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Year 6 Curriculum

The year 6 curriculum can be found below:

Welcome to Year 6's class page.

The Year 6 staff team is made up of class teachers: Dr James and Miss Simpson and LSAs: Mrs MacLachlan, Mrs Taylor and Miss Elmes.


Year 6 is an exciting year with lots of great learning challenges and opportunities. You can find out more about what Year 6 are learning further down this page. At the bottom of this page, you will find a link to websites that may be useful to support your child's learning. If you have any questions about Year 6, please contact the Year 6 class teachers who would be happy to offer support and help.


Year 6 Curriculum

To find out more about the Year 6 curriculum, please click on the link above which will take you to the curriculum overview. This provides a description of the learning that takes place in each subject every term.


Autumn Term 2019

Our exciting Year Six History Topic for the upcoming Autumn term will be Wicked World War 2. Children will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of: exploring why evacuation took place; gain an understanding of the Blitz; find out why the Blackout occurred and the importance of Rationing. Our topic will be brought to life when we will get the opportunity to visit Newhaven Fort. The children will have the chance to explore and handle a variety of artefacts from the war such as stirrup pumps, gas masks and air raid sirens. More excitingly, the pupils will get to experience what it is like being in an air raid shelter at the time of a bombing raid! This invaluable trip will support the children’s understanding of what life was like in Britain during that period of time. They will also be given the opportunity to produce some art work representing ‘the Blitz’ in the form of a silhouette.


Our core Power of Reading text for the coming term is ‘Stay Where You Are and Then Leave’ by John Boyne. This text explores many difficult issues about the war, but from the perspective of a young child, Alfie. Alfie's innocent and honest perspective makes this book truly moving and we are sure the children will enjoy developing their knowledge of World War 1. The children will be given opportunities to develop their writing skills through writing in role, letter writing, composing poetry and diary writing. In addition, the children will be planning and writing newspaper reports about the Blitz, write diary entries as an evacuee and create their own poems about the war using imagery. These poems will be read by the children in our school Remembrance Service at St John's Church.


We are also looking forward to our fast-approaching residential visit to Liddington PGL Centre in Wiltshire, which has already generated a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. We will be writing to invite you all into school to discuss the details of this trip during the first half of the Autumn term.


In Science, the children will be learning about light in relation to how the eye works, how shadows are formed and developing their understanding of reflection and refraction through investigations. Within Maths, the children are working on their place value skills, learning the properties and area of 2D shapes, as well as problem solving using all four operations. During Geography, they will be locating the world’s countries using maps focusing on Europe and be able to identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the Arctic and Antarctic Circle, which will support the children in their research in relation to our power of reading text for the second half of the Autumn term ‘Shackleton’s Journey’. Wow, what a busy term we have got coming up!


Spring Term 2020

Our core Power of Reading text for the Spring term is ‘The London Eye Mystery’ which will keep the children captivated at every moment of the book. The main characters, Ted and his older sister Kat, arrange to take Salim on the London Eye but although they watch him go up in a pod, he never comes down again. Salim is missing. Ted's analytical mind becomes an asset as he and Kat piece together the information surrounding their cousin's disappearance and begin to unravel the mystery. As you can imagine, the children will be consistently developing their own theories and predictions as to what happened to Salim from what they infer from the text. The children will be given opportunities to develop their writing skills through writing in role, speech dialogue, performing drama and writing in role, diary writing and narrative writing, where they are asked to write an alternative ending for the book.


Summer Term 2020

It is with great excitement that Year 6 will be presenting a panto-musical. We will be providing the audience with all the essential pantomime ingredients. 


In addition to rehearsing for the production, Year 6 will be starting their new text, ‘The Viewer’. The children will develop their writing skills through drama and role-play. Furthermore, the children will be engaging with the storytelling competition - this is a great opportunity for our young, budding writers to show off their skills.

In Maths, the children will be taking part in a collaborative project called ‘Milkshake Maths’. The teams, made up of a time-keeper, manager and an accountant, must work together to ensure all their deadlines are met. This is an exciting opportunity for the pupils to develop team building skills in order to try and win the title of the best milkshake company!


In Science, the children will be learning about electricity where they will be drawing diagrams and using symbols for certain components represented in a simple circuit and developing their understanding that the brightness of a bulb or the volume of a buzzer depends on the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit. They will also be given the opportunity to understand the purpose of a switch within a circuit and make their own.


Within Maths, the children are going to be working on converting between fractions, decimals and percentages, reading, writing and converting between different units of measure, translating shapes into their new positions using given instructions and reading and finding missing co-ordinates.


During Geography sessions, the children will gain knowledge and understanding of an in depth study of the early civilisations such as: The Shang Dynasty, The Ancient Egyptians, The Indus Valley or The Ancient Sumner. Children will be learning about coastal formations and environmental issues relating to the coast, demonstrating some impressive understanding about quite technical geographical terms, such as arches, stacks and longshore drift!


Year 5 and 6 Spelling list

Key dates for the year


MacMillan Café – 26th September

Bikeability – 7th – 11th October

Newhaven Fort – 2nd October

Liddington parent meeting – 16th October

Liddington PGL –11th–15th November

SATS week – 11th-15th May

Year 6 production – 9th July (2pm and 6.30pm)

Leavers service at Lancing College TBC – 10th July 10.30am

Year 6 Leavers Party – 16th July 5-7pm

Leavers service at St John’s – 16th July 2pm


Parent consultations –

Autumn term - 20th and 28th November

Spring Term – 11th and 19th March