learning.

In Maths this term, Year 6 will be consolidating their learning about the four operations. They will learn how to identify common factors, common multiples, prime numbers up to 100 and square and cube numbers. They will then have the opportunity to investigate the order of operations. The children will then move on to developing their knowledge and understanding of fractions. 

In Science, children will be looking at evolution and inheritance. We will start the topic by writing a biography of Charles Darwin and by finding out how the theory was developed. We will then research how plants and animals are adapted to suit their environment in different ways.   

Working scientifically, children will have the opportunity to plan and carry out investigations around adaptation, including trying out different beaks to eat a variety of foods.  

In Topic, Year 6 will continue studying Mexico through our unit ‘Hola Mexico.  

During this time, the children will be studying the ancient Mayan civilisation, learning about their culture and beliefs, poetry, ball games and their curious rituals. They will be making a variety of savoury and sweet dishes, including fruit cocktails, tacos, burritos and chocolate. They will be exploring the Maya diet and will answer questions such as ‘whether it was healthy’, providing reasoned responses and justifications for their ideas.  

Year 6 Curriculum Information