Year 6 Curriculum Overview

Year 6 Curriculum Overview

Welcome to Year 6!

Please see below all of the wonderful things we’ve been up to!

Our first half term was spent studying the amazing humour of Anthony Horowitz. After analysing different aspects of narrative writing we wrote our own extended narratives, imitating the humorous style of writing.

Our Harvest Service was the perfect opportunity to use our writing skills and produce some story writing.

After working hard on place value and calculations, we have enjoyed a task all about planning a holiday on a budget.

With Mrs Richardson we enjoyed learning about genetics and finding out all about our fingerprints through our theme ‘ID’. Copies of our own fingerprints are on our class display in the hall.

Everyone in year 6 has worked on their coaching skills and delivered games to the children in year 4! Great fun!

We spent some time learning about British laws and developing our understanding of how these keep us all safe. A great discussion on British Values.



To start off the new half term we jumped straight into our new theme ‘Revolution’ and learned about the life of Charles Dickens’. This was a great way to start biography writing.

Everyone enjoyed a great day at The Black Country Museum. Thanks to Miss Knight and Mrs Stubbings for taking everyone.

Well done to all of the class for an amazing performance of Oliver Twist on Thursday. And thanks to Mrs Stubbings for stepping in to play a part! The speaking and listening skills shone through! Now onto writing our own play scripts…





 Read a broad range of genres

 Recommend books to others

 Make comparisons within/across books

 Support inferences with evidence

 Summarising key points from texts

 Identify how language, structure, etc. contribute to meaning

 Discuss use of language, inc. figurative

 Discuss & explain reading, providing reasoned justifications for views


 Use knowledge of morphology & etymology in spelling

 Develop legible personal handwriting style

 Plan writing to suit audience & purpose; use models of writing

 Develop character & setting in narrative

 Select grammar & vocabulary for effect

 Use a wide range of cohesive devices

 Ensure grammatical consistency


 Use appropriate register/ style

 Use the passive voice for purpose

 Use features to convey & clarify meaning

 Use full punctuation

 Use language of subject/object

Speaking & Listening 

 Use questions to build knowledge

 Articulate arguments & opinions

 Use spoken language to speculate,

hypothesise & explore

 Use appropriate register & language




 Secure place value & rounding to 10,000,000, including negatives

 All written methods, including long division

 Use order of operations (not indices)

 Identify factors, multiples & primes

 Solve multi-step number problems


 Introduce simple use of unknowns

Geometry & Measures 

 Confidently use a range of measures & conversions

 Calculate area of triangles / parallelograms

 Use area & volume formulas

 Classify shapes by properties

 Know and use angle rules

 Translate & reflect shapes, using all four quadrants


 Use pie charts

 Calculate mean averages

Fractions, decimals & percentages 

 Compare & simplify fractions

 Use equivalents to add fractions

 Multiply simple fractions

 Divide fractions by whole numbers

 Solve problems using decimals & percentages

 Use written division up to 2dp

 Introduce ratio & proportion





 Classification, including micro-organisms

 Health & Lifestyles, incl. circulatory system

 Evolution & Adaptation


 Light & Shadows; the eye

 Forces, including gravity

 Electricity: investigating circuits




British History (taught chronologically) 

 An extended period study, e.g.

– The changing power of monarchs

– Significant turning points in British history

– Crime & punishment

– Leisure

Broader History Study 

 Non-European society, i.e.

– Islamic civilization, including Baghdad

– Mayan civilization

– Benin (West Africa)


Art & Design (UKS2)

 Use sketchbooks to collect, record, review, revisit & evaluate ideas

 Improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials

 Learn about great artists, architects & designers


Design & Technology (UKS2)


 Use research& criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose and aimed at specific groups

 Use annotated sketches, cross-section diagrams & computer-aided design

 Analyse & evaluate existing products and improve own work

 Use mechanical & electrical systems in own products, including programming

 Cook savoury dishes for a healthy & varied diet


Modern Languages (UKS2)

 Listen & engage

 Engage in conversations, expressing opinions

 Speak in simple language & be understood

 Develop appropriate pronunciation

 Present ideas & information orally

 Show understanding in simple reading

 Adapt known language to create new ideas

 Describe people, places & things

 Understand basic grammar, e.g. gender


Physical Education (UKS2)


 Use running, jumping, catching and throwing in isolation and in combination

 Play competitive games, applying basic principles

 Develop flexibility & control in gym, dance & athletics

 Take part in Outdoor & Adventurous activities

 Compare performances to achieve personal bests

 Swimming proficiency at 25m (KS1 or KS2)


Computing (UKS2)

 Design & write programs to solve problems

 Use sequences, repetition, inputs, variables and outputs in programs

 Detect & correct errors in programs

 Understand uses of networks for collaboration & communication

 Be discerning in evaluating digital content


Geography (UKS2)

 Name & locate counties, cities, regions & features of UK

 Understand latitude, longitude, Equator, hemispheres, tropics, polar circles & time zones

 Study a region of Europe, and of the Americas

 Understand biomes, vegetation belts, land use, economic activity, distribution of resources, etc.

 Use 4- and 6-figure grid references on OS maps

 Use fieldwork to record & explain areas


Music (UKS2)

 Perform with control & expression solo & in ensembles

 Improvise & compose using dimensions of music

 Listen to detail and recall aurally

 Use & understand basics of staff notation

 Develop an understanding of the history of music, including great musicians & composers


Religious Education

 Continue to follow locally- agreed syllabus for RE