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Year 6

Please take a look at our half termly overviews to see a snapshot of what children are learning in each curriculum area.

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.



All the learning in this unit is focused around one song: Happy, a pop song by Pharrell Williams.


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 interent legends


Games Activities: Invasion Games - Football

Gymnastics - Floorwork and routine

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 doesn’t necessarily mean ‘the same’ or ‘identical’. 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, refelctions 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.



At School


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.

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?

Geography Focus Locational Knowledge


Key questions for Geography 



Indoor athletics - Running, jumping, throwing and relay.

Games Activities: Invasion Games - Tag Rugby

Spring 1






We are architects 3 - use Sketch-up to design interiors and import files into your design


Dance - Partner and groupwork

Games Activities: Invasion Games - Hockey


You've Got a Friend

All the learning in this unit is focused around one song: You've Got A Friend by Carole King.

Science - new topic!

Classification, Evolution and Inheritance 



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

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? 


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.

Spring 2


Statistics, charts and graphs
Multiples, factors and primes
2D shapes and angles
Number sequences
Formal calculation methods. 


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


Classroom Objects

What's the Time?


Gymnastics -  Big apparatus

Games Activities: Invasion Games - football


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.

Art Project

Pattern Painting – Printmaking - Textiles Looking at the minimalist art of Sol Lewitt! Taking inspiration from Liubov Popova’s simple strong colours and repetitive geometric shapes. Can we take what we have looked at to design our own tote bags?


Key questions for Art

What different marks and impressions can can we create with different objects?

Who is Sol Lewitt?

How did Sol Lewitt create his artwork?

What do we think of it?

Can we make something similar?

Who is Liubov Popova?

What do we notice about Liubov Popova’s style?

What is a geometric pattern?

Can we create our own designs?


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


How did Buddha teach his followers t find englightenment?

Relationships: Loss & Bereavement

Protective Behaviours: Feeling Good Feeling Safe


Athletics - Withdean trials and preparation

Games Activities: Striking and Fielding - cricket


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.

What was the Golden Age of Islam? 

This term we shall be looking at a broader History study and going way back to look at the importance of Baghdad as a developing city of knowledge, culture and learning. 

Key historical questions

How did Baghdad become the centre of Islamic Culture after AD 768? 

Where is Baghdad?

What can we find out about Baghdad?

Who were the Abbasids?

What was the round city?

What achievements did scholars make during the “golden age”?

What rivers does Baghdad sit on? Why are they important? 

How was Baghdad destroyed? 

How did Ghengis Khan become so powerful?

Is Baghdad still important? Why (why not)?


Summer 2



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


Food and Drink

Enjoy Your Meal!


Leaver's Performance

We will be preparing for a musical performance to celebrate our time at Carlton Hill.



How does Tawhid create a sense of community amongst Muslims?


Changes & Moving on: Preparing for Y7

RSE: Puberty & reproduction


Swimming - (to 25m)

Games Activities: Net wall games - Stool Ball/Tennis

Orienteering (Enrichment)

Science curriculum focus

What makes us unique?

Classification, evolution and inheritance.


Key scientific questions

Have humans always existed on Earth?

How did life emerge over time?

How do we classify living things?

Can we bring back dinosaurs?


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.

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