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Year 6 Curriculum

Autumn 1: Identity


Who do you think you are?


During this half term, as part of our topic ‘Identity’, we will find out what makes us the people we are. We’ll meet a mysterious man and consider what traits and features give us our identity.


Thinking about what makes us unique, we’ll write stories in which we have a new identity, alongside reading the story ‘Bill’s New Frock’. We’ll learn about branching databases and how to create a classification system. Then, we’ll gather data about physical features, make spreadsheets and look for patterns. We’ll take part in physical activities that challenge us and measure the outcomes. While comparing photographs of ourselves with those of our relatives, we’ll decide if we share any features. We’ll create adverts and write a tribute to a friend. After investigating fingerprints and genetic characteristics, we’ll create 3-D models and design clothing that reflects our personality.


In Maths we will be covering place value and the four operations, looking at written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


Autumn 2: A Child's War


A siren sounds and a Spitfire zooms overhead! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war.


This half term, during our topic ‘Children at War’, we’ll imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we’ll learn about evacuation and write letters to our families ‘back home’. We’ll plot the Second World War’s events on a timeline and learn about rationing, Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain. From a range of maps, we’ll identify safe and dangerous places during the war and make persuasive posters to support the war effort.


After reading an extract from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, we’ll write our own diaries. From a range of sources, we’ll find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We will also be reading the story ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ and have the opportunity to watch the film adaptation.


We’ll learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt. In D&T, we’ll make Anderson shelters and make a simple toy. At the end of the half we’ll reflect on Winston Churchill’s stirring speeches and write our own. We’ll compose and perform wartime songs and create a presentation to show what we have learned.


In Maths we will be covering statistics, looking at charts and graphs; measure, looking at conversion, area and perimeter and time and geometry, revisiting angles and shape.


Spring 1: Frozen Kingdom


Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands, which are incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly.


This half term, we’ll start by making and observing icebergs. We’ll then find out more about them using non-fiction books. We’ll learn technical vocabulary so we can write reports in the role of engineers. Using globes and maps, we’ll identify the polar regions, comparing the Arctic and Antarctic. We’ll also think about how we can protect the polar environment.


Then, we’ll investigate the tragic story of the RMS Titanic, and find out about the people on board. We’ll download images of polar features and save our information in digital folders. When we’re more familiar with the polar regions, we’ll write exciting stories, poems and diary entries from the perspective of brave explorers. In addition to this we will be reading ‘The Call of the Wild’.


Researching our favourite polar animals will be fun, and we’ll create animal artwork inspired by the Inuit people. We’ll experiment with digital photography and create amazing effects using paints and dyes.


In Maths we will be covering fractions, looking at fraction/decimal/percentage equivalence, simplifying and mixed numbers, as well as covering algebra.


Spring 2: Blood Heart


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.


Our book this half term will be ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman, which we will be using a stimulus to write: non- chronological reports, diary entries, persuasive reports, biographies and narratives.


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.


In Maths we will be revising all elements of the curriculum to prepare us for our SATs in the Summer term.



Summer 1: Revolution


Let’s hop on a steam train and travel back in time to the Victorian era!


During this half term, we’ll use non-fiction books to research Victorian education and people, including famous inventors, reformers and Queen Victoria herself. Then, we’ll write non-chronological reports and biographies using a range of source materials. In addition to this we will be reading ‘Black Beauty’.


We’ll write on slates, learn the three ‘Rs’ and take part in cooking, sewing and woodwork lessons, just like a child in a Victorian school. We’ll make popular Victorian dishes and play with Victorian toys. ‘Drill’ activities will have us following instructions to march, stretch and jump in formation.


We’ll learn about crime and punishment and find out what life was like in a Victorian slum. How things have changed! We’ll discover what happened during the Industrial Revolution and learn about significant inventions.


Copying the style of famous Victorian paintings, we’ll experiment with block printing techniques.


In addition to all of this, we will be preparing the children for their SATs and revising all of the curriculum we have covered so far.


Summer 2: Hola Mexico!


Bienvenido a Mexico!


We’re going to explore this unique country, from its towering temples to its fun-packed festivals. During this half term, we’ll watch a traditional Mexican performance and join in with percussion instruments. To cool down afterwards, we’ll have a refreshing drink of sangrita or limeade. We’ll use non-fiction books to find out about the importance of music in Mexican culture and have a go at folk dancing. Using our literacy skills, we’ll write about festivals and create an invitation to a Mexican food tasting session. In preparation, we’ll make delicious drinks and savoury dishes.


We’ll learn about the ‘Day of the Dead’ and create 3-D skulls. With the Chihuahuan Desert as our imagined location, we’ll write postcards and clear instructions for a game. We’ll read Maya myths and legends, and write our own. Using maps, we’ll locate Mexico and explore its natural features. We’ll discover what daily life is like and how it has changed over time.


Then we’ll craft Maya chocolate and simple woodwind instruments from recycled materials. Who can make the highest, loudest and longest sounds?


At the end of the project, we’ll listen to Maya music and learn a traditional song. We’ll also perform Mexican music from the past and present.


Year 6

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2



(Imaginative Learning Project)


(Science focus)

A Childs war


Frozen Kingdom

(Geography focus)

Blood Heart

(Science Focus)


(History focus)

Hola Mexico

(Music Focus)

Memorable Experience

Meet John Doe!

Evacuation – Chn to imagine being evacuated.

Make a giant iceberg

Dissection of Heart

Victorian classroom

Traditional Mexican Music Performance


Literacy texts

And Text Types


Bills New Frock



Descriptions/Narrative; Non-chronological reports; Adverts; Fact and Opinion/Tributes; Calligrams

Goodnight Mr Tom

Anne Frank’s Diary


Letters; Diaries; Persuasive writing; Narrative Dialogue; Speeches.

The Call of the Wild



Chronological report; Short narrative; Diaries; Haikus; Letter writing

Pig Heart Boy



Non-chronological reports; shape poetry; slogans and adverts; biography; narrative using personification

Black Beauty



Non-chronological reports; historical fiction; biographies; Limericks; Diary writing/journals




Invitations; Postcards; Instructions; Myths and Legends; Poetry




(Let’s Investigate)

Classification; Families and Inheritance; Working Scientifically.

How does inheritance work? Why are things classified? Why do birds have different beaks? How have eyes evolved?

No Science focus

How can you send a coded message? Can you turn a light down? Can you see through it? Can fruit light a bulb?

Living things and their habitat

Can we slow cooling down? How do animals stay warm? Where do wild plants grow best? Why is holly prickly? How many worms are underground?

Human circulatory system; measuring heart rate; history of blood groups; lifestyle effects; working scientifically

How does blood flow? What can your heart rate tell you?

What’s in blood?


Any Science that has carried over

Light and Shadows

How can you make red? Is green really green? What colour is a shadow? How does light travel? What is a reflection?