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Year 6 Curriculum

Literacy

Reading and Writing:

Comprehension and Writing is linked and based on the following genre:

  • Stories with familiar settings
  • Fantasy Stories
  • Mystery Stories
  • Quest Adventure Stories
  • Spy Thriller stories
  • Poetry with personification
  • Autobiographies
  • Biographies
  • Journalistic writing
  • Discursive writing

 In addition:

  • Shared Reading
  • Daily reading and weekly visit to the library

Grammar:

  • Part of speech including prepositions and articles

 Features of sentences

  • Statements
  • Questions
  • Commands

Complex sentences

  • Clauses – main / sub-ordinate
  • Phrases

Standard English

  • Tense agreement
  • Subject / verb agreement
  • Double negatives
  • Use of ‘I’ and ‘me’

Vocabulary

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Homonyms / phones

Punctuation

  • Commas to mark phrases and clauses
  • Inverted commas (direct speech)
  • Indirect speech
  • Apostrophes to show contractions or possession
  • Its and it’s
  • Brackets / Hyphens / Dashes
  • Ellipsis

Spelling:

  • Revision of spelling patterns & weekly spelling tests

Numeracy

Number

  • Decimal numbers
    • Ordering
    • Rounding
    • Place value
    • Addition & subtraction
  • Multiplication
    • By 10,100,1000
    • Short & long
  • Division
    • By 10,100,1000
    • Short & long
  • Sequencing, patterns and relationships
  • Expressions in formulae and solving algebraic number problems
  • Factors, multiples and rime numbers
  • Using negative numbers
  • Order of operations
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as place value)
  • Ongoing mental arithmetic practice
  • ‘Real life’ problem solving

Shape & Space and Measurement

  • Properties of 2D shape
  • Mirror lines and reflection
  • Parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Co-ordinates over 4 quadrants
  • Measurement
  • Area of perimeter
  • Conversions
  • Volume
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

Science

1. Working Scientifically:

  • planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision
  • recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, and bar and line graphs
  • using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  • using simple models to describe scientific ideas
  • reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
  • identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.

2. Living Things 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.

3. 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.

4.Evolution and Inheritance:

  • recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
  • recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
  • identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

5.Light:

  • recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye
  • explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes
  • use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them

6.Electricity:

  • associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit
  • compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches
  • use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.

Humanities

Geography – Mountains

  • What mountains and mountain ranges are
  • How mountains form
  • Locating key mountain ranges around the world using an atlas
  • Mountain climates
  • Risks associated with mountain climates
  • Identifying positive and negative effects of tourism on mountains
  • Fieldwork: Visit to Troodos
  • Designing a Troodos Information Leaflet
  • Mapping mountains: use the 8 points of a compass, 4 and 6-figure grid references, symbols and keys

History – The Victorians

  • Queen Victoria
  • Differences in the lives of the rich and the poor
  • Victorian children
  • Famous Victorians
  • Scientific developments.
  • Victorian inventions
  • Victorian schools

History – World War II

  • Reasons World War II began
  • Countries involved
  • The Blitz
  • Evacuation
  • Rationing
  • Role of Women
  • Propaganda
  • Anne Frank
  • Role of Cyprus during WWII
  • Hiroshima
  • The end of WWII

Geography – India

  • To place India on a world map
  • To place India on a world map.
  • To locate surrounding countries, seas, oceans and identify the major cities of India.
  • Physical and human features
  • Climate of India
  • Rural and urban life
  • Focus on village life – Chembakolli
  • Hinduism: Hindus’ beliefs
  • Hinduism: Celebration: Diwali and Holi
  • Fair Trade
  • Focus on a famous person: Mahatma Ghandi
  • India Day – cooking curry, Bollywood dance, art – mendhi designs

Computing

Multimedia Presentations

To present research & information by bringing together the organization of text, images and sound as appropriate multimedia presentations.

Students will produce PowerPoint presentations on:

  • Mountain ranges
  • Volcanoes
  • Famous Victorians/Inventions
  • Current Affairs

Use of Excel

To understand, use and manipulate Excel through tasks such as:

  • Party planning
  • A healthy menu for a family with a fixed budget
  • We are Fundraisers

We are Fundraisers

  • Students plan a business plan in order to raise money for a local charity
  • Marketing and advertising strategies as well as designs are put in place
  • Spreadsheets are used to work on costs and profits

Cross – curricular

  • Ongoing use of Science games, Geography and History research as well as associated informative/interactive websites and software
  • Use of iPads in Numeracy and Literacy to support learning

Programming and game design

  • Use software to design a simple game

Music

Music of Victorian England

A street vendors song in a round. Movements & sound effects created by the students.

Dance

The English two-step and the Waltz19th century composers – Sir Edward Elgar & Richard Strauss

Opera

Exploring the story, music, and magic of Mozart’s famous fantastical opera “The Magic Flute”.

Jazz

Using xylophones & glockenspiels, discovering blues scales and jazz rhythms notation


Art

Pupils will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. They are required:

  • 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]
  • to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history
  • to appreciate, evaluate and understand not only established works of art but the work of the peer group
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

PE – Games

Handball & Hockey

  • Play and make up small-sided and modified competitive striking/fielding and invasion games
  • Use skills and tactics and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • Work with others to organise and keep the games going
  • Handball & Hockey Interhouse matches
  • Cross country practice & race
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
Aristotle