Year 6 Curriculum
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 Hollamby, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Lindup.
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 for the year. This provides a description of the learning that takes place in each subject every term. Also, beneath the Gallery below, you can also read in more detail about each Power of Reading text and termly topics.
To explore more photographs of learning in Year 6, look at the school's Wow Work pages, where you can see the range of immersive and exciting activities we have been doing all year!
Photos from the Year 6 Trip to PGL Liddington, November 2019
Photos from the Year 6 Trip to Newhaven Fort, October 2019
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 narrative writing, where they are asked to write an alternative ending for the book.
Within Maths, the children are going to be working on 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. We will also continue mastering multi-step problems using all four operations and tackling some algebra.
In Science, the children will be learning more about adaptation, habitats and classification and electricity. Currently in electricity, children are 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.
In Geography we are looking at coasts and erosion, with a focus on our unique and beautiful local Sussex coastlines. This has inspired some beautiful print-style art work. Children have been demonstrating some impressive understanding about quite technical geographical terms, such as arches, stacks and longshore drift! Our PE focus this term is Tag Rugby, Hockey and Dance. We have also taken part in Sports Relief activities and been part of an afternoon Cricket Festival.
In History, the children are developing their knowledge and understanding of early civilisations such as: The Shang Dynasty, Ancient Egyptians, Indus Valley or Ancient Sumer. We have enjoyed researching the achievements of these civilisations as well as using role play to deepen our understanding of everyday life, as these photos show:
We also have a fascinating day in March, where the children will take part in a role-play a mock magistrates court brought to life by volunteers who work there - this is an intriguing experience showing children how our parts of our legal system work in Britain.
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’ in which they run a milkshake business. 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 and apply a range of Maths knowledge in order to try and win the title of the best milkshake company!
To develop children's place knowledge in Geography, we are undertaking a comparative study of the human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in Spain, and a region in Canada. In History, we are continuing to look at non-European societies that provides contrasts with British history – this time focusing on Mayan civilization c. AD 900.
Autumn Term 2019
Our exciting Year Six History Topic for the Autumn term was Wicked World War 2. Children had 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 was brought to life when had the opportunity to visit Newhaven Fort. The children had 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 had the experience of being in an air raid shelter at the time of a bombing raid! This invaluable trip supported the children’s understanding of what life was like in Britain during that period of time. They were also given the opportunity to produce some art work representing ‘the Blitz’ in the form of a silhouette. Later in the term, children created thoughtful remembrance montages which we have on display by the Year 6 classrooms.
Our core Power of Reading text for the Autumn term was‘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 were 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 fact files about the Blitz, rationing and life as an evacuee. Finally, the children wrote their own versions of a chapter of the book continuing from an exciting point in John Boyne's novel and their chapters are now proudly displayed in our classroom book-corners for us all to enjoy.
We also hugely enjoyed our residential visit to Liddington PGL Centre in Wiltshire, which generated a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Please look at our wonderful memories above in the Year 6 gallery.
In Science, the children learnt about light in relation to how the eye works, how shadows are formed and developed their understanding of reflection and refraction through investigations.
Within Maths, the children worked on their place value skills, learning the properties and area of 2D shapes, problem solving using all four operations and mastering a range of fractions calculations. During Geography, they located 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 supported the children in their research in relation to our power of reading text for the second half of the Autumn term ‘Shackleton’s Journey’.
In September, Year 6 children did a fantastic job running a cafe after school to raise money for Macmillan - Well done!
In October, we showed our proficiency at cycling safely on the roads during Bikeability week.
Wow, what a busy term we had!
Useful links and information
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 – 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