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Year 6

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Year 6

Autumn Term 1

Key Vocabulary


During Autumn Term 1, we will cover the following Year 4 objectives which were missed during the Summer Term. We will be 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.’


We will focus on writing skills such as:

  • Identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
  • Noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
  • In writing narratives, considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed.
  • Selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning.
  • In narratives, describing settings, characters and atmosphere and integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action.
  • Précising longer passages.
  • Using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
  • Using further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader [for example, headings, bullet points, underlining].
  • Assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
  • Ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing.
  • Ensuring correct subject and verb agreement when using singular and plural.
  • Distinguishing between the language of speech and writing and choosing the appropriate register.

Expedition, stowaway, Trans-Atlantic, pack ice, ominous, ice floe, tortuous, salvage, treacherous, necessity, uninhabited, forlorn, buoyant, gingerly, amputate






During Autumn Term 1, we will cover the following Year 5 objectives which were missed during the Summer Term:


Number and the number system

  • Identifying multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers.
  • Knowing and using the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) numbers.
  • Establishing whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19
  • Recognising and using square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (2) and cubed (3).

Addition and Subtraction

  • Finding 1000 more or less than a given number.
  • Adding and subtracting numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of column addition and subtraction where appropriate.
  • Solving addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
  • Estimating and using inverse operations to check answers to a calculation.

Multiplication and Division

  • Recalling multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12.
  • Recognising and using factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations.
  • Finding the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths.
  • Using place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together three numbers.
  • Multiplying two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout.
  • Solving problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by one digit, integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems such as n objects are connected to m objects.

Calculating fractions, percentages and decimals

  • Counting up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten.
  • Adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator.
  • Solving problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number.
  • Recognising and writing decimal equivalents to 1⁄4; 1⁄2; 3⁄4.
  • Rounding decimals with 1 decimal place to the nearest whole number, recognising and writing decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths.

Calculating space

  • Measuring and calculating the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres.
  • Calculating and comparing the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, square centimetres (cm2) and square metres (m2) and estimate the area of irregular shapes.
  • Estimating volume [for example, using 1 cm3 blocks to build cuboids (including cubes)] and capacity [for example, using water].

Place value, digit, negative number, (common) multiple, (common) factor, divisible, prime number, composite number, highest common factor, lowest common multiple, prime number, prime factors, non-composite, square and cube numbers, divisible, chart, ones, hundreds, thousands, millions, multiply, times, commutative, remainder, factor, long multiplication, operation, short multiplication , estimate, product, multiplication







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.

repeat, revisit, analyse, verify, consistency, inheritance, evolution, offspring, characteristics, adaptation, habitat, inheritance, variation, evolution, concepts, facts, theory, fossilisation, evolution, evolve, biological, taxonomy, adaptation, human, selective breeding, cross breeding


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.



















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.

Evaporate, condensation, source, environment


Erosion, deposition, confluence , estuary, tributary, current, delta, meander, reservoir


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.

Shelters, materials, function, design, purpose, evaluate, enhance, construct, reinforce, surroundings, textiles, fabrics, vegetation, properties, water-resistant, strong, sturdy, secure, robust, joining, strengthening, combining, modify, adapt, refine.


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.


Dream, hope, goal, learning, strengths, stretch, achievement, personal, realistic, unrealistic, feeling, success, criteria, feeling, money, global issue, suffering, concern, hardship, sponsorship, empathy, motivation, admire, respect, praise, culture, benefit, equity, equality, meritocratic


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.

Passion Plays, similarities, differences, Shrove Tuesday, compare, Mardi Gras, world secular view, Orthodox Church, perspective, Ramayana, opinion

leadership, government, qualities, references, community, duties, politics, the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Dalai

Llama, Swami Prabhupada ji (Iskcon), Abdul Qayum (imam at East London mosque), Satkirin Kaur Khalsa



During the first part of the term, we will focus on Athletics. We will:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

To achieve the above, we will be taught to:

  • run with speed and agility.
  • adjust running pace smoothly.
  • accelerate from a variety of static positions
  • sustain jogging and running at a consistent pace for a few minutes.
  • sprint over and between obstacles using consistent stride lengths.
  • use jumping combinations to move around a space.
  • hop for distance
  • jump for distance from one foot to two feet.
  • jump from side to side with balance, speed and rhythm.
  • evaluate our  own performance.
  • give feedback to a partner.

Posture, arm swing, high knee lift, opposite, vigorous,  angle,  accelerate,  stable, support leg, balance, extend, crouch, fake, change of direction, evade, drive, explosive, power, push, extension, strength, rotation, balance, personal best, evaluate.