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Year 6

Year 6

Autumn Term 1&2


During the first three weeks of Autumn 1, we will be focussing on Poetry. Pupils in Year 6 will look at poems from the anthology ‘Overheard in a Tower Block’ by Joseph Coelho. Main outcomes will be: 

  • To explore and understand the importance of poetry as a genre.
  • To know how to listen and respond to a wide range of poems from a single poet collection.
  • To understand that poems are written for different reasons.
  • To interpret poems for performance.
  • To draft, compose and write poems based on personal interests, experiences and emotions or fantasy poems using language and form with intent for effect on the reader.


We will then move onto 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.


Autumn 2 will start off by introducing the novel '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 English 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: 

  • Identifying the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places and multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to three decimal places.
  • Using negative numbers in context, and calculating intervals across zero.
  • Identifying common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
  • Performing mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers.
  • Solving addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
  • Multiplying multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication.
  • Using different strategies for solving mental maths questions
  • Using independent thinking skills and trying different ways to solve mathematical problems.
  • Drawing 2-D shapes using given dimensions and angles.
  • Recognising, describing and building simple 3-D shapes, including making nets.


We will start the Autumn term off by learning about Evolution and inheritance. 

We will learn about the following: 

  • Recognising that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.
  • Recognising that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.
  • Identifying how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.


In Computing our topic will be ‘We are interface designers’. 

In this unit of work, we will:

  • Work collaboratively to design the app’s interface.
  • Use wire-framing tools to create a design prototype for their app.
  •  Develop or source the individual interface components we will use.
  • Address accessibility and inclusion issues.
  •  Document our design decisions and the process we have followed. 


In History, we will be finding out how crime and punishment have changed since the Roman Era.

In this exciting unit of work, 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.



Our topic for Geography will be ‘Investigating Rivers’. 


In this topic, we will:

  • Learn about the water cycle.
  • Find out about rivers and how they erode, transport and deposit materials.
  • Find out why rivers are important
  • Find out about the causes of river pollution and the effect it has on the environment.
  • Investigate a river in detail, including the effects on the environment and landscape.
  • Conduct a geographical enquiry. 

Art and DT

We will start the Autumn Term off by learning about ‘Shelters’ in DT. 

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 Autumn 2, our DT topic will be ‘Death Mask’, linked closely to the History topic of ‘Crime and Punishment’. 

We will use a range of skills, such as:

  • Using research and developing design criteria to inform the design of death masks used in history.
  • Evaluating our ideas and products against our own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve our work.
  • Applying our understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.


Our topics for the term will be ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Keeping safe’. 

In the first part of the term, 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.


Following this, in the second half term we will be studying the Keeping Safe. In this topic we will learn about ways to keep ourselves safe in different situations. These include:  

  • Explaining what forms of peer on peer abuse are and how to deal with the effects of it.
  • Explaining what gangs are,who might be targeted and why. 
  • Explaining what domestic violence is as well as the support and consequences available. 
  • Explaining how to find travelling routes and use transport safely.


In Autumn 1, we will be finding out which qualities are important to present day religious leaders. 

We will: 

  • Consider the purpose and nature of leaders in our lives.
  • Investigate important qualities for a leader to possess and use.
  • Investigate important religious leaders in the world in each religion. 
  • Compare and contrast different world religious leaders.
  • Examine and evaluate  the difference between a religious and secular leader.


During Autumn 2, we will learn about what people believe about life after death. 

In this unit, we will: 

  • Think about the analogy of life being like a journey and creating a poem.
  • Investigate Hindu, Christian and Muslim believes about the purpose of life and life after death. 
  • Compare and contrast different views and opinions and think about how we might help someone who has lost someone.
  • Discuss our ideas about life and death and what is important.


Our first unit in music will be “Happy”.

 In this unit children will recognise and appraise different styles, find the pulse, recognise instruments, listen, discuss all dimensions of music. They will also continue to work together in a group/band/ensemble and perform to each other and an audience.


Later in the term, our unit will be “Classroom Jazz 2”. This unit will build on the learning from Jazz unit 1. Children will take part in Musical Activities such as playing, improvisation and composition. They will appraise a variety of jazz pieces as part of their learning in this topic.


We will start the Autumn term off with ‘Invasion Games’, playing Tag Rugby linked to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. 


In this unit of work, we will focus on:

  • Refining attacking and defending skills.
  • Developing tactics as a team.
  • Applying learned skills in a game of tag rugby.
  • Evaluating my own performance and the performance of others.


Following this, we will move onto ‘Health and fitness’, with a focus on circuit training.