Year Six Curriculum

Our Curriculum

As your child enters the final year of key stage 2, the creative curriculum continues to excite, stimulate and challenge. The children are given a wonderful opportunity to develop their team building and leadership skills during a week at Manor Adventure, an outdoor pursuit activity centre, as well as participating in a year group theatre production, performed at the Solihull Sixth Form College theatre.

Literacy

Autumn Term 2021

  • The Arrival (Shaun Tan)
  • The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien)
  • The Incredible Ecosystems of Planet Earth (Rachel Ignotofsky)
  • Rose Blanche (Roberto Innocenti)
  • The Harmonica (Tony Johnston)
  • Letters From the Lighthouse (Emma Carroll)
  • WW1 poetry
  • Throughout the half term, children will write for a range of purposes – including fiction and non-fiction and sometimes poetry
  • Writing is linked to other subjects such as Science, Humanities and RE where applicable
  • Grammar is taught in context, with children learning to extend their vocabulary, improve their understanding of sentence structure and explore a range of punctuation
  • Spelling is taught and tested weekly

Spring Term 2022

  • The Dreadful Menace (poem)
  • Sherlock Holmes & The Speckled Band- Sir Arthur Conan (retold by Lucy Corvino)
  • The Highwayman (Alfred Noyes)
  • Throughout the half term, children will write for a range of purposes – including fiction and non-fiction and sometimes poetry
  • Writing is linked to other subjects such as Science, Humanities and RE where applicable
  • Grammar is taught in context, with children learning to extend their vocabulary, improve their understanding of sentence structure and explore a range of punctuation
  • Spelling is taught and tested weekly

Summer Term 2022

  • Survivors (David Long)
  • Black Powder (Ally Sherrick)
  • Throughout the half term, children will write for a range of purposes – including fiction and non-fiction and sometimes poetry
  • Writing is linked to other subjects such as Science, Humanities and RE where applicable
  • Grammar is taught in context, with children learning to extend their vocabulary, improve their understanding of sentence structure and explore a range of punctuation
  • Spelling is taught and tested weekly

Maths

Autumn Term 2021

  • The children will be given opportunities to develop their mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills through the mathematical themes and cross curricular activities:
    • Number and place value
    • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
    • Fractions, decimals and percentages
    • Ratio and proportion
    • Algebra
    • Measurement
    • Statistics

Spring Term 2022

  • The children will be given opportunities to develop their mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills through the mathematical themes and cross curricular activities:
    • Number and place value
    • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
    • Fractions, decimals and percentages
    • Ratio and proportion
    • Algebra
    • Measurement
    • Statistics

Summer Term 2022

  • The children will be given opportunities to develop their mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills through the mathematical themes and cross curricular activities:
    • Number and place value
    • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
    • Fractions, decimals and percentages
    • Ratio and proportion
    • Algebra
    • Measurement
    • Statistics

Science

Autumn Term 2021

    • Light (reflection, the eye, colour and shadows)
    • Animals including humans (circulation, respiration and water transportation in the human body)

Spring Term 2022

    • Chemical changes (reversible & non-reversible change, burning, rustling & other chemical reactions)
    • Electricity (circuit diagrams, voltage and investigating circuits)

Summer Term 2022

  • Evolution and inheritance (variation & inheritance, how fossils provide evidence for evolution)
  • Living things and their habitats (classification)

Religious Education

Autumn Term 2021

    • Human Rights
      • Exploration of the work and impact of significant figures including Martin Luther King, John Bunyan and Guru Hargobind
    • Messiah: Incarnation: was Jesus the messiah?

Spring Term 2022

  • Hindu worship
  • Resurrection: what difference does resurrection make to Christians?

Summer Term 2022

  • Kingdom of God: what kind of king is Jesus?
  • Creation & science: conflicting or complementary?

P.E.

