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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 6

Autumn Term 2018

We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This letter outlines the Year 6 curriculum for the Autumn Term 2018.



We will start the term by reading 'Ice Trap' by Meredith Hooper and M.P Robertson: ‘Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance has been crushed by the ice. Shackleton wanted to be the first to walk across the Antarctic continent. Now he and his 27 men are stranded on the ice floes in the middle of the frozen ocean. Courageously, they begin planning their escape. No one can rescue them. They will have to save themselves.’

Later in the term, we will read 'Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty, which is set in the nineteenth century.


We will focus on writing skills such as:

  • Identifying the audience for the purpose of writing.
  • Using a wider range of openers to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
  • Editing, redrafting and proof-reading pieces of writing.

As part of literacy lessons we will also focus on:

  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Improving reading comprehension skills.



We will be using the Kangaroo Scheme of Work and during the term we will be focusing on:

  • Numbers and the number system.
  • Developing calculating skills.
  • Division methods.
  • Visualising and constructing shapes.
  • Investigating properties of shapes.
  • Algebraic proficiency: using formulae.
  • Different strategies for solving mental maths questions and ensuring we know all of our times tables at speed.
  • Using independent thinking skills and trying different ways to solve mathematical problems.
  • Using and applying maths skills across the curriculum.



In Science, we will be focusing on working scientifically. We will be:

  • Trying to slow cooling down.
  • Learning how a chemical reaction which produces gas can be used to propel a rocket.
  • Learning about the chemistry of how a candle burns.
  • Planning and conducting our own experiment.


Following this, we will be finding out about living things and their habitats. We will focus on:

  • Describing how living things are classified into broad groups according to common characteristics.
  • Giving reasons for classifying plants and animals.
  • Using keys to classify organisms.
  • Finding out about significant Scientists such as Carl Linnaeus.



In Computing our topic is 'We are App Planners'. We will:

  • Find out what smartphones can do.
  • Learn how to geo-tag and add location information to photographs.
  • Identify a problem to solve with an app.
  • Research competitors.
  • Create a presentation to pitch our ideas.
  • Deliver our pitch and review our progress.



Our topic for History will be ‘Ancient Greece'. In this exciting topic, we will:

  • Identify how many English words have Greek origins.
  • Investigate the similarities and differences between the Greek alphabet and our alphabet today.
  • Investigate the similarities and differences between Ancient Greek schools and our schools today.
  • Look at Greek Architecture and find out how it has influenced modern day architecture.
  • Evaluate the contributions of the Ancient Greeks to modern day life.


We will then move on to ‘How has Britain changed since 1948?’ where we will:

  • Identify some of the main changes in Britain since 1948 and identify key characteristics of different decades.
  • Identify similarities and differences between types of sources of information available in different periods in the past.
  • Find out some of the main events of the decade from the 1950s to the 1990s and investigate what life was like during these periods.
  • Investigate what life was like in Britain in the 1990s and identify connections between different aspects of life since 1948.



Our topic for Art will be ‘Cityscapes'. In this exciting topic, we will:

  • Use Pop art techniques and layering to create a 3D cityscape.
  • Understand how to use a palette knife and paint to create textured cityscapes.
  • Replicate cityscape photos using different mediums.
  • Explore how to create cityscape reflections on water.
  • Understand how to add detail to cityscape ink drawings.
  • Create a cityscape using any media of choice.


Design Technology

Our topic for DT will be ‘Bread'. In this exciting topic, we will:

  • Investigate types of bread.
  • Learn about how bread products are an important part of our diet.
  • Design a new bread product for a particular event or person.
  • Make a bread product based on our designs.
  • Evaluate our products.



Our topics will Tchoukballl and Basketball. In these exciting topics, we will:

  • Develop methods to outwit opponents

  • Have a clear idea of how to develop our own and others’ work

  • Use self-awareness of space and others to make good decisions



Our first topic for PHSCE will be ‘Being Me’. We will be:

  • Identifying goals for the year ahead.
  • Learning about our universal rights and how to be a global citizen.
  • Discussing democracy and creating our own learning charter.
  • We will then move on to ‘Celebrating Difference’ where we will:
  • Discuss the different perceptions of the word ‘normal’.
  • Understand how having a disability could affect someone’s life.
  • Explore some of the reasons why people use bullying behaviours.



In RE we will be finding out:

  • Important qualities for modern day religious leaders.
  • The similarities and differences between religions and world views.


We will then move on to discuss the similarities and differences that religions and world views share. We will look at:

  • Different religious and non-religious celebrations of marriage and new babies.
  • Why meeting together is important for religious people.
  • How to make connections between different features of religions and worldviews through art or in writing.