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Year 6 Curriculum

Please take a look at our Year 6 half-termly overviews (below) to see a snapshot of what children are learning in each subject. If you would like to see our 'Whole School Curriculum Overview', click here. If you would like more information about our curriculum or require a paper copy, get in touch via our contacts page

Autumn 1


Place Value

We recap on numbers up to a million

Can you write 49,012 in words?

Draw counters to represent 31,043

What is the value of the digit 2 in 52,301?

We explore negative numbers.

The temperature in Glasgow is −2℃. It increases by 6℃. What is the temperature now?

Four Operations

We recap adding and subtracting whole numbers with more than 4 digits using the column method.

There are 14,364 people at a football match. 3,301 of the crowd are children.
How many adults are there?

We are always working on our fluency!

100 ÷ 2 ÷ 5 =

We explore short division and long division.

Music - Developing Melodic Phrases

How does music bring us together?


Poetry: ‘Beachcomber’ by George Mackay Brown

Write your own beachcomber poem!

Fiction: suspense wrting, ‘Wave’ by Paul Dowswell & ‘Lighthouse Keeper’ (film)

Write the ‘book of the film’ in the style of Paul Dowswell.

Non-fiction: Biography, ‘Anne Frank’s story’, Carol Anne Lee

Write about a specific part of Anne’s life – record for school webpage.



We are safe online - learn about online safety and be internet legends


Games Activities: Invasion Games - Football

Gymnastics - Floorwork and routine


Blitz black and white sketch (Henry Moore)

We’ll Meet Again!

Join Year 6 as we start our History topic on World War Two.
We shall be looking at this very important event on a local, national and international scale. What did World War Two mean to those living in Sussex?

Key historical questions

How were the lives of Sussex people affected by WW2?
How did the military protect Sussex from invasion? 
How did the bombing affect our locality? 
Were any shelters used locally? 
What was ‘evacuation’? Did it happen in Sussex? 
What local landmarks /sites played a part in WW2? 
What was life like in Sussex during WW2? 
What is propaganda? 
How was it used in WW2? 
What was war like for children in Germany, France and Holland? 
How did the war affect the rest of the world? 
Was it truly a ‘world’ war? 


What is holiness to Jewish people?

New Beginnings& Pupil Voice

Refugee Education 

Autumn 2



We recap equivalent fractions. Equivalent means the same value or amount.

We add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.

3 quarters + 3 quarters + 3 quarters =

Position & Direction

We look again at translations, reflections and co-ordinates.


We make maths games - decompose a game independently. Find solutions to programming challenges.


What are the differences between a secular and religious Christmas?

Getting on and falling out: growing friendship skisll

Anti-Bullying Week 
Money management.

Music - Understanding Structure & Form

How does music connect us with our past?


Non-fiction (continued from last term): Biography, ‘Anne Frank’s story’, Carol Anne Lee

Write about a specific part of Anne’s life – record for school webpage.

Poetry:  ‘Lost words’ by Robert McFarlane

Write detailed acrostics about a different animal – publish in class book and read aloud to the school.

Fiction: ‘Moondial’ By Helen Cresswell

Write a descriptive passage about meeting a frightening mythical creature (Minotaur, Kraken, Grendel) – create mini books for a teenage audience.

Geography Focus Locational Knowledge, map skills and fieldwork


Key questions for Geography 

What are environmental regions?

What are topographical features?

How do topographical features change of time?

How can we use maps to find out about coastal areas?

Science Curriculum Focus

How do we light up the world?

Electricity and elctrical circuits


Key scientific questions

How do we light a bulb in an electrical circuit?

Can you make buzzer sound in a circuit?

What does a circuit diagram look like?



At School


Indoor athletics - Running, jumping, throwing and relay.

Games Activities: Invasion Games - Tag Rugby

Art and Design (DT)

Painting: ( based on Lost Words literacy text)


Whole School Seasonal project

Spring 1


We explore decimals with up to three decimal places. 

2.674 = 2 ones + ___ tenths + ___ hundredths + ____ thousandths 

We multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1,000. 

42,000 ÷ 10 =

We explore equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages

30% of 350 =

We explore metric measures.

There are _____ grams in 1 kilogram.
There are _____ millimetres in 1 centimetre.
There are _____ centimetres in 1 metre.
There are _____ metres in 1 kilometre.


Dance - Partner and groupwork

Games Activities: Invasion Games - Hockey


How does the Triple Refuge help Buddhists in their journey through life?

Mental Health & Wellbeing: Understanding big feelings including anxiety 

Keeping Healthy & Safe:  Drugs Education


Poetry: Riddles, ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien

Write a riddle to describe water or fire – contribute to a book of riddles.

Fiction: ‘Wild horses’ (short film) 

Write a story about overcoming fear.

Fiction: ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar

In role as Stanley, write a letter home.

Music - Gaining Confidence Through Performance

How does music improve our world?

Could you be the next Crime Scene Investigator?

