Year 6 Autumn Term 2


Here are the objectives we will be covering:

  • Use mental addition, column subtraction and counting up to solve subtractions of amounts of money and word problems;

  • Use mental multiplication strategies to multiply by numbers such as 4, 8, 5, 25, 19, 29 and 99;

  • Revise using short multiplication to multiply 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers and use this to multiply amounts of money;

  • Solve word problems involving multiplication including two-step problems and finding change;

  • Use long multiplication to multiply 3-digit and 4-digit numbers by teens numbers;

  • Understand negative numbers;

  • Calculate small differences between negative numbers and negative and positive numbers;

  • Add and subtract negative numbers;

  • Compare fractions with unlike, but related, denominators; correctly use the terms fraction, denominator and numerator;

  • Understand what improper fractions and mixed numbers are and add fractions with the same denominator, writing the answer as a mixed number

  • Calculate the perimeter, area and volume of shapes, and know their units of measurement;

  • Understand that shapes can have the same perimeters but different areas and vice versa;

  • Calculate the area of a triangle using the formula A = 1/2 b × h;

  • Find the area of parallelograms using the formula A = b × h ;

  • Name and describe properties of 3D shapes;

  • Systematically find and compare nets for different 3D shapes;

  • Express a remainder as a fraction, simplifying where possible;

  • Use short division to divide 3- and 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers, including those which leave a remainder;

  • Find non-unit fractions of amounts;

  • Use mental strategies to divide by 2, 4, 8, 5, 20 and 25;

  • Use mental strategies to find simple percentages of amounts, including money;

  • Add and subtract unit fractions with different denominators including mixed numbers;

  • Multiply fractions less than 1 by whole numbers, converting improper fractions to whole numbers;

  • Use commutativity to efficiently multiply fractions by whole numbers;

  • Divide unit and non-unit fractions by whole numbers;

  • Solve word problems involving fractions;

In English, Year 6 will begin the term by studying a book linked to our curriculum topic called ‘War Games’. The book tells the story of a group of soldiers during the First World War who find common ground through a game of football. Children will write diary entries and letters based on the text. We will then move on to look at some war poetry and write verses of our own. We finish the term by reading ‘The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey’ an uplifting story of family and friendship.

In Curriculum, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic – a study of the First World War.

During this topic, the children will learn how the war started and will explore the hopes and fears of the nation as the conflict broke out. We will then look at propaganda that was created to encourage civilian participation in the war effort, and from this we will design our own poster. We will then move on to a local study, focussing on Walter Tull. We will investigate his life story, and discover how he is remembered in Northamptonshire.

In Science, children will be looking at evolution. We will start the topic by writing a biography of Charles Darwin and find out how his 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. This will include trying out different beaks to eat a variety of foods.

Year 6 Autumn Term 1


In Maths, pupils will:

  • Read, write and compare 6-digit numbers and know what each digit represents;
  • read, write and compare 1-, 2- and 3-place decimal numbers;
  • multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000;
  • round decimals to nearest tenth and whole number and place on a number line;
  • convert decimals (up to 3 places) to fractions and vice-versa.
  • Use mental addition strategies to solve additions including decimal numbers;
  • use column addition to add 5-digit numbers, decimal numbers and amounts of money;
  • solve problems involving number up to 3 decimal places, choose an appropriate method to solve decimal addition.
  • Express missing number problems algebraically and find pairs of numbers that satisfy equations involving two unknowns;
  • find missing lengths and angles;
  • understand how brackets can be used in calculation problems;
  • use knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations, solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems using knowledge of the order of operations.
  • Convert between grams and kilograms, millilitres and litres, millimetres and centimetres, centimetres and metres, metres and kilometres, and miles and kilometres;
  • revise reading the 24-hour clock and convert 12-hour times to 24-hour;
  • read and write Roman numerals; find time intervals using the 24-hour clock.

In English, Year 6 will begin the term by creating work based on a short film called, ‘Dreamgiver.’ The children will focus on key points in the film to write short pieces which will introduce them to the writing expectations in Year 6. These include a variety of vocabulary and high-level punctuation.

We will then move on to read ‘Street Child,’ by Berlie Doherty. This historical adventure story is set during the reign of Queen Victoria. The main character, Jim finds himself with no family and thrown into the workhouse. Jim manages to escape but his problems are just beginning…

We will write diary entries from Jim’s point of view as well as persuasive letters and articles about conditions for children during the Victorian era, linking to our curriculum topic for the term.

In Curriculum, Year 6 will be beginning their new topic called, ‘Revolution.’

During this topic, the children will learn how Great Britain was transformed by the Industrial Revolution. They will discover a time when ingenious inventors created so many things we take for granted today: the electric light bulb, the telephone and even the first flushing toilet. They will imagine a trip to the Great Exhibition and write letters to a friend describing how they marvelled at some of these wonderful inventions. Additionally they will write about taking a ride on the very first steam engine.

In Science, children will learn about light and that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes, or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. They will discover that shiny or reflective surfaces alter the direction in which light travels. Children will have the opportunity to solve problems related to everyday life about how light travels and how we see. Children will also investigate and explain the shapes of shadows, and relate this to light travelling in straight lines.

Working Scientifically, children will have the opportunity to plan and carry out investigations around light, including making a working periscope and seeing how the length of shadows can be manipulated.

Year 6 Information