Year 6 Curriculum Overview
Year Six is a year full of literary adventures, from Africa to South America and even outer space. The children read and enjoy a great range of books; which enlighten and engage them as well as inspire them to learn about the world around them both in the present and the past.
Autumn 1 - Refugee Boy
WOW! Factor: African drumming
Fantastic Finish: African inspired art work
Book: Refugee Boy Author: Benjamin Zephaniah
During this half-term, the children will experience a variety of genres and will develop their use of different techniques to engage their audiences within their own writing. As the half-term progresses, they will investigate the reasons for migration and immigration which will give them the opportunity to use their mathematical skills such as data handling.
Pupils will also refine their map reading skills, identifying the location of countries that are presented in the book and explore how countries differ and share similarities. This will lead them to looking at art work and music from different cultures; it is then that they children will participate in African drumming and printing.
Autumn 2 - George's Secret Key to the Universe
WOW! Factor: National Space Centre visit
Fantastic Finish: Moon buggy racing
This half-term, the children are given the chance to explore the solar system and understand the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun as well as the importance of sustainability. This is a great subject to learn about and the children enjoy attending the National Space Centre.
Within maths, children will have the opportunity to investigate shape and measures and solve word problems linking to space and design and technology; this happens as they begin to design and build their own moon buggies. At the end of the half-term, the children will race their buggies, which is always fun to watch.
Throughout the unit, pupils will have the opportunity to use non-fiction writing such as report writing and writing balanced arguments as well as writing science-fiction narratives – these often show a great flare for building suspense and give the children a chance to be really creative with their linguistic features. Their vibrant ideas are always transferred within this unit onto paper, as they explore Van Gogh’s use of colour, tint and tone within his work.
Spring 1 - Kensuke's Kingdom
WOW! Factor: Dell Farm visit focusing on survival skills
Fantastic Finish: Camp fire in school
Book: Kensuke's Kingdom Author: Michael Morpurgo
During this unit, the children explore the geography of rivers; the physical processes relating to rivers and begin to appreciate how these can change the character of places. They re-visit their map reading skills and explore a range of countries and continents looking at their physical landscapes and environments. The unit is started with a trip to Dell Farm (a local outdoor activity centre) where the children get the opportunity to practise and learn survival skills; making links to the character in the class text –Michael, who is marooned on a deserted island.
The children draft and re-write narratives, describe settings and characters using a range of linguistic devices and create atmosphere by integrating dialogue to convey characters feelings, advancing the action.
In science, the children look at living things in the environment, habitats and food chains. Micro-organisms are also explored and the children learn that some maybe beneficial whilst others can be and harmful. This also links to their PSHCE work on developing a healthy, safer lifestyle.
Spring 2 - Skellig
WOW! Factor: Staged scenario in school
Fantastic Finish: Kite flying
Book: Skellig Author: David Almond
In this unit, the children explore evolution and inheritance in science, recognising that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. They identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
In English, the children look at a range of different texts and explore how other established authors have used description to create mood, effective imagery and build atmosphere leading to the opportunity for them to create their own. In non-fiction writing the children will study discursive writing, creating a balanced argument and look at the difference between formal and informal writing.
The unit will finish with kite making where the children will enjoy flying kites they have made and designed themselves – let’s hope for a windy day!
Summer 1 - Stormbreaker
WOW! Factor: Creating a spy gadget
Fantastic Finish: Spy Centre visit
Book: Stormbreaker Author: Anthony Horowitz
In their penultimate unit, the pupils will find themselves immersed in the life of a teenage spy. Pupils will read and analyse different texts before developing their ideas to write their own narratives and letters using exciting and ambitious vocabulary. Using their newly acquired spy skills, pupils will be able to crack, and create coded messages as well as solve mathematical problems. Using their knowledge of electricity and circuits, children will design and produce a spy gadget. Pupils will analyse the designs of painters, such as Kandinsky, looking at the compositions of cityscapes and evaluating the properties of different media before creating their own versions.
Summer 2 - Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks
WOW! Factor: Greek food day
Fantastic Finish: Cinema experience- 'Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief'
Book: Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks Author: Terry Deary
In the final unit of the year, the children will be sent back in time to Ancient Greece. Pupils will analyse the writing of authors, analysing how language has changed over time. They will also write a range of texts themselves, including play scripts and biographies.
Using their research skills, pupils will learn about the lives of ancient Greeks, their Gods and the creation of the first Olympic Games. Pupils will analyse the different environments, creating comparisons between them. They will also discover the different life processes that humans and plants each go through, including growth and reproduction. Pupils will also apply their creative side to plan, develop and finally create their own Greek pot.