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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School

Learning for Life

Y6 Curriculum 2023/24

Year 6 Information

Welcome to the Spring Term 2024!

I hope you all had a nice holiday and are ready for the new term.


Topic Name: Harlow and Antarctica (geography.) Locational and place knowledge.

The children will apply their prior learning on climate change and sustainability – revisit McMudo Station, Antarctica - to compare and contrast our local area (Harlow) and Antarctica. We will also revisit learning about the Amazon rainforests, the Equator, and make links to Spanish and the Maya.

English – A Term at Hogwarts!

In English, we will be developing our creative writing skills based upon the Harry Potter book: The Philosopher’s Stone. We start with setting and character descriptions, moving onto recount writing about our trip to Warner Bros. Studio Tour. We then continue our narrative unit, where the children will re-tell a known story. We then finish the unit with instruction writing for potions; the children will create their own spells.


In maths, we continue our work on measure and move onto statistics before revising 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 will work on geometry and learn to name the parts of a circle. 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.

Science – taught by Mrs Higgs

Our topic is Living Things and Their Habitats

The children will 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 and give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.

They will learn to describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals and recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.


Painting Project: Abstract Still Life

In art, we start the year with developing our painting and colour mixing skills. The children will be using ‘abstract still life’ to develop these skills, including incorporating mixed media, complimentary colours and painting accurately.


For computing, we will be working on programming. The children will use various software to develop skills in coding and programming.


Our topic this half-term is Hip Hop, where the children will learn about different musicians and their music. They will have opportunities to experiment with drum and bass software to compose their own piece.


P.E. sessions will take place on Monday and Friday’s. Our Friday slot will continue to be outside.  Our lessons will centre on equipment gymnastics, tag rugby and then moving onto rounders later in the term. The children will work on movement, attacking and defending and game situations. They will work on sequences, movement and performing in gymnastics both collaboratively and individually involving equipment and floor skills previously learnt.


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

How do Buddhists explain suffering in the world?

We will explore how the Buddhist way of life influences and shapes lives of those that follow the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, evaluating how they explain suffering in the world.


In Spanish, our topic is Around the World. The children will build on their greetings, likes and dislikes building up to being able to talk and discuss a topic about locations around the world. The children will take part in small group and independent work where they will practice their oracy in Spanish.


Our topic is ‘Living in the Wider World’ where we look at discrimination, stereotyping and how to challenge these effectively and then later in the term we will learn about money and common associated risks, the impact of debt and how money can be gained or lost and the damage this can have on one’s emotional wellbeing.