Enter the world of investigative science! Have you got the skills to be a CSI investigator

Key Scientific questions

How have scientists made use of changes to create materials to make our lives easier? 
How are reversible and irreversible changes important to forensic scientists?
Could you solve a crime using forensic evidence? 

More Science...

Classification, Evolution and Inheritance


We are 3-D designers

Use Sketch-up to design an art gallery building

Import your own art and hang it in your gallery

Spring 2


We explore area, perimeter & volume.

Complete the formula for calculating the area of a triangle.:

1/2  × Base × ________________

We begin to solve ratio and proportion problems.

The ratio of boys to girls in a class is 2:3  There are 10 boys in the class. How many girls are there?


We are podcasters - use Audacity to make a podcast and add sound effects


Fiction (continued from last term): ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar

In role as Stanley, write a letter home.

Poetry:  ‘Refugees’ by Brian Bliston

Write your own poem about overcoming fears or prejudice.

Non-fiction: ‘Animal Awards’ by Martin Jenkins

Write about your animal choice from ‘Lost words’ poem; create a profile of the animal for a year 6 audience.

Music - Exploring Notation Further

How does music teach us about our community?

Art and Design (DT)

Whole School Art Project


Whole School Book Week Project


Gymnastics -  Big apparatus

Games Activities: Invasion Games - football


Classroom Objects

What's the Time?


How does the Triple Refuge help Buddhists in their jouney through life?

Good to be Me: identity

Global Citizenship

Summer 1


Revision for SATS- reviewing main topics, problem solving and methods of calculation.

We read and interpret line graphs and we use them to solve problems. For example we could use a pint/litre conversion graph to solve this problem:

Tom has 4.5 litres of juice. Sam has 7 pints of juice. Who has more juice?

We recap on angles and we draw lines and angles accurately.

What is the size of the angle if it is a right angle?

Draw an angle of 25°


We are musicians 2 - revisit 'Linux MultiMedia Studio'. Create a piece of music for your podcast.


Athletics - Withdean trials and preparation

Games Activities: Striking and Fielding - cricket

Geography Curriculum Focus

South American and Brazil

What are volcanoes and Earthquakes?

What is the ring of fire?

Where is South America?  

What are human and physical features? 

Where is Brazil? 

What is the climate like in Brazil?

What are the main push/pull factors in Brazil?

What is meant by the geographical terms: urban and rural? 

What do you think the statement: ‘a city of two halves’ means?

How do the lives of people in Brazil compare to lives of people in the UK?

Who are the Awa tribe and what are their lives like?

How and why has trade changed through time to become global?

Where do the products we buy come from? 

What do different countries import and export?

What different stages do manufactured goods go through on their journey from source to sale? (The global supply chain)

What is 'Fair Trade'?


How did Buddha teach his followers to find englightenment?

Relationships: Loss & Bereavement

Protective Behaviours: Feeling Good Feeling Safe


Poetry: ‘Lob’ by George Linda Newbury

Write a poem and submit it to a website that shares children’s poetry.

Fiction: ‘Giant’s Necklace’ by Michael Morpurgo

Choose appropriate grammar and vocabulary for different forms of writing

Non-Fiction: News article 

Write a ‘missing character article’ about a character from ‘Giant’s Necklace’ by Michael Morpurgo.

Music - Using Chords and Structure

How does music shape our way of life?

Summer 2


Food and Drink

Enjoy Your Meal!


Consolidation of skills 

Maths projects designed to explore
maths in real-life contexts, allowing children to see how important maths is in all aspects of life.

Pick a dream holiday destination and create a climate graph to show the temperature and rainfall in your chosen country/city. 


STEM project: 'Buggy Challenge! Send code from a computer to a microcontroller on baord a buggy and beat the challenges.


Non-Fiction (continued from last term): News article 

Write a ‘missing character article’ about a character from ‘Giant’s Necklace’ by Michael Morpurgo.

Poetry: ‘Mother to son’ by Langston Hughes

Write a poem about our school that inspires other members of the school community.

Non-fiction: ‘Deathly Hallows review’ from Daily Telegraph

Pick a book or film and write a review to be shared publicly on our school website.


Swimming - (to 25m)

Games Activities: Net wall games - Stool Ball/Tennis

Orienteering (Enrichment)


How does Tawhid create a sense of community amongst Muslims?

Changes & Moving on: Preparing for Y7

RSE: Puberty & reproduction

History Curriculum Focus

Why was the Islamic civilization around 900 AD/CE known as the ‘Golden Age of Islam’?

What is everyday life like in Baghdad?

What is the House of Wisdom and why is it important?

Why was travelling difficult at this time?

Who was Ibn Battuta and how did his Rihla help us?

Who was Al-Zahrawi and what could we learn from Muslim medicine?

What are the legacies and impact of the early Islamic civilisation on life then and now?

Music - Respecting Each Other through Composition     

How does music connect us with the environment?



Year 6 Legacy Project

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