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Year Six

Curriculum Over-View

Spring Term

Learning Journey: World War II


In English we will:

Spring 1: Rose Blanche

Written outcomes: Narrative letter, balanced debate, non-fiction report & sequel (narrative)

Key Learning:

  • To write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences
  • To use colons and semi-colons in writing
  • To integrate dialogue to convey character and advance the action
  • To spell words accurately from Year Five and Six spelling list
  • To use the passive voice

Spring 2: The Savage

Written outcomes: diary, poem, newspaper report, letter and narrative

Key Learning:

  • To write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences
  • To draw on what has been read as a model
  • To exercise control over levels formality


Whole Class Reading: Narrative poetry (including The Listeners), Skellig, Overheard in the Towerblock


In Maths we will:

Angels and Length:

  • recognise angels
  • Compare and classify geometric shapes
  • Find unknown angles in shapes

Co-ordinates and shape:

  • Recognise negative numbers
  • Describe positions on the full coordinate grid
  • Draw 2-D shapes using given dimensions / angles
  • Recognise, describe and build simple 3-D shapes
  • Illustrate and name parts of a circle


  • Read, write and convert between standard units
  • Use formulae for area and volume of shapes
  • Calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles
  • Calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes


  • Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems
  • Calculate and interpret the mean as an average


In Science we will:

  • Learn about Electricity
  • To explain why shadows have the same shape as opaque objects
  • To describe how to control the effects of changing components in a series circuit e.g more bulbs = bulbs shining brighter
  • To recognise that switches open and close a circuit. Understand different switches function in different ways e.g tilt
  • To draw simple circuits

In History we will:

  • Learn about the outbreak of war, through looking at WWI, the League of Nations / Treaty of Versailles, Germany in 1930's and the rise of Hitler
  • Study warfare in WWII, investigating the Western front, the Battle of Britain and D Day
  • Understand the contributions of the Bletchley Park code breakers
  • Study life on the Home Front, including the Blitz, rationing and propaganda
  • Understand how children were affected by the war, especially evacuation
  • Learn about V.E day and the creation of the UN as a result of the war

In Geography we will:

  • Study global economic activity by looking at hyperinflation in Germany following WWI
  • Identify major physical features (mountains, coasts, rivers)
  • Identify human features (cities, ports, airports) of Europe and how these changed before and after WWII

In Music we will:

  • Identify pitch and tempo in listened to pieces
  • Through improvising and composing, identify and control ways instruments make pitch and tempo.
  • Play with increased control and expression.

In RE we will:

  • Understand what is special about celebrations in Islam and Christianity
  • Compare religious celebrations 
  • Understand how religions can be inclusive
  • Understand how themes of Easter are shown in art, stories and other religions

In Art we will:

Painting: a moment of personal history by Jacob Lawrence

  • Continue to develop appropriate brush strokes
  • Extend skills using finer brush strokes when painting human form
  • Use painting to emphasise contrasts and qualities of shape
  • Use acrylic paint

Printing : screen print of everyday objects

  • Investigate ideas in sketchbooks to turn into fabric
  • Begin to use screen printing techniques accurately


In PSHCE we will:

  • Learn about conflict resolution including dares and peer acceptance
  • Learn about handling moral dilemmas and when to tell
  • Learn about expressing and managing conflicting emotions
  • Learn about how families behave
  • Understand that reaching solutions involves negotiation and compromise
  • Learn about racism and aggression, and its consequences

In MFL we will:

  • Continue to learn simple conversations and answer simple questions
  • Develop vocabulary for everyday items
  • Enjoy French songs and stories

In Computing we will:

  • Learn code-breaking


Autumn Term

Learning Journey: Ancient Greece


We will be reading:

  • The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton


In Science we will:

  • Learn about Light
  • Recognise that light appears to travel in straight Iines and in waves.
  • Explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye.
  • Explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.

In History we will:

  • Understand the development of democracy and government.
  • Learn about Greek philosophy and debate, including the work of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
  • Understand the impact of Greek Myths (and the Olympian Gods), drama and literature on the modern world, including studying The Odyssey and epic poetry.
  • Explain the expansion and fall of the Greek Empire through a study of Alexander the Great.
  • Explore styles of war and warfare, including a study of the Trojan War. 

In Music we will:

  • Identify pitch and tempo in listened to pieces
  • Through improvising and composing, identify and control ways instruments make pitch and tempo.
  • Play with increased control and expression.

In RE we will:

  • Understand how people express faith through art
  • Explore how colour demonstrates religious ideas
  • How music is used in worship
  • How drama expresses faith 

In Art we will:

Drawing: Giacometti Study

  • Select appropriate tools independently .
  • Use perspective.
  • Continue to use proportion
  • Use techniques to represent movement.
  • Develop use of light and shade to make things appear 3D

Sculpture : Wire and Papier Mache human form

  • Create figurative human forms in the style of Giacometti
  • Exploring form and perspective.
  • Use frameworks to provide stability and form.

In DT we will:

  • Prepare and cook a vegetable lasagne using seasonal, local vegetables.
  • Prepare food hygienically and safely using a heat source.
  • Improve skills cutting, peeling, grating, mixing and spreading
  • Know the nutritional makeup of foods cooked