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“Excelling Through Enjoyment”

Year 6

Year 6 Summer Term Overview 20.21

The following table gives a brief overview of the themes and content for the Summer Term.


Summer 1

Summer 2








            Wonder’ by R.J Palacio

Themes of transition – starting school

  • Whole-class reading and comprehension of the book
  • Diary entry writing
  • Writing chapters from different perspectives
  • Drama role-play – linked to anti-bullying


Continued work inspired by ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio

  • Advice leaflets – starting a new school – researching and linking to pupil’s own High School transition
  • Instruction writing (a potion) ‘How to survive the first week of high school’

More drama role-play linked to friendship and relationships/ transitional scenarios


Continue with teaching arithmetic skills. Weekly arithmetic tests/times tables practise


Miss Coombe’s - ratio algebra

converting measures

Mrs Sreetharan’s - Ratio

Geometry: properties of shape

Perimeter, Area, Volume

Mrs Murphy’s - Geometry: properties of shape

Perimeter, Area, Volume

Continue with teaching arithmetic skills. Weekly arithmetic tests/times tables practise


Miss Coombe’s - Properties of shape Perimeter, Area, Volume

Statistics re-cap

Mrs Sreetharan’s  - Number: Algebra Statistics

Consolidation work

Mrs Murphy’s  -  Number: Algebra Statistics

Consolidation work




Continuing with ‘Darwin/Evolution’ topic work

  • Variation /inheritance
  • Adaptation / natural selection
  • Animal sciences studies – Darwin’s finches and tortoises focus
  • Experiment to test Darwin’s theory of how finches adapted / micro-evolution

Non-chronological report: ‘Darwin and The Galapagos Islands’

Sustainable Science – linked to the film ‘The Lorax’

  • Deforestation- the effects
  • The effects of our own/our school’s carbon footprints
  • Global warming/greenhouse gases- changes in our planet

Debate/discussion – ‘Are we destroying our planet?’



The Galapagos/South America project work

  • Studying the location of this archipelago – sketching maps
  • Exploring ‘Ecuador’


Geog: Personal Safety Project

  • Mapping/plotting routes to new high school
  • Exploring OS maps of local area- roads, bus, rail links etc
  • Using Google maps/Earth to risk-assess routes

Links to carbon footprint – Science – most environmentally friendly modes



Designing and making own ‘Mildmay Memory Pillow’

  • Design- meaningful/personalised to individual pupil – links to transition
  • practise stitching/sewing skills- following instructions
  • Applying a pocket/button/button hole to a product
  • Using appropriate stitch to ‘join’ the pillow case

Evaluate final product – instructional text writing



Links to The Lorax/ science/PSHE

An anti-deforestation rap/song-writing



Writing/rehearsing and performing a ‘Leavers Song’

Dance/musical accompaniment


Writing/rehearsing and performing a ‘Leavers Song’

Dance/musical accompaniment


Recording/performing and evaluating performance



Tag Rugby




  • Research work on laptops/iPads to link with the ‘Darwin’ project work

Use of Google maps and Earth to explore South America

Purple Mash Unit 6:3

2calculate and excel – SPREADSHEETS

• Children can create a spreadsheet to answer a mathematical question relating to probability.

• Children can take copy and paste shortcuts.

• Children can problem solve using the count tool.

Links to personal responsibilities with money and managing money in High School


Unit U – jobs

Unit T- The future – I am going to… links to transition



Humanism – through Darwin’s theory – compare and contrast different religion’s p.o.v on evolution and creation


Buddhism – beliefs on how all living things are equal – human impact of modern society on animals and the planet (draw on learning from year 5 – palm oil etc)

Buddhism – use of meditation, enlightenment and mindfulness


  • Votes for Schools
  • Dimensions curriculum: Budgeting – managing our own money. Links to transition –also links to ICT Unit
  • Links to English unit: ‘Wonder’/Transition

Links to English – role-play and drama based on anti-bullying

Personal Safety Project

  • Road safety
  • Stranger danger – online and whilst out and about
  • Links to health – walking
  • Friendship scenarios – role-play in English work
  • Links to ‘Wonder’/ Transition – pupils’ personal transitions


Year 6 Spring Term Overview 20.21

The following table gives a brief overview of the themes and content for the Spring Term.


Spring 1

Spring 2






Mr Aslett – Local history – Chelmsford during WW2


Classic fiction - Goodnight Mr Tom


Non Chronological reports


Performance poetry.


Decimals, fractions and percentages.


