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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Y6 Curriculum 2023/24

Year 6 Information

Welcome to Year 6 and the new academic year.

I hope you all had a great summer holiday and are rested and ready for Year 6!

I am excited about the year ahead and all the fun things planned for you.  I am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful work that you will produce and enjoying the trips (Harry Potter World!!!) that we have booked and watching you grow into the roles that you are given. I know that you are going to be a fab Year 6 class!

Our topic is The Ancient Maya. It is a history-based topic which looks at key facts about the Maya civilisation, how historians have learnt about the Maya and recognise that events were happening concurrently to the Maya period elsewhere in. the world. The children will also explore and identify ways in which the Maya civilisation contrasts with British History.

Autumn 1


In English, we start the year looking at the traditional fairy tale: Little Red Riding Hood. The children will create a ‘twist’ on the familiar story, write their own version and use descriptive language to engage their readers. The children will use figurative language and direct speech and write their own newspaper report using their alternative version of the story.


We start the term with place value. We will revise the four operations, looking at place value of digits up to ten million. The children will work on their rounding, order and comparing skills leading into fractions, decimals and percentages. We then move onto ratio and proportion. Alongside maths each day, the children will have daily maths sessions concentrating on fluency, times tables, shape and time. We will also build onto this as we move through the year.


Our topic in science is Animals including Humans. The children will learn what the function of the human circulatory system, including naming the main parts and describing blood and blood vessels. We will look at the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the body and be able to describe how water and nutrients are transported. The children will learn about adaptation and evolution and recognise that livings things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally vary and are not identical to their parents.


In art, we start the year with developing our drawing skills. Our work will be linked to our science topic and will develop shading and perspective skills.


For computing, we will be exploring ways that we use search engines more effectively and filter results to make them more reliable. We will find out about networks both at home and school and recap online bullying and messaging and the laws around this. E-Safety will also be recapped throughout each unit of work.


The children will start the year with composing based on the song 'Happy.' The children will learn to sing and play instrumentals leading to composition based on this piece.


P.E. sessions will take place on Monday and Friday’s. Our Friday slot is outside so you may want to provide a tracksuit once the weather turns colder. Our lessons will centre on floor gymnastics and dodge ball. The children will work on various throws, movement and attacking and defending. They will work on sequences, movement and performing in gymnastics both collaboratively and individually. 


Our big question for this half-term concentrates on the human/social sciences:

How and why does religion bring peace and conflict? We explore both sides of the question and what this means for different religions. The children will undertake discussions and reflections including explanations about what at least two religions believe about peace and conflict.


In Spanish, our topic is Day to Day. The children will build on their number work up to 100, greetings, more colours building up to being able to talk and discuss a topic. The children will take part in small group and independent work where they will practice their oracy in Spanish.


We start the year with relationships and staying safe online. We will concentrate on the pressures of and how to manage and assess the risk of online dares and challenges. We will discuss sharing information and images and the age restrictions around these, whilst looking at the rules and law that protect us. The children will understand the qualities of healthy relationships that help individuals flourish including how to respect ourselves and others when challenging constructively and respectfully.