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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Kings Norton, Birmingham

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Year 6 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Autumn term (2020).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year.

Please use this planner for discussion and research with your child.

Autumn Term


  • People of God- Looking at the books of the Old and New Testament, identifying key people within the books and their lives.
  • Followers of Christ- much of this topic will be covered through our Confirmation preparation. We will look at who Jesus is, what Jesus asked of his disciples, the life of Jesus through the Gospels.
  • Advent- preparation and symbolism associated with Advent.
  • Christmas- Reflection through the Gospels about the birth of Christ, looking at images and associated symbolism.


  • Sentence types-Alan Peat sentences and their structures.
  • Narrative structure- Fantasy stories, stories from a familiar setting, traditional stories, spy thrillers and quest adventure stories. A variety of focus texts including ‘Harry Potter’, ‘The Hobbit’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, various titles by Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo.
  • Biography and autobiography- Focus text- ‘Boy’ by Roald Dahl
  • Poetry- personification and style, use of similes and metaphors.
  • Journalistic writing- comparing journalistic reports through media e.g. newspaper, television, radio and online reporting.
  • Shared reading text- ‘Carrie’s War’ by Nina Bawden.


  • Place value- read, write and order numbers to 10 000 000, rounding and using negative numbers in context.
  • Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division- Add and subtract multi-step problems in contexts, multiply and divide 4 digits by 2 using formal methods, identify common factors, multiples and prime numbers.
  • Fractions – ordering, simplifying, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions, Recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • Solving problems- involving multi-step calculations for all four operations and including ratio and proportion.


  • Sight- How light travels, how shadows are formed and how the eye works.
  • Making Circuits- How electrical circuits work. What resistors are and how we can use them.


  • Invasion games. (Outside-trainers, joggers needed).
  • Gymnastics.
  • Woodland Adventures

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)

20th Century Britain

  • History- Britain during WW1 and 2
  • Art- Rococo/Modernism/Abstract Art
  • Geography- Europe, Local Study on Birmingham
  • I.C.T- Multimedia presentations, publishing and data collecting; and a programme on children’s awareness of the advantages and pitfalls of modern communication platforms and use of the internet
  • D + T- Making model air raid shelters.
  • Music- Music during the war.
  • P.S.H.E- Global conflict and citizenship



  • Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on Friday. ‘My Maths’ will also be issued online every Monday.


  • Spellings are given out on Monday and tested on Friday.