Converting units

Measurement – perimeter, area and volume




Marconi Radio

bombed in WW2 as major centre of commerce

The Second World War showed an increase reliance on the use of electricity from creating complex circuits to power search lights, sending signals to set off air raid sirens and sending messages to different positions on the fighting line.

As part of the messaging system the Army and Navy etc used the Morse code.

Challenge the children to make their own electrical circuit which recreates a Morse code system, possibly even with a different switch for the longer and shorter light flashes.


‘Liquorice Allsorts’ investigation

Human guess who – exploring similarities and differences


Micro-organisms / Bacteria– Edward Jenner

Spreading germs- glitter demonstration

Bread experiment – observation over time


WW2 – outbreak of war, timeline, propaganda, Winston Churchill, Women during WW2, Blitz and shelters & evacuees

continued from previous half term…rationing, D Day, VE Day, The Holocaust


Rivers and Coasts



War themed pictures – VIPERS – talk about the picture

Collage linked with cushion making. DT is the joining techniques and the stitching of materials. Art is the design and choices made to enhance the final product.

(Optical Illusion Art) Observational drawings and paintings of wildlife


Evacuee pillows

Looking at patterns, colours, fashions from 1930’s/40’s


WW2 recipes – healthy, balanced diet



WW2 songs – troop morale – 1930s/40s music 

Scat music/ big bands

Study dance of the time. Create dances ( link to music progression).


Dance /Swimming/ Hockey

Tennis / Swimming/dance


Purple Mash – Unit 6.3 Spreadsheets

2calculate and excel – SPREADSHEETS

• Children can create a spreadsheet to answer a mathematical question relating to probability.

• Children can take copy and paste shortcuts.

• Children can problem solve using the count tool.

Use excel to plan a WW2 street party.

Purple Mash – Unit 6.4 Blogging

2blog To understand how to write a blog.

• To consider the effect upon the audience of changing the visual properties of the blog.

• To understand the importance of regularly updating the content of a blog.



A weekend with friends



Kosher Home

Importance of the home in Jewish life







Cultural feast, Physical, Immunisation, Marriage

Healthy minds, positive mind-set, support and care – connections.

Year 6 Autumn Curriculum Map 20.21


The following table gives a brief overview of the themes and content for the Autumn  Term.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2


World War 1


(Twelfth Night) and World War 1


WW1 artefacts from library service

Cathedral performance.

Christmas performance

(all subject to Government Guidelines)


Narrative techniques e.g. flashbacks, multiple narrators etc.

Extended stories (in chapters)

Non-chronological reports



Shakespeare study

Non-chronological reports


Free verse



Number: place value/four operations

Fractions/ position and direction


Light travels in straight lines; the eye and how we see; transparent, translucent, opaque; shadows, make a periscope; the invention of the light-bulb.

Staying Alive heart/lungs

Identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood

Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function

Describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans


WW1: Life in Britain between 1914-18

Children in WW1.

Developments in Warfare/Tech

Remembrance Day

The Christmas Truce

Flanders Fields

Parent to come in and speak to pupils and show a range of WW1 artefacts.


Locate countries involved in the outbreak of War.

Continue to look at the countries involved in WW1 – landscape and features of these countries which had an impact on how the War was fought.

Northern Europe, Maps and boundaries – locate/research Ypres/The Somme


Poppies – Mixed media, Georgia O’Keefe

Evaluate and Respond to Percy Wyndham-Lewis WW1 art.

Evaluate – respond to Paul Nash, Menin Road. CRW Nevinson – Bursting Shell

Christmas card design.


Using card and to make a shadow puppet show using War Horse as the context.

Using card and to make a shadow puppet show using War Horse as the context.


WW1: Pack up your troubles, Keep the home fires burning, etc.

Percussion instruments.

Christmas songs for performance. Cathedral performance for 30 children – mixing with year 6 from another school.

(subject to Government Guidance)


Outdoor and Adventurous, Design a Game

Hockey and Netball



Cross-curricular research and publishing skills

6.2 – Online safety


Purple Mash

6.7 - quizzing

Using 2quiz to make a quiz about WW1. Using Word, Publisher and PowerPoint to present information about WW1. Research using the internet.



In France


Features of Churches

Appreciate that churches are sacred places and that this has implications for the way people behave in them.

Learn about the main features of Anglican churches and their significance.

Appreciate the function of multi-faith prayer rooms in today’s multicultural society

Church services

Key elements and variety in Christian worship.

The Christmas Truce


Sex and Relationships Education

(puberty talks)

Internet Safety.

Race and Ethnicity, Gender Stereotypes,

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