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Year 6 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Summer term (2022).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year. As a result of this planner, you may be able to discuss the areas with your child or do research together.

Summer Term

RE

  • Pentecost - they will learn about the stories from the New Testament about the coming of the Holy Spirit. They will identify the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and how they can relate to their lives going forward.
  • Belonging to the Church community - they will look at the teachings of the Apostles. They will learn about the role of the Pope, Archbishops and Bishops in the universal and local Church. They will look at their roles in the Church community.
  • Celebrating the life of Mary & the saints - we will explore beliefs about Blessed Mary and feasts. They will identify why her role in the life of Christ was so important. They will look at saints being united with Christ and link to their chosen saint for Confirmation.

Literacy

  • SATS revision-SPAG and Reading.
  • Fiction - Short stories using flashbacks. They will use dialogue and role play to explore the events and characters’ feelings in a story with a flashback. They will identify how writers use flashback in stories to create impact, and write stories on an historical event including flash backs.
  • Play scripts - Focus on ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare and use of play scripts to create atmosphere and mood. Children look at structure and layout and will produce and perform their own plays. This will lead to dramatic arts focus.

Numeracy

  • SATS Practice.
  • Counting, partitioning and calculating using all four number operations including mental strategies (Focus on division).
  • Securing number facts, solving equations and number sequences.
  • Shape and measures - Properties of 3D shapes, nets of 3D solids, rotating designs. Measuring capacity.
  • Handling data - Database statistics, conversion graphs, pie charts.
  • Ratio and proportion.
  • Solving problems involving multi-step calculations.
  • Investigations and puzzles - ‘Theme Park Maths’.

Science

  • Making Circuits - How electrical circuits work. What resistors are and how we can use them.

PE

  • Invasion games.
  • Athletics
  • Woodland Adventure

Thematic Curriculum

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

History 

  • Civil Rights movement
  • American History

Geography

  • Arctic Circle
  • Antarctica

Art

  • Impressionism

Music

  • Doctor Who

PRE

  • Relationships - Mental health, online relationships, real and fake relationships.
  • Changing Me - Menstruation, feelings and thoughts, making babies and transition.

 Homework

  • Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on Friday, consisting of one piece of Maths and English that consolidates teaching and learning from the previous week.

 Spellings

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

Spring Term

RE

  • Baptism and Confirmation - Celebrations of the Holy Spirit- they will learn about the celebration of Baptism and continue to prepare for their Confirmation. They will explore the signs and symbols of the Sacraments and hear about the gift of the Holy Spirit being given in the celebration of these sacraments.
  • Lent - they will develop their knowledge and understanding of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. They will explore the teachings of forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Holy Week - they will learn about the passion of Jesus. They will explore reasons why Christians have described the death of Jesus as a sacrifice.
  • Easter - they will study the story of Easter from the perspective of Thomas. They will learn about Easter and the promise of eternal life.

Literacy

  • Fiction - Short stories using flashbacks. They will use dialogue and role play to explore the events and characters’ feelings in a story with a flashback. They will identify how writers use flashback in stories to create impact, and write stories on an historical event including flash backs.
  • Non-fiction - Presenting a balanced argument. The children will participate in class debates, identify how effective arguments are constructed, and write a balanced report on current affairs issues.
  • Poetry - the children will use techniques of dialogue to explore issues and respond to suggestions made when reading and writing poems (links to PSHE).
  • Journalistic writing - comparing journalistic reports through media e.g. newspaper, television, radio and online reporting. They will write their own journalistic reports and produce radio broadcasts.

Numeracy

  • Decimals and Percentages - Read and write decimals to 3dp, multiply numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers to 3dp, solve the calculation of %’s and make comparisons.

  • Measurement - Use, read, write and convert between standard units for mass, length, volume and time. Convert miles and kilometres, calculate perimeter and area.

  • Ratio - Generate and describe number sequences, find missing number problems algebraically.

  • Geometry and Statistics - Illustrate and name parts of the circle; including radius, diameter and circumference. Interpret and construct pie charts, calculate the mean.

Science

  • Healthy Bodies - the circulatory system and the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on how their bodies function.
  • Making Circuits - How electrical circuits work. What resistors are and how we can use them.

PE

  • Net Wall games.
  • Gymnastics.

Thematic Curriculum

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

History

  • World War II

Art

  • Gothic Architecture
  • William Morris

Geography

  • Geographical Issues
  • Spatial Sense

Music

  • Reggae

PRE / PSHE

  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me (Puberty) 

 Homework

  • Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on Friday.  Reading books are changed on a Friday, ready for Monday.

 Spellings

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

Autumn Term

RE

  • 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.

Literacy

  • 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.

Numeracy

  • 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.

Science

  • 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.

PE

  • Invasion games. (Tag Rugby).
  • Gymnastics.

Thematic Curriculum

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

Music

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Reggae

Art

  • Renaissance Art
  • Renaissance Sculpture

History

  • WW1
  • The Suffragettes

Geography

  • South and Central America
  • North America

PRE / PSHE

  • Gifts and talents
  • Changes to the body 

 Homework

  • Homework is given out on a Monday and should be handed in on Friday

 Spellings

  • Reading books are changed on a Friday, ready for Monday.