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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 6

Spring Term


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 page outlines the Year 6 curriculum for the Spring Term 2019.



This term we will be reading 'Clockwork' by Philip Pullman.

'A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil ... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening, with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre - and unstoppable - way.

Almost like clockwork ...'


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.


Later in the term, we will be reading 'Rose Blanche' by Ian McEwan, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti.

‘Rose Blanche was the name of a group of young German citizens who, at their peril, protested against the war. Like them, Rose observes all the changes going on around her which others choose to ignore. She watches as the streets of her small German town fill with soldiers. One day she sees a little boy escaping from the back of a truck, only to be captured by the mayor and shoved back into it. Rose follows the truck to a desolate place out of town, where she discovers many other children, staring hungrily from behind an electric barbed wire fence. She starts bringing the children food, instinctively sensing the need for secrecy, even with her mother. Until the tide of the war turns and soldiers in different uniforms stream in from the East, and Rose and the imprisoned children disappear forever.’



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

  • Exploring fractions, percentages and decimals.

  • Proportional reasoning.

  • Measuring and calculating pace.

  • Investigating angles.

  • Pattern sniffing.

  • Different strategies for solving mental mathematics 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 mathematics skills across the curriculum.



In Science, we will be finding out about Electricity. We will focus on:

  • Changing the voltage and number of cells in an electric circuit to alter the brightness of bulbs.

  • Comparing and giving reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches.

  • Using recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.



In Computing our topic will be ‘We are adventure gamers’. We will:

  • Learn some of the syntax of a text-based programming language.
  • Use commands to display text on screen, accept typed user input, store and retrieve data using variables and select from a list.
  • Plan a text-based adventure with multiple ‘rooms’ and user interaction.
  • Thoroughly debug the program.



Our topic for Geography will be ‘The United Kingdom’. In this exciting topic, we will:

  • Identify and describe key geographical features of the United Kingdom.

  • Identify and locate the counties of the United Kingdom.

  • Locate and identify towns and cities in the UK.

  • Find out about the hills and mountains of the UK.

  • Find out about the seas and coasts of the UK.

  • Identify and explore the major rivers of the UK.



In History, we will be finding out about how crime and punishment has changed since the Roman Era. We will look at:

  • How changes in society affect the crimes that are committed.

  • How this also affects the punishments that are granted.

  • The similarities and differences between crimes and punishments in different eras of British history.



In Art, we will focus on Monet and the Impressionists. We will find out how:

  • To use sketch books to record observations.

  • To review and revisit ideas.

  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including painting with a range of materials.



Our topic for DT will be ‘Shelters’. In this exciting topic, we will:

  • Investigate a range of shelters.

  • Explore how to join and combine materials and components and find out how to reinforce structures.

  • Find suitable textiles for the purpose of making a shelter.

  • Design and make a shelter for a particular purpose.

  • Evaluate a particular product.



In PE this half term, children will be working on Outdoor Adventure Activities. Children will be focusing on improving their communication skills through a range of challenges performed with a partner and as part of a team. There will be a particular emphasis on map reading and basic orienteering. Next half term children will be focusing on net/ wall games in particular the skills associated with the sport of tennis.



Our topics for the term will be ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’. We will look at:

  • How to stay motivated during challenging times.

  • How to keep a positive attitude.

  • Why it’s important to set goals for ourselves.

  • Healthy and unhealthy foods.

  • The effects of drugs and alcohol on the body.



In RE we will be thinking and learning about people’s beliefs about life after death. Then we will move on to consider the sources of the story about what happened on the first Easter Sunday.