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Curriculum Overview for Year 6



  • Read a broad range of genres
  • Recommend books to other
  • Identifying and discussing themes and conventions in and across a wide range of writing
  • Making comparisons within and across books
  • Learning a wider range of poetry by heart
  • Preparing poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation.



  • Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes
  • Continue to distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused
  • Use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words

Writing genres

  • Biography
  •  Letter
  •  Poetry
  • Historical fiction
  • Significant authors


  • Revise all the grammar for years 5 and 6 in English Appendix 2

Art & Design

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.


  • understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Design & Technology

  • Design, Make and Evaluate
  • Technical knowledge
  •  apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures
  • understand and use mechanical systems in their products [for example, gears, pulleys, cams, levers and linkages]
  • understand and use electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
  • apply their understanding of computing to program, monitor and control their products.


  • Human and physical geography
  • describe and understand key aspects of:
    • physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle
    • human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water



  • Secure place value to 1,000,000
  • Use negative whole numbers in context
  • Use Roman numerals to 1000 (M)
  • Use standard written methods for all four operations
  • Confidently add & subtract mentally
  • Use vocabulary of prime, factor & multiple
  • Multiply & divide by powers of ten
  • Use square and cube numbers

Geometry & Measures

  • Convert between different units
  • Calculate perimeter of composite shapes & area of rectangles
  • Estimate volume & capacity
  • Identify 3-d shapes and nets of 3D shapes
  • Measure & identify angles
  • Understand regular polygons Reflect & translate shapes


  • Interpret tables & line graphs
  • Solve questions about line graphs Fractions
  • Compare & order fractions
  • Add & subtract fractions with common denominators, with mixed numbers
  • Multiply fractions by units
  • Write decimals as fractions
  • Order & round decimal numbers
  • Link percentages to fractions & decimals

Modern Languages

  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
  • describe people, places, things and actions orally* and in writing


  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations


  • Living thing and their habitats
  • describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  • give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics. Animals including humans
  • identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
  • recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
  • describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.


  • a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality. The Victorians
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria.

Physical Education

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • play competitive games e.g: cricket, rugby and rounders
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns

Religious Education

Non – statutory

  • Sikhism
  • National celebrations
  • Show Racism the Red Card
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