Autumn Term 2021

  • Tennis
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Real PE (coordination: ball skills, agility: reaction & response, static balancing)

Spring Term 2022

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Real PE (dynamic balancing on a line, counter balancing with a partner, static balancing and jumping & landing

Summer Term 2022

  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Athletics
  • Real PE

History

Autumn Term 2021

  • Study a theme in British history (migration) that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • Study WWI & WWII
    • Understanding of the causes of war. 
    • Impact of war on Great Britain and Europe
    • Reaction of the government to German invasions and reactions of the people of Great Britain and Europe
    • Events leading to the end of WWI
    • Evacuation of children
    • Lessons of war and outcomes (creation of the United Nations, collaboration and agreement between world countries)

Spring Term 2022

  • Understanding where the Anglo-Saxon, Viking invaders and Norman conquest are sequenced within British history 
  • The changing power of monarchs in Britain and a significant turning point in British history  

Summer Term 2022

  • Children will study London and trace the origins of the parliamentary system
  • Use sources of evidence to deduce information about the past
  • Select suitable sources of evidence, giving reasons for choices
  • Gain and use historically grounded understanding of terms such as civilisation and parliament

PHSE

Autumn Term 2021

  • Being me in my world (Jigsaw)
  • Taking care

Winter Term 2022

  • Celebrating difference (Jigsaw)
  • Dreams & goals (Jigsaw)

Summer Term 2022

  • Healthy me (Jigsaw)
  • Relatiohsips (Jigsaw)
  • Changing me (Jigsaw)

Geography

Autumn Term 2021

  • Understanding of migration, causes of migration, its effect and the impact; terms: migration, seasonal migration; asylum seeker, refugee
  • Understand the reasons that people become a refugee and know the cause and effect of being a refugee in another country
  • Geographical locations of migration from and to, routes of migrants from a physical geography aspect and destinations
  • Current migration situation around the world; destinations and political responses. Geographical location of source of refugee and destinations
  • World biomes
    • rainforests
    • distribution of natural resources

Spring Term 2022

    • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied. 
    • Use 8 points of the compass, grid references, symbols and key (inc OS maps) to build knowledge of the UK and the wider world

Summer Term 2022

  • Earthquakes and volcanoes
    • Map Skills
    • Naming the physical features of the Earth
    • Study of people and places
  • Focus on London as a settlement and capital city
  • Name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns
  • Use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom
  • Understand how some of these aspects of London have changed over time

Art, Design & Technology

Autumn Term 2021

  • Dragon eyessketch
    • clay
  • Zooming in
    • oil pastels
  • Kate Scott Illustrations– create watercolour paintings of flora and fauna  
  • Shaun Tan Art – Children practise drawing skills using images from The Arrival
  • Origami birds made in the style of the bird in the book- mono-printing of a scene from the book
  • Watercolour/Artist Study (Vincent Van Gough) – poppy paintings for WWI poetry
  • Landscape Collage – Create a WW2 landscape collage

Winter Term 2022

  • Children will create a simple cross-stitch to depict a battle scene (Bayeux Tapestry) 

Summer Term 2022

Computing

Autumn Term 2021

  • Computer science- introduction to Python programming
  • Revision of using email (Office 365)
  • Online safety (privacy & security, online reputation, online bullying, online relationships)

Spring Term 2022

  • Microsoft office: Excel
  • Film making
  • Online safety (managing online information, Safer Internet Day- teaching objective according to the yearly theme, self-image & identity)

Summer Term 2022

  • Computer science: networks
  • Understanding binary
  • Online safety (copyright & ownerships and health, wellbeing & lifestyle)

French

Autumn Term 2021

  • Verbs and grammar
  • At school

Winter Term 2022

  • The weekend
  • World War II

Summer Term 2022

  • Healthy lifestyles
  • The Olympics

Music

Autumn Term 2021

  • Charanga music
    • classroom jazz

Spring Term 2022

  • Charanga

Summer Term 2022

  • Charanga
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