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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Y6 Curriculum

Year 6 Information

We are back! I hope that you have all had a really good break and have rested up - ready for a big year of learning. I am so happy to have you back for a second year! We can get up and going much faster this way!

Our topic is ICEBERG!! A story of the Titanic. Some of you will no doubt have heard about the HMS Titanic! It is a very famous ship that was built in England but is famous for the way that it sank after striking an iceberg.


Our Topic, ICEBERG! A story of the Titanic is a History topic but we will be studying and learning many new skills before moving on in October. We will look at the key dates, people and events leading up to the unfortunate sinking of the Titanic. Below are some brief explanations of what we will be covering during the first Autumn term of Year 6.


In maths, we are going to be revising and consolidating our knowledge of the four operations, as well as practising reasoning problems including some of the learning from Year 5. Our first will be a combination of getting up to speed with Place Value, moving onto addition and subtraction then completing with multiplication and division. Following this we will look at the addition, subtracting and equivalent fractions encountered in Year 6.


This half-term, we will focus on reading for learning and reading for enjoyment. We will be having 45 minutes comprehension lessons to consolidate our understanding of retrieval and inference. We will attempt similar questions that would be found in the SATS to help prepare our exam technique. 

Alongside comprehension, we will be revising and refining our GPS knowledge to prepare us for out writing. These will be 30minutes sessions focusing on reminding children of things they need to remember in their cross-curricular writing. This will allow them to be fully equipped when it comes to the writing assessments in Year 6 but also make sure they are ready and prepared for their transition into Year 7. 

Our first text types will be writing recounts imagining that we are on the Titanic on the fateful night of the sinking. Poems to show what it would have felt like to go down on the ship. Finally we will write narrative stories based around the idea of trying to escape the sinking ship in freezing cold weather — at night too!


As our topic is based around an event post 1066 we will look at the timeline before and after the Titanic and plot which times we have studied. Previous year group's learning will help us as we gather the differences and similarities of this event and others that we have covered in the past. We will, as a class, interrogate the effectiveness and validity of different sources of information finding which are most reliable and which are most accurate.


We will be making collages of the titanic at night, during the day, sailing and sinking to show the contrast between waves, metals and the sky. It is a skill that takes a lot more attention to make an effective image than many realise. For an effective collage we will be looking at the techniques and how to use a range of materials.


For our first term back we will be looking at how to stay safe online, using social media correctly and communicating online with respect. We will aim to spread the good practise from school with the families of our class so that the children stay safe at home too.


We will have PE on a Monday and a Friday. Monday's session will be an outdoor session and the Friday session will be in the hall based around dance and gymnastics - taught by Miss Eastland.


Our class were so good at Spanish in Year 5 that we are going to carry on from the learning that we did last year. We will primarily be recapping the vocabulary from last year and learning even more content this year.


Year 6 will be looking at a range of different religions focussing on their different beliefs, practises and rituals. We will compare the major religions and look at the similarities as well as the differences.


We are focussing on listening to different genres of music this term and learning and evaluating the key features. Once we have analysed a range of music we will be looking to create our own music.